About Us



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Meet the OPA Staff:


Marcela Hernandez, PhD

Administrative Director


A molecular biologist and biochemist by training, Dr. Hernandez designs and implements programs to enhance retention, and support of postdoctoral scholars including a special focus on those with underrepresented backgrounds. She became a scientist thanks to an excellent PhD mentor who inspired her, trained her, and mentored her. For this reason she is very passionate about mentoring and is working to help the next generation of STEM professionals navigate successfully to rewarding careers. To learn more about Dr. Hernandez’ professional trajectory, go here.


Noah Weisleder, PhD

Faculty Director


Dr. Weisleder is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology at The Ohio State University.  Dr. Weisleder has published numerous peer-reviewed publications or book chapters in the fields of muscle and cardiovascular physiology. His research in these areas has been supported by the NIH and several private foundations, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation and the National Football League. Additionally, he is an inventor on dozens of US and international patents. He has received a Fellowship from the American Heart     Association, a Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health and the Kauffman Foundation Outstanding Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Award. To learn more about Dr. Weisleder and his research interests, visit his page here.

Student Assistants

Madison Good







Anne Grimm








Rylee Kohr






Alli Margello