UAW 5810 leaders at the October 2018 Annual Membership Meeting
President – Neal Sweeney, UC Santa Cruz📧

I’m a Postdoc at UC Santa Cruz studying stem cell therapies for eye disease. I have been involved in political activism for many years and I also enjoy hiking, going to the beach and playing with my two kids.

Vice President – Christina Priest, UC Los Angeles📧

I joined the UCLA research community in 2013 as a Postdoctoral Scholar and transitioned to the role of Project Scientist in the Department of Pathology in the David Geffen School of Medicine 2016. My research focuses on elucidating the molecular mechanisms of metabolism using in vitro and in vivo models. I have been working to organize ARU / UAW 5810 since 2017, and I continue to be dedicated to making changes that improve the lives of Academic Researchers in the UC system. As a researcher, I know that the work we do, whatever the discipline, is important both for the mission of the university and for the betterment of humanity. I firmly believe that by exercising our collective power, we will create an environment where we can do the best possible work.

Financial Secretary – Carmen Falcone, UC Davis📧

Recording Secretary – Alex Blacutt, UC Riverside📧

Trustee (PD) – Tess Branon, UC Berkeley📧

I am a Postdoc in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, where I am currently studying the molecular mechanisms by which our bodies communicate and cooperate with the microbes that inhabit our gut. Before coming to Berkeley, I carried out my graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University. In addition to science and research, I am passionate about community outreach and mentorship of minority youth, advocating for reform in environmental policy, fighting for housing as a human right, and empowering women and other underrepresented groups. Outside of the lab and advocacy, I love spending time with friends and family, listening to podcasts, eating good food, and drinking fine wines.

Trustee (AR) – Gerard Ariño-Estrada, UC Davis📧

I am an assistant project scientist in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis and my research is on developing imaging systems to improve current diagnostic and dosimetry capabilities in healthcare. I was also a bargaining team member of the Academic Researchers (AR) unit in the 2019 campaign, the nation’s first contract for AR positions. I believe we all can contribute to improving the research environment at the University of California by establishing policies that benefit Postdocs, ARs, and the university.

Trustee – Maike Roth, UC San Francisco📧

Guide – Ambika Kamath, UC Berkeley📧

I’m a behavioral ecologist studying movement patterns in lizards, spiders, and caterpillars, paying attention to the ecological and social interactions that movement brings about and the consequences of these interactions for how populations evolve. I also enjoy dancing, long walks, and Twitter.

Sargeant At Arms – Charisse Winston, UC San Diego📧

I am a Postdoctoral scholar at UCSD where I study Alzheimer’s disease (AD) pathogenesis and identify blood-based biomarkers for early AD diagnosis. In addition to my research interests, I am passionate about community outreach, mentorship, increasing STEM education to under-represented and minority youth, and effectively communicating science to the public. Outside of the lab, I love to travel, visit winerys, listening to live music and watching movies.

Member At Large (PD) – Stephany Chacon, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

I’m a Postdoc at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the Ecology department within Climate and Ecosystem Sciences (EESA). I work on microbial feedbacks to soil organic matter under fluctuating drought conditions in humid tropical forests. I am conducting fieldwork in Panama and laboratory work in Berkeley. My research interests include understanding soil organic matter in a changing world. I love corgis (~all dogs really), camping, nature, knitting, trivia and playing Mario Kart.

Member At Large (AR) – Elliott Peterson, UCSF

I am a Junior Specialist at UC San Francisco working toward developing new therapies for HER2-positive breast cancers. Since joining UCSF, I have been involved with the development and ratification of the AR union. I am excited to serve on the Executive Board and look forward to strengthening our union and advocating for scientists working at UC. Outside of the lab, I enjoy composing music, reading about economics and world history, and developing my Modernist cooking skills.



Campus Chair – Diogo Lourenço

Recording Secretary – Stephanie Postar

Head Steward – Gilbert Bernstein

Head Steward – Matthew Shutzer

Head Steward – Sarah Arveson

Head Steward – Joshua Kling

Academic Researchers

Campus Chair – Joshua Carlson

I’m a Project Scientist in the Human Evolution Research Center at UC Berkeley and I study hominid origins and morphological evolution. I’ve been on campus at UC Berkeley since 2007 in a variety of roles, beginning as an undergraduate, continuing as a graduate student, then as a postdoc, and now in my current position. I have many interests related to my work – the history of science and scientific thought, material culture, population dynamics – but I also enjoy challenging literature, unusual music, and cooking.

Recording Secretary – Stacey S. Frederick

Head Steward – Bo Tan



Campus Chair – Chris Hart

Recording Secretary – Emma Skoog

I’m a Postdoc at the Center for Comparative Medicine, studying virulence and pathogenesis of the gastric pathogen Helicobacter pylori. I earned my PhD in the same subject from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. In my free time I enjoy playing soccer, music, hiking and meeting old and new friends.

