Frank Kung, Ph.D.

Frank KungDr. Frank Kung is a postdoc in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience on Busch Campus. He joined Rutgers in September 2014 after earning his PhD at RBHS/NJIT in Newark. He is currently researching new biomaterials for regeneration of the spinal cord after injury. He joined the PDA in 2015 because he wanted to help make Rutgers a better place for postdocs.



Co-Vice Presidents:

Ellen Rubinstein, Ph.D.

aaeaaqaaaaaaaahzaaaajgm2mtu3mmy1ltvlmjktndy2zi05zjyylwq1yzkwzjlkzdnlmqDr. Ellen Rubinstein is a medical anthropologist who focuses on understanding how people think about health, illness, caregiving, and healing, particularly in mental health and illness. She came to Rutgers (and New Jersey) in February 2015 to start a postdoc in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, where she is part of an interdisciplinary research team investigating resources for cancer survivors in advanced primary care practices. Finding there were too few opportunities to meet fellow postdocs (especially as a non-biomedical scientist), she started Postdoc Happy Hour in January 2016 and joined the PDA soon after.


Slim Karkar, Ph.D.

Dr. Slim Karkar, 36, is a Paris-born French citizen. He started his college education at University Paris 6, graduating with degrees in both Engineering Science and Physics. He holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Data Mining, and a Ph.D. from the University of Strasbourg (2011). He has developed new approaches for studying connectivity in functional brain networks, using functional MRI imaging. He joined Dr. Eric Bapteste’s team during University Paris 6 for his first postdoc, where he developed evolution models using networks. He joined Dr. Debashish Bhattacharya’s team at Rutgers-New Brunswick in 2013 to study metabolic transitions like those that occurred 2-3 billion years ago for Archaea and bacteria, to elucidate the origin of cyanobacterias and, more recently, the adaptation of the host genome to new organelles like the chloroplast. Since 2015, he has worked with Dr. Desmond Lun at Rutgers-Camden, developing a novel probabilistic approach for estimating the number of contributors for unknown, complex DNA forensic samples. The model has been extended to take into account the natural degradation of DNA that occurs in real-case DNA samples.

Executive Council:

Sofya Borinskaya, Ph.D.
Tracy Scott, Ph.D.
Rahul Chib, Ph.D.
Mariagemiliana (Gemi) Dessi, Ph.D.
Csanad Gurdon, Ph.D.
Harita Menon, Ph.D.
Alison Obr, Ph.D.
Mohsen Omrani, Ph.D.
Suzanne Quartuccio, Ph.D.
Beck E. Strauss, Ph.D.
Abla Tannous, Ph.D.