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Chancellor's and President's Postdoctoral Fellows 

These are the new and continuing Postdoctoral Fellows for the 2020 - 21 academic year. For past Chancellor’s and President's Postdoctoral Fellows appointed in 1996 onward, please visit the fellows directory

  • Jacob Barrett, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Jacob Barrett, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow
    Degree: Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California – Santa Barbara
    Research Topic: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Conversion
    Mentor: Clifford Kubiak, UC San Diego, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
    For more information click here or here.

  • Isaac Chaim, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

    Isaac Chaim, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

    Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow
    Degree:
    Ph.D., Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Research Topic: Elucidating the effects of RNA damage on cell homeostasis
    Mentor: Gene Yeo, UC San Diego, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
    For more information click here.
  • Jalondra A. Davis, Department of Ethnic Studies

    Jalondra A. Davis, Department of Ethnic Studies

    President's Postdoctoral Fellow
    Degree:
    Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside
    Research Topic: “The Black Political Imagination: Gender, Sex and Birth in Science Fiction(s)”
    Mentor: Sara Kaplan, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego 
    For more information click here.
  • Justine Davis, Department of Political Science

    Justine Davis, Department of Political Science

    President's Postdoctoral Fellow
    Degree:
    Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
    Research Topic: Wartime Experiences of Civic Leaders: Legacies of Civil War, Rebel Control, and Democratization in Post-Conflict Africa
    Mentor: Claire Adida, Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego. 
    For more information click here.
  • Arnold Gutierrez, Department of Psychiatry

    Arnold Gutierrez, Department of Psychiatry

    Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow
    Degree: 
    Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati
    Research Topic: The long-term effects of adolescent heroin vapor exposure
    Mentor:  Michael A. Taffe, Department of Psychiatry, UC San Diego
    For more information click here.
  • Yatta Kiazolu, Department of Ethnic Studies

    Yatta Kiazolu, Department of Ethnic Studies

    President's Postdoctoral Fellow
    Degree:
    Ph.D., History, University of California, Los Angeles
    Research Topic: Class, citizenship, and Black women’s global imaginary in the era of African Decolonization
    Mentor: Dayo Gore, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego

  • Gweneth McKinley, Department of Mathematics

    Gweneth McKinley, Department of Mathematics

    President's Postdoctoral Fellow
    Degree:
    Ph.D., Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Research Topic: Extremal and probabilistic combinatorics
    Mentor: Jacques Verstraete, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, San Diego
    For more information click here.
  • Olivia Molinar-Inglis, Department of Pharmacology

    Olivia Molinar-Inglis, Department of Pharmacology

    President's Postdoctoral Fellow (continuing)
    Degree:
    Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
    Research Topic: Define novel G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR)-mediated molecular pathways that enhance endothelial barrier stabilization and reduce vascular leakage utilizing a cellular sepsis model
    Mentor: JoAnn Trejo, UC San Diego, Department of Pharmacology
    For more information click here.
  • Kathryn Morelli, Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine

    Kathryn Morelli, Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine

    President's Postdoctoral Fellow
    Degree:
    Ph.D., Biomedical Science and Engineering, The Jackson Laboratory, University of Maine
    Research Topic: Development of Patient-Specific Organiod Models & RNA-Targeting Therapeutics for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
    Mentor: Eugene Yeo, Professor of Cellular & Molecular Medicine, University of California, San Diego
    For more information click here.
  • Jeremy Orosco, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Jeremy Orosco, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    President's Postdoctoral Fellow
    Degree:
    Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, San Diego
    Research Topic: Toward a contemporary theory of atomization: Modern adaptable solutions with global impact
    Mentor: James Friend, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego
    For more information click here.
  • Marino Romero, Department of Mathematics

    President's Postdoctoral Fellow (continuing)
    Degree:
    Ph.D., Mathematics, University of California, San Diego
    Research Topic: An e-positivity phenomenon in the theory of Macdonald polynomials
    Mentor: Brendon Rhoades, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, San Diego

  • Alejandro Ruiz-Ramos, Department of Physics

    President's Postdoctoral Fellow (continuing)
    Degree: Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Berkeley
    Research Topic:
    Quantum materials, frustrated magnetism, superconductivity
    Mentor: Oleg Shpyrko, Professor of Physics and Alex Frañó, Professor of Physics, University of California, San Diego
    For more information click here.
  • Danielle Schmitt, Department of Pharmacology

    Danielle Schmitt, Department of Pharmacology

    President's Postdoctoral Fellow (continuing)
    Degree:
    Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    Research Topic: Spatial compartmentalization of cellular energy sensing and utilization
    Mentor: Jin Zhang, UC San Diego, Department of Pharmacology
    For more information click here.

  • James Upton, Department of Mathematics

    James Upton, Department of Mathematics

    Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow
    Degree: Ph.D.,Mathematics, University of California, Irvine
    Research Topic: Analytic Arithmetic Geometry, Geometric Iwasawa Theory
    Mentor: Kiran S. Kedlaya, UC San Diego, Department of Mathematics
    For more information click here.

  • Thaiesha A. Wright, Department of NanoEngineering

    Thaiesha A. Wright, Department of NanoEngineering

    President's Postdoctoral Fellow 
    Degree:
     Ph.D., Chemistry, Miami University
    Research Topic: Stabilization of Enzymes for Manufacturing Carbon Capture Devices
    Mentor: Jon Pokorski, Professor of NanoEngineering, University of California, San Diego
    For more information click here.

For past Chancellor’s and President's Postdoctoral Fellows appointed in 1996 onward, please visit the fellows directory