Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University



Zachary Schoepflin

Rogan Magee

Rogan is from St. Louis, MO by way of Johannesburg, South Africa.  He studied biology and computer science at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. He is currently a 5th year MD/PhD and works in Dr. Isidore Rigoutsos' laboratory.


Megan Roche

Lindsey Mayes

Lindsey grew up in Downingtown, Pa and earned her BS in Biotechnology from Penn State. After college she completed an MS at Jefferson in Biotechnology. Lindsey decided to continue her education at Jefferson and is currently a third year PhD student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology program where she studies inflammation and cell death in the Alnemri lab.


Tess Cherlin

Tess graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in Biochemistry in 2011. She taught high school Biology in New Orleans, Louisiana and then worked as a Research Technician at Xavier University of Louisiana until 2015. Tess is a fourth year PhD student in the Genetics, Genomics, and Cancer Biology Program and studies cancer biology and computational medicine in Dr. Isidore Rigoutsos' Lab. 


Clinita Randolph

Brandie Morris
VP of Academic Affairs (PhD)

Brandie is originally from Connecticut and graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2015 with a BS in Neuroscience. She is currently a 4th year PhD Candidate in the Neuroscience program and performs her research in the Jefferson Weinberg ALS Center under Dr. Piera Pasinelli. 


Mukta Khasnis

John Han
VP of Career Development (PhD)

John grew up in Ambler, Pa outside of Philadelphia. He earned his B.S. in Biology at Shippensburg University with a minor in Biochemistry. He is a second-year PhD student in the Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (CBRM) program. John works in the laboratory of Dr. Nancy Philp studying the metabolic coupling in the retina. 


Kathryn Carlisle

Alexa Christ
VP Community and Cultural Affairs

Alexa was born and raised in the Maryland area and graduated in 2014 from University of Maryland with a BS in Kinesiology. After working in fitness and at an orthopedic practice, I decided to return to school to pursue a medical degree. I am completing my Post-Baccalaureate program at Jefferson this year and will apply for medical school upon completion.


Alison Moss

Alison Moss
VP of Social Events

Alison graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a BS in Biomedical Engineering in 2015.  She is currently a third year student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology PhD program and works in Dr. Alnemri's lab studying mechanisms of cell death and mitochondrial dysfunction involved in neurodegeneration.  


Lindsey Mayes

Eric V. Brown
VP of Internal Affairs, PhD

Eric grew up in South Jersey and studied Biology and Chemistry as an undergrad at York College of Pennsylvania before going on to receive an M.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Rowan University.  Eric is now a 4th year PhD student in the Neuroscience program working in the laboratory of Angelo Lepore studying spinal cord injury. 


Mukta Khasnis

Ashley Liautaud
VP of Career Development, MS

Ashley grew up in Butler, NJ. She moved to Philadelphia where she earned her BS in Health Science at Philadelphia University. She is currently a Master's student in the Pharmacology program and works at the Jefferson Headache Center as a research coordinator.


Mukta Khasnis

Oghenerukevwe Akpoghiran
VP of Academic Affairs, (MS)

Oghenerukevwe grew up in Nigeria, moved to the USA and earned an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State University. I am currently a second year Masters Student in the Biomedical sciences program. Presently, I am studying sleep and circadian rhythms using Drosophila as a model organism in the lab of Dr. Koh. 


Tyler Fenstermaker

Tyler Fenstermaker
(President Emeritus)

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 fourth 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.