The Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association is an organization run by and for about 1000 postdocs and early career scientists working at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. We organize many activities to strengthen our ties to the Lab, to each other and to the (Berkeley) Bay Area. Our goal is to facilitate social interactions, scientific exchanges, seminars and general orientation.
Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association

About us


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BLPA Committees

We are always on the lookout for new events that could be fun and that we can bring to the postdoc community together as well as enthusiastic individuals interested in serving the postdoc community. If you have any ideas for events, please let us know by email to or by dropping a line to a board member you know. If you’d like to volunteer with BLPA, please fill out this form.

Social Committee

Social Committee puts together a wide variety of events to enrich the postdocs’ personal lives and support networking among postdocs in a social context. We organize social events and outdoor activities including movie nights, game nights, hikes, pub nights, meet & greet events as well as a labmate program for new postdocs and we are happy to include new ideas. Join us to support social interactions among postdocs at Berkeley Lab.

Outreach Committee

Outreach Committee focuses on self development and diversity & inclusion activities including brown bag seminars (postdoc-to-postdoc, science café, cultural lunch) as well as coffee with postdocs blogs, outreach events and workshops. We also enhance communication between the BLPA Board and nation-wide postdoc community and foster networking and collaborative communication across divisions. Join us in preparing seminars, workshops, blog posts, newsletters while improving your science communication and public speaking skills.

Lab-Industry Networking Connection (LINC) Committee

LINC committee organizes tech talks, company site visits, networking events and career fairs to educate postdocs about careers beyond academia and facilitate effective networking between postdocs and industry partners. Join us if you are interested in expanding your professional network and exploring opportunities beyond academia while improving your communication, networking, leadership, time and project management skills.  

BLPA Board

The Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association (BLPA) is an organization that is run by, and for, postdocs, grad students, visiting members and early-career scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBL). We aim at providing support, activities and building a network.

Bernard Field

Molecular Foundry

Archana Yadav

Earth & Environmental Sciences

Kshitiz Gupta
, Social Committee

The Joint BioEnergy Institute

Soumyadeep Ghosh
Coordinator-Outreach Committee, Treasurer & Webmaster

The Joint BioEnergy Institute

Trisha Kishore Bhagde
Coordinator, Lab-Industry Networking Connection (LINC) Committee

Energy Storage & Distributed Resources

Mauricio Lopez Luna
Board Member

Chemical Sciences Division/ALS

Rajiv Ramanujam Prabhakar
Board Member

Chemical Sciences Division

Dennis Noll
Board Member



Former Board Members

Weronika Wolszczak (Nuclear Science Division)

David Halat (Materials Sciences Division)

Christian Messe (Accellerator Technology & Applied Physics division)

Emil Rofors (Nuclear Science Division)

Fatima H. Garcia (Nuclear Science Division)

Maher Alghalayini (Energy Technologies Area)

Alexander Pattison (Molecular Foundry)

Raul Flores (Materials Sciences Division)

Moniruzzaman Shaikh (Chemical Sciences Division)

Jonelle Basso (Joint Genome Institute)

Jibran Zuberi (Energy Analysis & Environment Impact Division)

Sarvesh Kumar (Chemical Science Division)

Alice Gatti (Computational Research Division)

Elle Barnes (Joint Genome Institute)

Maximilian Bremer (Computational Research Division)

Shwetha Acharya (Joint Genome Institute)

Gözde Barım (Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division)

Pramod Bhuvankar (Earth & Environment Sciences)

Lisa Claus (NERSC)

Doru Adrian Thom Popovici (Computational Research Division)

Louise Frenck (Materials Sciences Division)

Joseph Stevens (Joint BioEnergy Institute)

Ryan Kingsbury (Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division)

Oisin Creaner (NERSC)

Pei Li (Earth & Environmental Sciences)

Karol Krizka (Physics Division)

Maria Zurek (Nuclear Science Division)

Leticia Arnedo-Sanchez (Chemical Sciences Division)

Venkitesh Ayyar (Computational Research Division)

Kang Yao (Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division)

Fadji Maina (Energy Geosciences Division)

Yusen Qiao (Chemical Sciences Division)

Jonathan Madsen (NERSC)

Roel Van Beeumen (Computational Research Division)

Louise Lassalle (Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division)

Ro-Ya Liu (Advanced Light Source)

Nameera Baig (Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division)

Arnoud Everhardt (Materials Sciences Division)

Ngoc Bui (Molecular Foundry)

Sophia Betzler (Materials Sciences Division)

Junsong Lin (Physics Division)

Ivana Hasa (Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division)

Björn Enders (Advanced Light Source)

Judit Oliver-Meseguer (Chemical Sciences Division)

Valentine Trotter (Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology)

Antoine Wojdyla (Materials Sciences Division)

Hang Deng (Earth & Environmental Sciences)

Jana Voriskova (Climate & Ecosystem Sciences)

Robert Streubel (Materials Sciences Division)

Valentine Trotter (Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology)

Gregory Su (Advanced Light Source)

Nils Zimmermann (Computational Research Division)

Sinead Griffin (Molecular Foundry)

Mengsu Hu (Earth & Environmental Sciences)

Shan Dou (Earth & Environmental Sciences)

Kenneth Higa (Energy Technologies Area)

Protonu Basu (Computational Research Division)

Brandon Krull (Computational Research Division)

Tetiana Shalapska (Materials Sciences Division)

Cameron Coates

Jing Xu (Energy Technologies Area)

Jochen Thaeder (Physics Division)

Lydia Terborg (Energy Technologies Area)

Juliane Mueller (Computational Research Division)

Dilip Vasudevan

Rose Abramoff

Jingjing Zhang

Teresa Eaton

Board members of the Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association (Arnoud E., Louisse Lassalle, Judit Oliver-Messeguer, Jana Voriskova, and Ruimin Qiao) – September 2017
Board members of the Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association (Tetiana Shalapska, Jana Voriskova, Karol Krizka, Robert Streubel, Judit Oliver-Messeguer, Valentine Trotter, Hang Deng, and Roel Van Beeumen)
From left to right: Lydia Terborg, Jing, Cameron Coates, Robert Streubel, Greg Su, (sitting) Antoine Wojdyla, Hang Deng, Sinead Griffin, Valentine Totter and Tetiana Shalapska. Not on the picture: Aaron Hammack, Kenneth Higa, Georgios Michelogiannakis, Julianne Mueller, Nils Zimmerman, and Jochen Thaeder
From left to right: Lydia Terborg, Jing Xu, Cameron Coates, Robert Streubel, Greg Su, (sitting) Antoine Wojdyla, Hang Deng, Sinead Griffin, Valentine Totter and Tetiana Shalapska.
Not on the picture: Aaron Hammack, Kenneth Higa, Georgios Michelogiannakis, Juliane Mueller, Nils Zimmermann, and Jochen Thaeder — March 2016