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Welcome to the University of Kentucky Society of Postdoctoral Scholars (SOPS)!

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.

Executive Committee Information:  

President 

Congqing Wu, Ph.D. 

  

Designation, Department: Postdoctoral Scholar, Saha Cardiovascular Research Center  

Research interests: Inflammation, Vascular Diseases, Macrophage, Inflammasome  

Email address: cwu3@uky.edu   

Vice President 

Amal Alotaibi, Ph.D. 

Designation, Department:  Postdoctoral Scholar, Artificial Organ Laboratory, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.   

Research interests: Heart Failure, LVAD, ECMO, Cardiac Transplant, Stem-Cell, Adult-Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery.  

Email address: aal290@uky.edu; amal.alotaibi@gmail.com 

Secretary 

Lindsey Conroy, Ph.D. 

Designation, Department: Postdoctoral Fellow, Markey Cancer Center  

Research Interest: tumor metabolism, mass spectrometry imaging, glycosylation  

Email address: lindsey.conroy@ukt.edu  

Treasurer 

Ajoy Aloysius, Ph.D. 

Designation, Department: Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Biology  

Research interests: Regeneration and wound healing, Aging, Immunology  

Email address:aaloysius@uky.edu

Director of Communication 

Ketan Shrestha, Ph.D. 

Designation, Department: Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of OB/GYN-Endocrinology  

Research Interest: Reproduction, Female fertility, Ovulation, Corpus luteum.  

Email address: ketan.shrestha@uky.edu  

GSC Liaison 

Erome Hankore, Ph.D. 

Designation, Department: College of Pharmacy   

Research interests: Natural product and drug discovery research, protein engineering, Biocatalysis and green chemistry   

Email address: erome.daniel@uky.edu

GSC Liaison 

Priyanka Tripathi, Ph.D. 

Designation, Department: Postdoctoral Scholar, College of Medicine  

Research interests: Nanomedicine, Formulation development and its parenteral delivery, Gene delivery, Extracellular vesicles, Neuroscience, Ceramide  

Email address: priyanka.tripathi@uky.edu   

Faculty Advisor 

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 

Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs 

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

Member 

David Awde, Ph.D. 

Designation, Department: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Entomology  

Research interests: Thermal biology and plasticity in insects, bee ecology and evolution  

Email address: david.awde@uky.edu   

Member 

Ratheesh Kumar Raveendran Thankamani, Ph.D. 

Designation, Department: Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences   

Research interests: Solid Earth & Mars Geophysics, Hard rock Geology, Plate tectonics.   

Email address:ratheesh.geo@uky.edu  

Member 

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  

Member 

Sudip Gaire, Ph.D. 

Designation, Department: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Entomology  

Research interests: Urban pest management, Insect toxicology, Botanical insecticides  

Email address:sgaire@uky.edu   

Member 

Melise Lecheta, Ph.D. 

Designation, Department: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Entomology  

Research interests: Insect thermal biology, forensic entomology and evolutionary ecology    

Email address:melise.lecheta@uky.edu  

Member 

Jessica Arruda Macedo, Ph.D. 

Designation, Department: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry  

Research interests: Glycogen metabolism, rare diseases, central nervous system (neurological) disorders  

Email address:jessicamacedo@uky.edu  

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