Cheukkai Becket Hui, Ph.D.
Becket is a postdoctoral fellow in the Radiation Physics Department researching 4D MRI acquisition techniques and liquid scintillator dosimetry. He joined the postdoc association in early 2013 and has been active since. He has been coordinating the postdoctoral science symposium and organizing various social networking events for postdocs. As one of the co-chairs, he will seek improved policies that would benefit postdocs and explore opportunities that would enhance the postdoc experience!
Haley Peters, Ph.D.
Haley is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Molldrem in the Department of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy. She is investigating changes to the peptide repertoire of cancer cells mediated by immune components of tumors. She is one of two co-chairs for the Postdoctoral Association Executive Committee.
Li Tian, Ph.D.
Subcommittee – Secretary (Chair)
Li is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Marites Melancon in the Department of Interventional Radiology. Her research focuses on combining nanotechnology with external stimuli in cancer theranostics. As the Secretary Chair, she maintains the PDA documentation and helps facilitating effective communication among all the members. She hopes that through our mutual efforts, we thrive as a community and as individuals in our careers.
Lindsay Kelderhouse, Ph.D.
Subcommittee – Policy (Chair) and Career Development (Vice Chair)
Lindsay is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Steven Millward in Cancer Systems Imaging. Her research focuses on the development of novel imaging agents against specific in vivo targets. As the Policy Chair, she runs elections, maintains the by-laws, and assists with the creation of new policies.
Figen Beceren-Braun, Ph.D.
Subcommittee – Communications (Chair)
Figen is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Tomasz Zal in the Department of Immunology. Her research focuses on restoring the anti-tumor immunity of lymphocytes in tumor microenvironment. As a chair of Communications subcommittee, she makes PDA members aware of all the opportunities and events offered by the PDAEC.
Argentina Ornelas Ph.D.
Subcommittee – Mentor Award (Chair)
Argentina is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Steven Millward in Cancer Systems Imaging. Her research focuses on the development of imaging probes to target the cell death mechanisms autophagy and apoptosis. As part of the Robert M. Chamberlain Distinguished Mentor Award committee see oversees the selection and presentation ceremony recognizing outstanding mentors to postdoctoral fellows at MD Anderson.
Christine Vinci, Ph.D.
Subcommittee – Responsible Conduct of Research (Chair)
Christine is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Health Disparities Research under the mentorship of David Wetter. Her current work seeks to elucidate relevant mechanisms implicated in the relationship between trait mindfulness and smoking relapse. As chair of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) subcommittee, she coordinates monthly speakers for the RCR seminar series in accordance with NIH guidelines.
Xyanthine Parillon, Ph.D.
Subcommittee – Career Development (Chair)
Xyanthine is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Shao-Cong Sun in the Department of Immunology. Her research focuses on autoimmunity and T-cell tolerance. As chair of the Career Development subcommittee she has incorporated initiatives to enhance postdocs awareness of career development opportunities and seminars in the Texas Medical Center and at NIH.
Nabihah Tayob, Ph.D.
Subcommittee – Presidential Career Symposium (Chair)
Nabihah is a postdoctoral fellow in the Biostatistics department working with Drs Kim-Ahn Do and Ziding Feng. Her current research focuses on developing statistical methodology for biomarker studies. The Presidential Career Symposium is developing into an important event for postdoctoral fellows across the Texas Medical Center. Together with other postdoctoral associations, her aim for 2016 is to continue to improve the symposium and ensure it will address issues relevant to the ever changing career landscape of PhD’s.
Tara Dobson, Ph.D.
Subcommittee – Annual Postdoctoral Science Symposium (Chair) and Outreach (Vice Chair)
Tara is a postdoctoral fellow in Experimental Pediatrics in the laboratory of Dr. Vidya Gopalakrishnan. Her research focuses on identifying mechanisms by which the neurogenesis regulator REST drives medulloblastoma development and dissemination. As Chair of APSS she is taking the lead to organize this commemorative event that showcases the many important contributions made by postdocs in the medical center to the scientific community. In addition, as Vice Chair of the Outreach subcommittee she works with the chair to coordinate all PDA social events and service projects sponsored by the PDAEC.
