Shouvik Datta, PDA Ambassador for Physics and Astronomy

Shouvik completed his PhD in Theoretical Physics from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He then held a three-year postdoc position at ETH Zurich, before joining UCLA in the fall of 2018. His work involves understanding quantum mechanical features of black holes. As the departmental ambassador, he is excited to engage with the postdoc community in various activities.


Daniel E. Velez-Ramirez, PDA Ambassador for MIMG

I have interested in microbiology since I have memory, and for me, the path to become a researcher was clear from high school. I obtained my BSc majoring in Biology and my PhD at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the best public university in Mexico and one of the best ones in Ibero-America. Now, as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics (MIMG), my research focus on the flagellum of Trypanosoma brucei, a unicellular eukaryotic parasite, causative of the sleeping sickness, a neglected tropical disease in the Sub-Saharan Africa. Having moved from my home country to California for my postdoctoral training, represented a huge challenge for me and my family; and as the PDA Departmental Ambassador for MIMG, my goal is to communicate the needs of current and upcoming MIMG postdocs to the PDA Executive Board.


Saman Sargolzaei, PDA Ambassador for Surgery

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.