Postdoctoral Scholars

Postdoc Spotlight

Integrative Biology Postdoc Receives Grant-In-Aid of Research by the Phycological Society of America

March 3, 2021

Integrative Biology postdoctoral scholar, Raúl González-Pech, was awarded a Grant-In-Aid of Research recently by the Phycological Society of America. More information about the grant can be found here: https://www.psaalgae.org/grants-and-fellowships.

Currently, he is working on generating genomic and epigenomic data for a coral symbiont that is tolerant to cold temperature at the Parkinson Lab (Department of Integrative Biology). The project aims to decipher the molecular mechanisms underpinning this thermal tolerance. The grant is meant to generate gene expression data in response to thermal stress to add an extra layer of information to the project.


Civil and Environmental Engineering postdocs published in July 2021 issue of Science of the total environment

April 13, 2021

Dr. Cynthia Castro, a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was the lead author on the paper “Performance and onsite regeneration of natural zeolite for ammonium removal in a field-scale non-sewered sanitation system.” Dr. Robert Bair, also a postdoctoral scholar from the CEE department, was a coauthor on the study. The work focuses on the use of natural zeolite to remove high levels of ammonium from blackwater (toilet water) generated at an informal community in South Africa. The study highlights the performance and design considerations necessary for conducting recurring field regenerations of ion exchange media and further points out ways to mitigate the production of excess brine waste onsite. The work was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Reinvent the Toilet Challenge and is part of a global effort to improve the availability of safe sanitation infrastructure for underserved communities.

The paper was published in the July 2021 issue of Science of the Total Environment and can be found here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.145938.


Civil and Environmental Engineering Postdoc earns PSE Early Career Award 2020

September 10, 2020

Mahmood Aliofkhazraei started his researches about the usage of plasma in surface engineering more than 10 years ago. His researches are focused on growth mechanism and different mechanical, tribological, and corrosion properties of coatings obtained with plasma electrolysis method on light metals. He also used the plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) as pretreatment for applying top-coats such as epoxies. PEO-pretreated coating systems can provide proper corrosion protection on the surface of magnesium alloys.


COPH post-doctoral fellow receives American Psychological Foundation Award

October 26, 2020

Dr. Helen Mahony, a post-doctoral fellow at the USF College of Public Health’s (COPH) Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (MCH), has received a Henry P. David grant for research in human reproductive behavior and population studies. The $1,500 grant, awarded by the American Psychological Foundation, supports early-career researchers conducting population-based reproductive health research.

“My areas of research are decreasing the risk of unintended pregnancy, STIs, and HIV among adolescents and young adults and reducing inequities in maternal and infant health,” said Mahony. “My research experiences focus on assessing system-level factors and evaluating health promotion programs, e.g., understanding clinical guideline implementation among health care providers and evaluating a school-based teen pregnancy-prevention program.”


COPH post-doc Dr. Cedric Zimmer publishes major collaborative paper on stress resiliency

October 26, 2020

Dr. Cedric Zimmer, a USF College of Public Health (COPH) post doctoral scholar within the global and planetary health strategic area, is the lead author of the paper, “FKBP5: A Key Mediator of How Vertebrates Flexibly Cope with Adversity.” 

The paper appears in the Oct. 15 edition of the journal BioScience and was written along with fellow COPHers Haley Hanson, an integrative biology doctoral student, and Drs. Derek Wildman, Monica Uddin and Lynn “Marty” Martin, all global health and infectious disease experts.


USF researchers win top prize in the Upscaling Euro Data Cube COVID-19 contest organized by the European Space Agency

October 1, 2020

Mauricio Pamplona Segundo, CSE postdoctoral researcher at the USF Institute for Artificial Intelligence + X (AI+X), Cole Hill, CSE graduate student, and Sudeep Sarkar, CSE Professor and AI+X co-director, partnered up with Rodrigo Minetto, UTFPR Professor (Brazil), Allan Pinto, UNICAMP postdoc researcher (Brazil), and Ricardo Da Silva Torres, NTNU Professor (Norway) to participate and win the COVID-19 Custom Script upscaling competition organized by the European Space Agency (ESA), in coordination with the European Commission.