What We Do

Mission

The Society of Postdoctoral Scholars (SOPS) is an organization of postdocs at the University of Kentucky. SOPS assists current, past or incoming postdocs with career advice, professional development, and networking opportunities. SOPS is a UK student organization and was formed in 2014. We have a wide variety of members from colleges across campus and are always looking for postdocs who want to involved in SOPS leadership.

Anyone obtaining postdoctoral training regardless of title is welcome to join!


Executive committee

Lindsey Hammerslag - President

Name: Lindsey R. Hammerslag, Ph.D.

Designation, Department: Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychology Department

Research interests: Behavioral neuroscience, addiction, oxytocin

Email address: l.hammerslag@uky.edu

 

Sophia Kaska - Vice President

Name: Sophia Kaska, Ph.D.

Designation, Department: Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research interests: Drug discovery, science policy, pharmacological characterization of novel opioid receptor compounds using in vitro methods. 

Email address: sophia.kaska@uky.edu

Ankita Punetha - Secretary and co-Vice President

Name: Ankita Punetha, Ph.D.

Designation, Department: Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interest: To understand nucleic acid and protein interactions, synergizing experimental and computational biology. Macromolecular Crystallography, Structural Bioinformatics.

Email address: ankita.punetha@uky.edu

 

James Castle - Treasurer

Name: James R. Castle, Ph.D.

Designation, Department: Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center

Research interests: Bioinformatics, DNA methylation imputation, high-performance computing, nuclear physics, medical physics, radiation therapy

Email address: james.castle@uky.edu

 

Oliver Vöcking - GSC Liaison and Executive Committee Member

Name: Oliver Vöcking, Ph.D.

Designation, Department: Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Biology

Research interests: Bioinformatics, DNA methylation imputation, high-performance computing, nuclear physics, medical physics, radiation therapy

Email address: oliver.voecking@uky.edu

 

Jeremy Van Cleve - Faculty Advisor

Name: Jeremy Van Cleve, Ph.D.

Designation, Department: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

Research Interest: Theoretical biology, evolutionary ecology, social behavior

Email address: jvancleve@uky.edu

 

Joseph Lutz - Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Name: Joseph Lutz, Ph.D.

Designation, Department: Director of Postdoctoral Affairs, The Graduate School

(Past) Research interests: Behavioral effects of alcohol, nicotinic receptor pharmacology, natural products

Email address: joseph.lutz@uky.edu



Past SOPS Executive Committees


2018-2019 Executive and Symposium Planning Committee:

Emily Hankosky (President), Stephanie Davis (VP, Symposium Chair), Lindsey Hammerslag (VP, Symposium Co-Chair), James Castle (Treasurer), Ankita Punetha (Secretary), Jeremy Van Cleve (Faculty Advisor)

Pictured, left to right: Lindsey Hammerslag, Cynthia Fuhrmann (2019 Symposium Keynote Address Speaker), Ankita Punetha, Stephanie Davis, James Castle

2017-2018 Executive and Symposium Planning Committee:

Ellen Crocker (President), Emily Hankosky (Symposium Chair), Stephanie Davis, Catalina Velez Ortega, Lindsey Hammerslag, Nanda Kumar, Marina Fosso, Jeremy Van Cleve (Faculty Advisor)

Pictured, left to right: Ellen Crocker, Stephanie Davis, Catalina Velez Ortega, Emily Hankosky, Lindsey Hammerslag

 


 

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