About Us

About Postdoc Council

The Princeton Postdocs social group was organized in 2006 by postdocs at Princeton (notably Angela Yu, now a professor at UCSD). Since October 2015 PDC is officially recognized by the University. We primarily host social events to build a sense of community among Princeton Postdocs, but are working to introduce professional development programming as well.

The PDC is administered strictly by postdoctoral volunteers and has no outside administrative support: please volunteer by suggesting ideas for events, join the executive committee by emailing postdocscouncil@princeton.edu

Current Council Members

Sarah A Port has been a postdoc in the Department of Molecular Biology since 2016. Sarah studied in Germany, Switzerland and Singapore and received her PhD from the University of Goettingen, Germany. Her research focuses on the structure-function analysis of macromolecular complexes involved in intracellular transport. Sarah loves to travel and discover the world, as well as photography, hiking, music and spending time with friends.

Jacqueline Kariithi is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology since 2016. Jacqueline received her PhD in Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her current research focuses on developing strategies for reconciling livelihood patterns in protected area landscapes and examining the human dimensions of environmental conservation. Jacqueline enjoys travelling, salsa dancing, swimming and faith-focused activities.

Christian Arenz graduated with a degree in theoretical physics from the University of Saarbrücken (Germany) in 2012. Afterwards he worked for half a year as a teaching- and research assistant at the same university. In 2013 he started with a "Doctoral Career Development Scholarship" a PhD in mathematical physics at Aberystwyth University (Wales). His research was mainly focused on the analyzation and the control of open quantum systems using methods from control theory. Meanwhile he held a part-time lecturer position. He obtained his PhD in 2016. Since July 2016 he is a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Herschel Rabitz where he continues working on quantum control theory, the theory of open quantum system and quantum information science.

Cesar Carrasco-Lopez is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department (CBE) since July 2017. After getting his PhD in Biochemistry and Biotechnology from the Autonomous University of Madrid in 2012, while working in Protein Crystallography at the IQFR, he had a postdoctoral appointment at New York University in its new campus in Abu Dhabi. Here at CBE, his work is focused in Structural Biology applied to characterize and develop new biotechnological tools in Metabolic Engineering. Cesar is quite eclectic about reading but especially loves social Sci-Fi, and any precious free time, he would like to expend it in his native Caribbean.

Moritz Kütt  is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Program on Science and Global Security since Fall 2017. He received a PhD in physics (2016) from the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. His research simulation of nuclear reactors, nuclear warhead verification technologies, application of virtual reality for arms control and disarmament, and the verification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Mike Galvin has been a staff researcher since 2012 for the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department (from which he also received his Master's degree). As part of Princeton's High Contrast Imaging Lab, he designs instrumentation for space and ground telescopes, with the goal of directly imaging and characterizing exoplanets (planets outside of our solar system).  His holy grail is to find another Earth! Mike enjoys anything active (especially soccer and skiing), film, makerspaces, and design (in many forms).  He is serving as a liaison between the PDC and Princeton's staff researcher community.

Srishti Nayak has been a Postdoctoral Lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program since Fall 2017. She studied Cognitive Science in Canada and Singapore, and went on to earn her PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University in 2017. She currently teaches the writing seminar "Being and Becoming", about the complex forces that shape human development, and is part of an initiative to increase quantitative and statistical reasoning within the writing seminars. In parallel, her current research pertains to the cognitive and neural development of bilingual children, using Electroencephalography (EEG) methods. In her free time - and also for her teaching - Srishti reads a lot of non-fiction comic books.

Tirthankar Roy joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as a Postdoc in August 2017, right after completing his PhD at the University of Arizona. He did his bachelor’s and master’s studies in India, from BCKV (State Agricultural University) and IIT Kanpur respectively. He carried out his master’s thesis work at TU Dresden, Germany. Tirthankar is interested in addressing different scientific and engineering aspects of Hydrology.   

Aswin Sundarakrishnan is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering and works under the mentorship of Prof. Celeste Nelson. His current research is focused on understanding developmental mechanisms and control processes perturbed by cancer and other diseases towards elucidating new therapeutic approaches in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering.  Aswin received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering under the mentorship of Prof. David Kaplan at Tufts University (Medford, MA). Aswin enjoys spending time outdoors. Aswin’s hobbies include running, high altitude hiking, scuba diving and walking his dog Zinc.