Nithya Ramalingam, Ph.D., joins OHSU as director of postdoctoral affairs

Nithyaa Ramalingam, Ph.D., named director of postdoctoral affairs

NithyaPriya Ramalingam, Ph.D., has been named director of the OHSU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. A public health scientist, she comes to this position with a strong background in program development and implementation, community building, and mentoring.

Ramalingam’s appointment follows a six-month program evaluation and national search. She will focus on building new programs and more efficient administrative processes based on feedback provided by postdocs, faculty and staff on how to best serve the postdoctoral community across OHSU.

Among other efforts, Nithya will focus on addressing postdoc-specific issues such as enhancing career development resources, providing a more robust variety of workshops and forums, and building a foundation for the OHSU Postdoc Association ­­to launch new community-building events of its own.

Ramalingam earned a Ph.D. in health implementation science in the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health Program at Virginia Tech’s Carilion Research Institute.

As part of her graduate work, Ramalingam designed, implemented, and evaluated state-wide trainings for three health education programs for 150 health educators, work that sparked her passion for working with trainees. She also served as a member of the Virginia Tech Career and Professional Development Advisory Board. Most recently, Ramalingam served as a postdoctoral fellow herself, in OHSU’s Department of Family Medicine.

Ramalingam’s appointment by OHSU Research & Innovation was effective August 5, 2019. She will be formally introduced to the OHSU research community during Postdoc Week activities in mid-September.