Jeffrey Maloy, Chair

Jeffrey obtained his Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from UCLA. His dissertation research focused on mechanisms of pathogenesis and host innate immune response to the intracellular pathogen Burkholderia pseudomallei. In his current postdoctoral position, Jeffrey conducts education research, develops curriculum, and teaches in the Life Sciences Core Curriculum Department at UCLA. In part, his research is focused on examining the ways in which video content delivery to undergraduate students in a “flipped classroom” format impacts motivational predictors of student achievement and persistence in STEM majors, with a particular focus on differences between underrepresented minority, low socioeconomic status, and first-generation students. Through his involvement in the postdoctoral association as Chair of the Executive Board, Jeffrey will bring his passion for research, education, and diverse career exploration and his commitment to communication and community to develop programming and policy that will benefit the entirety of the postdoc community at UCLA.

 

Naomi Goldenson, Vice Chair of Operations

Naomi grew up outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and received her doctorate from the University of Washington in 2017 in Atmospheric Sciences. She also has B.A. in Physics and an M.S. in Geological Sciences. Naomi studies regional climate, with a focus on variability and change in rainfall. She is interested in helping to connect postdocs with one another across research groups and departments who might develop interdisciplinary collaborations, and advancing postdoc professional development.

 

Lok Kwan Leung, Vice Chair of Advocacy & Campus Relations

My name is Lok Kwan Leung, and I am a 2nd year Postdoc in the Department of Neurology. My research focuses on neurodegeneration and neural repair. I have spent the past 12 years at UCLA, obtaining both my bachelor and PhD degrees here. As the Vice Chair of Advocacy and Campus Relations, I hope to learn about the issues facing the Postdocs at UCLA and find the resources that address these concerns through advocacy efforts. In addition, I aim to foster a sense of community and help create a collaborative environment among postdocs by cultivating relationships at UCLA and with postdoctoral associations at other institutions.

 

Mona Moieni, Vice Chair of Communication 

A Bruin for life, Mona received her B.S., M.A, and Ph.D. all from UCLA. She is currently a postdoc affiliated with the Department of Psychology and the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology. Her research examines the interactions between social processes and immune processes, and how these relationships may be relevant to health and aging. Given her research interests in how social connections affect our well-being, she is particularly excited about serving on the PDA board in order to foster the postdoc community on campus. In her free time, Mona enjoys traveling, cooking, re-watching TV shows and movies she loves, reading, and indulging her sweet tooth.

 

Johnny J. Saldate, Vice Chair of Community Engagement

I am originally from Tucson, where I completed a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Arizona in 2011 (Bear Down!). I then moved to Ann Arbor and earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Michigan in 2018 (Go Blue!). My postdoctoral research focuses on identifying the mechanisms of synaptic maintenance and plasticity in sensory cells of the vestibular system. Outside of work I am an avid runner, live music enthusiast, and traveler. As Vice-Chair of Community Engagement, and a new postdoc here at UCLA, I am enthusiastic to become a part of and strengthen our community. I look forward to coordinating and leading social events to meet the diverse needs of our postdoctoral scholars. I highly value perspective and feedback, and intend to represent us within and outside of our organization with the overall goal of enriching the work and social lives of all interested postdocs.