What can a group of fellow post-docs do for you?

No matter what subspecialty you’re studying, collaborating with other scientists at your career level is a great way to expand your knowledge, keep your focus, and create lifelong networks and friendships.

Getting involved in the Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (APoDS) is a great way to become part of the scientific community at Roswell Park.

What we do

APoDS logo

The goal of the club is to foster collaboration between scientific post-doctoral scholars, improve scientific skills and prepare for attaining our career goals:

  • Promote productive dialogue between Postdoctoral scholars and the administration
  • Provide a forum to share research interests
  • Address issues relevant to post-doctoral scholars
  • Provide opportunities to obtain skills for advancing the careers of postdoctoral scholars

Our meetings feature:

  • Peer-led grant and publication critique
  • Career and grant discussion with faculty members
  • Data presentations
  • Outside speaker presentations
  • Novel technique/method seminars

Plus, we have snacks.


APoDS is led by an executive committee of current Roswell Park postdoctoral scholars. This group meets every first Thursday of the month to address issues affecting current postdoctoral scholars, plan career-advancement programs, and plan social gatherings.

malachi blundon
Malachi Blundon, PhD
APoDS President
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
APoDS Vice-President
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
APoDS Secretary
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
APoDS Treasurer
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.