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WSU Postdoctoral and Research Professional Association

Welcome! We hope that this can be a landing spot for all WSU postdoctoral and research professionals.  WSU has over 100 Postdoctoral and Research Professionals spanning over every college and multiple campuses. Individually they help contribute to research and innovation at WSU. Together the PRPA offers support in building each member’s research and career.


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President: Shyam Solanki
Vice President: Gazala Ameen
Women Postdoc Liaison Representative–  Gazala Ameen
Treasurer: Manish Chauhan
Secretary: Daniel Packer

Member Highlight

Shyam Solanki
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Ph.D. – North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, USA (2018)


My broad research interests are:

  • Immunity pathways in plants

My current research work focuses on the directed genome evolution of plant hosts to generate atypical domain structures in plant immunity receptors. The stress placed on regions of the plant genomes containing pathogen-effector susceptibility targets result in DNA rearrangement and creation of novel immunity receptors. These improved receptors serve as the upgraded weapons to combat the continuous pathogen challenge. I am currently working in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences on barley-Puccinia graminis f sp. tritici (Pgt) pathosystem to explore the pathogen-induced genome evolution of barley, particularly in the resistance locus harboring Rpg5 gene.

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Postdoctoral & Research Professional

Who else is apart of WSU PRPA? 

This is a current list of Postdoctoral and Research Professionals within WSU.
Abdul Azeezazeez.abdul@wsu.eduResearch AssociateInstitute of Biological Chemistry
Amit Sharma amit.sharma2@wsu.eduPostdoctoral Research Associate Department of Civil Engineering
Anjali Krishnan Postdoctoral Research Associate Food Science/ IAREC
Ánjali Rai Post Doctoral Research Associate Crop and Soil Sciences
Balasaheb Sonawaneb.sonawane@wsu.eduPostdoctorate School of Biological Sciences
Ben Vernasco Postdoctoral Researcher School of Biological Sciences
Bharath Kurki Nagaraja Postdoctoral Research Associate Composite Material and Engineering Center
Camille Wendlandt Postdoctoral Research Associate School of Biological Sciences
Carmella Vizza Postdoctoral Research Associate School of the Environment
Cassandra Nikolaus Postdoctoral Research Associate Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH)
Chenxi Wang Postdoctoral Research Associate Bioproducts Science & Engineering Laboratory
Courtney Kurinec courtney.kurinec@wsu.eduPostdoctoral Research Associate Psychology
Daniel Mulendore Staff Scientist Franceschi Microscopy and Imaging Center
Eric Nilsson Research Associate Professor School of Biological Sciences
Gitanjali Shresthagshrestha@wsu.eduPostdoctoral Research AssociateHuman Development
Haniyeh Koochakhaniyeh.koochak@wsu.eduPostdoctoral Research AssociateInstitute of Biological Chemistry
Hari Kiran Kotapati Postdoctoral Research Associate Institute of Biological Chemistry
Ilyas Unluilyas.unlu@wsu.eduPostdoctoral Research AssociateChemistry
Jessica Francojessica.franco@wsu.eduPostdoctoral Research AssociatePlant Pathology
Jessica Waite Postdoctoral Research Associate Horticulture
John Drazin Assistant Research Professor Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Joseph Hulberthulbe@wsu.eduUSDA NIFA Postdoctoral FellowPlant Pathology
Karl Alcover Postdoctoral Research Associate Medical Education and Clinical Sciences
Katalin Korpany Postdoctoral Research Associate Chemistry
Kathiresan Selvam Postdoctoral Researcher School of Molecular Biosciences
Kuenzang InternSchool of Biological Sciences
Mailea Miller-Pierce Postdoctorate Biology
Marina Savenkova Postdoctoral Research Associate Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience
Md Masud Parvezmdmasud.parvez@wsu.eduResearch AssociatePharmaceutical Sciences
Miao Wen PhD graduate Civil and Environmental Engineering
Mingzhu Postdoctoral Research Associate School of Biological Sciences
Mohammadali Azadfar Postdoctoral Research Associate Composite Materials and Engineering Center
Nalok Dutta Postdoctoral Research Associate Bioproducts Science & Engineering Laboratory
Nitin Dhowlagharnitin.dhowlaghar@wsu.eduPostdoctoral Research Associate School of Food Science
Prabu Gnanasekaran prabubc@gmail.comPost Doctoral Research Associate Plant Pathology
Prasad Parchuriprasad.parchuri@wsu.eduPost Doctoral Research Associate Institute of Biological Chemistry
Rishikesh Ghogare Postdoctoral Research Associate Horticulture
Rita Giulianirita.giuliani@wsu.eduResearch AssociateSchool of Biological Sciences
Romana Iftikhar Post Doctoral Research Associate Plant Pathology
Sankara Naynar Palanisankara.naynar@wsu.eduPostdoctoral Research AssociateBiomedical Sciences
Sapinder Bali Postdoctoral Research Associate Plant Pathology
Shagufta Perveen Research Fellow Plant Pathology
Shaoqu Xie Postdoctoral Research Associate Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering
Shasha Yeungshasha.yeung@wsu.eduPostdoctoral Research AssociateApplied Sciences Lab
Shyam Solanki Post Doctoral Research Associate Crop and Soil Sciences
Solmaz Amiri Postdoctoral Research Associate Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
Vijay Mettuvijaya.mettu@wsu.eduPostdoctoral Research AssociatePharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Yibo Huangfu Postdoctoral Research Associate Civil and Environmental Engineering
Yu Research AssociateHorticulture
Zhongming Gao Postdoctoral Research Associate Civil and Environmental Engineering