About Postdoctoral Affairs

Mission Statement

The Ohio State University Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) seeks to prepare the next generation of research leaders by enhancing their postdoctoral experience through career development opportunities, advancing the quality of the training environment for scholars, and providing resources and support to faculty mentors. OPA collaborates with faculty, postdocs, administrators, and external entities to support postdocs in all aspects of their training.

Specific objectives of the OPA include:

  • Funding Ohio State’s membership to the National Postdoc Association (NPA)
  • Providing onboarding support to newly hired postdocs as they orient to the university and to help them learn about available resources and opportunities to support their scholarly activities and professional development
  • Assisting faculty who mentor postdocs to develop highly productive and collaborative relationships with postdoc mentees
  • Providing offboarding support to postdocs who will soon depart the university
  • Collecting and maintaining data on the Ohio State postdoc population
  • Organizing and leading career services, professional development, and mentorship events and programs
  • Advocacy

Postdoctoral Affairs Team

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Sandra Asieduah
Strategic Trainee Program Assistant
Columbus, OH 43210
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Zakee Sabree
Faculty Director of Postdoctoral Affairs
Columbus, OH 43210
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James Gentry
Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Columbus, OH 43210

Our Colleagues Across Campus: Postdoctoral Advisory Council (PAC)

The Postdoctoral Advisory Council (PAC) is comprised of faculty and staff from various colleges and departments across the university, who are involved in postdoctoral advocacy and training. The PAC advises and provides input to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) to help with enhancing the postdoctoral experience. The PAC also provides faculty and administrative perspectives to help identify ways in which the OPA can support postdoc mentors. By working with the Postdoctoral Association and the Postdoctoral Advisory Council, the OPA aims to integrate a comprehensive range of feedback in order to best tailor programming and services to accommodate postdocs’ needs.

Current members of PAC include:

College of Arts and Sciences

John Beacom, PhD

John Beacom, PhD

Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Director, Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP)


View John Beacom's Academic Profile

Anthony Nance, PhD

Anthony Nance, PhD

Deputy Director, Mathematical Biosciences Institute

Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics


View Anthony Nance's Academic Profile


Brian Orefice, PhD, MA

Brian Orefice, PhD, MA

Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

OPA College Liaison for the College of Arts and Sciences


View Brian Orefice's Academic Profile


Matthew Sullivan PhD

Matthew Sullivan, PhD

Professor, Department of Microbiology

Director, Center of Microbiome Science


View Matthew Sullivan's Academic Profile


College of Education and Human Ecology

Richard Bruno, PhD

Richard Bruno, PhD

Professor, Department of Human Sciences

Program Chair of Human Nutrition, College of Education and Human Ecology


View Richard Bruno's Academic Profile


Kim Lightle, PhD

Kim Lightle, PhD

Director of Research and Administration, Office of Research

OPA College Liaison for the College of Education and Human Ecology


View Kim Lightle's Academic Profile


College of Engineering

La’Tonia Stiner-Jones, PhD, MBA

La’Tonia Stiner-Jones, PhD, MBA

Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, College of Engineering

Associate Professor (Practice), Department of Biomedical Engineering

Director, Minority Leaders – Research Collaboration Program (ML-RCP), Air Force Research Laboratory

OPA College Liaison for the College of Engineering


View La’Tonia Stiner-Jones' Academic Profile


Rengasayee (Sai) Veeraraghavan, PhD

Rengasayee (Sai) Veeraraghavan, PhD

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering


View Rengasayee (Sai) Veeraraghavan's Academic Profile






College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Kayla Arnold

Kayla Arnold

Graduate Education Program Manager, CFAES College Administration

OPA College Liaison for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


View Kayla Arnold's Academic Profile


Robyn Wilson, PhD

Robyn Wilson, PhD

Professor of Risk Analysis and Decision Science, School of Environmental and Natural Resources


View Robyn Wilson's Academic Profile



College of Medicine

Shyam Bansal, PhD

Shyam Bansal, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology and Cell Biology


View Shyam Bansal's Academic Profile


Arianne Gabel

Arianne Gabel

Program Coordinator of Medical Education, College of Medicine Administration

OPA College Liaison for the College of Medicine



Postdoctoral Association (PDA)

Established in 2013, the PDA is an organization run by postdoctoral scholar volunteers from all parts of the university community. The purpose of Ohio State's PDA is to address the needs and concerns of its members by:

  • Providing representation and liaising between its members and central and college-level administrative entities at the university
  • Promoting the academic and non-academic career goals of its members
  • Advocating for constructive changes in the research and academic environment and in policies that affect the lives of postdocs and their families
  • Building a community of postdocs by promoting interaction between postdocs on academic, social, cultural, and political issues

For more information about the Postdoctoral Association, and to see members of the current leadership committee, please visit the Postdoctoral Association webpage.

Postdoctoral Support Community at Ohio State:

Still Have Questions?

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
214D University Hall 230 North Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210