NYU Postdocs is a grassroots collective comprised of current postdocs at New York University. The group was formed in November 2014 with the intention to organize the 1st NYU Postdocs Interdisciplinary Symposium (#NYUPoIntS15). We are currently working on the 2nd PoIntS, and we hope to keep organizing this event on an annual basis. We aim to build synergy among the postdoc community at NYU, develop collaborations across disciplines, network, and discuss all aspects of postdoc life. 




Niki Athanasiadou
Niki is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology at NYU. Her research focuses on the study of temporal patterns of gene expression. For that, she applies a combinatorial approach, considering at the same time epigenetic, transcriptional and post-transcriptional mechanisms. Her goal is to understand how these distinct pathways are coordinated to allow the cell to maintain homeostasis while changing its expression profile. She enjoys developing custom high-throughput sequencing-based methods that precisely address the questions she is asking. Niki graduated from the School of Biology in Aristotele’s University of Thessaloniki (Greece), has a Master of Research, awarded with distinction by the University of ork (UK) and received her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Edinburgh (UK). Her work has been published in multiple scientific journals, and she has been awarded the Promega UK Young Scientist Award for Biochemistry, by the British Biochemical Society, alongside other fellowships and awards.








Christof Drechsel-Grau 
Christof is a theoretical chemist. He is interested in charge transfer in condensed phases and in the boundary between the classical and the quantum world. Having completed his initial training in Europe, he is currently working at NYU's chemistry department to learn new simulation methods and to contribute to the microscopic understanding of proton transfer close to fatty-acid bilayers.
http://www.researcherid.com/rid/A-2053-2012







Jinpu Yang
Jinpu is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Biology Department of New York University. Her current research is mainly focused on Epigenetic regulations of the centromere structure in fission yeast ( S. Pombe). Jinpu grew up in China and received her Bachelor degree in Life Sciences from University of Science and Technology of China. Her Ph.D degree was completed at the Physiology Department of New York Medical College. Jinpu joined NYUP in 2014 and has since been actively involved with organizing the PoIntS, designing the NYUP website and managing NYUP presence across social medium platforms. Her favorite show is "Friends", and she is happy to be a scientist in the New York City.
https://www.linkedin.com/pub/jinpu-j-p-yang/1b/27a/556






Yelena Bernadskaya
Yelena is an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Biology Department of New York University. 
Her research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of heart cell migration and polarity during the embryonic development of the Sea Squirt (Ciona intestinalis). Yelena received her Ph.D. in Genetics and Developmental Biology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Rutgers University. In her free time she serves as a board member of New York City Skeptics, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting science education and critical thinking. 
https://www.linkedin.com/pub/yelena-bernadskaya-ph-d/8/681/4







Pinar Onal
I am interested in the evolution of developmental mechanisms that regulate body patterning and I investigate the innovations in these mechanisms using Drosophila melanogaster as a model. During my PhD in the Systems Biology of Gene Regulatory Elements laboratory in Max-Delbrueck Center, Berlin, I studied conservation of pluripotency regulation in animals.









Abigail Anderson 
Abby is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at NYU School of Medicine. Her current research centers on the role of the JAK/STAT signaling pathway and its targets in hematopoiesis and pattern formation. She received her Ph.D. in Genetics from Indiana University, where she studied retinal development using the model organism Drosophila. 








Enrico Fonda  
Enrico Fonda is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics. He is interested in cryogenic fluid mechanics in classical and quantum fluids, flow visualization, fluid dynamics demonstrations and the interactions between art and science. 











Elia Schneider
Elia is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Chemistry Department of New York University. His current research is focused on the theoretical study of the organic crystal structures,  Molecular Dynamics simulations and Quantum Chemistry calculations. Elia obtained his PhD in Physics at the University of Trento in Italy in 2015 working on the development of new approach to study the quantum transport in macromolecules.




















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