PDA Leadership Biographies

 

Member Biography
Nidhi Shukla - woman wearing hat with mountains in the background

Nidhi Shukla, PhD
~ Senior Co-President, PDA
~ Representative, Faculty Senate & Intercouncil Leadership
nidhi.shukla@case.edu

Nidhi Shukla is a Postdoc in the Department of Pathology. Nidhi is from India and she joined CWRU in 2020 after completing her PhD in Cancer Biology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is working in the department of Pathology and her research is focused on human ACE2 variants and their interactions with the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein in in vitro models. She joined the PDA in 2021 as a postdoc representative on the Women Faculty Senate Committee and in 2022 was elected the Senior Co-President. In her spare time Nidhi loves gardening, painting, hiking and cooking.

Department: Pathology

Mohandas

Mohandas, PhD
~ Secretary, PDA
fnu.mohandas@case.edu

 

"Mohan" is from India and moved to CWRU after completing his PhD in Materials Science and Technology from the University of Crete, Greece. He obtained his master's degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India. He is a postdoc in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and is currently working on understanding material flow behavior in redox flow batteries (RFBs). 

Outside of work he enjoys traveling, photography, cooking, painting, and other artsy stuff!

Department: Chemical Engineering

Photo of Lenka Hromadkova in a soda fountain shop

Lenka Hromadkova, PhD
~ Treasurer, PDA
lenka.hromadkova@case.edu

Lenka Hromadkova is originally from the Czech Republic where she obtained her PhD in Animal Physiology at Charles University in Prague. During her PhD, she also attended several fellowships to work with neuronal cultures in Alzheimer’s disease lab at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. She is currently a postdoctoral scholar at Dr. Safar’s lab at the Department of Pathology working on cellular tau pathology associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Outside the lab, she enjoyed sport activities like beach volleyball, yoga, and swimming. During her free time, she likes traveling and exploring different cultures, painting, cooking, and reading. She joined the PDA group in fall 2021 as a treasurer to be a part of postdoctoral scholar community.

Department: Pathology

Regmi, Sagar

Sagar Regmi, PhD
~ Representative, Faculty Senate Committee for Research
sagar.regmi@case.edu

Sagar is originally from Pokhara, Nepal and completed his PhD from the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2019. He is a current postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Pharmacology in the CWRU School of Medicine. His research involves determining the structure of proteins which play important roles in various cellular pathways using cryogenic electron microscopy.

Outside the lab, he enjoys sporting activities like badminton, going to the beach, yoga, and traveling to naturally beautiful places with hiking activities. He joined the PDA in 2022 to be a part of the postdoctoral scholar community. He is excited to represent the Committee on Research on the Faculty Senate. 

Department: Pharmacology

Photo of Postdoc Jeremy Didion with a dog by a lake

Jeremy Didion, PhD
~ Representative, Faculty Senate Committee on Graduate Studies
~ Co-Chair, PDA Benefits & Policy Committee

jeremiah.didion@case.edu

Jeremy Didion is originally from Northern Ohio and obtained his PhD from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio where he studied vision in fiddler crabs. Currently, Jeremy is a postdoc in Dr. Jessica Fox’s lab in the Department of Biology where he studies the neural integration of sensory information from fly halteres in the central complex of the fly brain. Within the PDA he currently chairs the benefits committee where he aims to help postdocs better understand their benefits and support the creation of overhead funds to be utilized for postdoc benefits (Ask for details). In his free time, he enjoys sports, gaming, cooking, hiking, dog training, and spending time with his family.

Department: Biology

Sreelakshmi Vasudevan - woman in pink top sitting on concrete wall

Sreelakshmi Vasudevan, PhD
~ Co-Chair, PDA Visa and Immigration Committee
~ Co-chair, PDA Women's Initiatives Committee

sreelakshmi.vasudevanpillai@case.edu

Sreelakshmi Vasudevan is originally from Kerala, India and she received her Ph.D degree in Biochemistry from University of Kerala, India. She started her postdoctoral research in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Case Western Reserve University during 2018. Her current research projects are on retinal receptors. She joined the CWRU postdoc association in 2021 as a Co-Chair of Visa & Immigration Committee where she aims to help fellow foreign postdoctoral scholars to meet their needs pertaining to the US Immigration department. Other than family time and research, she is interested in exploring new places and cultures.

Department: Ophthalmology

Ankit Sharma

Ankit Sharma, PhD
~ Chair, PDA Public Relations Committee
~ PDA Social Media Ambassador
~ Representative, Faculty Senate Committee on University Libraries
ankit.sharma@case.edu

Ankit joined CWRU as a postdoc in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in November 2021. His current research primarily focuses on understanding micro and partial gravity combustion for supporting NASA's future mission 'Artemis' for Moon exploration. He is also one of fourt early career researchers selected for the SFPE Foundation Grand Challenges Initiative worldwide where he is supporting the climate change working group. Prior, he was a Consultant at Arup working across the UK and India regions. He obtained his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Roorkee, India specializing in building fires and storage tank fires. 

As Chair of the Public Relations Committee, Ankit plans to enhance the visibility of the PDA and postdocs on different media websites for their branding and better networking. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, traveling, adventure sports, exploring new ideas, yoga, and meditation. 

