Postdoctoral Fellows and Senior Research Associates

After earning a doctorate degree, scholars may choose to pursue additional training. Learn more at UNMC Postdoctoral Education.

UNMC Today:  Three part series on "The Life of a PostDoc." (Part 1; Part 2; and Part 3 )

Current Postdoctoral Fellows and Senior Research Associates


Mariluz Anamelva Arainga Ramirez, PhD
Post Doc Research Associate

Laboratory of Howard E. Gendelman, MD

Research Interests:


Biju Bhargavan, PhD
Senior Research Associate

Central Drug Research Institute

Laboratory of Georgette Kanmogne, PhD

 Research Interests:

  • Epigenetic reprogramming at host/viral gene promoters
  • HIV-1 fitness and clade diversity

Prasanta Kumar Dash

Prasanta Kumar Dash, PhD
Senior Research Associate

2007 HIV-1, Virology, Immunology and Molecular Biology
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
Bangalore, India

Laboratory of Howard E Gendelman, MD

Research Interests:

  • HIV-1 and associated neurodisorders, anti-HIV drug effects in both in vitro and in vivo



Benson  Edagwa, PhD
Post-Doc Research Associate

2012 Organic Chemistry, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Laboratory of Howard E Gendelman, MD and Prabagaran Narayanasamy PhD

Research Interests:

  • Tuberculosis
  • HIV
  • Drug design and delivery
  • Medicinal chemistry

Yuju Li

Yuju Li, MS
Research Associate

East China Normal University

Laboratory of Jialin Zheng, MD

Research Interests:

  • Molecular biology, especially in making transgenic or knock out mouse

  • Behavior test to identify specific gene function 


Palsamy Periyasamy, PhD
Post-Doc Research Associate

2011, Biochemistry, University of Madras, India

Laboratory of Shilpa Buch, PhD

Research Interests:

  • Impact of epigenetics and endoplasmic reticulum stress in premature aging int he context of HIV infection and drug abuse.

Kelly Stauch, PhD 
Post-Doc Research Associate

2012 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UNMC
Laboratory of Howard Fox, MD, PhD

Research Interests:

  • Role of mitochondrial function in neurodegenerative diseases and aging


Zenghan (Hannah) Tong, PhD
Senior Research Associate

2011 Chemistry, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Laboratory of Jialin Zheng, MD

 Research Interests:

  • Drug design, discovery and development for the treatment of HIV associated dementia