Information For Postdocs

Building, developing, and connecting the postdoc community

It’s our job to make sure BU provides a supportive environment for postdoctoral training, and we do that by offering professional development opportunities to our postdocs and their faculty mentors, capturing and reporting postdoc data, and informing BU policy development.

Meet the PDPA team


Sarah Hokanson, PhD, Director | 617-358-2111

Sarah is responsible for providing services and programming for all postdoctoral scholars at Boston University, as well as supporting the development of University policies related to postdoctoral scholarship. Sarah is the co-PI of an NSF AGEP Alliance (CIRTL AGEP) focused on improving the research climate for graduate students and postdocs and is co-Director of the Workforce Development Core within Boston University’s newly funded NSF Engineering Research Center. She also serves on the AAMC Postdoctoral Leaders Steering Committee and the Cross Network Operations Group within the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network.

Prior to joining Boston University, Sarah was US Deputy Director of Science and Innovation at the British Consulate-General, Boston. Sarah holds a BA in Chemistry from Boston University and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. Sarah’s graduate research was supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, and she completed a NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cornell University in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. She received an Executive Education Certificate from MIT Sloan School of Management’s Entrepreneurship Development Program in 2014.

KateKate Baker, Program Manager | 617-358-9507

Kate works to serve postdocs by managing postdoc data, overseeing the non-employee postdoc benefits program, developing and implementing communications, managing the financial operations for the office, and coordinating logistics for events and programming. Prior to joining PDPA Kate served as an Americorps VISTA in Maryland and she has worked in a variety of public health-related organizations. She holds a BS in Marketing from Bentley University and is currently pursuing her MPH through BU School of Public Health.

Office Locations

Charles River Campus

Office of the Provost

One Silber Way, room 909 (Research Suite), Boston, MA 02215

Medical Campus

Division of Graduate Medical Sciences

72 E. Concord St, room L306, Boston, MA 02118