Executive Board 2023-2024

Bertha Martin

Bertha Martin, PhD

President (2023-2024)
Laura Dean

Laura Dean, PhD

Vice President (2023-2024)
Divya Rathi

Divya Rathi, PhD

Secretary/Treasurer (2023-2024)

College Representatives

Carver College of Medicine 
College of Dentistry 
College of EducationNesibe Karakis, PhD
College of EngineeringAustin McKee, PhD
College of Liberal Arts and SciencesShivangi Jain, PhD
College of Nursing 
College of Pharmacy 
College of Public HealthLaura Dean, PhD
At Large 
International RepresentativeRohan Wakade, PhD

Committee Members


Social OutreachPolicy & AdvocacyProfessional DevelopmentAwards
Laura Dean (chair) Annabel Minard (chair)Shivangi Jain (chair)


Interested in joining or leading a committee? We are currently accepting new members in all areas. To learn more about the responsibilities and current initiatives in each visit the links below. We are happy to prioritize opportunities that fill in gaps in your training!

Social & Outreach

Policy & Advocacy

Professional Development


UIPDA knows that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a priority area and seeks to infuse these conversations into networking/community building, career prep, and in advocating for our community as a whole. 



Leadership skills are core skills. We are always looking for new committee members to bring motivated postdocs into leadership roles! If you are interested, please contact the current President and Vice President about how to get involved.