The Stanford University Postdoctoral Association (SURPAS) is a volunteer organization formed by Stanford University Postdocs as an advocacy forum with the aim to enhance and enrich the Postdoc experience at Stanford University. 

How do I join SURPAS?

If you are a doing a postdoc at Stanford, you are already a member! Come to SURPAS events and meet with fellow postdocs, or join a committee to make your voice heard.

What are the SURPAS committees?

Committees are member-run groups that focus on one aspect of postdoc life. Any Stanford postdoc can join a committee.

Making Stanford and the Bay Area more livable for postdocs
Supporting the needs of existing postdocs with minoritized experiences and taking steps to increase the diversity of the Stanford postdoc population
Providing social/sports events for Stanford postdocs to meet and get out of the lab
Providing and publicizing opportunities for Stanford postdocs to teach and communicate science
Promoting the presence of postdocs among non-postdoc communities and providing institutional memory for postdoc leadership
Bringing together a group of postdocs that reflect the diversity of people and their disciplines doing research at the Stanford campus
Recognizing and supporting project proposals from within the Stanford postdoc community in an effort to encourage and enrich postdoc experiences
Improving the lives of postdocs with dependents and making it more possible for postdocs who wish to have children to do so

What is surpas council?

SURPAS council is made up of postdoc volunteers to organize events and committees. Council meetings are held once a month to raise issues, discuss, and brainstorm together, as well as to socialize and meet with fellow postdoctoral colleagues. Any SURPAS member can attend a council meeting to observe or participate in discussions on agenda items.

To join council, a SURPAS member must attend one council meeting and be nominated (you can nominate yourself), and current council members will vote on new members. New council members are initiated at the next council meeting. 

Council meetings are generally on the last Wednesday of the month, and include a free lunch! Check the events calendar to check on the location of the next meeting.

How is surpas organized/run?

SURPAS Bylaws can be viewed here. Past meeting minutes can be viewed here.

SURPAS Leadership Council

Council members may run for leadership positions. These are voted on by current council members. To run for leadership, you must be a council member, which means you must have attended at least one meeting prior to leadership elections.

Current SURPAS leadership


Anand Rao
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Anand is currently a postdoc in Creed Stary’s lab in the Department of Anesthesiology. He received his Ph.D. from Drexel University.

Photo by Leontura/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by Leontura/iStock / Getty Images

Lise Retailleau
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Lise is a postdoc in Geophysics. She received her Ph.D. from Institut de physique due globe de Paris.


Ioana Marin

Advocacy Coordinator

Ioana is a postdoc working with Dr. Carla Shatz. Originally from Romania, she is a graduate of Lafayette College (Easton, PA) and received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Virginia. In science, her dream is to be able to integrate research from different areas to understand how the brain works. In life, she believes one can achieve many things by just showing up and asking. As advocacy coordinator, she tries to make people realize that postdocs are the future of academia and investing in their potential is super duper important.


Virginie Gabel

Events Coordinator

Virginie received her Master degree in Neurosciences at the University of Strasbourg (France) and her PhD in Neurosciences at the University of Basel (Switzerland). She is now a Postdoctoral fellow in Jamie Zeitzer’s lab at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Since her PhD, she conducts studies about the effect of light on human behavior and sleep. More specifically, she is now studying the use of a dawn simulation as a passive countermeasure to postural hypotension in healthy older adults. Beside her research, she likes to travel and meet new people. As the new Events Coordinator, she hopes to bring postdoc together through different events, make they meet each other and create a good atmosphere to work in.


Sharon Greenblum

Communications Director

Sharon is currently a postdoc in Dmitri Petrov’s lab in the Department of Biology. Her work focuses on understanding the genome-scale dynamics of large populations during rapid adaptation to natural environmental change. Originally from Washington DC, Sharon has a background in biomedical engineering and got her PhD in Genome Science from the University of Washington. Now, she’s moved on down the coast in search of that perfect balance of sun and science. As a SURPAS co-chair, Sharon is particularly excited about finding ways to create a stronger and more sustainable sense of postdoc community


Saumyaa Saumyaa

Operations Manager

Saumyaa is a postdoc in John Sunwoo's Lab and works in the field of Immunology. Her current research interests are studying natural killer cells in tumor micro-environment and studying sex-based differences in immune cell subsets. She did her PhD in Immunology from Uniformed Services University, MD, studying T follicular helper cells. She believes that a well-connected postdoc community will lead to a more enriching postdoc experience both professionally and personally and tries to work towards this through SURPAS.


Gina Bouchard


Gina is currently a postdoc in Sylvia Plevritis’ lab in the department of Radiology. Her work focuses on the role of the tumor microenvironment in metabolic reprogramming of cancer cells. Gina is originally from Québec, Canada and has a PhD in radiation sciences and biomedical imaging from the University of Sherbrooke. She left her cold hometown to learn more about big data analysis and enjoy California outdoors. Gina is convinced that the postdoctoral experience should be all about passionate science and enjoyable years, building your future scientific network. By being a member of the SURPAS leadership team, she wants to help making this experience amazing for every Stanford postdoc. 

Daniel Joyce

Social Media Director

Daniel is passionate about the interactions between light and human health, and came to Stanford to work in Circadian Neuroscience to develop a sleep mask to counteract jetlag.  While obtaining his PhD in Vision Science from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, he held a number of positions representing the student body to Faculty and the University.  As the new SURPAS Social Media Chair, Daniel is passionate about dialoguing with postdocs to understand (and help overcome) the variety of challenges we face, as well as building a sense of community both in and out of the University setting.


Brian Griffiths


Brian is a postdoc in Creed Stary's lab in the Department of Anesthesiology. He got his PhD in Developmental and Brain Sciences from UMass Boston studying the role of glucocortiocoid receptors on the expression of transposable elements. He now works on uncovering the epigenetic changes in the brain following stroke. Brian is happy to be back in California and doesn't miss the Boston snow at all. He joined SURPAS council to become webmaster, because an organization without a current webpage might as well not even bother.