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Texas A&M Health Postdoctoral Association

About the Postdoctoral Association

The Mission of the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) is to improve the quality of the postdoctoral experience and to facilitate the long-term success of its members. Primary goals of the PDA include the following:

  1. To strive for the professional enrichment and development of postdocs at the Texas A&M Health Science Center.
  2. To promote and provide opportunity for postdocs networking and social development.
  3. To clearly define and communicate the needs and concern of Postdoctoral Fellows at an institutional level.

Association Leadership

Postdoctoral Association Executive Committee

Ahmed Alarabi, PhD

Rebecca Hornung, PhD

Saranya Kannan, PhD

Postdoctoral Association Advisors

Sanjukta Chakraborty, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medical Physiology
School of Medicine
College Station, TX

Mahua Choudhury, PhD
Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences
School of Pharmacy
College Station, TX

Stacy De Leon, BA
Administrator, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
School of Medicine
College Station, TX

S. Camille Peres, PhD
Assistant Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health
School of Public Health
College Station, TX

Feng Tao, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences
School of Dentistry
Dallas, TX

Postdoctoral Awards

The Texas A&M Health Postdoctoral Association (PDA) offers two types of awards per semester - the Travel Award and the Professional Development Award.

The Postdoctoral Travel Award is a $500, merit-based award that supports tavel to conferences and meetings for the purpose of the postdoc presenting their research. It is offered to up to two postdoctoral trainees per semester. The PDA Executive Committee (with the exception of the members applying for the award) and at least 2 faculty mentors will judge applications.

The Postdoctoral Professional Development Award is a $500, merit-based award that supports profesional and career development, including certifications, courses, trainings, career seminars, etc. The award will not support research equipment or scientific organization memberships.

Learn more about the awards program

Postdoctoral Association Events

The Texas A&M Health Postdoctoral Association hosts monthly seminars and other events throughout the academic year. Events are announced through the HSC postdoc email listserv, the School of Medicine Office of Postdoctoral Affairs' weekly postdoc newsletter, and on the postdoc calendar found here.

All HSC postdocs are added to the listserv at the time of hire. If you are not receiving the newsletter and other emails from the PDA and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, email

Other Important Essential Events

  • Texas A&M Annual Postdotoral Research Symposium (Sept)
  • New Postdoc Orientation (quarterly - Jan, Apr, July, Oct)
  • School of Medicine Graduate Student Organization Symposium (Apr)


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