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!
Emily Hankosky - President
Name: Emily Hankosky, PhD
Designation, Department: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Research Interests: Translational research, applying analytic methods from (pharmaco)epidemiology and biomedical informatics to secondary data in order to advance medications development for substance use disorders. Specifically, developing a claims-based workflow to identify medications that could be repurposed for stimulant use disorders.
Email address: email@example.com
Stephanie Davis - Chief Operating Officer
Name: Stephanie M. Davis, PhD.
Designation, Department: Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Neurology
Research Interest: Identifying novel drugs for the treatment of neuroinflammation during ischemic stroke.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lindsey Hammerslag - Vice President
Name: Lindsey R. Hammerslag, Ph.D.
Designation, Department: Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychology Department
Research interests: Behavioral neuroscience, addiction, oxytocin
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Ankita Punetha - Secretary
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOPS Photo Gallery
2018 Symposium Planning Committee, left to right: Ellen Crocker, Stephanie Davis, Catalina Velez Ortega, Emily Hankosky (chair), Lindsey Hammerslag. Not pictured: Nanda Kumar, Marina Fosso, Jeremy Van Cleve
Ellen Crocker, speaking at 2018 SOPS Research Symposium
2015-2016 Officers, Left to right: Ellen Crocker, Harrison Tam, Matthew Casselman, and Caitlin Scott
Photo by Dr. Bradford Condon