Students Gathering


Arizona Postdoctoral Research Conference

September 22, 2023

12 to 5 p.m.

Virginia G. Piper Auditorium
600 E. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ 85012


The Arizona Postdoctoral Research Conference is an annual postdoc-run conference held during National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week.

The Arizona Postdoctoral Research Conference showcases the novel research conducted by Arizona postdoctoral scholars across disciplines. This year’s conference theme is “Decolonizing Research: Challenging Assumptions and Fostering Inclusivity.”

This professional development conference is open to all postdocs, research scientists and final-year PhD students.


Sept 22: In-person, Virginia G. Piper Auditorium

12:00 p.m.

Dr. Leonard Mukosi (Conference Chair)

12:05 p.m.

Keynote Address
Dr. Naomi Lee (Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Northern Arizona University)

12:35 p.m.


12:45 p.m.

Oral Presentations


  • Dr. Lars Aalma
  • Dr. Racquel Armstrong
  • Dr. Rebecca Kariuki
  • Dr. Rebekah Mokry
  • Dr. Arisbeth Ibarra Nieblas

1:45 p.m.

Interactive activity led by Dr. Leonard Mukosi

  • Dr. Angela Greenman
  • Dr. Rob Jackson
  • Dr. Nicole Jimenez
  • Dr. Miriam Keppler
  • Dr. Brian Scott
2:35 p.m.

Keynote Address


Dr. Melissa Herbst-Kralovetz

University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix


3:05 p.m.

Poster Presentations


Dr. Marjan Aghajani

Dr. Aman Bhatia

Dr. Madhuranga Thilakasiri

Madugoda Ralalage Don

Dr. Rahul Kumar

Dr. Sara Lewis

Dr. Walid Mawass

3:45 p.m.

Oral Presentations


Dr. Amber C. Coleman

Dr. Levin Welch

Dr. Holly Andrews

Dr. Amanda Zmidal

Dr. Marlene Velazco Medel

4:45 p.m.


Dr. Nicole Jimenez