Current Council

Executive Committee



Meira Machado

Robarts Research Institute


Vice-President Internal 

Manoj Medapati

Robarts Research Institute

VP communications

Vice-President Communications

Olateju Jumoke Ajanaku 

Faculty of Information and Media Studies



Juan Manuel Diaz

Department of Microbiology and Immunology



Vice-President Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Scheila Schmidt

Robarts Research Institute


Vice-President External

Anoosha Attaran

Robarts Research Institute

PAW Officials & Representatives (2022-2023)

  • Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS) Representative: Anoosha AttaranRobarts Research Institute
  • Graduate Education Council (GEC) Representative: Juan Manuel Diaz Villasenor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Outreach Coordinator: Stephen Tuffs, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Senate Committee for University Planning (SCUP) Representative: Scheila Schmidt, Robarts Research Institute
  • Senate Observer: Meira Forcelini Machado, Robarts Research Institute
  • University Research Board (URB) Representatives: Karine Drufresne, Department of Microbiology and Immunology; Manoj Reddy Medapati, Robarts Research Institute
  • Webmaster: Olateju Jumoke Ajanaku, Faculty of Information and Media Studies
  • Schulic School of Medicine and Dentistry Representative: Vasudeva Bhat, Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
  • Faculty of Engineering Representative: Jeff Brooks, Faculty of Engineering


Interested in Getting Involved?

We offer an excellent opportunity for you to demonstrate a variety of skills obtained through community involvement and organizational governance. Most faculty appointments currently require 60% research, 20% teaching and 20% service. Enhance your CV/résumé with service experience while building awareness and enjoying active participation in the postdoctoral scholar community! Postdocs wishing to join the Council may review the current open positions below.

Open Representatives Positions:

We are searching for representatives to act as a liasons between PAW and the postdoctoral scholars in each of Western's faculties and schools. Email us at and apply now for the following positions:  

  • Faculty of Education Representative
  • Faculty of Social Science Representative 
  • Faculty of Science Representative
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities Represetative 
  • Don Wright Faculty of Music Representative
  • Faculty of Information & Media Studies Representative
  • Ivey Business School Representative

Past Council Members