Postdoctoral Experience

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) serves as an advocate and central resource for the more than 700 postdoctoral researchers from all 15 colleges at Ohio State. The OPA provides training programs, career development opportunities and events to help the university's postdocs prepare for successful research careers in academia, industry, government and other employment sectors. The Office is a partnership between the Office of Research and the Graduate School.


  • General Policies
  • Benefits
  • Conflict Resolution

Professional Development

  • Fellowship/Grant Writing
  • Mentoring Plans
  • Career Path Guidance


  • Resources
  • Training
  • Mentoring Plan Assistance

Increased Fellowships/Funding

A postdoctoral researcher is an employee of the university in pursuit of continued education and specialized research training and experience.

Postdoctoral researchers:

  • Typically perform services on a grant or contract awarded to a faculty advisor in exchange for compensation during training
  • Receive a salary

A postdoctoral fellow is not an employee of the university. They are trainees in pursuit of specialized research and training experiences for their own benefit.

Postdoctoral fellows:

  • Receive a stipend rather than perform a service in return for compensation
  • Are supported by a true fellowship or training grant

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Noah WeislederNoah Weisleder

Dr. Weisleder is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology at The Ohio State University. Dr. Weisleder has published numerous peer-reviewed publications or book chapters in the fields of muscle and cardiovascular physiology. His research in these areas has been supported by the NIH and several private foundations, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation and the National Football League. Additionally, he is an inventor on dozens of US and international patents. He has received a Fellowship from the American Heart Association, a Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health and the Kauffman Foundation Outstanding Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Award.

Learn more about Dr. Weisleder and his research interests.

Marcela HernandezMarcela Hernandez
Administrative Director

A molecular biologist and biochemist by training, Dr. Hernandez designs and implements programs to enhance retention, and support of postdoctoral scholars including a special focus on those with underrepresented backgrounds. She became a scientist thanks to an excellent PhD mentor who inspired her, trained her, and mentored her. For this reason she is very passionate about mentoring and is working to help the next generation of STEM professionals navigate successfully to rewarding careers.

Learn more about Dr. Hernandez’ professional trajectory.

Fatima VakilFatima Vakil
Program Assistant







Lori Kaser
Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Kim Lightle
Education and Human Ecology

Jeff Mason

Brian Orefice
Arts and Sciences

La’tonia Stiner Jones


Ada Kanapskyte

Rylee Kohr

Akaysha Nolan