Research on the Road - SOLD OUT!

Alumni are invited to hear three graduate student presenters, who will each deliver a 10-minute research talk and then entertain your questions about their work afterward. Please join us for this opportunity to meet other Philly-based graduate alumni.



You're invited to the

Research On The Road

Alumni are invited to hear three graduate student presenters, who will each deliver a 10-minute research talk and then entertain your questions about their work afterward. 

Not only will you learn about innovative research, but you’ll have the chance to give back: after each talk, you will have the opportunity to provide valuable feedback for graduate students preparing for conference presentations, job interviews, and other public speaking opportunities. 

Inspired by PA3’s First Friday luncheon series, Research on the Road is a newly-launched collaborative initiative of The Office of the Dean of the Graduate School, the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni (APGA), and the Alumni Council's Committee on Regional Affairs (CORA).  

Please join us!  



April 13, 2019

From 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


325 Conestoga Road

Wayne, PA 19087


No Cost. Registration is Required.

Attendance Limited to 20. 

Heavy Hors D'Oeuvres and Cocktails Will Served.

RSVP by April 7th.

Click here to Register!!!

Our Speakers
Robbie LeDesma, Molecular Biology
“Viruses: Dinner party guests of nightmare

Robbie LeDesma is a third-year Ph.D candidate in Molecular Biology. Born and raised inMesa, Arizona, Robbie took a very nontraditional path to get to where he is today. He began his own dog training / house sitting business to pay his way through community college, where he graduated as Valedictorian in 2010 before moving east and transferring to Columbia University on a full-tuition scholarship to finish his undergraduate education.  In 2014, he graduated with a degree in Neuroscience and Behavior, with a concentration in premedical sciences, and began working in a genetic nephrology lab at Columbia University Medical Center. In 2016, he matriculated to Princeton University, and has been pursuing his passions in science and community outreach ever since.  On his free time, he likes to make music, make hot sauce, and play with puppies.  



Aarthy Vaidyanathan, Philosophy

“Consent and Shared Activity” 

Aarthy Vaidyanathan is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Philosophy. She is interested in questions related to agency -- responsibility, interpersonal attitudes and relationships, and shared activity.  She graduated with an MA in Philosophy from Brandeis University in 2016. Her MA thesis was about trust. Before turning to philosophy, she was an engineer at General Electric and worked on locomotive mechanical drives and engine performance. 




 Christopher Kai Tokita, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

“From ants to people: the behavioral algorithms that organize societies”

Christopher Kai Tokita is a third-year Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. A native of Los Angeles, Chris graduated with distinction in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University in 2014. He then spent two years in Washington DC working as a Science Policy Fellow at the Science and Technology Policy Institute, the non-partisan policy research and analysis center for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In 2016, Chris returned to science (and school) at Princeton University.

Having briefly traveled through both the science and policy worlds, he has used this unique perspective to pursue interdisciplinary scientific research at Princeton. But, he has also kept up his interest in public policy on the side, having interned with NJ State Assemblyman Andrew

Zwicker and having co-organized a trip for grad students to meet with Members of Congress on Capitol Hill.