Chair: Nestor Prieto-Dominguez, PhD

Nestor Prieto-Dominguez, PhD

Dr. Nestor Prieto-Dominguez received his BS in Biotechnology and his PhD in Biomedicine and Health Science from the University of Leon (Universidad de Leon) in Spain. He started his postdoctoral period in the UAB Department of Microbiology in October 2019.

Under the mentorship of Dr. Eric Ubil, he is studying the suppressive mechanisms that cancer cells use to modulate macrophage activation in the tumor microenvironment. The understanding of these new mechanisms would serve to either improve the antitumoral effects of regular chemotherapy or develop new immunotherapy drugs.

He hopes to promote a supportive environment for all UAB postdoctoral fellows during the period that he will serve as PDA Chair.

Vice Chair: Gurpreet Kaur, PhD

Vice Chair:
Gurpreet Kaur, PhD

I received my B.Sc. (Biotechnology), M.Sc. (Bioinformatics) and Ph.D. (Bioinformatics) from Guru Nanak Dev University, India. During my PhD, I was awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral & Professional Research Fellowship to work at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA. I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the group of Dr. Elizabeth Worthey at the Center for Computational Genomics and Data Science, UAB School of Medicine. Prior to joining UAB, I pursued postdoctoral research at Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology and University of Tuebingen, Germany.

My current research is focused on the application of bioinformatics/computational biology/omics approaches to identify molecular variation in patients with rare, undiagnosed or misdiagnosed diseases.

I was the former PDA Secretary and hope to continue promoting camaraderie among fellow postdocs, and hone my organizational skills in my new role as Vice-Chair.

Apart from doing science, I like to watch historical, sci-fi shows and movies, and do creative things with my daughter.

Pronouns: She/Her

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Secretary: Muthukumar Karuppasamy, PhD

Muthukumar Karuppasamy, PhD

Dr. Muthukumar Karuppasamy (Muthu) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Alexander Neuromuscular Disease Research Lab (Dr. Matthew Alexander) in the Department of Pediatrics, UAB. Muthu focuses on the drug discovery and mechanistic signaling pathways of neuromuscular disorders.

He completed his Bachelors in Pharmacy at RVS College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Coimbatore, India), Masters in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry from the Birla Institute of Technology (Ranchi, India), and Doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacology at the Department of Pharmacy, National University of Singapore (NUS).

Muthu worked in the research institutions and pharma/biotech industries in India and abroad for more than 5 years. When he is not in the lab, he spends time with his daughters and participates in community outreach activities.

As a secretary, Muthu hopes to liaise with the postdocs and UAB Postdoc Association (PDA) and assist the PDA-related events.

Postdoc Research Day Chair: Carolina Francelin Rovarotto, PhD

Postdoc Research Day Chair:
Carolina Francelin Rovarotto, PhD

Dr. Carolina Francelin Rovarotto (Francelin and Rovarotto as her last name) is from Brazil. She was awarded all of her degrees, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Masters in Genetic and Molecular Science with an emphasis in Immunology, and her PhD at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP).

Currently, she is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Michael Boulton’s laboratory in the Department of Opthamology. Her main research focuses on stem cell therapies to treat age-related macular degeneration in mouse models.

This year, Carolina expects to be able to build networks through hosting Peer Group Meetings, while providing lectures that contribute to postdoc interests and growth. She is very excited to get in touch with you all!

When she is not in the lab, she enjoys baking, playing with her five-year-old daughter, and watching movies with her husband. She also enjoys exploring nature, though she does not deny a calm afternoon reading books and eating chocolate!

Peer Group Co-Chair: Ritesh Rajesh Sevalkar, PhD

Peer Group Co-Chair:
Ritesh Rajesh Sevalkar, PhD

My name is Ritesh Sevalkar. I have completed my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biotechnology from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, MH, India. After completing my master’s, I joined CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), Chandigarh, India for pursuing my Ph.D. Further finishing my Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular biology I joined UAB in November 2018 for my postdoctoral research in the Lab of Prof. Adrie JC Steyn, department of Microbiology.

I work in the area of Mycobacterial physiology with the major focus on study the hydrogen sulfide signaling in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. My current goal is to apply my knowledge of mycobacterial physiology and hydrogen sulfide biology to design and develop new drug therapies for the treatment of Tuberculosis.

During my appointment as a peer group chair I would like promote an environment where we all can freely discuss on various topics ranging from day to day life to scientific questions which will help the PDA members during their tenure at UAB.

Peer Group Co-Chair: Anuradha Goswami, PhD

Peer Group Co-Chair:
Anuradha Goswami, PhD

I am Anuradha Goswami from India. I have graduated with B.Tech Genetic Engineering from SRM University, and M.Tech in Environmental Science & Engineering from BIT Mesra, India. I have a PhD in Water treatment from Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK. Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Jeffrey Morris lab at the Dept. of Biology, UAB. My research is focused on Antimicrobial resistance genes (AMR) in environment and its association with environmental pollution.

I am excited to be a part of the PDA executive board and expects to be able to provide a better networking and socializing platform for the postdocs at UAB. I hope to address the major requirements of the group which includes a career development routes for the national and international postdocs at UAB. I am open to chat about postdocs viewpoints, their expectations with us and put it forward to the board members for peer groups fulfillment and growth.