Current KPAC Members

At KPAC, we aim to enhance the career outcomes for Keck School of Medicine postdocs through access to career related training opportunities. By providing information, training opportunities, and networks we aim to optimize your time as a postdoc spent at Keck for your career. For further information please contact us at

Ryan Cabeen

Dr. Ryan Cabeen

Dr. Ryan Cabeen is a Los Angeles native who received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brown University. He is currently a postdoctoral scholar in the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute and is working on the development of computational tools for 3D visualization, data exploration and large-scale image processing. Going forward, he will be collaborating with local researchers to explore how computational neuroimaging can be used to better understand neurodevelopment in health and disease. Ryan is a member of the Academic Track Committee of KPAC.

Morgan Chateau

Dr. Morgan Chateau

Dr. Morgan Chateau is a research associate in the Keck School of Medicine in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. Her work focuses on gene therapy vectors, engraftment of human immune cells and generation of humanized mouse models for studying disease and cures. Her immediate career goal is to transition to a company or research institution with a focus on developing gene therapy products to treat hematological diseases both congenital or infectious. Morgan’s focus in KPAC is to enhance the career training and recruitment opportunities for members of the postdoc community interested in working for commercial biotech, government, military and non-profit organizations.

Katie Galloway

Dr. Katie Galloway

Dr. Katie Galloway examines the cellular decision-making processes that direct cell fate during cellular reprogramming in the laboratory of Dr. Justin Ichida, Assistant Professor in the Department of Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine. Katie earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley and earned both her Master’s and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering (with a minor in Biology) from the California Institute of Technology. Following her postdoctoral training, she intends to establish an independent research program focused on elucidating the systems-level principles that govern complex cellular behaviors. Katie is a member of the Academic Track Committee of KPAC.

Caitlin Howe

Dr. Caitlin Howe

Dr. Caitlin Howe is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences. Her research examines how environmental contaminant exposures affect maternal and fetal health, with a particular interest in toxic metal exposures and their impacts on the epigenome. Caitlin received her Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University and currently works in the USC Maternal and Developmental Risks from Environmental and Social Stressors (MADRES) Center. As a member of KPAC, her goal is to improve career development opportunities and quality of life for postdocs on the USC Health Sciences Campus.

Manmeet Raval

Dr. Manmeet Raval

Dr. Manmeet Raval earned his Master’s in Molecular Biology from University of Skӧvde and PhD in Physiology at the Penn State University. He is a postdoctoral research associate in the Rodgers lab in the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at USC. Manmeet’s research is focused on investigating the mechanisms of age-associated decline in stem cell tissue healing capacity and discovering novel small molecules that improve healing. Manmeet is passionate about regenerative medicine and entrepreneurship. At KPAC, Manmeet strives to enhance career advancement opportunities for KSOM postdoc community.

Joanna Smeeton

Dr. Joanna Smeeton

Dr. Joanna Smeeton investigates joint cartilage and ligament regeneration using zebrafish in the Crump Lab of the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Her Ph.D. studies in the Rosenblum Lab at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the University of Toronto explored intracellular signaling pathways driving patterning during organ development. Her long-term goal is to build an independent research program in regenerative medicine of ligaments and cartilage. She is a member of the KPAC Academic Track Committee.

Kim Staats

Dr. Kim Staats

Passionately driven to contribute to an effective therapy for ALS patients, Dr. Kim Staats studies various aspects of ALS as a postdoctoral researcher in the Ichida Lab at the department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. She joined this lab to continue her work on ALS that started in the Netherlands (a Master’s in Kinesiology, a Master’s in Neuroscience and a teaching degree), continued in Belgium (Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences) and progressed at UCLA to incorporate human genetics to disease modeling. Kim is determined to contribute to ALS research in any way that will move the ALS research field forward the fastest, whether that is in, or beyond, academia. As a member of KPAC, Kim’s particular focus is teaching and (science) communication. She aims to ensure that (international) postdocs are aware of teaching, supervision, mentoring and outreach opportunities at and around USC, whether this is to strengthen their portfolio and skill set for within, or beyond, academia, as well as to provide advanced research opportunities for USC undergraduate students at the Health Science Campus. She additionally cares deeply about communication by scientists to (non) scientists, and aims to provide learning opportunities regarding this to the postdoctoral community at Keck Medicine. She is also the KPAC liaison to the Post-Doctoral Association (academic year 2018-2019).

Ben Van Handel

Dr. Ben Van Handel

Dr. Ben Van Handel identifies new molecular mechanisms that regulate articular cartilage development, homeostasis and disease while discovering new small molecules to modify these processes in the lab of Dr. Denis Evseenko, Departments of Orthopaedics and Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine. Ben earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from Northern Michigan University and his Ph.D. in the lab of Dr. Hanna Mikkola at UCLA. Ben is a serial science entrepreneur and is a member of the Non-academic Track Committee of KPAC.