Current leadership

The Sociable Postdoc Society Leadership currently consists of the organization’s three required signatories.   We are looking to expand! If you’d like to see your name on this list and help make postdoc community happen, please contact us.

(In alphabetical order)

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Maya Boustani – Family Events Coordinator
Maya is a postdoctoral researcher in the psychology department. Her research interests revolve around child and adolescent mental health in under-resourced settings. Maya is from Miami and is discovering LA with her husband and two daughters Noor (9 years old) and Nayla (7 years old).


Juliane Corlier – Family Events Coordinator


Audrey Dubourg – Happy Hour Coordinator

A French woman with a dash of “Britishism” due to many years spent in the fine city of Norwich on the East coast of England, Audrey is now slowly re-acclimatizing herself to hot weather and scarce rain. Trying to understand the mystery of infectious diseases and the interactions between pathogens and their human host, she is currently working on Trichomonas vaginalis pathogenicity for Prof Patricia Johnson in the MIMG department. In her spare time she enjoys wine, cooking, playing board games and discovering what LA and California have to offer. From a good old fashion boogy with her friends in different (and weird) places around town to concerts or fancy dress parties, she is always up (or down, Americans..Ha!) for some fun and laughter!



Xanne Miggelbrink – Postdoc Travel Award Committee
Xanne is from the Netherlands and recently moved to LA to join the lab of Dr. Kohn. She did her undergrad in biomedical sciences at Leiden University (in the Netherlands). After graduation, Xanne realized she wanted to be involved in patient care, so went to medical school at Utrecht University (also in the Netherlands). During medical school Xanne missed research a lot and decided to get involved in research again after graduation, so here she am!  Aside from work Xanne loves sports (both playing and watching) and once she starts cheering for a team, she doesn’t change her mind (she was an Astros fan for the entire time they lost 100+ games). Xanne also loves watching tv-shows and movies. On a day off, chances are you can find her outside hiking or hanging out with friends.

Ana-Maria Piso – General Events Coordinator
Originally from Romania, Ana came to the US almost eleven years ago. She completed her bachelor’s degree in physics and math at MIT, then moved up the street to Harvard, where she received her PhD in astronomy and astrophysics. After ten long Boston winters, Ana decided to move to sunny California, and she is now a postdoc in the Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences department at UCLA. Her research is focused on understanding how exoplanets, planets outside our own solar system, form and evolve. In her free time, Ana loves exploring LA (she’s only been here for five months after all), discovering new restaurants and coffee shops, binging on Netflix, and most importantly playing with her adorable cat, Pebbles.

Patrick Plummer – Community Leader, Coffee Hour Coordinator
Patrick is a cognitive psychologist originally from North Carolina.  He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and my Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego.  Patrick’s research focuses on the nature of semantic representations (both symbolic and nonsymbolic) within the cognitive system and how context influences high-level, coordinated cognitive processes such as reading comprehension or numerical reasoning.  He’s currently a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA working with Dr. Keith Holyoak in the Dept. of Psychology.  Patrick enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading science fiction novels, and having long conversations with people on unplanned topics.

Kharah Ross – Chair and Community Leader
Kharah is a Health Psychologist, originally from Alberta, Canada. She completed her MA at the University of British Columbia and her PhD at Northwestern University. Kharah’s work focuses on the links between the psychological and social world and immune and cardio-metabolic systems, with a particular focus on pregnancy and the postpartum period. She’s currently working with Dr. Christine Dunkel Schetter in Psychology. Kharah enjoys hanging out in funky coffee shops (shamelessly eavesdropping on the locals), exploring LA in her free time, and perversely misses winter.



Katie Sharp – Calendar and Events Coordinator
A kiwi girl got a job in the big city of LA in the height of summer and thought she was going to die, but has since acclimatized from the colder New Zealand weather.  Creating mathematical models of how HIV spreads through sub-Saharan Africa, she has now fulfilled her life long dream of hanging with a cheetah. currently seeking alternate career, please contact if you want to start a business to do with crochet, music, rock climbing, video gaming or a combination.  sweet as, bro. Here’s her photo…because she f**king LOVE cheetahs.