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 was appointed in February 2015 and 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 also co-chairs the Resource Development Committee of the National Postdoctoral Association. 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 Ph.D. 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.


Kate Baker, Administrative Manager | 617-358-9507

Kate started working at BU in October 2015, when she served as Administrative Coordinator in Graduate Medical Sciences. In summer 2016, she joined PDPA, and has since worked to serve postdocs by handling communications, coordinating logistics for events and programming, and managing other day-to-day tasks in the office. Prior to joining PDPA, Kate served as an Americorps VISTA in Maryland, and has experience working with health related nonprofits and other 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