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Chancellor's and President's Postdoctoral Fellows 

These are the new and continuing Postdoctoral Fellows for the 2021- 22 academic year. For past Chancellor’s and President's Postdoctoral Fellows appointed in 1996 onward, please visit the fellows directory

  • Kapua Lililehua Chandler, Ph.D.

    Kapua Lililehua Chandler, Ph.D.

    2021 President's Postdoctoral Fellow
    Degree:
    Ph.D., Higher Education and Organizational Change, University of California, Los Angeles
    Department: Education Studies
    Mentor: 
    Dr. Samuel Museus, Department of Education Studies
    Research Topic:
    Hoʻonaʻauao: Indigenous Models of Higher Education
  • Grisel Lizandra Cruz-Becerra, Ph.D.

    Grisel Lizandra Cruz-Becerra, Ph.D.

    2021 Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow
    Degree: 
    Ph.D., Biochemistry, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
    Department: Biology
    Mentor:
    Dr. James T. Kadonaga, Department of Biology
    Research Topic: 
    Functions of the Nucleosome-Binding HMGN and Dsup Proteins in Oxidative DNA Damage Protection and Chromatin Dynamics  
    Website: https://profiles.ucsd.edu/grisel.cruzbecerra

     

  • Jalondra A. Davis, Ph.D.

    Jalondra A. Davis, Ph.D.

    2020 President's Postdoctoral Fellow 
    Degree:
    Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside
    Department: Ethnic Studies
    Mentor: 
    Dr. Sara Kaplan, Department of Ethnic Studies
    Research Topic:
    The Black Political Imagination: Gender, Sex and Birth in Science Fiction(s)
    Website: https://www.jalondradavis.com/
  • Magda Garcia, Ph.D.

    Magda Garcia, Ph.D.

    2021 President's Postdoctoral Fellow
    Degree:
     Ph.D., Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Department: Ethnic Studies
    Mentor: Dr. Shelley Streeby, Department of Ethnic Studies
    Research Topic:
     Reclaiming La Bruja: Rage, the Speculative, and Contemporary Border Tejanx Feminist Affects; Brown Southern Feelings: Chicana/Latina Speculative Visions from and of the U.S. South
    Website: https://magdagarcia8.academia.edu/

  • Arnold Gutierrez, Ph.D.

    Arnold Gutierrez, Ph.D.

    2020 Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow
    Degree:
    Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati
    Department:
    Psychiatry
    Mentor:
    Dr. Michael A. Taffe, Department of Psychiatry
    Research Topic: 
    The Long-Term Effects of Adolescent Heroin Vapor Exposure
    Website: 
    https://profiles.ucsd.edu/arnold.gutierrez

  • Yatta Kiazolu, Ph.D.

    Yatta Kiazolu, Ph.D.

    2020 President's Postdoctoral Fellow 
    Degree:
    Ph.D., History, University of California, Los Angeles
    Department: Ethnic Studies
    Mentor: 
    Dr. Dayo Gore, Department of Ethnic Studies
    Research Topic:
    Class, Citizenship, and Black Women’s Global Imaginary in the Era of  African Decolonization
    Website: https://profiles.ucsd.edu/yatta.kiazolu

  • Gweneth McKinley, Ph.D.

    Gweneth McKinley, Ph.D.

    2020 President's Postdoctoral Fellow 
    Degree:
    Ph.D., Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Department: Mathematics
    Research Topic: Extremal and Probabilistic Combinatorics
    Mentor: Dr. Jacques Verstraete, Department of Mathematics
    Website: http://math.mit.edu/~gweneth/

     

  • Diana Mercado-Garcia, Ph.D.

    Diana Mercado-Garcia, Ph.D.

    2021 Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow
    Degree: Ph.D., Education Policy, Sociology of Education, Stanford University
    Department: Education Studies
    Mentor:
    Dr. Megan Hopkins, Department of Education Studies
    Research Topic:
     Computer Science for English Learners
  • Kathryn H. Morelli, Ph.D.

    Kathryn H. Morelli, Ph.D.

    2020 President's Postdoctoral Fellow 
    Degree:
    Ph.D., Biomedical Science and Engineering, The Jackson Laboratory, University of Maine
    Department:  Cellular & Molecular Medicine
    Mentor: 
    Dr. Eugene Yeo, Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine
    Research Topic:
    Development of Patient-Specific Organiod Models & RNA-Targeting Therapeutics for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
    Website: https://profiles.ucsd.edu/kathryn.morelli

  • Cindy Nguyen, Ph.D.

    Cindy Nguyen, Ph.D.

    2021 Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow
    Degree: Ph.D., History, University of California, Berkeley
    Department: Literature
    Mentor: Dr. John D. Blanco, Department of Literature & Dr. Claire Edington, Department of History
    Research Topic: History of Libraries in Vietnam and Colonial Visual Texts
    Website: https://cindyanguyen.com/
  • Jeremy Orosco, Ph.D.

    Jeremy Orosco, Ph.D.

    2020 President's Postdoctoral Fellow 
    Degree:
     Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, San Diego
    Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Mentor: Dr. James Friend, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Research Topic: Toward a Contemporary Theory of Atomization: Modern Adaptable Solutions with Global Impact
    Website: https://www.jeremyorosco.info/

  • Anthony Sanchez, Ph.D.

    Anthony Sanchez, Ph.D.

    2021 Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow
    Degree: Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Washington
    Department: Mathematics
    Mentor: Dr. Amir Mohammadi, Department of Mathematics
    Research Topic: Paths on Translation Surfaces and Renormalization Dynamics
    Website: https://sites.math.washington.edu/~asanch33/

  • Alejandra Sanchez-Rios, Ph.D.

    Alejandra Sanchez-Rios, Ph.D.

    2021 Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow
    Degree: 
    Ph.D., Oceanography, Oregon State University
    Department: Scripps Institute of Oceanography 
    Mentor: Dr. Jennifer MacKinnon, Scripps Institute of Oceanography
    Research Topic: Analysis of Regional and Global Patterns of Upper Ocean Spice and Implications for Acoustics
    Website:
     https://www.alesanchezrios.com/

  • Christopher A. Theissen, Ph.D.

    Christopher A. Theissen, Ph.D.

    2021 Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow
    Degree: Ph.D., Astronomy, Boston University
    Department: Physics
    Mentor: 
    Dr. Adam Burgasser & Dr. Quinn Konopacky, Department of Physics 
    Research Topic: 
    Investigating Spectral Peculiarities in Ultracool Dwarf Planet Hosts 
    Website: https://ctheissen.physics.ucsd.edu/

  • James Upton, Ph.D.

    James Upton, Ph.D.

    2020 Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow
    Degree:
    Ph. D., Mathematics, University of California, Irvine
    Department: Mathematics
    Mentor: Dr. Kiran S. Kedlaya, Department of Mathematics
    Research Topics: Analytic Arithmetic Geometry, Geometric Iwasawa Theory
    Website: https://sites.google.com/view/jtupton/home

     

  • Thaiesha A. Wright, Ph.D.

    Thaiesha A. Wright, Ph.D.

    2020 President's Postdoctoral Fellow 
    Degree:
     Ph.D., Chemistry, Miami University
    Department: NanoEngineering
    Mentor: 
    Dr. Jon Pokorski, Department of NanoEngineering
    Research Topic:
     Stabilization of Enzymes for Manufacturing Carbon Capture Devices
    Website: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=YLoYo2kAAAAJ&hl=en

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