Postdoctoral Service Award

This is an annual award presented to a postdoctoral scholar who has demonstrated a profound, sustained leadership contribution to improving the postdoctoral experience at Ohio State. Peers and faculty are encouraged to nominate a postdoc who demonstrates this excellence.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is currently accepting nominations for the 2023 Postdoctoral Scholar Service Award.

  • To nominate someone: If you have someone you would like to nominate for this award, please complete the application here.
  • Nomination deadline: nomination materials for 2023 are due by January 5, 2024, 11:59 PM.

Please reach out to our office if you have any questions about the nomination process!

Ami Choi is 2021’s Postdoctoral Service Award Recipient

Ami Choi

Dr. Choi is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics  and is a member of several international scientific collaborations. She is particularly interested in the process by which researchers attempt to answer fundamental physics questions and how they might draw lessons from different fields of study, including the social sciences and humanities, to make this process more ethical and efficient.

She was born in Columbus, grew up in Urbana, Illinois, and went to the University of Chicago for her undergraduate studies. Dr. Choi also spent one year living on-site at Fermilab in the suburbs of Chicago. She went to University of California, Davis for graduate school, followed by a first postdoc post in the Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK before coming back to Columbus for a second postdoc.

Dr. Choi’s nominators believe she has demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the Department of Physics, and praised her extensive work with postdocs and graduate students as a mentor and collaborator

Emily Bowman is 2020’s Postdoctoral Service Award Recipient

Dr. Emily Bowman is currently serving as the chair of Ohio State’s Postdoctoral Association.  Previously, she served as co-chair of the Professional Development committee, where she organized numerous events and workshops to promote additional skills training for postdocs.  Notably, she developed the inaugural recruitment and networking event for postdocs looking to pursue industry careers, and is currently working on translating that event to a virtual platform for 2020.  Emily is also a member of the University Research Committee.  Recently, she has been donating her time and expertise to Ohio State’s newly built COVID-19 testing lab, which relied on a volunteer workforce to meet increased testing capacity demands.

Emily is currently completing her postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Dr. Nicholas Funderburg, where she studies chronic immune activation and increased cardiometabolic disease risk among people with HIV.  She earned her PhD in Virology & Immunology from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.  Her thesis work focused on mechanisms underlying the development of Epstein-Barr virus-associated B cell lymphomas.  Prior to the start of her PhD, she worked as a research assistant at the University of Michigan studying immunological pathways contributing to chronic respiratory diseases.

Mahesh Chemudupati and Nathalie Houssin are 2019’s Postdoctoral Service Award Recipients

Mahesh Chemudupati received his bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from Amity University in India. He went on to complete my doctoral studies in Dr. Stephen Osmani’s lab at The Ohio State University Department of Molecular Genetics. He is currently in Dr. Jacob Yount’s lab in the Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity, where his research is focused on understanding innate immunity to virus infections. Chemudupati is specifically interested in mechanisms by which interferon-stimulated gene expression is regulated and its consequences on susceptibility to virus infections and resulting pathology.

Nathalie Houssin is a developmental cell biologist. Her journey through science started with getting a teaching degree in 2000, in Paris, France. While being a High School Biology teacher, she joined the Moreau’s Lab at the Jacques Monod Institute for completing her Ph.D. studying cell migration in Frog embryos. In Fall 2011, she joined the Thisse lab at University of Virginia as  Postdoctoral researcher for studying the construction of vertebrate embryos from morphogen gradients using Zebrafish embryos (if you’re ever interested, this work has been published in Science). For her second postdoctoral project, she joined Dr. Dickinson’s lab at VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) and focused on the formation of the embryonic mouth during orofacial development. She is currently working at Ohio State University in the Plageman’s Lab from the Optometry department, studying ocular lens development. She joined the PDA in June 2017 as an officer of the Development Committee. She has then taken the lead for organizing the PDA-VWR Vendor Shows, our main fundraiser to sponsor postdocs travel awards and professional workshops. Lately, she organized a Flash-talk showdown sponsored by ThermoFisher to promote postdocs exposure on campus and create an additional opportunity for postdocs to get a Travel award.


Atsuko Uchida is 2018’s Postdoctoral Service Award Recipient!

Dr. Uchida has been an active member in the PDA since its founding in 2013, and as co-chair of the Social Committee of the Ohio State Postdoc Association (PDA) since 2016, Dr. Uchida has put forth remarkable effort to plan challenging and entertaining social events for the PDA.  Her services during National Postdoc Appreciation Week last year were especially noteworthy as they greatly enhanced our PDA members’ networking opportunities. Dr. Uchida is currently a member of Dr. Anthony Brown’s laboratory in the Department of Neuroscience in the College of Medicine. She has conducted studies about a microscopic protein scaffold of filaments which provides structural support to the cell. She is especially focused on investigating the intracellular transport system of “neurofilament”, which is the most abundant cytoskeletal filament in nerve cells.

Dr. Uchida pictured with Marcela Hernandez and Noah Weisleder of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA).

Brenda Reader is 2017’s Postdoctoral Service Award Recipient!

Dr. Reader demonstrated her dedicated service to the Postdoctoral Association as co-chair on the Policy and Advocacy committee 2015-2016 as well as taking on as co-chair of the PDA from 2016 to 2017.  Her postdoctoral training started in 2013 and she became a postdoctoral fellow in the Molecular Mechanisms of Lung Inflammation training program in 2014 until finishing her training in 2017. After finishing her postdoctoral training, Dr. Reader became Manager of the Comprehensive Transplant Center Human Tissue Biorepository and Senior Research Associate in the College of Medicine.

Dr. Reader pictured with members of the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) and the Postdoctoral Advisory Council (PAC).

Nancy Moran is 2016’s Postdoctoral Service Award Recipient!

The Postdoctoral Advisory Council is pleased to announce Nancy E. Moran as the inaugural recipient of the 2016 Postdoctoral Service Award. Dr. Moran has not only contributed to the leadership of the Ohio State Postdoctoral Association (PDA) as a former co-chair, but has been an outstanding advocate through her efforts as a member of  the PDA’s Policy and Advocacy and Professional Development Committees. Much of her efforts centered around a proposal from the PDA to establish an Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and paid parental leave for postdocs, both proposals are being evaluated by the university leadership. After a 5-year position as a postdoctoral researcher and trainee of Dr. Steven Clinton in the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Moran will be moving to Baylor College of Medicine/USDA Children’s Nutrition Research Center (Houston, TX) as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics-Nutrition.


Congratulations Nancy!