Sirisha Sirobhushanam
Sirisha is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine in the Kahlenberg lab. She is interested in understanding the role of bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus in skin inflammation in cutaneous lupus. When she is not in the lab she likes to prepare spicy Indian snacks to enjoy with a good book. She received her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Illinois State University.

Albert Liang
Albert is a postdoctoral fellow in Radiation Oncology.  He majored in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University (B.S.) and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan (Ph.D.).  Currently, he is conducting research to develop next-generation flat-panel x-ray imagers with improved image quality. These imagers are used to diagnose diseases and used in radiation therapy for cancer treatment. He joined the UMPDA in 2018 and was elected to become co-president in Jun 2019.

William Close
Originally from Wisconsin, Will is now a postdoc in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Before coming to Ann Arbor and joining the lab of Pat Schloss, he earned a B.S. in Microbiology with a Business Concentration from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and completed his Ph.D. studying virology at Wayne State University. His current research focuses on the interactions between viral and bacterial communities in the gastrointestinal tract and their impact on overall host health. Will has a strong interest in advocating for trainee success and participates in several organizations that aim to facilitate it.

Ashley Kalinski
Originally from Michigan Ashley received a B.A in both Biology and Japanese Studies from Adrian College. She followed that with a Ph.D. from Drexel University in 2015 under the direction of Jeffery Twiss. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Roman Giger in Cell and Developmental Biology and works on mechanisms of neural repair. She is passionate about facilitating opportunities for woman and girls in STEM and participates in as many science outreach activities as she can. Ashley was Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Chair at the UMPDA until Jun 2019.

Cynthia Gerlein-Safdi
Cynthia is a postdoctoral fellow from the Michigan Society of Fellows, hosted in the department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering. The earned her B.Sc. in Earth Sciences at the University of Strasbourg in France and her Ph.D in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University. Cynthia is an ecohydrologist interested in understanding the link between the water and carbon cycles in plants using process-based models, field work, and satellite data.

Simone Brixius-Anderko
Simone is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry. She received her PhD in Biochemistry at the Saarland University in Germany and transitioned to Ann Arbor in 2017 together with her family. Her research is focused on the structure/function relationship of steroidogenic cytochrome P450 enzymes and how to exploit structural information for the treatment of patients suffering from overproduction of certain steroids. Simone loves mentoring and is passionate about outreach and diversity in science. She is spending her free time with her family, attending rock concerts, and going outdoors.

Kasia Glanowska
Kasia is a neuroscientist with a strong background in neurophysiology and neuroendocrinology who currently works in the Department of Neurology. She is utilizing a variety of in vivo and in vitro models and electrophysiological methods to study neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases such as the epilepsy and the bipolar disorder. She received Masters Degree in Biotechnology from the Jagiellonian Univesity, Krakow, Poland and PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Virginia.

David Goyer
David is a neuroscientist who works as a postdoc in the Kresge Hearing Research Institute. Using electrophysiology and optogenetics, his research is focused on how the auditory midbrain works and how it helps the brain to pick up cues that are important for understanding speech and localizing sounds. He got his graduate degrees from RTWH Aachen University, Germany, working with Thomas Kuenzel on how a certain cell type in the cochlear nucleus of the auditory brain stem is modulated by acetylcholine.

Matthew Hall
Matthew is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biomedical Engineering where he works in the area of next generation cellular immunotherapies. He previously earned his B.S. and Ph.D. in Biological Engineering at Cornell University. Matthew joined the UMPDA board as postdoctoral affairs co-chair in 2019.


Kuang He
Kuang is a postdoctoral fellow in the Hematology/Oncology Division, Department of Internal Medicine. Her research focuses on early detection of cancer and other diseases using liquid biopsies. Prior to Michigan, she completed an industrial postdoc at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering where she invented new methods for treating microbiologically-influenced pipeline corrosion. She holds a BS in Applied Chemistry from Beijing University and a PhD in Biochemistry from Indiana University.

Aqila Ahmed
Aqila is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Urology ( Keller Lab). She earned both her B.S. and Ph.D. from Wayne State University in the Department of Nutrition and Food science. She is currently utilizing single cell technologies to study immune infiltration in prostate cancer bone metastasis.


Patricia Schnepp
Patti is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Urology.  She earned her B.S. from Wayne State University and her Ph.D. from University of Notre Dame in 2017.  She is currently conducting bioinformatic analyses on single cell sequencing of prostate cancer to identify better treatment options for patients.


Francois Beaufay
Francois is from Belgium where he got his PhD in molecular and cellular biology.  He moved with his family to Ann Arbor in 2015 to work on bacterial stress response in the lab of Ursula Jakob.  When not being busy in the lab, Francois loves spending time with his wife and two kids exploring the US.  He joined the UMPDA in 2015 and was co-president from 2017-2019.


Nicholas Borotto
Nick received his B.S. from Northeastern, his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry. His research focuses on the development of novel mass spectrometry-based techniques to characterize protein post-translational modifications. Nick was UMPDA Networking Co-chair until Jun 2019.


Julie Boulanger
Julie is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of Anesthesiology. She earned her PhD in Neuroscience and Cognition at the Université de Lyon, in France. Her project investigates the consequences of maternal fever during labor for the offspring. She loves mentoring younger scientists and teaching the scientific method. On her free time, Julie enjoys hiking, rock climbing or any activity that gets her outdoors.

Eduardo Cervi
Eduardo is an Environmental Engineer from Brazil. He joined the Burton Ecotoxicology Research Lab in the summer of 2015 as a PhD Research Scholar from the University of São Paulo and returned in 2018 as a postdoctoral fellow in the School for Environment and Sustainability – SEAS. His research interests include establishing relationships between contaminant forms, bioavailability and observed biological/ecological effects, and the development and application of sediment quality guidelines. He was UMPDA International chair until Jun 2019.

Tyler Pinter
Tyler is a Canadian postdoctoral fellow in the department of chemistry working with Prof. Vincent Pecoraro on designing de novo metal-binding peptides. He received his BSc (Hons) and PhD from the University of Western Ontario (London, Canada) studying protein-metal binding interactions. He joined the UMPDA in Feb 2016 and was secretary form Dec 2017 until 2018.


Sardar Ansari
Sardar received the B.S. in software engineering from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Tehran, in 2008, the M.S. in computer science and statistics from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010, and the Ph.D. in computer science in 2013. He was a research fellow in the Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics at University of Michigan and a member of Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Clinical Care. His research interests include medical signal and image processing, machine learning, data mining, and development of medical devices.