Academic Researchers

Campus Chair – Paul Lott

I am an Assistant Project Researcher at UC Davis Genome Center. I’m a bioinformatician studying cancer biology and cancer health disparities in Latinos. In my free time, I enjoy spending it with three kids and heading up the Laguna Creek Makers – a STEAM group for kids.

Head Steward – Tobias Mueller

I’m a Junior Specialist and Lab Manager at UC Davis in the Department of Entomology and Nematology. My research focuses on insect and plant associated microbes, especially yeast and bacterial communities in flower nectar. My other interests include building things out of wood, printmaking, pinning dead insects, and going to all the Sacramento Republic soccer games.



Campus Chair – Chris Butler

Recording Secretary – Grace Icenogle

I am a Postdoc working with Dr. Beth Cauffman in the department of Psychological Science. My work has focused on the intersection of the psychological development of adolescents and young adults and the law. My current work involves studying justice-involved young adults. I can’t think of anything clever to tell you, but sometimes I’m funny.

Academic Researchers

Campus Chair – Angelo Demuro

Recording Secretary – Christian Salazar

Head Steward – Jiajuan Liu

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory📧


Campus Chair – Ligia Diana P. A. Amorim

I am a postdoc in the Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics department of LBNL. My goal is to contribute to building a future machine that can accelerate particles for medical, industrial and research applications. Together with my team, I am developing computational tools to study all the extreme and complex physical interactions that might take place in that machine. I wish to understand better and help to improve the health care and education systems as well as to reduce the social gap. I am originally from Portugal and I love to play the piano, to do synchronized swimming and to eat delicious food!

Recording Secretary – Oisin Creaner

Head Steward – Stephany Chacon

Los Angeles📧


Head Steward – Lejla Medzikovic

Head Steward – Mohamed Soliman

Head Steward – Zachary Zeidler

Academic Researchers

Campus Chair – Christina Priest

I joined the UCLA research community in 2013 as a Postdoctoral Scholar and transitioned to the role of Project Scientist in the Department of Pathology in the David Geffen School of Medicine 2016. My research focuses on elucidating the molecular mechanisms of metabolism using in vitro and in vivo models. I have been working to organize ARU / UAW 5810 since 2017, and I continue to be dedicated to making changes that improve the lives of Academic Researchers in the UC system. As a researcher, I know that the work we do, whatever the discipline, is important both for the mission of the university and for the betterment of humanity. I firmly believe that by exercising our collective power, we will create an environment where we can do the best possible work.

Recording Secretary – Gabriel G. Edwards

Head Steward – George E. Aninwene II



Campus Chair – Bradford A. Barker

Academic Researchers

Campus Chair – Tony Shahin


San Diego📧


Campus Chair – Daniel Blatter

Recording Secretary – Natalie Warsinger-Pepe

Head Steward – Joydeep De

I am a Postdoctoral researcher at the School of Medicine/Dept. of Pharmacology at UCSD. I study molecules and neurons that are important for sleep. I joined UCSD as a post doc in January 2019. Before that, I earned a PhD from Université Paris-Sud/CNRS in Paris, France. Outside my research, I love spending time doing a bit of reading and writing, cooking and, if time and money permit, traveling.

Head Steward – Carlisle Bascom

I am a Postdoctoral Scholar at UCSD in the Division of Biological Sciences. Here, I study plant hormone signaling in the context of cell identity specification and development. I grew up in Massachusetts, did my undergrad at the University of Rhode Island and my Ph.D. work at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I am a firm believer in the right for employees to collectively bargain for their own working conditions, and in the power of our combined voice. Outside of lab, I enjoy homebrewing, playing with my pets, and caring for my tropical plants.

Head Steward – Andreas Haerer

I am a Postdoc in the Ecology, Behavior & Evolution Section at UCSD studying the interaction between host organisms and their gut microbiota in threespine stickleback fish. Before I joined UCSD in February 2020, I completed my PhD at the University of Konstanz, Germany. In my free time, I enjoy camping, hiking, reading books, playing board games and discussing politics.

Head Steward – Marcos Diaz-Gay

Academic Researchers

Campus Chair – Sonia Podvin

Head Steward – Priya Pantham

I am an Assistant Project Scientist in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, where I study the role of the placenta in health and disease. I am from New Zealand, and did my PhD at the University of Auckland. I am dedicated to the assurance of racial diversity, equality and representation of women in STEM in academia. In addition to my research, I love cooking, traveling the world, and exploring new beaches with my dog.  

