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Postdoctoral Personnel


Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has defined the time spent in postdoctoral positions as a training period for a career in biomedical science:

"A postdoctoral trainee is a person who has recently earned a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, and who joins Case Western Reserve University to perform mentored research full-time under the supervision of a member of the faculty. The position can be held for up to five years and is meant to provide additional research and/or scholarly training in preparation for a position in academe, industry, or government."

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs provides employment-related activities including appointment letters for postdoctoral trainees. These postdoctoral appointments may occur as one of the following several categories:

Postdoctoral Scholar

This is a special class of University employee eligible to participate in a unique healthcare benefit plan. Postdoctoral scholars are not, however, able to receive other University benefits such as the retirement plan and Benelect. They are engaged in research projects funded by grants obtained by others at the University and receive a University salary. Postdoctoral scholars are to be appointed with a salary at least equivalent to the current NRSA year 0 postdoctoral salaries.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Individuals in this category receive training while engaged in research projects funded by grants he/she has personally applied for, and obtained from either governmental or nongovernmental sources. A postdoctoral fellow is not an employee of the University, and while able to participate in a special healthcare benefit plan, he/she is not eligible for other University benefits.

Research Associate

Individuals with an MD or PhD may also be hired as research associates or senior research associates. People in both categories are employees of the University and are eligible to receive University benefits. These positions do not explicitly require mentoring and are regular staff positions with appointment letters processed by Human Resources.

Click here to learn about The National Postdoctoral Association.  The is a member-driven, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides a unique, national voice for postdoctoral scholars. Since 2003, the NPA has taken on the ambitious agenda to enhance the quality of the postdoctoral experience in the United States. NPA has assumed a leadership role in addressing the many issues confronting the postdoctoral community that are national in scope and requiring action beyond the local level.PRA was established in the fall of 2000 in an effort to foster a productive and effective dialogue between the University and postdoctoral fellows.  It's goal is to address issues relevant to the group, thereby strengthening the reputation of Case Western Reserve University as a top research institute. In doing this, it seeks to advance the recruitment and training of postdoctoral researchers from around the world.

Senior Research Associates

Shyue-An Chan, PhD

Shyue-An Chan, PhD

Senior Research Associate
Smith Lab
Autonomic stress response.
SOM E534A
216-368-2105 (office) 216-368-5586 (fax)
Nancy Hong

Nancy Hong

Senior Research Associate
SOM E532D
216-368-1687 (office) 216-368-5586 (fax)
Krystyna Surewicz, PhD
SOM E602G
216-368-6718 (office) 216-368-3952 (fax)
Ardeschir Vahedi-Faridi, PhD
SOM W105
216-368-1214 (office) 216-368-5586 (fax)
Megan Wang, PhD

Megan Wang, PhD

Senior Research Associate
SOM 532H
216-368-5586 (fax)

Research Associates

Intekhab Alam, PhD
E620D
216-368-8732 (office) 216-368-5586 (fax)
Yinghua Chen, PhD

Yinghua Chen, PhD

Research Associate
Core Facility Manager
SOM E549
216-368-8962 (office) 216-368-5586 (fax)
Mausita Karmakar, PhD
SOM E550I
216-368-5524 (office) 216-368-5586 (fax)
Thomas Kowatz, PhD
SOM W105
216-368-1214 (office) 216-368-5586 (fax)
Ranganath Mamidi, PhD
SOM E536G
216-368-1643 (office) 216-368-5586 (fax)
Xiangzhu Xiao, PhD
SOM E602C
216-368-6718 (office) 216-368-5586 (fax)
Pan Zhao, PhD
SOM E552C
216-368-6309 (office) 216-368-5586 (fax)

Postdoctoral Fellows

Arvind Kumar, PhD
SOM E620F
216-368-8732 (office) 216-368-5586 (fax)

Postdoctoral Scholars

Sandip Basak, PhD
SOM E620E
216-368-8732 (office) 216-368-5586 (fax)
Jessica Beebe, PhD
SOM EG28
216-368-0218 (office) 216-368-5586 (fax)
Nikhil Bharambe, PhD
SOM E534G
216-368-2345 (office) 216-368-5586 (fax)
Nebojsa Bogdanovic, PhD
SOM E620C
216-368-5586 (fax)
Rajendra (Venkata) Boggavarapu, PhD
SOM E620G
216-368-8732 (office) 216-368-5586 (fax)
Eric Gibbs, PhD
SOM E620G
216-368-8732 (office) 216-368-3952 (fax)
Di Hu, PhD

Di Hu, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
SOM E536C
216-368-0886 (office) 216-368-5586 (fax)
Shumsuzzaman Khan, PhD
SOM E534E
216-368-5272 (office) 216-368-5586 (fax)
Seong-Ki Lee, PhD
SOM E552B
216-368-3400 (office) 216-368-5586 (fax)
Zhen-lu (Andrew) Li, PhD
SOM E609E
216-368-8654 (office) 216-368-5586 (fax)
Virender Singh, PhD
SOM E609E
216-368-6718 (office) 216-368-5586 (fax)
Xiyong Song, PhD
SOM E609G
216-368-5586 (fax)
Deng-ke Wang, PhD
SOM E552D
216-368-6309 (office) 216-368-5586 (fax)
Meng Wang, PhD
SOM E534F
216-368-5272 (office) 216-368-5586 (fax)
Rihua Wang, PhD
SOM E536D
216-368-0886 (office) 216-368-5586 (fax)
Yuanyuan Zhao, PhD

Yuanyuan Zhao, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Qi Lab
Mitochondrial dynamics and mitochondrial DNA regulation in neurodegenerative diseases
SOM E536B
216-368-5586 (fax)