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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:

Maureen QuinMaureen Quin, CBS Postdoc Representative, mbquin@umn.edu

Maureen is a Research Assistant Professor in the Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics department. Her research focuses on designing and creating new supramolecular complexes as scaffolding systems for nanobiotechnology and biocatalytic processes. She uses a combination of synthetic biology, bioinformatics, protein engineering, microscopy and structural biology to explore how different protein architectures can be assembled in vivo and in vitro. Maureen also develops approaches to target enzymes to the protein scaffolds, to understand the effect of spatial organization on multi-enzyme biocatalytic cascade efficiency.


Tara EndersTara Enders, PMB Postdoc Representative, tenders@umn.edu

Tara is a Postdoctoral Associate in the lab of Nathan Springer in the Plant and Microbial Biology department. Tara's current projects utilize multiple -omics approaches to study abiotic stress responses during maize seedling growth and development. The integration of phenomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics data sets will greatly increase our understanding of abiotic stress responses, and help to increase plant performance in the face of a changing climate. Tara received her PhD in the lab of Lucia Strader at Washington University in St Louis, studying auxin signaling pathways in Arabidopsis.


Rahul RoyRahul Roy, PMB Postdoc Representative, rroy@umn.edu

Rahul is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Dr. Clay Carter's group in the Plant and Microbial Biology department. His current focus is dissecting the hormonal and biochemical networks that modulate nectar production and quality in flowers. He uses a combination of molecular biology, genetic, biochemical and live cell imaging techniques to explore the dynamics of nectar biology in plants such as Arabidopsis, summer squash, Brassica sp etc. During his PhD, at Iowa State University, he researched aspects of root biology such as lateral root emergence and root responses to gravity as part of a NASA funded grant. He is also an active educator with interests in improving learning and pedagogy. When not in the lab he loves gaming, biking and cooking with his family.


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

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 aboratory to implement and develop a new research project focused on the discovery of new drugs from Midwestern Mushrooms.


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

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.


Sadie HebertSadie Hebert, BTL Postdoc Representative, sjhebert@umn.edu

Sadie is a Research Associate in the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning. In her recent role as an HHMI Teaching Fellow, her teaching and research focused on improving scientific literacy of non-scientists. In her current role, she develops assessments to collect data about students’ science skills and collaborates with a multidisciplinary team to improve science education curriculum. When she is not researching, she enjoys exploring new restaurants, listening to banjo music, and knitting. 


Kellie AgrimsonKellie Agrimson, GCD Postdoc Representative, kagrimso@umn.edu

Kellie is a TREM Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Genetics, Cell and Development. She grew up in Great Falls, MT and earned her BA in Biology and minor in mathematics at Carroll College in Helena, MT.  She then moved to Washington State University in Pullman, WA and received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in the summer of 2016.  While at WSU, she investigated the role of vitamin A on the onset of mouse neonatal spermatogenesis and the establishment of the spermatogonial stem cell pool.  As a reproductive biologist, she wanted to continue studying testis and ovarian biology and accepted a postdoctoral research position in the lab of Drs. David Zarkower and Vivian Bardwell at UMN.  She entered the TREM (Training Research Educators of Minnesota) program in the Fall of 2017 and is looking forward to accumulating more teaching experience and becoming a better mentor.  When she isn’t working in the lab or classroom, she enjoys relaxing with her husband, Daniel, and golden retriever puppy, Moose.


Christopher WalterChristopher Walter, EEB Postdoc Representative, walte732@umn.edu

Chris works in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Department studying soil carbon cycling in grasslands. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, he studied the effects of nitrogen deposition on forests at West Virginia University. Chris is currently writing a book about the U. S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and when he isn't in the lab or in the field he loves to read books, bake bread, and be outside.