At USC, postdoctoral scholars receive research training and professional opportunities
to help them build upon the foundation they developed in their doctoral training.
At the same time, these scholars provide great service to their academic communities,
enhancing research and educational programs throughout the university.
The USC Postdoctoral Association was formed in early 2014 to connect postdoctoral
fellows from every discipline, and provide opportunities for them to share their experiences
and learn from faculty and other mentors. Their mission is to support and improve
the postdoctoral training experience at USC by providing opportunities and resources
for networking, professional development, social interaction, research and teaching.
Vice President Mohammad Rifat Haider, PhD, Department of Health Promotion, Education,
Dr. Mohammad Rifat Haider earned his Ph.D. in Health Services Policy and Management
from the University of South Carolina. He also obtained his master’s degrees in Health
Economics and Population Sciences and Bachelor degree in Medicine from the University
of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dr. Haider’s current research interest includes health services
research on infectious diseases, e.g., HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis, big data analytics
and its application in healthcare, economic evaluation of health programs, and health
inequity in both developed and developing country settings.
Treasurer LaDrea Ingram, PhD, South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality
Dr. LaDrea Ingram is a social behavioral scientist and community health educator.
She earned her doctoral degree in Health Education & Behavioral Studies from Columbia
University, Teachers College. She received a Master of Arts in Government with a concentration
in social policy from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Science in Health and
Medical Policy from George Mason University. Her primary research interests include
psychosocial determinates of health and health disparities. While at CHQ, LaDrea will
focus her research on the cultural and social manifestations of HIV stigma in the
Secretary Mrinmay Chakrabarti, PhD, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy
Resource Development Committee Officer Hasan Kashef Alghetaa, VMD, MSc, PhD, Department
of Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology
Dr. Alghetaa has gotten his Veterinary Medical Degree 2001, Master of Sciences of
Theriogenology in 2004 and PhD of Reproductive Physiology in 2008 from College of
Veterinary Medicine University of Baghdad – Iraq. He joined current position in School
of Medicine as a visiting Assistant Professor since 2014 to present. The main area
of his researches is focusing on the effects of some natural plants extracts in ameliorating
of some autoimmune diseases as well as mischievous responses of the immune system
against some conditions like endometriosis and acute inflammatory responses induced
by staphylococcal enterotoxin. Dr. Alghetaa has presented his work findings in many
of national and international conferences as American Association of Immunology (AAI
2017, AAI 2018 and AAI 2019), Society of Toxicology (SoT 2016, 2017, 2018 and SoT2019)
and some other meetings in Australia and Taiwan, and his presented poster was awarded
as second honor place by the Vice President for Research in University of South Carolina
during 2018-Discover USC event. Dr. Alghetaa has recently published an article in
Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and has other manuscripts are under processing.
Outreach Committee Chair Evelyn Chukwurah, Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences
Dr. Evelyn Chukwurah obtained her PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of
South Carolina under the supervision of Dr. Rekha Patel, where she investigated the
roles dsRNA binding proteins play in modulating the cellular response to physiological
stressors. She currently works as a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Sofia Lizarraga’s
laboratory, where she uses human stem cell derived neurons and microglia as models
to elucidate the underlying molecular mechanisms of the autism spectrum disorders