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Awards presented at Texas A&M postdoctoral research symposium

Research Communications

Five postdoctoral researchers received awards for flash talks or poster presentations during Texas A&M University’s Sixth Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium. 

Thirty-five postdocs presented their research to 125 peers, faculty and staff from 12 colleges and schools.

Held at the Memorial Student Center in mid-September to observe National Postdoc Appreciation Week, the symposium awarded honors in two categories:

Outstanding Flash Talks

  • First place and People’s Choice: Siara Rouzer (mentored by Rajesh C. Miranda, professor, Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics), School of Medicine
  • Second place: Chelsea Miranda (mentored by Jeffery Tomberlin, professor, Department of Entomology), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Outstanding Poster Presentations

  • First place: Mohammad Zulkifli (mentored by Vishal M. Gohil, associate professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Second place: Lopamudra Das Ghosh (mentored by Abhishek Jain, associate professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering), College of Engineering
  • People’s Choice: Irshad Ahmad Hajam (mentored by Anne Newell-Fugate, assistant professor, Department of Veterinary Physiology & Pharmacology), School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences 

“We are very pleased with the broad participation and high number of attendees from across Texas A&M campuses,” said Andreea Trache, faculty fellow for the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Division of Research, and associate professor, School of Medicine. “This annual event showcases the postdoctoral scholars’ contribution to the research enterprise at Texas A&M, and the quality of the presentations reflected their professionalism.” 

Speakers for the symposium included Gerianne Alexander, associate vice president for research, Division of Research; Henry Fadamiro, associate dean for research, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Jeff Sammons, associate executive director, Texas A&M Energy Institute; and keynote speaker Tricia Serio, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

Postdoctoral associations from Texas A&M University, Texas A&M Health and the School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences organized and coordinated the symposium in collaboration with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Division of Research; the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, School of Medicine; and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.