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Postdoctoral Fellows at UH

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Welcome to the Postdoctoral Fellows Association at the University of Houston. The purpose of the association is to establish a network of support for postdocs who may be new to the City of Houston and to research positions at the University of Houston. The association was created to connect new postdocs with UH faculty, alumni, and researchers to enhance funding opportunities, interdisciplinary research, and professional development.

About Us

The Postdoctoral Fellows Association (PFA) is formed by current postdoc researchers at the University of Houston and is aimed to create a platform for:

  • Funding Opportunities
  • Professional Development
  • Networking

The PFA is committed to addressing the different needs of postdoc researchers through a variety of opportunities by connecting to university resources such as the career center, the Division of Research, and the Office of the Provost.  The PFA advocates for the needs of postdocs and supports interdisciplinary research opportunities. The association connects postdocs to UH alumni and leaders in industry and academia, creates opportunities for adjunct teaching as well as provides training in grant writing and project development.


As we gather more information about the postdoctoral fellows within our UH community, their biographies and information will be posted here. If you have a biography you'd like to submit, please contact us at

mary crum

Mary Crum

Mary Crum is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor Richard Willson in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Her research aims at bioengineering bacteriophages to be used in ultrasensitive diagnostic tests. In 2012, she obtained her Ph.D. in microbiology from Texas A&M University under the supervision of Professor Michael Benedik. Her graduate research focused on the directed evolution of cyanide degrading enzymes.

Roberta Leal

Roberta Leal

Roberta M. Leal is a postdoctoral research associate at the Graduate College of Social Work and is working with Dean Alan Dettlaff to manage The Center on Immigration and Child Welfare. Her postdoc research, funded by the Walter S. Johnson Foundation, focuses on improving services, policies, and outcomes for Latino and immigrant children and families in the child welfare system. Roberta recently received her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Houston and has experience teaching in higher education as adjunct professor and clinical assistant faculty.  Her graduate research examined comorbidity of diabetes and depression among Hispanic adults.

Binh Vu

Binh Vu

Dr. Binh Vu is a Postdoctoral Fellow II at University of Houston. He is currently working in Dr. Richard C. Willson’s laboratory in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department. His research is aimed at developing point-of-care (POC) diagnostic devices for cancer and pathogen detection. His research interests include the design, simulation, fabrication and characterization of microfluidic devices and systems, biosensors and biochips, lab-on-a-chips, and surface functionalization. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Houston and a dual B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Biology.  He has worked in medical device and oil & gas industries for more than four years before coming back to academia as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

Career Resources

The Postdoc Fellows Association has compiled career resource links to provide access to information and websites for job opportunities, grant resources, and professional development.  Click on any of the links below to access more information. If you know of additional sources that you would like to have posted to this page, contact us at

Job Opportunities at UH

Grant Opportunities

Professional Development Resources

Event Calendar

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The Office of the Provost offers two awards to eligible postdocs, the Postdoctoral Travel Award and the Postdoctoral Career Enhancement Award. 

Postdoctoral Travel Award 

The Postdoctoral Travel Award is designed to help the University of Houston's postdoctoral fellows, scholars, and researchers enhance their professional development and increase the visibility of the institution by supporting travel to present the results of their research or creative activity at meetings with a national or international audience.

Postdoctoral Career Enhancement Award 

The Postdoctoral Career Enhancement Award is designed to help the University of Houston's postdoctoral fellows, scholars, and researchers enhance their professional development. The award will support registration and/or travel for internships, extramural courses (e.g. NIH, etc.) to learn new skills, and visiting laboratories to conduct collaborative studies.