Below are the current Badger Buddy Mentors holding meetings throughout the year. Please look at the Meeting Calendar for meeting times or feel free to request a meeting with the mentor of your choice by email.
Department: Electrical engineering
Research Field: microlens
Postdoc Start Date: January 1st, 2017
Country of Origin: Iran
Languages and Level of Fluency: English and Persian, fluent
About me: Hello fellow Badgers! I’m Alireza, UW Madison alumnus and a post-doc here. I’m originally from Iran and I’ve been here long enough; hopefully, I know a thing or two about Madison, UW Madison, and being a post-doc here. Shoot me a message if you have anything in mind, would be glad to help, or just talk 🙂
We can talk about: International moves, Madison foodies, Long distance relationships, Outdoor enthusiast, Local sports, Madison nightlife
Department: Biostatistics and Medical Informatics
Research Field: Engineering/applied physics
Postdoc Start Date: June 1st, 2018
Hobbies: Ultimate frisbee, Soccer, reading, enjoying nature
Country of Origin: Germany
Languages and Level of Fluency: English (pretty fluent), German (mother tongue), a little Spanish
About me: I joined UW-Madison as a postdoc in June 2018, and it was a tough decision to leave behind my friends, family, work and living environment. I don’t regret it, as UW-Madison has awesome research and researchers, advanced training opportunities and in general a very friendly and supportive working atmosphere. I’d like to help you make a start here!
We can talk about: International moves, Local sports
Department: Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Research Field: Virology
Postdoc Start Date: January 1st, 2018
Hobbies: cooking, yoga, exercise, pets of all kinds
Country of Origin: United States
Languages and Level of Fluency: English (fluent)
About me: Hello! I am a 2nd year postdoc in the Mehle Lab. I’m originally from California, and lived in DC/Baltimore before moving to Madison. I am passionate about promoting representation of all kinds in STEM and advocating for trainees to find the support they need to be successful. I am interested in promoting mental health awareness, women in science groups, and alternative career options like policy and biodefense.
We can talk about: Madison foodies, Women in science, Madison nightlife, Music in Madison
Research Field: HIV/SIV
Postdoc Start Date: October 1st, 2013
Hobbies: Photography, Numismatics, Philately
Country of Origin: India
Languages and Level of Fluency: English, Tamil
About me: An avid retrovirologist with an interest in academic research and several on and off hobbies.
We can talk about: International moves
Research Field: Gut microbiome and infection prevention
Postdoc Start Date: December 1st, 2016
Hobbies: Painting, cooking, hiking, reading, gardening
Country of Origin: USA
Languages and Level of Fluency: English (Fluent)
About me: I am a third year postdoc in the Safdar Lab and am a Computational Informatics in Biology and Medicine Trainee. I am originally from the Chicago area and did my grad work a the University of Iowa in Epidemiology. I moved to Madison in December of 2016 and love it here.
We can talk about: Madison foodies, Women in science
Research Field: Quantum Computing
Postdoc Start Date: May 1st, 2016
Hobbies: hiking, biking, running, downhill skiing, watching movies
Country of Origin: Russia
Languages and Level of Fluency: English (fluent), Russian (fluent), French (basic, gradually getting worse)
About me: Originally from Russia, I have been living in Madison since 2016. Before coming here, I went to graduate school in the US and did another postdoc in France, so I am quite experienced about moving between countries. I would be happy to meet new postdocs and assist in settling in. Feel free to email me if you have any questions even before moving to Madison.
We can talk about: International moves, Madison foodies, Outdoor enthusiast