Texas A&M University Postdoctoral Leadership
2022-2023 Executive Committee
Anton Classen, PhD
Department of Soil and Crop Sciences
Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering
Irshad Ahmad Hajam, PhD
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
Ivette Cornejo Corona, PhD
Department of Biophysics and Biochemistry
Javier Ruiz-Pérez, PhD
Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology
Lauren O'Neil, PhD
Department of Geology & Geophysics
Joana Rocha, PhD
Department of Microbial Pathogenesis & Immunology (School of Medicine)
Isaac Khan, PhD
Texas A&M Health
Bhupinder Singh, PhD
Satellite Campus Officer
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Vernon
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Andreea Trache, PhD
Department of Medical Physiology
Division of Research
Previous Executive Committee (2021 – 2022)
Alice Poggi Bandao, PhD, President 2022 (May-Aug.)
Tayler Jay Paszick, PhD, President and Treasurer
Josefina Kjoellerstroem, PhD, Vice President and Communication officer
The Executive Committee shall meet regularly to review any issues or concerns related to postdoctoral life at Texas A&M. It will be in charge of maintaining the relevance of the bylaws to the Association, suggesting bylaw amendments to the officers if any are deemed necessary. The Executive Committee shall provide analysis of the legality and the integration of any proposed amendment prior to a vote and shall be responsible for interpreting the bylaws when a question of interpretation arises.
Terms of office shall begin June 1, and shall be terminated May 31.
- President: The President shall preside over and set agendas for the Executive Committee meetings and the biannual general assembly meetings shall serve as the liaison to Texas A&M and other organizations, shall approve and/or initiate PDA events, and shall be responsible for the condition of the PDA and the proper discharge of the duties of the Executive Committee members. Additionally, the President will serve in official capacities in other campus organizations including but not limited to the University Staff Council and the Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty and Student Advisory Board.
- Vice President: The Vice President shall support all of the duties of the President and assume those duties, or those of the other officers, in their temporary absence, shall coordinate creation of an annual written report to be completed and presented at the spring general assembly meeting. This report will summarize all completed business, ongoing business, and plans for the next year by all committees. The Vice President shall also keep minutes for the general assembly and Executive Committee meetings. In case the Vice President is absent from a meeting, other members of the Executive Committee can take over recording minutes.
- Communications Officer: The Communications Officer will carry out the PDA’s correspondence with the Texas A&M community. Specifically, they will communicate meeting notices, seminar and activity announcements, meeting minutes and agendas, maintain the Executive Committee email server and assign email addresses to the Executive Committee members, respond to emails on the general PDA email account, maintain the PDA website, and distribute any news and noteworthy achievements of the PDA members. Additionally, the Communications Officer will be expected to actively maintain the social media accounts of the Texas A&M PDA, and they will be responsible for upkeep of the Texas A&M PDA listserv. The Communications Officer will also coordinate activities with the Departmental Representatives.
- Treasurer: The Treasurer shall develop a budget request and present it to the Division of Research prior to a new fiscal year. Upon approval, the Treasurer shall keep record of spending and administer budget tracking, administer cost codes and accounts, and provide regular reports on the organization’s finances at general assembly and Executive Committee meetings. Additionally, the Treasurer is responsible for the organization’s compliance with Texas A&M rules and regulations. They shall complete required financial training through the TrainTraq system. They shall be familiar with the proper use and procedures associated with the use of the Texas A&M PDA Pro-Card provided by the Division of Research.