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About the Office of Postdoctoral Advancement

Meet the Team

At the Office of Postdoctoral Advancement, we're dedicated to the professional growth and career success of our postdocs. The OPA team is here for you. Please see below to meet the team!

Itzamarie Chévere-Torres

Universitywide/Central Administration

Director, Office of Postdoctoral Advancement

Universitywide/Central Administration

Itzamarie Chévere-Torres is Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Advancement. She manages daily office operations, establishes collaboration with key stakeholders universitywide, as well as develops and facilitates career development resources and programs for Rutgers postdoctoral researchers. Itzamarie obtained her Ph.D from the University of Puerto Rico, her neuroscience postdoctoral training at NYU, and a second postdoctoral training at Rutgers. Itzamarie is a career coach, certified YouMap® coach and facilitator.

Jillian J. Hanna

Senior Program Coordinator

Jillian is the Senior Program Coordinator for the Office of Postdoctoral Advancement. She is passionate about people-centered work, and helping others is the most fulfilling aspect of her role. She is a member of the EVPAA's DEI Council. Jillian is an alumna of the School of Arts and Sciences - New Brunswick and holds a B.A. in Psychology and Theatre. She is also currently pursuing a Master of Social Work (Clinical) at Rutgers School of Social Work.


Executive Steering Committee

The Executive Steering Committee is a small body of senior faculty and administrators who drove the establishment of Rutgers' first universitywide office for postdoctoral researchers in February 2017. The committee is chaired by Associate Vice President for Research and Experiential Education, Sunita Kramer, and provides high-level oversight to the office and makes decisions on policy-related recommendations that impact Rutgers postdocs.

  • Jacqueline S. Mattis, Ph.D.
    Dean of Faculty, Office of the Dean, Psychology
    School of Arts & Sciences-Newark

    Carol S. Lutz, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Genetics
    Assistant Dean for Curriculum, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

    Joseph A. Barone, PharmD, FCCP
    Dean, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

    James H. Millonig, Ph.D.  
    Senior Associate Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

    Kathleen W. Scotto, Ph.D.
    Vice Chancellor for Research, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
    Vice Dean, School of Graduate Studies

    Karen R. Stubaus, Ph.D.
    Vice President for Academic Affairs and Administration

    Lori Covey, Ph.D.
    Dean, Life Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences

    Michelle Stephens, Ph.D.
    Founding Executive Director, Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice
    Professor of English and Latino and Caribbean Studies, School of Arts and Sciences

    Wendie S. Cohick, Ph.D.
    Dean of Research and Graduate Education, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
    Professor of Animal Science

Postdoctoral Advisory Council

The Postdoctoral Advisory Council (PAC), is a small university-wide group of faculty, staff, and postdocs who have an interest in improving the culture, experience, and professional development for postdocs at the University. Members serve on the council for two years and work together to make formal recommendations for related policies that will be reviewed/approved by our Executive Steering Committee.

  • Ellen Townes-Anderson, Ph.D.  
    Professor of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Neuroscience
    Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
    Director of Research Development and Initiatives
    New Jersey Medical School

    Janet Alder, Ph.D.
    Assistant Dean for Graduate Academic and Student Affairs, School of Graduate Studies
    Associate Professor, Dept. of Neuroscience & Cell Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

    Carlo Santoro, Ph.D.
    International Faculty and Scholar Adviser, J-1 Visas
    Rutgers Global

    Edward Bonder, Ph.D.
    Professor of Cell Biology
    School of Arts & Sciences-Newark

    Jeff Boyd, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology
    School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
    Rutgers-New Brunswick

    Dina Navon, Ph.D.
    Postdoctoral Fellow,
    Rutgers New Brunswick/INSPIRE Fellow

    Victoria Abraira, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience

    Vanessa LoBue
    Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director
    Department of Psychology, Rutgers-Newark

    Carter Mathes
    Associate Professor & Associate Chair
    Department of English, Rutgers-New Brunswick

    Grace Brannigan
    Associate Professor
    Department of Physics, Rutgers-Camden

Big Ten Academic Alliance Postdoctoral Affairs Group

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Postdoc Offices (PDOs) Group is a collaborative group of directors and senior staff and faculty from BTAA member institutions that meets bi-monthly to generate innovative solutions to common cross-institutional challenges faced by postdoctoral researchers and their faculty mentors. The group collects and shares data, insights, and expertise that help to improve existing services and anticipate trends and future needs of the postdoctoral community we all serve individually and collectively. For more information contact Dr. Itzamarie Chévere-Torres,

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