About us


If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, please send us an e-mail: postdoc@lbl.gov

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 postdoc@lbl.gov 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 & Outdoor Committee

BLPA Social & Outdoor 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.

Communication & Outreach Committee

BLPA Communication & Outreach Committee focuses on self development and diversity and 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

BLPA 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.

Lisa Claus

Computational Research Division

Elle Barnes, Committee Leader
Social & Outdoor

Joint Genome Institute

Pramod Bhuvankar, Committee Leader
Communication & Outreach

Energy Geosciences Division

Maximilian Bremer, Committee Leader
Lab-Industry Networking Connection (LINC)

Computational Research Division

Jonelle Basso

Joint Genome Institute

Alice Gatti

Computational Research Division

Louise Frenck
Board Member

Materials Science Division

Moniruzzaman Shaikh
Board Member

Chemical Sciences Division

Rajiv Ramanujam Prabhakar
Board Member

Chemical Sciences Division

David Halat
Board Member

Material Science Division

Doru Thom Popovici

Computational Research Division

Previous Board Members

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)

Greg 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