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JPA Officers
2013/14

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Mansi Khanna
President

I am from Mumbai, India. I received my Master’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Pune, India. I graduated with a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology from Penn State, where I worked on developing the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as a model system for some aspects of ischemic stroke. Since September 2011, I have been a postdoc in Dr. Mark Fortini’s lab, working on the molecular pathways involved in Alzheimer’s Disease, using Drosophila as a model system.

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Matthew Wampole
Treasurer

Matt is from North Wales, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. He received his BS in Chemistry from Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA. He went on to achieved Masters and PhD from Bryn Mawr College, in Bryn Mawr, PA. After graduating he joined Dr. Eric Wickstrom's lab where his primary work is developing a patient specific surgery simulator and assisting with molecular mechanical studies of ligand binding with EGFR.

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Jeffrey Adijanto
Vice President of Career Development (PhD)

Jeff came from Singapore, a tiny island city in Southeast Asia with a large and diverse population and great eats. In 2000, he left his hometown and came to the US to study Chemical Engineering at Purdue University at West Lafayette, Indiana. After graduation, he pursued Ph.D. training in Chemical Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park in Maryland. Under NIH's graduate partnership program (GPP), he performed his dissertation research at the National Eye Institute, where he trained in cell physiology under Dr. Sheldon Miller and studied pH regulation and ion transport in the eye using fluorescence imaging and electrophysiology techniques. Currently, he is in the third year of his postdoctoral training in Dr. Nancy Philp's laboratory, where he studies the roles of microRNAs in ocular development, function, and disease.

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Asha Srinivasan
Senior Vice-President

Asha is originally from India where she received her BS in biochemistry. She completed her masters in Biomedical Sciences specializing in Cell Pathology from Bradford University, UK. Later she continued at the Bradford University to obatin her PhD in Biological Chemistry. After PhD, she joined Dr. Shoyele's lab as a Postdoctoral researcher at Department of Pharmaceutics in Feb 2011.

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Dorian Pustina
Vice-President of Communications

Dorian is originally from Albania, a small country in the south Europe. He received his masters degree in Psychology in 2006 at the University of Padua, Italy, and later moved to Germany, where he completed the PhD degree in Neuroscience at the International Graduate School of Neuroscience. He is now at his second year of postdoc training at the Cognitive Neuroimaging lab with Dr. Joseph Tracy as mentor. His research involves mainly clinical populations and different methods of neuroimaging (fMRI, DTI, ASL etc.)

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Elisabeth Mari
Vice-President for Nominations and Elections

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Dominique Comer
Vice-President for Social Affairs

Dominique comes from Lexington, KY, yet is originally from northern Ohio. She earned her PharmD from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in Lexington. She currently is a first year postdoctoral fellow at the Jefferson School of Population Health, specializing in Health Economics and Outcomes Research. She is also in the process of earning her MS in Health Policy.

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Biswanath Patra
Secretary

comes from Kolkata, India. After finishing his Ph.D/DVM degree in India he did genome mapping research in UAMS, AR and Cancer Biology research in UTSW at Dallas, TX before moving to Thomas Jefferson University. He joined Pathology department in March 2009 as a postdoctoral fellow in the Genomics and System Biology lab of Dr. Rajanikanth Vadigepalli. His primary work is to characterized genome wide changes in cell signaling network during liver regeneration and chronic alcohol intake.