Current Executive

Qutaba Karwi

President
Qutaba Karwi

Qutuba Karwi is a postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, where he is employing different experimental approaches to delineate the metabolic perturbations that occur in heart failure. Dr. Karwi undertook his doctoral studies (Ph.D. in Pharmacology) at Cardiff University (Department of Pharmacology, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences), where he also served as a representative of postgraduate students on the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Board for three years. He also gained excellent experience in liaising with national and international organizations during his undergraduate and postgraduate studies. While working very hard to understand the metabolic remodeling in the failing heart as a therapeutic target to improve cardiac function in patients with heart failure, Dr. Karwi is extremely thrilled to be a member of the PDFA executive board at the University of Alberta. He was formerly the PDFA VP External..

Carlos Contreras

VP Internal
Sanaz Hatami

Sanaz Hatami is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Medicine, working on improving the protocols for organ donation and preservation, heart transplantation, and novel treatments in heart failure. Dr. Hatami completed her medical training at the Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Iran, and undertook her Ph.D. studies in experimental surgery at the University of Alberta. She has extensive experience in volunteer and leadership positions during her medical training and career in Iran, as well as in Canada. She also serves in various trainee committees within the Canadian scientific societies. Besides her engagement in numerous studies with the potential to improve the lives of patients, she is very excited to be a member of the PDFA and to work alongside other members on improving the experience of postdoctoral fellows in our institution.

Jeffery Zielinski

VP External

Jeffery Zielinski

Jeffery Zielinski began studying mechanical engineering at the U of A in 2005. Driven by selfish concerns of maintaining a stable winter for skiing, he directed his life towards the study of energy production via fusion, undertaking graduate degrees at the Universities of Lorraine, Ghent, Saskatchewan, and Aix-Marseille. He is now practicing as a postdoctoral fellow at the U of A, studying theoretical plasma physics. Having a privileged background (and amassing glorious debt), allowed Jeffery the economic freedom to delve into the genuinely-scientific (critical) political/economic theory provided through historical materialism. Not unlike reading Galileo, this entailed the observation that centering our system of progress around energy (or x) production, rather than favorable (/even reasonable) consumption is incredibly profitable for a ruling minority -- although technological evolution produces profit, humanity must evolve e.g. socially (in our work relationships), as well. Thus, for Jeffery, it is specifically the relationships of owners to profit and workers to work which must change. As such, he is motivated to strive for enhanced worker protections and class consciousness from a bottom-up approach. Jeffery is one with the outdoors, and you would find him studying theory and backcountry skiing out of Revelstoke, if life so allowed.

Dimitra Lamprinaki

VP Communications
Dimitra Lamprinaki

Dimitra Lamprinaki is a postdoctoral fellow at the department of Chemistry where she is currently investigating lectin-glycan interactions in immunomodulation. She completed her BSc degree in Chemistry at the University of Crete, and also completed her MSc degree in Nutrition, Public Health and Policies at the Agricultural University of Athens, both in Greece. She holds a Ph.D. from the Quadram Institute Bioscience in Norwich, UK, where she investigated the mechanisms of which colorectal cancer-associated bacteria modulate innate immune response, with focus on the bacterial cell surface-derived glycoconjugates and mammalian lectin interactions. Dimitra enjoys playing squash and tennis. Dimitra is excited to have joined the PDFA executive board as she is willing to help in communicating the needs of postdoctoral fellows and also help their professional and personal development.

Priyanka Mittapelly

VP Operations

Priyanka Mittapelly

Dr. Priyanka Mittapelly is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at University of Alberta in Canada. Her current work focuses on investigating the insecticide susceptibility and tolerance of two flea beetle pests of canola on the Canadian Prairies. Her expertise is in molecular biology, plant-insect interactions and insect rearing and have used molecular tools such as RNA-Seq, metabolomics, mass spectrometry and RNA interference to better understand these interactions.   

Dr. Mittapelly was born and raised in India, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biotechnology and master’s degree in microbiology. She then worked as a visiting research scholar at the Max Planck Institute, Germany. In the USA, she initially worked as a research scholar and later pursued her Ph.D. in entomology at The Ohio State University, where she worked on bed bugs, brown marmorated stink bugs and other agricultural pests.

Besides research, Dr. Mittapelly has been an active participant of Entomological Society of America (ESA) and Entomological Society of Canada (ESC) meetings. She served as a student member-at-large for the ESA, North Central Branch Executive Committee. She also won several student awards for her presentations during the entomology annual and branch meetings. She is currently the president of Association of Indian entomologists in North America and was featured as a standout early career professional in Entomology Today in 2020.

Md Monirujjaman

VP Finance

Md Monirujjaman

Md Monirujjaman is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, where his research focuses are to establish the biological efficacy of dietary fatty acids during cancer treatment and understanding underline mechanism of actions. Dr. Monir completed his PhD (Food and Human Nutritional Sciences) from the University of Manitoba (Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences), where he served as a Communication Officer at the Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, Graduate Students Association for three years. He worked as an organizing and planning committee member to organize Functional Foods and Natural Health Products (FFNHP) symposium several times. He also played different roles in a number of student’s organizations in his undergrad university. Dr. Monir is extremely thrilled to be a member of the PDFA executive board at the University of Alberta.

Saeidreza Radpour

Member-at-Large

Saeidreza Radpour

Saeidreza Radpour is a postdoctoral fellow at the Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering in the Mechanical Engineering Department, at the University of Alberta. Saeidreza’s research focuses on the energy efficiency improvement and greenhouse gas mitigation by market penetration of low carbon technologies in energy sectors. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Management from the University of Alberta. His doctoral studies were on market penetration modeling of low carbon technologies in residential, industry, and power supply side sectors. He likes outdoors activities such as camping, road trips, hiking, running, and playing soccer, and he loves spending quality time with his family and friends.

Lyndsey Hahn

Member-at-Large

Lyndsey Hahn

Lyndsey Hahn is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. She completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Rehabilitation Science within the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta in 2020. Prior to her PhD, she completed a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Alberta. Lyndsey is thrilled to be part of the PDFA and to work alongside other postdoc fellows.