FAS Postdoctoral Association

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Who are we?

The FAS Postdoc Association is a community by and for the postdocs of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, Cambridge campus. We work closely with the FAS Postdoctoral Office to build community among postdocs and provide opportunities for professional growth and development.

Meet the Board

Sohaib Abdul Rehman

Sohaib Abdul Rehman
President 2022 - 23

Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)
Pronouns: he/him/his
I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Prigozhin Lab. My research focuses on developing novel optical and electron microscopy methods to study cell signalling. 

Brian Raftrey Brian Raftrey
Secretary/ Advocacy
Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology (SCRB)
Pronouns: he/him/his

I am a postdoc in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology. My research focuses on the development and disfunction of stem cell populations in the skin. As part of the FAS Postdoc Association, I work with the Advocacy Committee to understand challenges and fix problems that Harvard postdocs face. In addition, I am the secretary for the FAS PDA.
Rachel Harris

Rachel L. Harris
Treasurer/Advocacy Chair/Communication
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Pronouns: she/her/hers

I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Girguis Lab, where my research explores the myriad physical and biogeochemical factors that influence microbial metabolism at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. More broadly, my work is motivated by the quest to explore the habitability constraints of the biotic fringe to consider the astrobiological potentials of Europa, Enceladus, and the Martian subsurface. I joined the FAS PDA to champion the University into greater investment into the financial health and well-being of postdoctoral scholars to 1) meet NIH recommended minimums, 2) be competitive with peer and Boston-area institutions, and 3) account for inflation and the high cost of living in greater Boston. I am particularly focused on expanding retirement benefits to offer a 401k match and commuter benefits to fully subsidize public transportation. I’m one of the folks behind Advocacy Committee updates on the FAS PDA twitter account.

Kelsey Tyssowski

Kelsey Tyssowski

Advocacy/Communication
President 2021 - 22

Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB)/ Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB)
Pronouns: she/her/hers
I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Hoekstra lab. My research focuses on the evolution of neural circuitry that enables skilled movement. In my work with the Advocacy Committee, I endeavor to make postdocs' voices and needs heard by the administration and to push for policies that ensure that all postdocs receive the support they need to be happy, healthy, and productive researchers.

Daren Card Daren Card
Careers Chair
Organismic & Evolutionary Biology (OEB)
Pronouns: he/him/his

I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Edwards lab, where I study the genetic mechanisms underlying the repeated evolution of adaptive phenotypes in natural populations of vertebrates. As a member of the Careers Committee, my goal is to help my colleagues learn about the diverse career options available to early-career scientists and navigate the transition into a rewarding career.

Alina Guse
Social Chair
Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB)
Pronouns: she/her/hers

I am a DFG postdoctoral fellow in the Cluzel Lab. My research focuses on the reorganization of regulatory networks and their impact on transcriptional dynamics in bacterial single cells during the adaptation in scarce long-term growth environments. In the Social Committee, we aim to provide a networking platform to connect the FAS postdoc community both socially and professionally, and thereby enrich the postdoctoral experience.

Isobel Ronai
Advocacy/PDAs Liaison
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB)
Pronouns: she/her/hers

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow and American Australian Association Scholar in the Extavour lab. My research focuses on ticks and tick-borne diseases of medical and veterinary importance. I am particularly interested in applying molecular technologies to fundamental research questions in tick biology. As Postdoctoral Associations Liaison I facilitate connecting the FAS-PDA with the other Harvard-affiliated postdoctoral associations and the wider community. By working together we aim to have a Harvard voice for postdocs.

Freja Chabert Oesterstroem
Social
Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB) and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)
Pronouns: she/her/hers

I am a Marie Sklodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellow in the Anderson Lab. My research focuses on stratospheric ozone chemistry, where I look at the impact of volcanic eruptions on the ozone layer using a 3D chemistry-climate-aerosol model as well as investigate some of the halogen-reactions central for ozone depletion. As part of the social committee I am part of organizing events to bring together the postdoc community, which includes events targeted at families for postdocs who are balancing research with having children.

We aim to fairly represent and advocate for the needs of the larger FAS postdoc community, and to enrich the postdoc experience by providing opportunities for social and professional development. This involves a wide range of topics and services that are dutifully taken care of by many volunteers. Help us to build a strong community and active association!
Fomer Board Members

Join one of our committees: 

Advocacy - Is advocacy your thing? Help us share more information about the rights of postdocs at Harvard. Help us ask questions, and conduct surveys to understand the current postdoc climate. Help us make lasting change by joining the Advocacy Committee! 
Careers - Do you want to build a bridge between postdocs and industry? Perhaps better prepare yourself for a career in academia? Whatever your path, this committee helps organize events that provide tools for getting your ready for the job market.  
Communications - Are you the source of news among your friends? Enjoy posting on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn? Join our communications team! Spread the word about our amazing events! Give postdocs a voice! Help us keep our postdoc community updated with the latest opportunities.
Social - Do you like organizing scientific, social and career events? Join our Events Committee! We organize monthly happy hours, the postdoc science café, and social outings such as Brew at the Zoo. 

Many opportunities await you at the FAS Postdoc Association, and all kinds of contributions are welcome. We offer:
•    An open-minded environment where you can learn how to manage a team
•    Polish your organizational talent: organize workshops, panel discussions, or welcome events
•    Make new lasting friendships: get to know fellow postdocs and maybe you’ll become friends for life!
•    Take responsibility: we offer you visibility and freedom to sustain the association in many different ways
•    The place to be creative: Have you always wanted to organize a book club? Boardgame night? … we can help you do that!

Our active and fun team is looking forward to hearing from you!
Reach out to us at faspda@fas.harvard.edu and one of our board members will get in touch with you. 

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