Pedro Correa De Sampaio, Ph.D.
Subcommittee – Outreach (Chair)
Pedro is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Raghu Kalluri’s laboratory at the Department of Cancer Biology. His main research interests are the different roles of the tumor microenvironment in regulating cancer progression and metastatic spread, particularly in the context of prostate cancer bone metastasis. As Chair of the Outreach subcommittee, he plans to organize social events to bring postdoctoral fellows from all corners of MD Anderson together, as well as social and volunteering projects sponsored by the PDA.
Kiera Rycaj, Ph.D.
Subcommittee – Science Park (Chair)
Kiera is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Dean Tang in the Department of Molecular Carcinogenesis at Science Park. Her research focuses on experimental modeling of castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) development and identification of novel CRPC-targeting therapeutics. As the Science Park Subcommittee Chair, she is responsible for coordinating meetings and events for fellows at Science Park.
Ilvira Khan, Ph.D.
Subcommittee – Policy (Vice Chair)
Ilvira joined MDACC in August 2014 as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Laura Beretta in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Oncology. Her research project focuses on identifying and validating novel biomarkers for early detection of hepatocellular carcinoma. As a Vice-chair of the Policy committee, she assists in the creation of new policies, maintenance of the by-laws, and PDAEC elections.
Sarathi Kalra, M.D.
Subcommittee – Communications (Vice Chair)
Sarathi is a postdoctoral fellow, training with Dr. Eric Jonasch in the Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology. His research focus is on VHL disease and outcomes of patients with renal cell cancer. As the vice-chair of Communications subcommittee, he keeps the post-docs and the members of PDAEC informed of the opportunities and events offered by the PDAEC.
Kristina Stemler, Ph.D.
Subcommittee – Mentor Award (Vice Chair)
Kristi is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Helen Piwnica-Worms in Cancer Biology. Her work focuses on understanding the protective mechanisms behind pre-fasting in chemotherapy treatment. As vice-chair of the Robert M. Chamberlain Distinguished Mentor Award committee she helps to oversee the selection and presentation ceremony recognizing outstanding mentors to postdoctoral fellows at MD Anderson.
Matthew Chrisman, Ph.D.
Subcommittee – Responsible Conduct of Research (Vice Chair)
Matthew is a postdoctoral fellow in the Epidemiology Department working with Drs Hua Zhao and Wong-Ho Chow. His current research focuses on the role of physical activity in disease development. Together with Christine Vinci, he is working to ensure all postdocs are provided with appropriate and relevant seminars on responsible conduct of research as required by NIH.
Zhe Wang, Ph.D.
Subcommittee – Annual Postdoctoral Science Symposium (Vice Chair)
Zhe is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Patrick Hwu in the Department of Melanoma Medical Oncology. His research involves elucidating the tumor resistance mechanisms in response to T cell immunotherapy. As vice-chair for the APSS subcommittee, he would like to help organize an integrated platform that enhances learning experience and scientific interactions among postdoctoral fellows.
Dong Yang, Ph.D.
Subcommittee – Presidential Career Symposium (Member)
Dong is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Khandan Keyomarsi in the Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology. His research focuses on targeted therapy in TNBC. As a member of Presidential Career Symposium subcommittee, he assists organizing this annual event.
Qingshan Yang, Ph.D.
2nd year postdoctoral fellow working in Dr. Varsha Gandhi’s lab in the Department of Experimental Therapeutics. Research focus is biomarker identification of small molecule inhibitors in pre-clinical or clinical trial development phases in hematologic malignancies.
Oksana Zagorodna, Ph.D.
Oksana is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Xiangwei Wu in the Department of Clinical Cancer Prevention. Her current work is on chemoprevention of pancreatic cancer by targeting KRAS mutations for apoptosis. Her broad scientific interests include cancer prevention, translational research, and advancing health and longevity. Oksana has been a member of PDAEC since 2012.
Tracy Jennifer Costello, Ph.D.
Program Manager, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Tracy is charged with assisting Martha Skender with the planning, organization, direction setting and evaluation of the academic and career development programming for the Institution's research postdoctoral fellow population, including strategic oversight of the MD Anderson Postdoctoral Association.