Postdoctoral Association of the University of Nevada, Reno

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The University of Nevada, Reno Postdoctoral Association (UNRPA) is a volunteer organization formed in 2021 both by and for the University's postdocs.

Our mission is to improve the postdoctoral experience both at the University and in academia. We do this by supporting fellow postdocs in your transitions to and from the University; enhancing your research and training opportunities while here; and advocating for the inclusive and equitable transformation of academia. We empower postdocs to become bold and effective leaders in academia, industry and community.


All postdoctoral scholars at the University of Nevada, Reno are automatically included in UNRPA and welcome to attend meetings, events and discussions relevant to postdocs.

Executive leadership

Burak Boyacioglu, Ph.D.


Burak BoyaciogluBurak, a postdoctoral scholar in Mechanical Engineering with a background in aeronautics, focuses on interpreting fruit fly food-searching trajectories mathematically and subsequently informing roboticists to collect meaningful data for various tasks. Passionate about upholding academic integrity beyond his role as the Chair of the University of Nevada, Reno Postdoctoral Association, his primary hobby is cinema, often leading him to travel to different cities for festivals or special screenings.

Angie Lenard, Ph.D.

Operations Manager

Angie LenardAngie is a postdoctoral scholar working in the Biology Department. Angie is an ecologist and evolutionary biologist broadly interested in how organisms respond to anthropogenic change. Her current research focuses on pollinator biodiversity and landscape pesticide contamination of butterfly host plants in the Central Valley. She is the current Operations Manager of the University of Nevada, Reno Postdoctoral Association. She is passionate about mentoring and enjoys reading, video games, and hiking with her dog.

Vidya Murthy, Ph.D.

Events and Social Media Coordinator

Vidya MurthyVidya received her Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno and is currently a postdoctoral scholar in the department of Physiology and Cell Biology. Her work focuses on neurodegenerative diseases and heart disease, aiming to advance understanding and develop therapeutic treatments. She is the current Events & Social Media Coordinator for the Postdoctoral Association. Outside of the lab, Vidya finds joy in the company of dogs and has diverse interests including photography, hiking, traveling, and experimenting with food in the kitchen. 

Satish Manandhar, Ph.D.

Finance Officer

Satish ManandharSatish is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research aims to understand how soil-structure systems respond during earthquakes using physical model testing in large-scale experiments. He is the current Finance Officer of the Postdoctoral Association, passionate about improving the environment and opportunities for postdocs at the University.

Organizational structure