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Caity Logan

Caity Logan

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 development.

Zachary Schoepflin

Zachary Schoepflin
President Emeritus

Zach grew up on Long Island in New York in a small town named Centerport. He attended the University of Delaware where he earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree. He is currently a fifth year MD/PhD student and works in the lab of Dr. Makarand Risbud where he studies the roles of HIF and PHD signaling in intervertebral disc disease.

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Maria Gubbiotti
Vice President of Social Events

Maria grew up in a small town outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania. She attended the University of Scranton where she received a BS in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology. She is currently a fourth year M.D./Ph.D. student in the lab of Dr. Renato Iozzo studying decorin, an extracellular matrix proteoglycan, and its implications in autophagy.

Suren Rajakaruna

Suren Rajakaruna
Vice President of Academic Affairs (MS)

Suren is originally from Sri Lanka. He attended Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA for his undergraduate studies where he majored in Biotechnology. During college he did research on anti-bacterial resistance with his microbiology professor for 2 years. Upon graduation, he worked for the Elizabethtown College Dept. of Biology as a research technician for 6 months working on cancer biology. Afterwards, he moved to Philadelphia in 2009 to join Dr. Sue Menko’s Lab, where he currently work as a research technician. His work involves studying signal transduction pathways and developmental biology in the ocular lens. He is also currently a MS student in the Microbiology program, going into his second year. He loves to go out with friends whenever he can and have a good time. He enjoys the gym and also running outdoors. He loves watching and playing sports specially rugby, football, and basketball.


Danielle DeCicco
Vice President of Academic Affairs (PhD)

Danielle grew up for half of her life in Brooklyn, New York, and the other half in a small town named Lititz, Pennsylvania. She attended Penn State University where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering. She is currently beginning the fourth year of her PhD in the lab of Dr. Rajanikanth Vadigepalli where she studies the role of microRNAs in the brainstem during hypertension.


Mukta Khasnis
VP Internal Affairs

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 laboratory technician at Sanofi-Aventis, but soon decided to go back to school, earning her M.S. in Molecular Pharmacology at Jefferson.  She is currently a fourth year PhD student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology program and works in the lab of Dr. Michael Root studying mechanisms of HIV-1 entry.

Alexis Landau

Hyowon Choi

Hyowon is originally from South Korea, and attended Mount Holyoke College where she obtained a  B.A. in Biochemistry. She is currently a 4th year MD/PhD student in Dr. Makarand Risbud's lab, studying the pathophysiology of intervertebral disc degeneration.

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Amanda Aing
Vice President of Community and Cultural Affairs

Amanda S. Aing grew up in Connecticut and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Connecticut in 2012.  She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in pharmacology.  She works on her thesis project in the laboratory of Dr. Scott Waldman, and her research interests include evaluating the role of the guanylin-guanylyl cyclase C axis in mechanisms of energy expenditure.

Nathan Fried

Nathan Fried
Vice President of Career Development (PhD)

Raised by his watchmaker father and schoolteacher mother, Nathan was inspired to pursue knowledge of all shapes and forms. His early love of the X-men shaped his eventual ascent to the sciences. He attained his B.S. in biology and math from Drexel University, and went on to develop a strong skill in writing and graphic design that he utilizes in web-based science advocacy projects in his spare time. He is currently studying the pathophysiology of the alcohol hangover headache in Dr. Michael Oshinsky's lab during his fifth year in the PhD Neuroscience program. He is determined to find unique ways to apply his training to various careers in the sciences.

Shahila Sriskanda
Vice President of Career Development (Masters)
Shahila grew up in the Gamecock nation of South Carolina. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a BSc degree in Biology. Soon after, she did a Post-baccalaureate fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD where she studied the role of two key genes involved in the optic fissure developmental disorder, Uveal Coloboma. She is currently studying the potential mechanisms behind non-invasive vagal nerve stimulation for the treatment of trigeminal allodynia towards her MSc degree in Biomedical science at Thomas Jefferson University. She is also a promotional model and accounts representative for clients such as Novartis and Johnson & Johnson when she is not in the lab, developing strong communication skills that will be beneficial for a future career in science policy.

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Ileine Sanchez

Ileine is originally from Puerto Rico, where she lived until she was 8 years old. She spent the rest of her childhood in Germany and subsequently Japan.  She came to the US after high school to attend Washington College, where she double majored in Biology and Psychology. Ileine is currently starting her third year as a PhD student in the Genetics, Genomics, and Cancer Biology program. She is in Dr. Aplin's laboratory studying mechanisms of resistance to targeted therapies in melanoma.