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 – Sarah M. Arveson, UC Berkeley📧

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Center for Integrative Planetary Science at UC Berkeley studying experimental material properties at extreme pressures and temperatures in order to understand the deep interior of Earth and other planets. I have been a community and union organizer since graduating college. I believe that our research must be accountable to our communities and that the best research is conducted with the support of the best working conditions. True to my California roots, I enjoy hiking, biking, reading, playing with cats, drinking craft IPAs, and eating sushi.

Financial Secretary – Diogo José Louro Lourenço, UC Berkeley📧

Recording Secretary – Alex Blacutt, UC Riverside📧

Trustee – Savannah Bergquist, UC Berkeley📧

I am a Postdoc at the Haas School of Business and the Gilbert Center, where I work at the intersection of health care policy, data science, and economics. Prior to my postdoc at Berkeley, I was a graduate student at Harvard University. I enjoy running, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Trustee (AR) – Maike Roth, UC San Francisco📧

Trustee (PD) – Vacant📧

Sergeant 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

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.

Guide – 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.



Campus Chair – Sarah M. Arveson


Recording Secretary – Gilbert Bernstein

Head Steward – Naomi Latorraca

Head Steward – Matthew Shutzer

Head Steward – Mehmet Doğan

I’m a computational physicist studying technologically relevant materials at the sub-nanometer scale using fundamental physical equations. During my PhD, I worked on materials that may allow us to make faster and smaller transistors and increase the energy efficiency of our everyday devices. I’m currently working on graphene-like materials with fascinating properties, and high-pressure/high-temperature superconductivity. When I’m not doing these things, I’m probably daydreaming about getting back to drumming and playing in bands.

Head Steward – Florian Drescher

Academic Researchers

Campus Chair – Howard Isaacson

Recording Secretary – Stacey S. Frederick

Head Steward – Bo Tan

Berkeley Lab📧

Campus Chair –  Tim Kodalle

Recording Secretary – Jesse Livezey

Head Steward –  Rajiv Ramanujam Prabhakar



Campus Chair – Chris Hart

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 – Maryia Halubok



Recording Secretary – Adam M. Schneider

Academic Researchers

Campus Chair – Christian Salazar

Recording Secretary – Charlie Smith-Geater

Head Steward – Jiajuan Liu

Head Steward – Christopher Ma

Los Angeles📧


Campus Chair – Zachary Zeidler

Recording Secretary – Lejla Medzikovic

Head Steward – Mohamed Soliman

Head Steward – Elsie Jacobson

Academic Researchers

Campus Chair – Vanessa Muros

Recording Secretary – Gabriel G. Edwards

Head Steward – George E. Aninwene II



Campus Chair – Bradford A. Barker

Recording Secretary – Ingrid M. Padilla Espinosa

Academic Researchers

Campus Chair – Tony Shahin


San Diego📧


Campus Chair – Tyler Bell

Head Steward – Daniel Blatter

Head Steward – Andreas Härer

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.

San Francisco📧


Campus Chair – 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!

Recording Secretary – Anne Sapiro

Head Steward – Christian Macdonald

Head Steward – Archana Venkataraman

Head Steward – Bhushan N. Kharbikar

Head Steward – Nir Salinas

Academic Researchers

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.

Recording Secretary – Elliott Peterson

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.

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 Agić

Academic Researchers

Campus Chair – Ryan McGreal

Santa Cruz📧


Campus Chair – Jacob Porter

Academic Researchers

Campus Chair – Melissa Kline

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.

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

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