Blog Editorial Team: Outreach & Comms Committee

Our Blog is run by the Outreach & Communications Committee of the Columbia University Postdoc Society (CUPS). All members of the Committee run Outreach Events and also post on the blog with individual contributions.


Maaike Schilperoort, Co-President of CUPS, Chair of the Outreach & Comms Committee, and Individual Contributor

After finishing her PhD in the Netherlands, Maaike joined the Tabas laboratory at the Department of Medicine of CUMC as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist. Her research focuses on mitochondrial dynamics and metabolic regulation of macrophages in the context of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Aside from being in the lab, she enjoys sports (fitness training, hiking, and biking), eating breakfast, and listening to podcasts.

As chair of the Outreach and Communication Committee of CUPS, Maaike aspires to build bridges between scientists of various disciplines and facilitate their engagement with the general public.


Vikas Malik, Blog Individual Contributor

During his postdoc, Vikas has been working on multiple projects where he studies the underlying mechanism of intrinsic immunity of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) against viral infections. In addition, he tries to understand how sleep restriction affects regeneration potential of hESCs.

Vikas has a keen interest in bringing science to lay people. He has actively participated in yearly science communication programs like Science Slam Competition, Researchers Night etc. organized by EURAXESS, China. With CUPS, he plans to grow that interest further by participating in these events more frequently.


Tania Thimraj, Blog Individual Contributor

Tania is a postdoctoral research scientist focusing on the identification of developmental origins and fate of cell types in in-vitro lung models using high-throughput single-cell transcriptomic profiling and pseudotime analysis. Her long-term research interests involve development of a physiologically relevant model to efficiently analyse the role of lung developmental defects in susceptibility to neonatal and adult lung disease. 

At CUPS, Tania aims to use her scientific writing skills to communicate scientific research to a wider audience.


Samantha Rossano, Blog Individual Contributor

Sam completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Yale University and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain and the Department of Neurology. Her research focuses on using Positron Emission Tomography and other medical imaging technologies to elucidate the brain pathology in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease patients compared to Cognitively Normal subjects. 

Sam is very interested in Science Outreach and Communication, and looks forward to building the skills it takes to be an effective science communicator in the Press Office of CUPS! In her free time, she enjoys baking, spending time with friends and family, and is an avid Yankee fan!


Trang Nguyen, Blog Individual Contributor

Trang Nguyen is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Dr. Markus Siegelin’s laboratory at the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology. Her work focuses on targeting tumor cell metabolism and the epigenome for brain tumor therapy. She graduated from KAIST, South Korea with her Ph.D. degree in Biological Sciences, and not long after worked in the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland to identify novel signaling pathways and compounds contributing to resolution and recovery of lung injury for one and half years. Her current work at Columbia is focused on developing a rational therapeutic approach with improved central nervous system penetration to extend patient life expectancy.

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