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CBS Postdoc Committee

The CBS Postdoc Committee aims to support postdocs by providing career development opportunities, providing networking events, and by serving as a line of communication between postdocs and CBS leadership. The committee is composed of postdocs and research associates from each department:

Join the CBS Postdoc Committee
The CBS Postdoc Committee is currently looking for Representatives of the different CBS Departments (BMBB, BTL, EEB, GCBD and PMB), as well as Volunteers to help with upcoming events and short/long-term projects.
If you are interested in joining us for these short or long term projects, please send us an email at cbs-pdc@umn.edu.

 

Robyn RebbeckRobyn Rebbeck, BMBB Postdoc Representative, rrebbeck@umn.edu

CBS Postdoc Committee Organizer

Robyn is an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellow (July 2014-June 2018), working with the Thomas and Cornea labs in the Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics department. Using spectroscopic techniques, her research focuses on understanding the relationship between structure and function in regulation of the sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ release channel, ryanodine receptor. This work is also partnered by a translational goal to develop high-throughput screening methods for discovery of RyR targeted compounds that relieve deleterious SR Ca2+ leak that contributes to the pathology of several severe diseases.


Francois Gaascht

Francois Gaascht, BMBB Postdoc Representative, fgaascht@umn.edu

Publicity and Outreach

Francois is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics department. After several professional experiences in different parts of Europe in the field of drug discovery from natural products, Francois joined the Schmidt-Dannert laboratory to implement and develop a new research project focused on the discovery of new drugs and enzymes of biotechnological interest from Midwestern Mushrooms.


Adrian Moore, EEB Postdoc Representative, moorea@umn.edu

Liason to the CBS Leadership

Adrian is Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, working in the Forbes lab since August 2018. Her research is focused on the use of individual-based population models in risk assessment, particularly to improve the protection of native freshwater mussels exposed to various stressors, such as pesticides. Previously she studied freshwater mussel ecotoxicology at the University of Georgia while earning a PhD in Toxicology.  She is a native of Texas and in her free time loves baking, gardening, and hiking.


Kathleen (Kat) Markham, PMB Postdoc Representative, markat@umn.edu

CBS Consultative Committee Postdoc Representative

Kat is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Greenham Lab in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology. She has a deep interest in cell-cell communication, and she seeks to understand how the plant circadian clock mediates inter-tissue cross-talk in the Arabidopsis thaliana leaf using single-cell and spatial RNA sequencing approaches. Her previous work focused on the functional role of integrin receptors in mediating cell-cell/cell-matrix interactions in the mammalian peripheral nervous system. Kat is active in plant outreach and is passionate about matters concerning diversity, equity, and inclusion.


 

Previous Committee members:

  • Maureen Quin (CBS Postdoc Representative, 2017 - 2019)
  • Tara Enders (PMB Postdoc Representative, 2017 - 2019)
  • Rahul Roy (PMB Postdoc Representative, 2017 - 2019)
  • Sadie Hebert (BTL Postdoc Representative, 2017 - 2018)
  • Gerit Bethke (PMB Postdoc Representative, 2017 - 2018)
  • Max Kramer (BTL Postdoc Representative, 2017 - 2018)
  • Chris Walter (EEB Postdoc Representative, 2017 - 2018) 
  • Kellie Agrimson (GCD Postdoc Representative, 2017-2020)
  • Linh Chau (BTL Postdoc Representative, 2018 - 2019)
  • Kate Feller (EEB Postdoc Representative, 2019-2020)
  • Ryan Briscoe Runquist (PMB Postdoc Representative, 2019-2020)
  • Chiara Accolla (EEB Postdoc Representative, 2017 - 2018)
  • Jeremy Chacon (EEB Postdoc Representative, 2018 - 2018)