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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.

Committees

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS   

The goal of the Media and Communications Committee is to disseminate useful and important information to the Hopkins community, which includes the School of Medicine, School of Public Health, and School of Nursing. We do this via weekly bulletins, social media, and our website.    

INTERNATIONALS

The International Committee provides resources and answers questions for international postdocs.

POLICY AND ADVOCACY

Our goal is to educate, advise, advocate, and when necessary, work with the university to resolve problems affecting postdoctoral fellows. We help bridge communication between the postdoctoral community, representatives of the University Health System, the School of Medicine, and the Dean of Postdoctoral Affairs. We give voice to the issues that affect the postdoctoral community at regular meetings with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, monthly Faculty Senate meetings, and monthly Health Care Committee Meetings.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Professional Development Committee is our largest committee, featuring the most diverse range of activities. The Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association Professional Development Committee (JHPDA-PDC) aims to prepare postdoctoral fellows to excel in academic careers as well as develop transferable skills and identify diverse career opportunities. We identify experts from diverse fields and help postdoctoral fellows interact with and learn from them as well as other fellows from different disciplines.

DIVERSITY ALLIANCE COMMITTEE

DPAC supports a variety of objectives through its initiatives. DPAC is an interdisciplinary and postdoc-run sub-committee of JHPDA dedicated to enhancing the academic, professional, and social development of underrepresented individuals in higher education by systematically identifying and addressing their needs and concerns.

SOCIALS

The goal of the socials committee is to bring our postdoctoral community together – both for networking & collaboration and to share downtime away from the bench with our peers.

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE 

The goal of the committee is to advocate for the specific needs of postdocs at the School of Public Health and create better links between the SPH and the wider JHPDA. 

Our Awesome Team
Current

Executive Board

Joshua Hooks, Ph.D.

Position: Treasurer
Email: jhooks4@jhmi.edu

Alex Weiss, D.Phil

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

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

Position: Co-president
Email: agottli5@jhmi.edu

 
Our Awesome Team
Current

Co-Chairs

Oby Ebenebe, Ph.D.

Professional Development

Joanna Konopka, Ph.D.

Professional Development

Gabriela Romero-Meza, Ph.D.

Diversity Postdoc Alliance

Omid Shafaat, M.D.

Policy and Advocacy

Wanda Figueroa-Cuilan, Ph.D.

Diversity Postdoc Alliance

Weiwei Dai, Ph.D.

Media and Communications

Irina Duff, M.D., PhD.

Policy and Advocacy

Oby Ebenebe, Ph.D.

Position: Professional Development
Email: oebeneb1@jhmi.edu

Joanna Konopka, Ph.D.

Position: Professional Development
Email: jkonopk1@jhmi.edu

Naomi Dirckx, Ph.D.

Position: Socials
Email: ndirckx1@jhmi.edu

Gabriela Romero-Meza, Ph.D.

Position: Diversity Postdoc Alliance
Email: gromero5@jhu.edu

Omid Shafaat, M.D.

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

Wanda Figueroa-Cuilan, Ph.D.

Position: Diversity Postdoc Alliance
Email: wfiguer2@jhmi.edu

Weiwei Dai, Ph.D.

Position: Media and Communications
Email: wdai12@jhmi.edu

Irina Duff, M.D., PhD.

Position: Policy and Advocacy
Email: iduff1@jhmi.edu

 
Our Awesome Team
Previous

Executive Board and Co-Chairs

Kynon Jade Benjamin, PhD

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

Akansha Sehgal, Ph.D.

Position: Policy & Advocacy
Email: asehgal4@jhmi.edu

Parnaz Daneshpajouhnejad, M.D

Position: Treasurer
Email: pdanesh@jhmi.edu

Sadiya Parveen, Ph.D.

Position: Professional Development
Email: sparvee2@jhmi.edu

Jewel Crasta, PhD

Position: Media & Communications
Email: jcrasta1@jhmi.edu

 
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