Officers 2016-2017

Previous PDA officers list


President: Augusto Tentori (

Augusto Tentori is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Doyle Group in Chemical Engineering. His current research involves the use of hydrogels for nucleic acid-based cancer diagnostics. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley and his Bachelor of Science degree from MIT.
Outside of lab, Augusto enjoys traveling, dining, snowboarding, and cooking.



Interim Vice President: Sabrina Huber (

Sabrina Huber is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Dedon Group in Biological Engineering, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. She explores a new translational control mechanism by which cells regulate RNA modifications to respond to and survive stresses. Sabrina grew up in Switzerland where she received her Bachelor and Master of Science in Chemistry from the University of Zurich. She then joined the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom to obtain her PhD in Chemistry in 2016. Outside of work, Sabrina has a passion for ice hockey, travelling, beer and food.


Corresponding Secretary: Meghan Huber (

Meghan Huber is a Postdoctoral Associate in The Eric P. and Evelyn E. Newman Laboratory for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation under Dr. Neville Hogan in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Her current research focuses on understanding human motor control and learning to enhance the control of humanoid robots. She received her PhD from Northeastern University, her MS from University of Texas at Dallas, and BS from Rutgers University. Besides research, she really enjoys knitting.


Recording Secretary: Kiel Ormerod (

Kiel Ormerod is a postdoctoral research fellow (postdoctoral fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research council of Canada) in the Littleton lab at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory. His research focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying trafficking and fusion of dense core vesicles; and investigating the role of neuromodulatory substances on neural circuitry and excitation-contraction coupling machinery. His PhD is from Brock University, Ontario, Canada. Towards the end of his PhD, Kiel received an Endeavour Research Fellowship from the Australian government to spend a year in Australia studying unique electrophysiological properties in human and mouse cells from Patients/rodents with Multiple Sclerosis(MS). In his spare time he enjoys hiking, biking, hockey, American football, and a good cup of coffee.

Treasurer: Jake Martin (

Jake joined MIT in August 2015 as a Postdoctoral Associate in the lab of Darrell Irvine at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 2008 and his PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2014. He is currently working on a project to improve the delivery of antibiotics into gram-negative bacteria. Jake enjoys a variety of activities, including skiing and snowboarding, soccer, volleyball, attending concerts, and exploring Boston.


Advocacy Committee Chair: Thomas Matarazzo (

Thomas Matarazzo began as a postdoctoral fellow at the Senseable City Lab in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning in September 2016. He is working towards using mass smartphone data in cities to quantify infrastructure health. He was born in central New Jersey and graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College, NY in 2010. Afterwards, he studied at Lehigh University, where he received an M.S. (2012) and a Ph.D. (2015) in Structural Engineering for his work “A Framework for the Use of Mobile Sensors In System Identification” under the supervision of Prof. Shamim Pakzad. In the summer of 2015, he joined the Nakashima-Kurata Lab at Kyoto University for the National Science Foundation East Asia Pacific Summer Institute research program to focus on post-earthquake structural condition assessment; he continued his work with the lab as a national JSPS postdoc prior to joining MIT. In his spare time, Thomas enjoys playing, writing, and recording music. He likes cooking and enjoys baseball and hockey.

Professional Development Committee Chair: Yogesh Dayma (

Coming soon…


Community Building Committee Co-Chair: Stefan Thiele (

Stefan is a second year postdoc working in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. Before joining MIT 2015, Stefan achieved his PhD in Bremen (Germany) 2013, and did a short postdoc in Naples (Itlay) 2014-2015. His work as a microbial ecologist focusses on interactions of bacteria and their predators in the ocean. The special interest are chemical predation defence mechanisms and how these defence mechanisms shape a food web thats called the microbial loop.
If not working on his research project, Stefan engages in sports (MIT Rugby Club, MIT Scuba Club, Intramural soccer, running, etc.), enjoys Heavy Metal music, and is travelling the world.


