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Postdoc Assocation

The BCH Post-Doctoral Association (PDA) was founded in 2011, to represent all postdoctoral fellows at Children’s. Our mission is to be a representative voice and liaison between fellows, faculty and administration, foster a sense of community among fellows, and advance professional development through career development seminars, mentoring and social events. We have established a new post-doc policy that came into effect on July 1, 2013.



The PDA is run by a dedicated team of research fellows who strive to make a positive impact on your post-doc experience at Children’s! Led by co-presidents Elizabeth Buttermore and Bhagat Singh, and supported by Secretary Yunh-Chih Cheng and Treasurer Sandrine Ettou, our committees organize a wide variety of interesting events for you. Join us at our monthly career development seminars, socials, and mentoring events!

Suggestions or interested in joining the PDA board?

We would love to hear from you!

Contact Liz and Bhagat at

Please join our LinkedIn group and check for updates.

PDA Group Picture 2013

Your PDA from left to right: (Top Row) Kerstin Sinkevicius, Ellen van Rooijen, Daniel Smith, Claire Doyle, Carla Haslauer, Gunes Bozkurt, Tenley Archer, Elizabeth Buttermore, Michelle Cronin; (Bottom Row) Asli Oztan Matos, Maya Brainard, Tahmeena Chowdhury, Elizabeth Macari, and Didem Demirbas Cakici.


Career Development Committee

The career development committee strives to provide information and training to help post-docs navigate career choices and develop professional skills needed to reach their career goals. We organize monthly seminars on diverse topics and provide resources to help post-docs during every step of their training.

Contact Tenley Archer, Elizabeth Buttermore, Michelle Cronin, and Asli Oztan Matos at

Mentoring Committee  

The mentoring committee aims to help post-docs identify and develop skill sets required for a successful tenure at Boston Children’s Hospital and prepare them for life after post-doc. We organize peer-mentoring groups that meet on a regular basis during the academic year as well as an annual All-Star Mentoring Event with renowned faculty members in the Boston area. We are also in the process of organizing mentoring circles with scientists who work in industry. Stay tuned for more info!

Contact Didem Demirbas Cakici and Tahmeena Chowdhury at

Social Committee

The social committee’s goal is to have post-docs from different departments and programs come together to get to know each other and to network. We will organize monthly events ranging from pub tours to sports events.

Contact Gunes Bozkurt, Felicia Ciuculescu, Claire Doyle, and Jakob Sieker at

Media and Public Affairs Committee

Communication is pivotal to every organization and its stakeholders. The Public Affairs Committee provides information about essential issues affecting our member post-docs both at BCH and within the Boston research hub via quarterly newsletters and social media. Externally, we aim to educate non-scientist key opinion leaders as to the role post-doctoral fellows play in the biomedical research community.

Contact Maya Brainard, Elizabeth Macari, Jared Sharp, and Daniel Smith at

Advocacy Committee

Nader Ghasemlou and Silva Krause co-founded the PDA and built a liaison with Boston Children’s leadership to develop guidelines for all research fellows at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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