About Us

We are postdocs, working as volunteers. We promote a high quality of postdoctoral life and labor. We advocate on behalf of all postoctoral fellows during their time at Johns Hopkins.



Our Mission

Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association (JHPDA) provides advice and resources, opportunities to network and enhance your professional career, enjoy life in Baltimore, connect you to other postdocs, and experience a sense of community...

...your community of postdocs ...right here in Baltimore.
If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, please email us: postdoc@jhmi.edu :)

Executive Board

We have monthly meetings to gather feedback, plan events, and disseminate information.

JHPDA Executive Board

  • Co-Presidents
    • Nick Puts, PhD
      • PhD in Biology/Psychology, Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom
      • Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Radiology, Div. of Neuroradiology
    • Blythe Shepard, PhD
      • PhD in Cell Biology, Catholic University
      • Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Physiology
  • Secretary
    • Regan Memmott, MD, PhD
      • PhD in Cancer and Cell Biology, University of Cincinnati
      • Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Oncology
  • Treasurer
    • Cara Altimus, PhD
      • PhD in Cell Biology, Johns Hopkins University
      • Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Neuroscienc

Committee Leaders

More information about each committee can be found in the Committees section of the website. If you are interested in joining a specific committee, please do not hesitate to contact committee chairs!
  • Policy & Advocacy
  • Professional Development
  • International
  • Minority Postdoc Alliance
    • [position open]
  • Media & Communications
    • Nick Puts, PhD
      • PhD in Biology/Psychology, Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom
      • Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Radiology, Div. of Neuroradiology
    • Corinne Pettigrew, PhD
      • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Socials
    • Orion Furmanski, PhD
      • PhD in Neuroscience, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
      • Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
    • Jeffrey Norris, DVM, PhD
      • PhD in Biophysics, UC Davis
      • Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Oncology
Webmaster

We want to hear from you. Email us: 

Our History

JHPDA is one of the oldest postdoctoral associations in the nation. [More history coming soon!]

Our previous website, created from September to November 2011, can be found in the PDA2012 section, with another version here. Our current website was revised in January of 2013 by Issel Anne Lim, PhD.

Previous Officers

Below is a list of officers who have done a great job with the JHPDA.

JHPDA: History


2012-2013: Executive Board

  • Co-Presidents
    • Cara Altimus, PhD
    • Nate Brennan, PhD
      • PhD in Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, Johns Hopkins University
      • Postdoctoral Fellow in the Chemical Therapeutics Program, Dept. of Oncology
  • Secretary
    • Verity Oliver, PhD
      • PhD in Genetics, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
      • Postdoctoral Fellow at the Wilmer Eye Institute
  • Treasurer
    • Blythe Shepard, PhD
      • PhD in Cell Biology, Catholic University
      • Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Physiology
  • Webmaster
    • Issel Anne Lim, PhD
      • PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
      • Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Radiology
      • www.QuirkyInk.com

2012-2013: Committee Leaders

  • Policy & Advocacy
    • Melissa Landek-Salgado, PhD
  • Professional Development
    • Ashley Blouin, PhD
    • Felix Rivera-Mariani, PhD
  • International
    • Verity Oliver, PhD
      • PhD in Genetics, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
      • Postdoctoral Fellow at the Wilmer Eye Institute
    • Yukiko Muroi, PhD
  • Minority Postdoc Alliance

  • Media & Communications
    • Nick Puts, PhD
    • Amanda Zimmerman, PhD
  • Socials
    • Orion Furmanski, PhD
      • PhD in Neuroscience, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
      • Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
    • Seng Kai Ong, PhD

2011-2012: Executive Board

  • Co-Presidents
    • Kalyan Kondapalli
    • Mari Kondo
    • Sri Sharma
  • Vice Presidents
    • Mari Kondo
    • Maria Sevdali
  • Secretary
    • Parastoo Jangouk
    • Sandya Venugopal
  • Treasurer
    • Sam Das
    • Blythe Shepard

    2011-2012: Committee Leaders

    [More information coming soon!]



    The Guy with the Dome

    This little guy holding up the famed Hopkins Dome used to represent JHPDA on all JHPDA promo material. After changing our logo in 2011, we kept him as our mascot. He appears on our posters, often in a quiet corner, changing his location with each design. See if you can spot him! In November, he was in a wineglass in the Shuttle Social's inaugural poster. In the future, we'll be holding a competition to name him.

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