In 2005, a group of UTHealth postdoctoral research fellows began meeting regularly to discuss career opportunities. Subsequently, scientists from several professions were invited to speak about their careers. Out of this success, a core group of postdocs decided to formalize their cooperation into an association, creating a platform for peers to share their concerns and communicate with university administration. In the fall of 2009, the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) was officially registered as an organization of the institution.
The Postdoctoral Association (PDA) is a group of postdoctoral fellows with diverse backgrounds yet a common goal of creating a healthy academic environment for postdocs at UTHealth in collaboration with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Our mission is to provide resources for postdoctoral professional development, to foster a sense of community among postdocs, and to ensure all postdoctoral research fellows at UTHealth are treated equally and fairly.
To accomplish these goals, we help postdocs learn about possible career pathways and expand their professional network through interactions with different professionals at career forums and monthly coffee break seminars. We encourage scientific productivity through biannual travel award competitions. The PDA also offers information to new postdoctoral research fellows as they adjust to life in Houston and their job at UTHealth. Finally, we work with postdocs, faculty, and administrators to maintain an academic atmosphere of equality for all postdoctoral research fellows.
We constantly seek interaction and cooperation among UTHealth postdocs; we welcome your valuable comments and fresh ideas. Please feel free to contact us to share your experiences, difficulties, and successes.
Meet the PDA Board and Executive Committee
2013-2014 Academic Year
Co-Chairs: Ellie Rahbar and Jose Fernandez Leon
Vice Chair: Regina Nobles
Secretary: Sabitha Prabhakaran
Travel Award Co-Chairs: Sajiya Jalil & Robyn Crook
Public Relations & International Postdoc Liason: Isabelle Bauer
Coffee Break Seminar Co-Chair: Bijay Khajanchi
Webmaster: Ellie Rahbar and Lakshmi Ganesan