San Francisco📧


Campus Chair – Taman Updhaya

I am a postdoctoral researcher working in the department of radiation oncology at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center and Quantitative Imaging (QI) Laboratory. I do healthcare data science. My research is focused on prognostic/predictive models for oncology using heterogeneous healthcare data ( Histopathology (H&E and SHG images), PET/CT/MRI, genomics, radiomics, clinical and demographic information, …) and “classical machine/deep learning” algorithms using HPC (High-Performance Computing). I am a passionate advocate for democratizing AI by inspiring the next generation of leaders in AI.

Recording Secretary – Putu Ustriyana

Head Steward – Neil Sircar

I’m a human rights lawyer specializing in global and public health, global governance, and health in humanitarian crises. With the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education I’m exploring the intersection for human rights and tobacco control, as well as rights-based approaches to tobacco control. Prior to joining UCSF I was a Fogarty Global Health Fellowship with the National Institutes for Health through the Northern Pacific Global Health Consortium at the University of Washington. With NPGH I was principal investigator on a study for assessing the implementation of human rights-based approaches to HIV testing and notification in Kenya with the prominent Kenyan non-governmental organization Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network. Outside of work I volunteer with the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings and enjoy baking the world’s best banana bread.

Head Steward – Li Zhou

I’m a Postdoc in cardiovascular research institute. I study the effects of tobacco smoke and e-cigarette aerosol on cardiovascular system. I also enjoy traveling, music and meeting new people. As an union steward, I’m advocating for science and defending the rights of immigrant scientists.

Head Steward – Jade Moore

I am a postdoc in the department of Radiation Oncology at UC San Francisco. I study mechanisms to biologically augment radiotherapy in combination with immunotherapy in breast cancer using systems biology approaches. I enjoy playing sports recreationally, hiking, going to concerts and exploring new restaurants!

Academic Researchers

Campus Chair – Theo Tarver

I am a research specialist studying the mechanisms of response and resistance to targeted drug therapy for acute myeloid leukemia. As a union member, I want to ensure that being an academic researcher is a viable career option and advocate for social justice. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, watching the 49ers/Giants/Warriors, golf, and taking in the local cuisine of the Bay Area.

Head Steward – Luke Russell Bonser

I’m an Associate Professional Researcher in the Department of Medicine at UCSF. My research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying airway epithelial dysfunction in asthma. Outside of research, I like to spend time with my young family, watching Chelsea, and homebrewing.

Head Steward – Dora Barbosa Rabago

I’m a Research Associate in the department of Medicine at UCSF, who studies the development of resistance to targeted therapies in non-small cell lung cancer. I am most interested in the development of patient derived 3D cancer organoids and their application as drug resistance models in personalized medicine. Outside of the lab, I enjoy traveling and anything to do with the Harry Potter universe.

Santa Barbara📧


Campus Chair – Caitlin Taylor

I am a Postdoctoral fellow in Psychological & Brain Sciences at UCSB. I use MRI to investigate the effects of sex hormones on the brain, specifically using oral contraceptive use as a lens through which to study the effects of hormonal perturbation on brain structure and function. Prior to coming to California, I was a PhD student in Neuroscience at Georgetown University. Outside of the lab, I try to share my love of science through education and outreach.

Recording Secretary – Heda Agic

Academic Researchers

Campus Chair – Ryan McGreal

Recording Secretary – Claire Zedelius

Santa Cruz📧


Campus Chair – Jasmeet K Dhaliwal

Recording Secretary – Jacob Porter

Academic Researchers

Campus Chair – Lisa Schwarz

As a statistician, I develop models to determine how small changes in physiology and behavior of marine mammals can ultimately create population-level declines. Such models are particularly important as increased man-made ocean noise has the potential to disrupt important behaviors, such as foraging, for a large proportion of marine mammal populations. I started at UCSC as a Postdoc just as the Postdoc Union was being formed. I was able to see firsthand the fair practices and protections the union brought to my job. I believe that together, Academic Researchers can fight to ensure that we have fair working conditions as well.

Recording Secretary – Margherita Zavatta

I’m an assistant specialist in the field of agroecology. My research focuses on non-chemical alternatives to fumigation using integrated disease suppression approaches. I also study nutrient management in organic farming systems. The economic impact of the systems studied is also part of my research. I’d love to spend as much free time as possible with my family, gardening, climbing, biking or being in the ocean.

Tyler Bell, UC San Diego (Chair)
Elsa Abs, UC Irvine
Laura Bogar, UC Santa Barbara
Daniel Karmelic, UC San Francisco
Eric Kent, UC Davis
Raul Rodriguez, UC Berkeley
Lisa Schwarz, UC Santa Cruz
Daniel Velez-Ramirez, UCLA
Edoardo Zoni, LBL
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