PDA Officers 2020-2021


Tansu Daylan


Tansu Daylan is a postdoctoral Kavli fellow at the MIT Kavli Institute working on the discovery and characterization of planets beyond our Solar System. Previously, he was a PhD student at Harvard, where he worked on the dark matter problem in the Universe as well as building statistical methods such as transdimensional Bayesian inference. Earlier than that, he was a physics and electronics engineering undergraduate at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey. He previously served as the MIT PDA Human Affairs Chair (2019-2020) before becoming the President. He works towards a more diverse, fair, and inclusive work environment for postdocs at MIT. Please do not hesitate to contact him for any questions regarding the MIT PDA or diversity, equity, and inclusion related issues.


Nouf Almousa

Vice President & Recording Secretary

Nouf Almousa is a postdoctoral Ibn Khaldun Fellow at the Mesoscale Nuclear Materials Lab with the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. Her research focuses on the nuclear materials for the next generation fission reactors. Before joining MIT, she received a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University where she studied nuclear materials for fusion reactors. With almost a decade of graduate and postdoctoral studies in the nuclear field, Nouf has long been passionate about the nuclear solution to the world’s energy challenges. Due to her strong enthusiasms for empowering postdocs, she has been taking a lead through her two positions within MIT PDA executive committee.

Christopher W Kinsley


Ahmed Alade Tiamiyu

Corresponding Secretary

Ahmed is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Material Science and Engineering, MIT. He joined MIT in 2019 after completing his Ph.D. degree at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. His research focuses on using different characterization techniques to understand the processing-structure-property correlations in structural metals and alloy systems under extreme deformation conditions. In his free time, Ahmed likes to watch soccer and spend time with his family. As a corresponding secretary, he is responsible for the correspondence of the PDA with MIT and the external community. Please reach out to him if you have any questions about PDA. 


Camille Bilodeau

Advocacy Committee Chair

Camille joined Klavs Jensen’s group in the Chemical Engineering Department in April 2020 and her research focuses on using artificial intelligence to optimize molecules for different properties. Before starting her postdoc, she completed her PhD in February 2020 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and her Masters in 2015 at Northwestern University. At MIT, Camille is also a member of the PDA DEI committee, the Women’s Advisory Group committee, and the CPGSC council. As a PhD student, Camille was the president of the Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association at RPI and the Advanced Science and Computation Fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Lab. 

Camille is excited about advocating on behalf of postdocs and hopes to make the postdoc experience as great as possible. In particular, she is passionate about advocating in order to improve the diversity, equity, and inclusivity of the postdoc community at MIT. In her free time, Camille loves hiking, running, and watching TV.

Nader Nikbakht

IT & Information Committee Chair

Nader is a Postdoctoral Associate at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research and Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. His long-term research goal is to uncover the neuronal circuit mechanisms behind sensory-motor behaviors that lead to cognition. His PhD work at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), focused on understanding the neuronal circuit computations involved in multisensory perception and decision making. Here at MIT, he studies the neuronal mechanisms of sequence generation and learning with a focus on studying the cellular and circuit underpinnings of songbird vocalizations.

At the MIT PDA, Nader is responsible for setting up efficient communication and publicity systems to communicate with all postdocs at MIT.

Zhilong Fang

Professional Development Committee Chair

Zhilong is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Mathematics and Earth Resources Laboratory. He joined MIT in 2018 after completing his Ph.D. degree at the University of British Columbia, Canada. His research focuses on using different mathematical techniques to solve inverse problems such as seismic imaging and medical imaging. Here at MIT, he also studies the application of machine learning to seismic exploration. At the MIT PDA, Zhilong is responsible to provide supports of MIT postdocs’ professional developments.

Maria Kanelli

Alumni Committee Chair

Maria is a Chemical Engineer with a background in Biotechnology and polymer biocatalysis. During her PhD she worked on the enzymatic modification of synthetic fabrics to increase their hydrophilicity, the preparation of antimicrobial fabrics and the enzymatic transesterification of polysaccharides for potential application in the food and cosmetics industry. She has joined the Langer Lab as a postdoctoral fellow at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer in late 2019 and currently her research is focused on a self-boosted delivery system for the Hepatitis B vaccine and the development of an anticancer nanoplatform that will combine chemotherapeutic and phototherapeutic agents. As the Alumni chair of the MIT PDA she envisions to be the liaison between present postdocs and MIT alumni, enabling the communication and expression of concerns, advice and perspectives about future professional endeavors.

