Executive Council

The USC Postdoctoral Association (or PDA) is governed by an executive council composed of postdoctoral scholars. The executives are elected each year, in late June, for a one-year term, based on nominations from active members of the PDA. The executive council for the 2019-2020 term is:

Dr. Anthony J. Carlos is a postdoctoral research associate and National Cancer Institute CURE fellow at the Keck School of Medicine Norris Cancer Center. His research is focused on understanding how extracellular vesicles alter tumor cell biology leading to increased tumor viability and drug resistance.


Dr. Richard Van Krieken is a postdoctoral research scholar at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Keck School of Medicine. His studies the mechanisms underlying the development of metastatic lung cancer. His primary research focus is aimed at understanding how the cell surface expression of GRP78 contribute to cancer progression.

Dr. Sangwon Hyun is a postdoctoral researcher in statistics in the Marshall School of Business and with the Simons Collaboration on Computational Biogeochemical Modeling of Marine Ecosystems (CBIOMES). His research focuses on developing statistical methodology for ocean data analysis, statistical inference methodology for changepoint detection, and disease forecasting using digital surveillance data. He finished his PhD in statistics from Carnegie Mellon University in December 2018.

Dr. Terri Stephen is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Her work focuses on inflammation, specifically glia, and sex differences in Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dr. Ananya Rakshit is currently a postdoctoral researcher in Pratt Lab at Department of Chemistry, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Science. Her research is focused on understanding the physiological consequences of glycosylation on aggregation prone proteins like α-synuclein and tau which are involved in Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, respectively.

Dr. Jasmine Plows is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Her research focuses on the determinants of obesity and type 2 diabetes before birth and in the first few years of life.

Non-Executive Advisors

In addition to the executive team, the PDA solicits input from a few non-executive advisors, who represent various units within the university or provide continuity to new executive teams. Current non-executive advisors are:

Mr. Dan Carino, Associate Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. He enables the PDA to coordinate its activities with those of the university administration, and provides essential logistical support. In addition, he serves as a non-executive advisor to the PDA on all issues and activities, and provides continuity for incoming executive teams.


The PDA is seeking representatives from all USC postdoc constituencies. Representatives form a valuable link between the PDA and individual communities (such as departments, schools, or campuses). In addition, they allow under-represented postdocs to leverage the PDA’s resources and visibility to issues that are relevant to their communities.

Join the Council

The PDA’s Executive Council seeks out nominations for all positions at the beginning of every summer, and elections follow after a month. For vacant positions, nominations are encouraged and accepted year-round. Interested postdocs are strongly encouraged to inquire with the Executive Council about ways to get involved prior to the nomination period. There are numerous ways to contribute.

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