Andrea Brard, Head of the Wellness Committee

Andrea obtained her bachelors in Psychology from UCLA and her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Her primary research and clinical interests include evidence-based interventions for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety, mindfulness, and behavioral issues in pediatric populations. Andrea currently serves as a postdoctoral fellow on the UCLA TEAMS study in the Department of Psychology. She is passionate about community wellness and about increasing access to mindfulness and other wellness activities to UCLA postdocs.


Zhitong Chen, Head of the Career Committee 

Zhitong grew up in Lianyungang, China and obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from The George Washington University. His dissertation research focused on development of new cold atmospheric plasma devices and approaches for cancer treatment. In his current postdoctoral position, Zhitong conducts in/ex-situ measurements of plasma materials interactions and implements novel ideas on plasma-based medical devices at UCLA. He is extremely excited about serving on the PDA board and responsible for creating/maintaining a wide variety of career events for all postdocs.


Saman Sargolzaei, Head of the Social Committee

I was born and raised in Iran where I received my B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Mazandaran University and the Amirkabir University of Technology. In 2012, I graduated with the M.Sc. in electrical engineering from the University of Miami. In 2015, I was graduated with Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, where my dissertation, entitled “Intracranial volume estimation and graph theoretical analysis of brain connectivity networks”, carried practical implications in better understanding the pathways of neurological disorders. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at GaTech, I joined UCLA to follow my passion for studying brain connectivity networks of neurological disorders in the pediatric population.