Moustafa Ragab Khalil Ali

Community Building Chair

Moustafa Ali is a second-year Postdoctoral associate at the Biological Engineering department, in Niles lab. His work at MIT demonstrates nanomaterials for imaging, prevention, and combating malaria. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2017 under the supervision of Prof. Mostafa El-Sayed. His researcher experience is a combination of chemistry and biology in three main fields: 1) nanomaterials and bio-conjugations including their synthesis, characterizations, as well as their biological impact. 2) super-resolution imaging microscopy, spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry for studying the bio-nano interface. 3) in vitro and in vivo medical applications involving cancer, Bacteria, and currently Malaria. This is his second year as a community-building chair, his role to arrange social events to get postdocs from different fields to communicate with each other. Also, working with the other PDA officers to discuss and try to solve different problems for supporting MIT postdocs. Moustafa always welcoming new ideas, so please don’t hesitate to reach out for questions, concerns, or ideas that might serve MIT postdocs.

Omar Costilla-Reyes

Fundraising Committee Chair

In addition to his role as the Vice president of PDA Omar also leads the PDA Fundraising Committee.

Kyle Diederichsen

Human Affairs/DEI Chair

Kyle started as a postdoctoral associate in the Hatton Lab in Chemical Engineering in September 2019. He is working on electrochemically mediated separations, with a particular focus on CO2 capture. During his PhD at Berkeley, Kyle worked on polymer-based electrolytes for lithium ion batteries and before that has spent time working with block copolymer self assembly and graphene growth. At Berkeley Kyle was co-president of the department student group and later a delegate and internal chief of staff to the campus graduate student government. He is passionate about improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in academia and is particularly working to improve efforts at the postdoc level at MIT because postdocs are the next generation of leaders, and MIT postdocs are hired around the world.

Laura Maiorino

Orientation Committee Chair

Laura is a postdoctoral James S. McDonnell Foundation Fellow in the Irvine Lab at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT. Her research focuses on the circuit of signals triggered by therapies that activate the immune system against cancer. Her long-term goal is to establish a framework to pair patients with the therapies they are most likely to benefit from based on which immune cells populate their cancers. Before joining MIT, Laura received a PhD in Biological Sciences from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (NY), where she studied the spread of cancer to distant sites, and a M.S. in Medical, Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology from San Raffaele University in Milan (Italy). Outside the lab, she loves spending time with friends especially when food, music or sporting events are involved. She will talk at length about travelling, politics, and her dog Zissou.

As Chair of the PDA Orientation Committee, she hopes to be a friendly face for new Postdocs, helping them acclimate and get up to speed on all the resources at their disposal at MIT.


Karthik Sankar

Orientation Committee Co-Chair

Karthik Sankar is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Chemical Engineering. His research focuses on developing computer aided synthesis planning tools. Before joining MIT, he received a PhD from Stanford University where he investigated natural product biosynthesis. Outside the lab, he likes rock climbing, road biking, working out, and performing in Improv shows.

As co-chair of the PDA orientation committee, he hopes to contribute to the postdoc community by welcoming its new members.


Jamal Toutouh El Alamin

Sports Committee Chair

Jamal is a postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He joined PDA Sports Committee since he is concerned about the importance of having resources that allow the MIT postdocs to share active activities to help break away from the day-to-day work, while sharing the experience with other people.

Before coming to MIT, he obtained his PhD in Computer Engineering at the University of Malaga (Spain) getting the Best Spanish Ph.D. Thesis in Smart Cities award. His current research explores the combination of Nature-inspired gradient-free and gradient-based optimization methods to address Adversarial Deep Learning. The main idea is to devise new algorithms to improve the efficiency and efficacy of the state-of-the-art methodology by mainly applying co-evolutionary approaches. These DL new approaches are applied to address cybersecurity, climate change, and smart-cities problems. See his website: www.jamal.es

If you would like to practice sports with your fellow postdocs, please contact us at pda-sports@mit.edu and consider joining this committee. You can also join the MIT PDA’s Sports Facebook Group, and post to the group with your ideas for informal activities.