APoDS Board

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malachi blundon
Malachi Blundon, PhD
Department of Cell Stress Biology

I am a postdoctoral research affiliate in the Bianchi-Smiraglia Laboratory. My research focus is how GTP metabolism affects triple-negative breast cancer progression and metastasis. Currently, I am investigating how IMPDH2 and it’s involving pathways modulate cancer invasion, an important mechanism for metastatic process.

I aim to uphold the long-standing success and tradition of the APoDS group while also installing the first ever internal competitive postdoctoral scholarship program. These awards will aim to increase the competitive quality of the Roswell Park postdoctoral community and increase the likelihood of external grant funding acceptance by providing internal research support to explore new research avenues.

olga udartseva
Olga Udartseva, PhD
Department of Cell Stress Biology

I am a postdoctoral research affiliate in the laboratory of Dr. Sandra Gollnick. My research is focused on the role of stress and nuclear receptor interplay in antitumor immune response. Along with research, I’m passionate about community engagement with science, and I’m actively involved in K-12 outreach programs at Buffalo Museum of Science and UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. I’m also a member of “500 Women Scientists” workgroup dedicated to making science open, inclusive, and accessible. Being a Vice-President of APoDS, I’m dedicated to improving postdoc experience at Roswell Park by creating a strong sense of community among postdocs, and by bringing opportunities for social and professional development.

jacky chow
Jacky Chow, PhD
Department of Immunology

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Muhitch Lab in the Department of Immunology. My work employs several forms of transcriptomics to improve our understanding of the patient tumor microenvironment and the transcriptional changes induced by various treatments. I joined APoDs to help enrich the postdoc experience through increasing opportunities for interpersonal and career development.

amma agyemang
Amma Agyemang, PhD
Department of Immunology

I am a postdoctoral research affiliate working in the laboratory of Dr. Kunle Odunsi in the Center for Immunotherapy. My research is focused on investigating the mechanisms that regulate lymphocyte trafficking and infiltration into the tumor microenvironment. I work with animal models of ovarian cancer with the goal of improving the efficacy of cell-based immunotherapies. This year, I am the treasurer of the Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (APoDS) and I look forward to helping with events and our collective efforts for personal and professional development of all postdocs at Roswell.