Postdoctoral Association

Established in 2003, the Weill Medical College Postdoctoral Association is an independent organization run by and for the college's 300+ postdocs. The Association is dedicated to advocating on behalf of the postdoctoral community and to providing regular opportunities for scientific and social interaction among postdoctoral trainees throughout the college and tri-institutional community. With advice and support from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, the Postdoctoral Association worked successfully to establish stipend standards based on the NIH guidelines, gain representation on the General Faculty Council (the College's governing body) and the Joint Faculty and Postdoctoral Advisory Committee, initiated monthly happy hours and a weekly film club, and held the first-ever postdoc research day on October 14, 2005.

With Advice and Support from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, the Postdoctoral Association:

  • Worked to successfully establish stipend standards based on the NIH guidelines
  • Has gained representation on the General Faculty Council and the Postdoctoral Advisory Committee
  • Organizes Postdoctoral Research Days
  • Initiates monthly social events
  • Attends the National Postdoc Association Annual Meeting
  • Continues to work to address issues and concerns of the postdoctoral community

Postdoc Email List

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs maintains a list of email addresses; this list is used to distribute regular announcements of interest to the postdoctoral community (e.g. discounted Broadway tickets, Postdoctoral Association-sponsored events, and funding and job opportunities). Please send your name and Weill Cornell Medical College email address to if you wish to be added to the list.

Postdoctoral Association Executive Committee

Below is a current list of the members of the Executive Committee. Feel free to contact them with any questions or concerns you may wish to have addressed by Administration.

Executive Members:

Julia Detert (President)
Julia Detert is the current treasurer/secretary of the WCMC Postdoctoral Association. She came to WCMC in June 2011, and she is a postdoc in the Anesthesiology Department in Dr. Hugh Hemmings lab studying the role of protein phosphatases on brain injury and recovery. Julia received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Behavioral Neuroscience and her BA in Psychology from Winona State University in Minnesota. Since becoming a PDA board member and acting secretary/treasurer, she has worked on reorganizing the structure of the PDA, helped plan social events, and helped plan career and work-life balance events. In addition to her work as a postdoc, Julia enjoys spending time with her young daughter and helping with school activities, volunteering at the zoo, and watching sports, especially baseball.
Kwame Osei-Sarfo
(Vice President)

Alison Urvalek (Treasurer/Secretary)
Alison Urvalek is the current Secretary of the WCMC Postdoctoral Association. Alison is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Lorraine Gudas in the Department of Pharmacology, where she is focused on using in vivo, in vitro, and genome-wide sequencing approaches to understand how carcinogens regulate epigenetic changes that control stem cell differentiation and cancer progression. Alison received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Albany Medical College, and her B.S in Biology from Villanova University. Alison is also the co-chair of the Career Subcommittee where she has helped organize multiple events geared towards introducing postdoctoral fellows to career opportunities, and the skill sets necessary for entering into these positions. Additionally, Alison served as co-chair of the annual Postdoctoral Research Day that was held in the spring of 2013. In addition to research and PDA activities, Alison enjoys being a Villanova Wildcat basketball and Yankees fan, cooking, baking, and spending time with friends and family.

Committee Members:
Anmol Grover
Geraldine Gouzer
Hae Young Lee
Jouliana Sadek
Marissa Blank
Vashvant J. J. Poeran
Vikrant Upadhyay
Umut Ozbek
Mayako Michino
Rheanna Sand
Madhumitha Nandakumar

The monthly Postdoctoral Association meeting is open to all postdoctoral trainees. Feel free to drop by anytime, the schedule is posted on the Event calendar.