University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association


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The Postdoc Spotlight section features the monthly Postdoc to Postdoc (P2P) speaker. To be featured on the website and to volunteer to present at the P2P seminar series, please sign up here.   

This month’s speaker, Dr. Landon Locke is a postdoctoral scholar in the Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Division. He holds a Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from University of Virginia. Dr. Locke is an author on many high-impact publications and is the co-inventor on a patent filed last year. In addition, he has been actively involved in postdoctoral affairs. He currently serves as the President on the UPPDA board and has held this position since Jan 2013. He recently represented the UPPDA at the National Postdoctoral association (NPA) meeting , where the UPPDA poster won the poster competition!

Dr. Locke will be giving his talk titled ‘Multi-Scale and Multi-Modality Pulmonary Imaging for Therapeutic Advancement’ on Wednesday, April 16 2014 at noon in Room S123 BST.

What field is your PhD in? How did you specialize in your current field?

My PhD is in the field of Biomedical Engineering.  I have always had a fascination with imaging technology.  As an undergraduate I majored in physics in part to obtain a better understanding of how imaging systems work.  Now my interest lies in how to utilize image technology to better understand and treat various diseases. 

What is your current research project?

I am developing new imaging based techniques to measure important functions of the lung.  My approach may offer a more sensitive assessment of lung physiology and drug response in patients with Cystic Fibrosis compared to currently used clinical measurements.

Tell us about a great experience or opportunity you’ve had in the past year?

I recently attended a national conference for postdocs.  The message that often came up was that there are many challenges facing current postdocs, but overall the postdoc years are among the very best.   So often we forget just how unique our situation is and how many untapped resources are surrounding us waiting to be explored. 

What do you hope the next step in your career path will be?

My goal is to launch a lab of my own to fully pursue my ideas and be a mentor to the next generation of scientists. 

If not a scientist, what would you be?

If I could not be a scientist I would love to be involved in the field of music composition






Welcome to the UPPDA Executive Board for 2014!!

President:  Landon Locke

Career Development Committee Chair:  John Merriman

Advocacy Committee Chair: Natasha Baker

Communications and Networking Chair:  Aparna Rao

International Committee Chair:  Abu Gafar Hossion

Outreach Committee Chair:  Tiffany Katz

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The UPPDA Executive Board 2013 (from L to R): Dr. Rachel Brower-Sinning, Dr. Aparna Rao, Dr. Natasha Baker, Dr. Landon Locke, Dr. Sundar Raman Subramanian and Dr. Tiffany Katz.

The UPPDA Mission

The mission of the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association (UPPDA) is to facilitate a more constructive and positive experience for postdoctoral professionals that will benefit the postdoctoral professionals and the University of Pittsburgh alike.

Data and Dine Symposium

Data & Dine is a scientific poster session and networking dinner for University of Pittsburgh postdoctoral associates and scholars to present their research to colleagues, faculty, and administrators.

Thank you all who attended the 7th Annual Data & Dine on May 16 2013, and congratulations to our travel award winners!  

Postdoc to Postdoc (P2P)

Formerly known as Postdoc Lunch Live! Sign up now to join the audience for the next event. We are also looking for presenters for upcoming months. Sign up here to present.

Get Involved!

The UPPDA is run entirely by volunteers, and while you may not be interested in serving on the Executive Board, there are many other smaller roles for which we need willing volunteers. A list of current projects is available.

UPPDA Facebook Group

In order to facilitate increased networking and communication among postdocs at Pitt, we have now created a group on Facebook. Create a free account on Facebook (if you don’t have one already), and check out our group here!

Please note:

UPPDA does not have a physical location. However, our temporary snail mail address is the Office of Academic Career Development as noted below.

Office of Academic Career Development, Health Sciences
301 Scaife Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Phone: 412-648-8486

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