Thomas Jefferson University

Graduate Student Association

Mission Statement

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) was formed in 1969 to provide a link among graduate students, Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences (JCBS) administration and faculty and the surrounding Philadelphia community. Our goal is to be a voice for graduate students within the University, representing their unique needs and concerns. Monthly open meetings are held to deliver news and information and provide a forum for students to address new issues that arise.

About the Program

Members of the Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association plans programs in four areas:

  • Intellectual
  • Professional
  • Social
  • Community service

Presentations and Conversations in Research (PCR) allow students to present their research in a relaxed atmosphere to other students.

The GSA also works closely with the Alumni Association to bring in speakers from various science careers, enabling students to explore different career paths. The GSA sponsors a Women in Science seminar series, as well as a Bridging the Gap seminar series to promote the bench-to-bedside aspect of research. 

The GSA hosts several Social Hours each semester and plans trips to local museums and sporting events, providing students with discounted tickets.

The Graduate Student Association is open to all students in JCBS and encourages participation from new students during Welcome Month activities as well as other events year-round.  There are countless ways to volunteer and contribute to the GSA, from attending and helping us plan events to soliciting donations for our Annual Halloween Charity Raffle.

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Graduate Student Association Events

Event   Date Location
Welcome Social   September    Irish Pub, 2nd Flr., 1123 Walnut St.
Welcome Coffee Break (AM) September 6th,    8:30 am Hamilton 4th Floor Lobby
Welcome Coffee Break (PM) September 6th,    3:00 pm JAH Mezzanine Level (West)
How to Choose a Lab Rotation Seminar September 8th,  11:00 am Hamilton 208/209
Post-Exam Dinner (PhD Event) September 16th   6:00 pm Moriarity's Pub, 1116 Walnut St.
Wine and Cheese Social TBD JAH M61
Quizzo Night October 5th         5:30 pm TBD
Halloween Charity Raffle October 28th       6:30 pm Irish Pub, 2nd Flr., 1123 Walnut St.
JEFFNight November 3rd   8:00 pm                                                             



Danielle Decicco

Mukta Khasnis

Mukta grew up in Wilmington, DE and attended the University of Delaware where she earned a B.S. in Chemistry.  After college, she started work as a research technician at Sanofi-Aventis in the Pharmacokinetics department.  She decided to go back to school in 2009 and earned her M.S. in Molecular Pharmacology at Jefferson.  Currently a sixth year PhD student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology program, Mukta works in the lab of Dr. Michael Root studying mechanisms of HIV-1 entry.

Caitlin Logan

Caitlin Logan
President Emeritus

Caity grew up in the Bucks County area of Pennsylvania, near Doylestown. She attended Smith College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English and Chemistry. She is now a fifth year MD/PhD student in the lab of Sue Menko, studying the role of the cytoskeleton in lens.

Jessica Sensbach

Jessica Sensbach
VP Community and Cultural Affairs

Jessica is originally from Phoenix Arizona, and grew up in a small town outside of Phoenix. She received her Bachelor's degree from Arizona State University majoring in Political Science with a Justice Studies minor. She worked in Quality Assurance and Curriculum Development in Higher Education. After a personal experience she decided to pursue a career in medicine. She is currently a second year Post-baccalaureate student at Jefferson.

Megan Roche

Megan Roche

Megan grew up in the Morris County area of New Jersey. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from Arcadia University. Megan is now a second year PhD student in the Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine program and works in the lab of Dr. Ubaldo Martinez-Outschoorn, studying metabolic reprogramming in cancer.

Alison Moss

Alison Moss
VP of Social Events

Alison grew up in Denver, Colorado and then attended the University of Texas in Austin receiving her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering.  She is now a second year PhD student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology Program.  

Zachary Schoepflin

Rogan Magee
VP of Academic Affairs (PhD)

Rogan is from St. Louis, MO. He studied biology and computer science at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.  He is currently a 4th year MD/PhD and works in Dr. Isidore Rigoutsos' laboratory. 


Kalgi Pandya
VP of Academic Affairs (MS)

Kalgi grew up in East Windsor, NJ and attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a B.S. in Emergency Medicine. She is currently a second year Master's student in the Microbiology program. For the past year, Kalgi worked at the USDA figuring out novel methods for the treatment of domestic wool with keratin isolated from the unmarketable fraction of wool, and functionalized for water, oil, or insect repellency. She is now starting her thesis work at Jefferson. 

Clinita Randolph

Clinita Randolph
VP of Internal Affairs

Clinita is from the Delaware County area of Pennsylvania. She earned her B.S. in Pharmaceutical Product Development at West Chester University. Clinita then attended the University of Delaware where she achieved her M.S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Cell and Organ Systems. She is currently a third year PhD student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology (BMP) program. Clinita works in the laboratory of Dr. Philip Wedegaertner studying G protein trafficking and signaling in uveal melanoma. 

Mukta Khasnis

Tess Cherlin
VP of Career Development (PhD)

Tess graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Biochemistry in 2011. She next taught high school Biology in New Orleans, Louisiana and then worked as a Lab Technician at Xavier University of Louisiana until 2015. Tess is a second year PHD student in the Genetics, Genomics, and Cancer Biology Program and works in Dr. Isidore Rigoutsos' Lab. 

Tyler Fenstermaker

Tyler Fenstermaker

Tyler obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Scranton where he double majored in Biochemistry Cell & Molecular Biology and Philosophy. He is currently a second year PhD student in the Genetics, Genomics, and Cancer Biology program. He works in Dr. Alex Mazo's lab where he is investigating the resumption of RNA transcription following DNA replication.