Texas A&M University Postdoctoral Leadership

2020-2021 Executive Committee

Anton Classen, PhD

President and Treasurer
Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering
Department of Soil and Crop Sciences

Irshad Ahmad Hajam, PhD

Vice President and Communication Officer
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Andreea Trache, PhD

Faculty Fellow
Department of Medical Physiology

Shannon Eyre

Administrative Coordinator​
Division of Research

Past Postdoctoral Association Officers

Alice Poggi Bandao, PhD, Past-President 202

Tayler Jay Paszick, PhD, Past-President 2022

Josefina Kjoellerstroem, PhD, Past Vice President 2022

Departmental Representatives 

Department Representative Email 
Agriculture Education Peng Lu
Animal Science Claire Stenhouse
Biomedical Engineering Soundaram Ananthakrishnan
Department of Statistics Rene Gutierrez Marquez renegutierrez@tamu.edu
Educational Administration and Human Resource Development Huyen Thi Minh Van huyen.van@tamu.edu
Geology and Geophysics Marion Nachon
Horticultural Sciences Nitin Dhowlaghar
Materials Science and Engineering  Peiran Wei  peiran@tamu.edu
Oceanography Chuan-Yuan Hsu chsu1@tamu.edu
Physics and Astronomy Terese Hansen thansen@tamu.edu
Veterinary Integrative Biosciences Meichen Wang  wangmeichen1991@tamu.edu

PDA Committees

Build your CV, gain leadership experience, and get involved with Texas A&M PDA by joining our Executive Committee:


Executive Committee (by election)

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 at the beginning of May, following the election, and shall be terminated at the end of April following the next annual election.

  • 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.


Election Committee

The Election Committee shall coordinate the Executive Committee member election, including overseeing the nomination, collecting the votes, and reporting the results. Election committee members cannot be nominees. This committee is established in Spring before elections.  if you would like to run for one of the elected positions of the executive committee for the next election.​​