PDA Travel Award

The Postdoc Association Travel Award provides financial support for Harvard Chan research fellows and associates to attend conferences. The award targets fellows who have limited opportunities to attend conferences. Awards are given in the fall and spring.

The Travel Awards are managed by the PDA’s Vice President for External Affairs.

Spring 2020 Travel Award

Due to University travel restrictions, the PDA is unable to provide Spring 2020 Travel Awards.

Fall 2019 PDA Travel Award Winners

picture of award winners
From left to right: Adina Coroiu (committee member), Manuela Carraquilla (award winner), Farah Qureshi (award winner), Aya Mitani (committee member)
Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 PDA Fall Travel Award:
Manuela Carrasquilla, PhD; Postdoc, Dept. of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Caleb Figge, PhD; Postdoc, Dept. of Global Health and Population
Farah Qureshi, PhD; Postdoc, Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Ronald Allan Panganiban, PhD; Research Associate- Dept. of Environmental Health
Thank you to all the applicants and judges and to the Office of Faculty Affairs and the PDA Travel Award Committee.

Spring 2019 PDA Travel Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 PDA Spring Travel Award:

  • Ming Ding (Research Associate, Nutrition)
  • Nikhil Panda (Postdoc, Biostats)
  • Leslie Adams (Postdoc, Global Health and Population)
  • Douglas Paton (Postdoc, Immunology and Infectious Diseases)
  • Runze Huang (Postdoc, Environmental Health)

We received an outstanding 22 applications! Thank you to all applicants, judges, Office of Faculty Affairs, and PDA travel award committee for their hard work.


Fall 2018 PDA Travel Award Winners

  • Megan Delisle (Postdoc, Epidemiology)
  • Jean-Philippe Drouin-Chartier (Postdoc, Nutrition)
  • Jongeun Rhee (Postdoc, Environmental Health)
  • Ryoko Sato (Research Associate, Global Health and Population)

Spring 2018 PDA Travel Winners

  • Maayan Yitshak-Sade, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Environmental Health
  • Jungyeon Kim, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Global Health
  • Jun Li, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Nutrition
  • Neha Bairoliya, Research Associate in the Department of Global Health

Previous recipients

Fall 2017

  • Estela Shabani, Immunology and Infectious Disease: “Characterization of a novel erythroid progenitor cell-line for the identification of host determinants of Plasmodium falciparum protein export and growth” for the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 67th Annual Meeting (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
  • Zhaozhong Zhu, Epidemiology and Environment Health: “Shared genetic architecture between asthma and allergic diseases: A genome-wide cross trait analysis of 112,000 individuals from UK biobank” for the American Thoracic Society Conference (San Diego, California, USA)
  • Danilo Alvares da Silva, Biostatistics: “A sequential approach to Bayesian joint modelling of longitudinal and survival data” for the ENAR 2018 Spring Meeting (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
  • Trang VoPham, Epidemiology: “Dioxin exposure and breast cancer risk in the Nurses’ Health Study II” for the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Conference (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

Spring 2017

  • Laura Balzer, Biostatistics: “A new approach to hierarchical data analysis: targeted maximum likelihood estimation of cluster-based exposures under interference” for the Society for Epidemiologic Research (Seattle, WA)
  • Mary Ellen Molloy, Environmental Health: “Positive cross-regulatory loop links ZBTB7A to estrogen receptor alpha expression in breast cancer, American” for the Association for Cancer Research (Washington D.C.)
  • Rebecca L. Franckle, Nutrition: “The impact of the monthly SNAP issuance cycle on consumer shopping behaviors in a large Northeastern supermarket chain” for the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (Victoria, BC, Canada)
  • Danielle Braun, Biostatistics: “Methods to Estimate Causal Effects Adjusting for Confounding when an Ordinal Exposure is Mismeasured” for the Atlantic Causal Inference Conference (Chapel Hill, NC)

Fall 2016

  • Souzana Achilleos, Environmental Health: “Composition of particulate matter originated from desert dust storms in the Eastern Mediterranean region” for the International Society of Exposure Science conference (Durham, NC)
  • Marta Guasch-Ferré, Nutrition: “Gut Microbiota related Plasma Metabolites and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in the PREDIMED Study” for the American Heart Association, EPI/Lifestyle 2017 Scientific Sessions (Portland, OR)
  • Marguerite Nyhan, Environmental Health: “Quantifying Population Exposure to Fine Particulate Matter Air Population Using Mobile-Device-Based Human Mobility Patterns” for the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology (Sydney, AUS)
  • William Robert Shaw, Immunology and Infectious Diseases: “Hormonal pathways linking egg development and Plasmodium infection in Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes” for Mosquito Kolymbari Meeting (Kolymbari, Greece)

Spring 2016

  • Brian Arnold
  • Igna Bonfrer
  • Cara Boutte
  • Nadia Abuelezam

Fall 2015

  • Marthe Helene Havercamp
  • Claudia Trudel-Fitzgerald
  • Mara Barcelos
  • Christian Suharlim

Spring 2015

  • Sarah Aroner
  • Alex Carll
  • Ashley Winning

Fall 2014

  • Shu Yang
  • Kerry Ivey
  • Maya Vadiveloo


  • Caroline Boeke, Epidemiology
  • Morteza Asgarzadeh, Nutrition
  • Jennifer Michel, Environmental Health


  • Susan Gruber
  • Deirdre Tobias
  • Vasileia Varvarigou
  • Shilpa Bhupathiraju
  • Andrej Trauner
  • Zhong-wei Jia


  • Bradley Coleman, Immunology and Infectious Diseases
  • Djøra Soeteman, Center for Health Decision Science


  • An Pan, Nutrition
  • Karen Joynt, Health Policy and Management