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Blerta  Stringa, Ph.D.

Blerta Stringa, Ph.D.

Treasurer (Networking Chair)

Blerta is a biomedical scientist. She came from Europe in 2020 and started her postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. Solnica Krezel in the Developmental Biology department. She is working on exploring mechanisms of early development by using both zebrafish and human embryonic stem cells. Early in 2021, she became a member of the postdoc society, and she is eager to support and welcome new postdocs into this group. She has also been serving as the Networking committee chair for close to two years.

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Adebiyi A Adeniran, Ph.D.

Executive Council Member

Adebiyi is a molecular entomologist and molecular parasitologist with over a decade of Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) research and control program experience in sub-Saharan Africa and in Mexico. Adebiyi has previously worked as the Regional Technical Lead for NTD diagnostics for Sightsavers UK, where he provided technical and advisory support to NTD control programs in fifteen sub-Saharan African countries. His broad experience includes both field and laboratory research on multiple PC-NTDs including onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis and schistosomiasis. His NTD program implementation experience includes transmission assessment, post-treatment and post elimination surveillance activities, diagnostic capacity building, and operational research. His particular research interests are focused around NTD control methods that can be easily taken up by programs in low-resource settings. He has a Doctor of Science in Biotechnology (summa cum laude) from Instituto Politecnico Nacional (Mexico) that was supported by a Mexican Government Scholarship. He has his BSc (Biological Sciences) and MSc (Parasitology) degrees from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Nigeria, with First Class and Distinction, respectively. He is passionate about joining Washington University and the DOLF team and looks forward to contributing to the team’s laboratory and field research projects to support elimination of NTDs.

Sumedha  Agashe, PhD, Integrated BS-MS

Sumedha Agashe, PhD, Integrated BS-MS

Sumedha is a molecular biologist focussing on molecular oncology. She moved to United states after completing her Ph.D. from IFOM Foundation, Milan in Italy. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher in Vindigni lab in the division of Oncology. She is mainly interested the field of genomic integrity, DNA replication and repair. Her postdoctoral research focusses on effect of DNA methylation and de-methylation on DNA replication, genomic integrity and oncogenesis. She is a member of Outreach committee of WUPS.

Rishabh Bajpai, PhD, B.Tech

Rishabh Bajpai, PhD, B.Tech

EC Member (Wellness and Networking) and (Outreach)

Rishabh is a postdoctoral researcher at Aravamuthan Lab, WashU. He is working on developing intelligent systems for quantifying motor disorders in children with Dystonic Cerebral Palsy under the supervision of Dr. Bhooma Aravamuthan. He is interested in multi-disciplinary approaches to solving real-world problems.

His vision is a world where he is healthy in a holistic sense, encompassing mental, physical, and emotional well-being. In this world, disabilities are not seen as limitations but as opportunities to push the boundaries of technology and promote inclusivity and accessibility for all. With this vision he is working as an Executive Council Members in Wellness and Networking committee.

Kanwal Batool, PhD

Kanwal Batool, PhD

Kanwal B. Naqvi is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of orthopedic surgery. She is currently researching the metabolic signature of inflammatory bone disorders. She earned her PhD in clinical genetics from Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan, where she explored the role of genetic polymorphisms in the progression of osteoarthritis. During her PhD, she received a research fellowship and worked at the University of Aberdeen, (Scotland) where she investigated the interactions between biomechanical factors and inflammatory mediators in cartilage degradation. When she is not working, she enjoys exploring new places and restaurants, scenic walks, long drives and reading. She loves working in multicultural environment and learning about different cultures. She is a member of Networking and Wellness and Outreach committees, and her aim is to improve the lives of fellow postdocs by fostering an inclusive and diverse environment.

Andrea Gokus, Ph.D.

Andrea Gokus, Ph.D.

Danforth Representative (Networking Commitee)

Andrea is an astrophysicist who graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany) in 2022. Currently serving as a postdoctoral researcher in the physics department, Andrea’s research focuses on unraveling the mysteries of active galaxies, which are celestial objects fueled by supermassive black holes. Andrea employs a comprehensive approach to study these fascinating phenomena by utilizing various telescopes that cover the entire electromagnetic spectrum. In addition to her academic pursuits, she actively engages in public outreach, sharing her enthusiasm for astronomy with others and fostering a love for the subject among the wider community.

Pankaj K Jain, PhD, MTech, BE

Pankaj K Jain, PhD, MTech, BE

EC Member (Wellness and Networking)

Pankaj is Post Doctoral Research Associate in Shoghi’s Lab at PRTC, WashU. His focus of research is to develop machine learning based model to predict pathologic complete response (PCR) to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) in breast cancer patients. Before joining WashU he was research assistant in CVMI project in Jio Institute, Navi-Mumbai under the supervision of Dr Sudipta Roy.

Nikhilesh  Joardar , PhD, M.Sc.

Nikhilesh Joardar , PhD, M.Sc.

Chair of the Career Development Committee

An infectious disease enthusiast, working as a postdoc research associate at the Kau lab in the Division of Allergy & Immunology at BJC IOH. I have a keen interest in parasitic diseases in humans and animals however, lately shifted my interest to microbes. I’m right now the Chair of the Career Development Committee, and it’s been an amazing experience to work with such an energetic group of people.