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 pdcofficers@princeton.edu

Current Council Members

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.

Martin A. Erinin is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department (MAE) since September 2020. Martin received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland in Spring 2020 and his research focus is on experimental measurements of multiphase fluid flow with a particular focus on water waves and the transport of droplets in a turbulent boundary layer. In his free time Martin likes to cook and occasionally go indoor rock climbing.

Weiyi Tang has been a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geosciences since 2019. Weiyi received his PhD in oceanography and biogeochemistry from Duke University (Durham, North Carolina). He studies the biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen and carbon in the global ocean and how these processes are related to climate change. Weiyi enjoys playing sports like soccer and basketball, reading, and traveling to explore the world.

Adam Wright has been a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry since July 2021. Previously he received his PhD in Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Oxford, were he stayed on for a postdoc. His research is on developing a novel experimental technique to prepare and study polaritons in gas-phase systems. Outside work, Adam enjoys running, gardening and Pokémon Go.

Andrea Mariossi has been a postdoc at the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics since 2019. Andrea studied marine biology in Italy and Sweden and received his PhD from King’s College London, where he studied the processes that control formation of endoderm during zebrafish development. Andrea’s postdoctoral research continues his passion for marine organisms by resolving complex networks underlying biological processes in ascidian embryos, an example of a simple proto-vertebrate. Andrea loves travelling and sports, being an avid skier and scuba diver.

Lindsey Brown has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute since July 2021, where her work focuses on applying mathematical models of neural circuits to describe processes of decision making and evidence accumulation.  She received her PhD in applied mathematics from Harvard University, where her work applied dynamical systems modeling and control theory to the circadian system.  Outside of lab, Lindsey enjoys playing tennis, attending fitness classes, and exploring the Princeton area and beyond.

Moamen M. Elmassry is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Molecular Biology since June 2020. Moamen received his Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences from Cairo University, Egypt. Then, he obtained his Ph.D. in microbiology from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. His current research is focused on identifying the small molecules produced by the gut microbiome in inflammatory bowel disease patients. Outside the lab, Moamen enjoys cooking, reading, going to humanities talks, and Tai Chi.

Joseph S. Beckwith is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry. He came here in January 2020 on a SNF early postdoctoral fellowship to study single particle dynamics and spectroscopy with Prof. Haw Yang. Previously, he was at the University of Geneva with Eric Vauthey studying photoinduced electron transfer. Outside the lab he enjoys cycling, reading and comedy.

Giuseppe D’Alessio is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department since September 2021. Giuseppe received his PhD in Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and Université Libre de Bruxelles in July 2021. His research focuses on the application of machine learning algorithms for scale-bridging modelling between high-fidelity numerical simulations and coarse-grained numerical simulations of multiphase chemically reacting flows. Outside the lab he enjoys watching old movies, reading and cooking.

Aveek Dutta is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. His research interests are based on improving the coherence of superconducting qubits in quantum processors. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 2020. Outside of work, he pursues music (progressive and heavy metal) and martial arts (taekwondo).

Laurence Lemaire has been a postdoc at the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics since 2016. Laurence obtained her PhD from EPFL, Switzerland. In Princeton, her research focuses on the formation of the nervous system and the acquisition of cell identity in the invertebrate chordate Ciona. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, running and swimming.