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JHPDA MISSION

The Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association (JHPDA) supports and enhances the postdoctoral experience at Johns Hopkins University on the East Baltimore and Bayview campuses. We seek to improve the daily life of postdoctoral fellows through building a sense of community in the academic and social realms. We also seek to address long-term issues related to career development, training, and policy. We advocate for fellows by bringing their interests and concerns to the attention of the administration in order to initiate constructive and mutually beneficial changes. The JHPDA was formed in 1992 and has been officially recognized by the University since 1994 making us one of the oldest postdoctoral associations in the country. Click here to read the JHPDA charter.

JHPDA Membership

Membership currently includes all postdoctoral fellows in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (SOM), Bloomberg School of Public Health (SPH) and School of Nursing (SON). The JHPDA is run by an elected Executive Board and Committee Chairs (listed below), all of whom are volunteers.

Our Awesome Team
Current

Executive Board

Parnaz Daneshpajouhnejad, M.D

Position: Treasurer
Email: pdanesh@jhmi.edu

Kynon Jade Benjamin, PhD

Position: Co-president
Email: jade.benjamin@libd.org

Naomi Dirckx, Ph.D.

Position: Co-president
Email: ndirckx1@jhmi.edu

Aline Gottlieb, M.D., Ph. D.

Position: Secretary
Email: agottli5@jhmi.edu
 
Our Awesome Team
Current

Co-Chairs

Mehdi Fanai, MD

Media & Communications

Alex Weiss, D.Phil

Policy & Advocacy

Sadiya Parveen, Ph.D.

Professional Development

JADA DOMINGUE, PH.D.

Diversity Postdoc Alliance

Susana Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Diversity Postdoc Alliance

Omid Shafaat, M.D.

Policy and Advocacy

Priya Pai, Ph.D.

Media and Communications

Zineb Belcaid, M.D.

Professional Development

Mehdi Fanai, MD

Position: Media & Communications
Email: mehdifanai@jhmi.edu

Alex Weiss, D.Phil

Position: Policy & Advocacy
Email: arweiss@jhmi.edu

Sadiya Parveen, Ph.D.

Position: Professional Development
Email: sparvee2@jhmi.edu

Kristal Rychlik, Ph.D.

Position: SPH
Email: krychli1@jhmi.edu

JADA DOMINGUE, PH.D.

Position: Diversity Postdoc Alliance
Email: jdoming9@jhmi.edu

Susana Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Position: Diversity Postdoc Alliance
Email: srodri12@jhmi.edu

Omid Shafaat, M.D.

Position: Policy and Advocacy
Email: oshafaat@jhmi.edu

Priya Pai, Ph.D.

Position: Media and Communications
Email: ppai1@jhmi.edu

Zineb Belcaid, M.D.

Position: Professional Development
Email: zbelcai1@jhmi.edu

Alejandra Blanco, M.D.

Position: Socials
Email: ablanco5@jhmi.edu
 
Our Awesome Team
Previous

Executive Board and Co-Chairs

Rachel Mulheren, Ph.D.

Position: Co-president
Email: rmulher1@jhmi.edu

Bahar Tuncgenc, PhD

Position: Treasurer, International
Email: btuncge1@jhmi.edu

Georg Oeltzschner, Ph.D.

Position: Treasurer
Email: goeltzs1@jhmi.edu

Jing Sun, Ph.D.

Position: SPH
Email: jsun54@jhmi.edu

Aadhithya Raman MBBS

Position: Secretary

Sidd Shenoy, PhD

Position: Professional Development
Email: sshenoy.unc@gmail.com
 
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