Department: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Mohammad Siddiqi

Mohammad Siddiqi, PhD
~ Co-Chair, PDA Professional Development Committee
mohammad.siddiqi@case.edu

Mohammad Khursheed Siddiqi is originally from India and has earned his Ph.D. in Biotechnology from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. He joined CWRU in 2019 as a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Pathology and his work is focused on Alzheimer's
disease and its heterogeneity at the molecular level. He joined PDA as a chair of the Professional Development Committee to further his professional development and help other postdoctoral scholars to do the same. In his spare time, he likes to explore new places, loves traveling, and spends time with friends and family.

Department: Pathology

Haley Nguyen

Huong (Haley) Nguyen, PhD
~ Representative, Faculty Senate Committee on Minority Affairs
hxn119@case.edu

Huong Nguyen is from Vietnam. She came to the US in 2015 for her PhD program in Chemistry & Chemical Biology in Dr. Liang’s lab, starting at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM and later moved to CWRU in 2018. Huong completed her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry on September 2022, focusing on developing a novel class of Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR)-T cells that can sense environmental-specific signals from solid tumor microenvironment to precisely execute therapeutic functions, thereby providing a safer and more effective cell-based therapy for patients with solid tumors.
She’s continuing her postdoctoral training at Dr. Liang’s lab and Dr. Huang’s lab (Dept of Pediatrics) to validate the CAR-T cells platform in vivo mouse model.

Outside the lab, Huong enjoys hiking, board-games, puzzles, indoor gardening, doing yoga, and volunteer. She’s been an active member of the international student fellowship and became part of the PDA in September 2022. She is excited in volunteering for the Faculty Senate Minority Affairs committee and representing international postdocs.

Department: Chemistry

Shashi Singh

Shashi Singh, PhD
~ Chair, PDA Social Activities Committee
shashi.singh@case.edu

Shashi is a Postdoc in the Department of Biochemistry & Center for RNA Science and Therapeutics, School of Medicine. He got his Ph.D. in India from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Shashi joined CWRU in 2022 after completing his first postdoc at Cleveland Clinic. He is studying the mechanisms of RNA viruses and host cell battlefields and applying those insights to generate novel RNA therapeutics. Shashi joined PDA this year and he is representing postdocs on the Faculty Senate Committee on Information and Communications Technology. He is also a Co-Chair of the social activity committee for planning extracurricular activities for the CWRU postdocs. In his spare time, Shashi loves hiking, traveling, camping, and talking to his family in India.

Department: Biochemistry

Ashley Everett

Ashley Everett, JD
~ Postdoc Representative, Reproductive Health Task Force
ashley.m.everett@case.edu

Ashley Everett is originally from Florida. She relocated to Cleveland to attend Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she received her JD in 2018. Ashley is a postdoc fellow with the Kramer Law Clinic. Currently, she is working on community-focused First Amendment projects that concern the Public Records Act. She is also the postdoc representative for the Reproductive Health Task Force. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys anything involving the arts – museum visits, printmaking, painting, making crafts, Broadway shows, drag and burlesque shows, film, concerts, and local arts and music festivals. She also enjoys exploring new places to eat and spending time with her friends.

Department: Kramer Law Clinic

Jonnelle Edwards-Glenn

Jonnelle Edwards-Glenn, PhD
~ PDA Social Media Ambassador
jxe196@case.edu

Jonnelle Edwards-Glenn is originally from Northwestern Ohio and received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Science from the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences in August of 2021. Currently, Jonnelle is a postdoctoral scholar in the Cardiovascular Research Institute at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Dr. Sanjay Rajagopalan’s laboratory. Her current research focuses on environmental pollutants’ effect on cardiovascular disease. Jonnelle joined PDA in 2021 but took on a greater role as Social Media Ambassador this year. In this role, she creates content and manages information disseminated on PDA’s social media pages to keep the postdoctoral community informed. Jonnelle is also a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion and volunteers at John Hay School to mentor and instill leadership skills into underrepresented minority young ladies. Her ultimate goal is to have a lasting impact on underrepresented minority students interested in STEM careers. Outside of work, Jonnelle enjoys traveling, coloring, watching movies, and spending time with her family. Jonnelle is a proud and active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter.

Department: Cardiology

Nicole Wagner

Nicole Wagner, PhD
~ Representative, Faculty Senate Committee on Women Faculty
nxw243@case.edu

Nicole Wagner is originally from Erie, Pennsylvania. She obtained her B.S. in Biochemistry from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2018, followed by her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from The Ohio State University in 2022. At OSU, she used NMR and complementary techniques to study roles of protein and DNA structure and dynamics in the Cre-loxP site-specific recombination system. In January of 2023, she began her postdoctoral position in the Pharmacology department at Case Western, where she will be using cryo-EM and cryo-ET to investigate structures of adenovirus/host factor complexes. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, traveling, and playing with her two dogs, Beanie and Ivy.

Department: Pharmacology

Eric Mosher

Eric Mosher, PhD
~ Co-Chair, PDA Professional Development COmmittee
epm41@case.edu

Eric Mosher is from Middletown, Pennsylvania. He is very familiar with CWRU, as he completed his undergraduate studies here. After 4 years in Cleveland, Eric pursued a PhD in Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. Eric returned to CWRU in 2022 to start his current postdoc position in the lab of Derek Taylor in the Department of Pharmacology, where he is studying interactions between HPV and human proteins involved in carcinogenesis. Outside the lab, Eric is an avid sports fan and enjoys cooking. Eric joined the PDA as a co-chair of the professional development committee and is excited to contribute to helping CWRU postdocs achieve their career goals.

Department: Pharmacology