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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


Robyn RebbeckRobyn Rebbeck, BMBB Postdoc Representative,

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,

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.

Kellie AgrimsonKellie Agrimson, GCD Postdoc Representative,

Finances and Funding

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.

Kate Feller, EEB Postdoc Representative,

Kate is a Researcher 6 Postdoctoral Associate in the Fly Systems Lab led by Dr. Paloma Gonzalez-Bellido in the Ecology, Evolution and Behavior Department. She is leading a new line of research studying the neural basis of mantis shrimp crustacean striking behavior and how this behavior is modulated by sensory information. This work is a continuation of her previous position as a Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Independent Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge (UK).

Ryan Briscoe Runquist, PMB Postdoc Representative,

Ryan is a Researcher 6 Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology working with the Moeller Lab. She has focused her research on plant reproductive biology, speciation, and species distribution modeling. She currently is funded by the Minnesota Terrestrial Invasive Plants and Pests Center (MITPPC) to study invasion risk due to problematic invasive plants in MN. She is also interested in providing more opportunities for science communication and professional development for Early Career Scientists to help broaden their training experience. To do this, she has led the CBS Outreach organization, Market Science, and is the co-chair of the Genetics Society of America Early Career Scientist Steering Committee as part of their leadership program. When she isn't working, she enjoys hanging out with her two kids at the park, jogging, and crochet.

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) 
  • Linh Chau, (BTL Postdoc Representative, 2018 - 2019)
  • Chiara Accolla, (EEB Postdoc Representative, 2017 - 2018)
  • Jeremy Chacon, (EEB Postdoc Representative, 2018 - 2018)