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

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.

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.

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.

Sandra Lemke has been a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) Department since 2019. She studied Chemistry and Biochemistry in Munich, Germany, and conducted her PhD research at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany. Sandra’s postdoctoral research is focused on the interplay between biomechanics and signaling during epithelial tissue morphogenesis. In her free time, Sandra loves to play sand volleyball, travel, and spend time with friends back in Germany and here in Princeton.

Andrea Mariossi has been a post´doc 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.