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Elisabeth Mari

Elisabeth comes from Philadelphia, PA. She earned her PhD in Hematology from Imperial College in London. She is currently in her second year as a postdoctoral fellow in the Neurology department working under Dr. A.M. Rostami. Her research focuses on immunoregulatory networks in multiple sclerosis.


Matthew Schiewer
Senior Vice-President

Matt is originally from Morristown, IN, a small rural community outside Indianapolis.  He earned his BS in biology from Marian University, and his PhD in genetics from Thomas Jefferson University.  He is currently in his second year as a postdoc in the lab of Dr. Karen Knudsen studying new treatment strategies for advance prostate cancer, with a particular focus on DNA damage repair and hormone receptor signaling.


Natalie Chernets
Vice President of Career Development

Natalie received a B.A. degree in Physics from the Technion (Israeli Institute of Technology), in 2005 and  M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering (Physical Electronics) from the Tel Aviv University, in 2008. She worked as Technology Development Device Engineer at Saifun Semiconductors Ltd. from 2005 -2009 and earned her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department from Drexel University, thesis titled “Enhancement of Skeletal Cell Differentiation by Microsecond Pulsed Dielectric Barrier Discharge Plasma” in 2014. She is currently in her first year as a postdoc in the lab of Dr. Theresa A. Freeman studying application of atmospheric plasma for regeneration and development as well as the potential of the new technology for cancer therapy. Natalie is the associated chair of the Gordon Research Seminar in Plasma Processing Science.


Renée de Leeuw
Vice-President of Communications

Renée is from the Netherlands, and earned a BS in molecular sciences and a MS in biomedical research at Wageningen University, which included an internship at Organon Pharmaceuticals. She pursued her PhD in molecular endocrinology and cancer biology at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, and successfully defended her thesis “Molecular understanding of tamoxifen resistance in breast cancer” at Leiden University. Renée joined Dr. Karen Knudsen’s laboratory in 2012, and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the DOD for her project on the role of the retinoblastoma gene in castration resistant prostate cancer.


Elizabeth Marek
Vice-President for Nominations and Elections

Beth is originally from southern Connecticut.  She earned her BA from Mount Holyoke College in MA and her Pharm.D. at Ohio State University.  She is currently a second year postdoctoral fellow in the clinical pharmacology program.  Her research focuses on prostate cancer and clinical pharmacology.”


Thomas Neill
Co-Vice-President for Social Affairs


Jagmohan Singh
Co-Vice-President for Social Affairs

Jagmohan is originally from Punjab, India. He has earned his PhD in Cancer genomics from Panjab University Chandigarh, India. He joined Thomas Jefferson University  in 2008, as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Gastroenterology & Hepatology department in Dr. Satish Rattan’s lab.  Main focus of his research is “Neurohumoral control and molecular mechanisms involved in gastrointestinal motility".

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Atul Goyal

Atul is originally from Delhi, India.  He completed his PhD from PGIMER, Chandigarh, India a very esteemed institute in research. Thereafter, he joined his first postdoctoral research in Penn State University, College of Medicine at Hershey, PA, actively working on elucidating structural adherence of infected RBCs in Pregnancy-associated malaria. He moved on to join Thomas Jefferson University Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology in 2010 in the lab of Dr. Renato V. Iozzo. His main research focus is on cell matrix proteoglycans and their role in tumor-microenvironment, particularly studying the anti-angiogenic characteristics of these proteoglycans molecules.


Biswanath Patra

comes from Kolkata, India. After finishing his Ph.D/DVM degree in India he did genome mapping research in UAMS, AR and Cancer Biology research in UTSW at Dallas, TX before moving to Thomas Jefferson University. He joined Pathology department in March 2009 as a postdoctoral fellow in the Genomics and System Biology lab of Dr. Rajanikanth Vadigepalli. His primary work is to characterized genome wide changes in cell signaling network during liver regeneration and chronic alcohol intake.