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Postdoctoral Fellows at UH

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Welcome to the University of Houston Postdoctoral Fellows Association (UHPFA). The purpose of the Association is to establish a network of support for postdocs who may be new to the City of Houston and to research positions at the University of Houston. The Association was created to connect new postdocs with UH faculty, alumni, and researchers to enhance funding opportunities, interdisciplinary research, and professional development. 

Join the UHPFA email distribution list (by sending an email request to and Follow the  UHPFA Facebook Group for more information and activities.

About Us

The University of Houston Postdoctoral Fellows Association (UHPFA) is formed by current postdoc researchers at the University of Houston and is aimed to create a platform for:

  • Funding Opportunities
  • Professional Development
  • Networking

The PFA is committed to addressing the different needs of postdoc researchers through a variety of opportunities by connecting to university resources such as the Career center, the Division of Research, and the Office of the Provost. The PFA advocates for the needs of postdocs and supports interdisciplinary research opportunities. The Association connects postdocs to UH alumni and leaders in industry and academia, creates opportunities for adjunct teaching as well as provides training in grant writing and project development.


The Office of the Provost offers two awards to eligible postdocs, the Postdoctoral Travel Award and the Postdoctoral Career Enhancement Award.

Postdoctoral Travel Award

The Postdoctoral Travel Award is designed to help the University of Houston's postdoctoral fellows, scholars, and researchers enhance their professional development and increase the visibility of the institution by supporting travel to present the results of their research or creative activity at meetings with a national or international audience.

Postdoctoral Career Enhancement Award

The Postdoctoral Career Enhancement Award is designed to help the University of Houston's postdoctoral fellows, scholars, and researchers enhance their professional development. The award will support registration and/or travel for internships, extramural courses (e.g. NIH, etc.) to learn new skills, and visiting laboratories to conduct collaborative studies.


The UHPFA Board is currently conformed by:

Zahra Mohammad, Ph.D.
Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
Satya Prakash Shukla, Ph.D.
Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy
Meng-Hsuan Monica Wen, Ph.D.
Event Coordinator
Chenlin Hu, Ph.D.
Communications Coordinator
Asif Zaman, Ph.D.
At-large member
Naureen Fatima, Ph.D.
At-large member
Zeba Farooqui, Ph.D.
At-large member

Previous board members:

  • Dr. Joanne Bower, Psychology (Secretary)
  • Dr. Krista Beach, Optometry (Events coordinator)
  • Dr. David Rio, Optometry (Communications coordinator)
  • Dr. Mariano Susman, Chemical Engineering (Communications coordinator)
  • Dr. Ayeswarya Ravikumar, Optometry (Secretary)
  • Dr. Ankit Mahendra, Chemical Engineering (Co-Chair, Events coordinator)
  • Dr. Baskar Arumugam, Optometry (Communications coordinator)
  • Dr. Odochi Nwoko, Psychology (Co-chair)
  • Dr. Carolina Kunnen, Optometry (Co-chair)
  • Dr. Mary Crum, Chemical Engineering (Founding member)
  • Dr. Roberta M. Leal, Social Work (Founding member)
  • Dr. Binh Vu, Chemical Engineering (Founding member)

Career Resources

The Postdoc Fellows Association has compiled career resource links to provide access to information and websites for job opportunities, grant resources, and professional development.  Click on any of the links below to access more information. If you know of additional sources that you would like to have posted to this page, contact us at

Job Opportunities at UH

Grant Opportunities

Professional Development Resources