Community Building Committee Co-Chair: Phalgun Lolur (

Phalgun Lolur is a Postdoctoral Associate from the Green Group in Chemical Engineering. He grew up in India where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology. He moved to the US in 2010 to obtain his masters in Chemical Engineering and doctorate in theoretical Chemistry from Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2016. His doctoral research focused on developing global potential energy surfaces for spectroscopy and dynamics of systems relevant to interstellar space and atmosphere. He is currently working on predicting thermodynamic properties of various substances like solubilities, pKa values etc.
Outside of research, Phalgun is passionate about tech. gadgets, soccer, martial arts, swing dancing, hiking, traveling, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Star Wars among other things.



IT/Information Flow Committee Chair: Haomiao Zhang (

Haomiao is a Postdoctoral Associate from Jensen Group in Chemical Engineering Department working on continuous reaction and separation processes for synthesis of fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals. He received PhD in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and BS from Zhejiang University in China.


Orientation Committee Chair: Mohammad Azad (

Mohammad Azad is a postdoctoral associate in prof. Allan Myerson’s research group in Chemical Engineering. He is working on the development of an innovative, miniaturized, automated, and self-contained pharmaceutical drug manufacturing unit for solid dosage as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Pharmacy on Demand (PoD) project. He received PhD in Chemical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) focused on nanotechnology for pharmaceutical drug’s bioavailability enhancement. Outside of research, Mohammad enjoys playing, driving, travelling, and cooking.

Alumni Committee Chair: Ahmed Fazly (

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Fundraising Committee Co-Chair: Andreas Steinbacher (

Andreas is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Keith Nelson at the Department of Chemistry. He obtained his PhD in physics from the Julius-Maximilians University of Wuerzburg (Germany). His current research interest focuses on nonlinear (multidimensional) THz spectroscopy and quantum control. If he is not taming ultrashort laser pulses in the lab, he enjoys art, music, and literature. He counter-balances his love for delicious food by running (half-)marathons.


Fundraising Committee Co-Chair: Deniz Bozyigit (

Deniz is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Organic and Nanostructured Electronics Laboratory with Prof. Bulovic. He obtained his PhD at ETH in Zurich and is working on the charge carrier and phonon physics in nanostructured semiconductors. If he is not busy trying to fix a laser system or marvel at the wonders of quantum physics, he loves to swing dance, prepare and/or consume enjoyable foods, and walk along the charles.


Human Affairs Committee Chair: Kathryn Dupont (

Kathryn is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Ribbeck group in Biological Engineering.  Her research focuses on understanding the biochemical and biophysical properties that govern the function of mucus in the human body, and developing tools to identify dysfunctional mucus.  She received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania and her A.B. in Biochemistry from Mount Holyoke College. Outside of the lab, she loves knitting, running, baking, and hiking.

Postdoc Initiative Grant Committee Chair: Elizabeth Stewart (

Elizabeth is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. She currently works on microfluidic devices for minimally invasive testing of biophysical markers of cancer. Elizabeth received her PhD and MS in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, and her BS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, skiing, running, and traveling to new places. Elizabeth looks forward to supporting postdocs interested in beginning and sustaining new initiatives for our community in the upcoming year.


Sports Committee Co-Chair: David Zhitomirsky (

David Zhitomirsky is a post-doctoral fellow in RLE and Jeffrey Grossman’s group. He works on renewable energy materials and optoelectronic devices. David has received his Bachelor’s from McMaster University in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering and his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in Electrical Engineering (Photonics). For leisure, David enjoys sports, Fondue parties, and playing classical guitar.


Sports Committee Co-Chair: Neetesh Singh (

Neetesh is a postdoctoral associate in photonics microsystems group (research laboratory of electronics). He obtained his PhD in physics from university of Sydney. He is currently working on nonlinear optical processes in photonics material (yes silicon mainly), at near-infrared wavelength for ultra-stable chip-scale optical frequency synthesizer. Aside from work, he loves sports (volleyball, cricket, futsal, badminton), food, music and travelling.