Philadelphia University + 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

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/Time Location
GSA Open Meeting                                  September 21, 2017
1pm to 2pm
HAM 208/209                      
MS Welcome Social Hour                         September 25, 2017
4pm - 5pm 
HAM 504                             
Quizzo Night                                            October 4, 2017
5:30pm - 9pm  
Fado (1500 Locust St.)
11th Annual Halloween Charity Raffle        October 27, 2017
6:30pm - 9pm
Irish Pub (1123 Walnut St.)



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 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.

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

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 third 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.

Clinita Randolph

Clinita Randolph
VP of Academic Affairs (PhD)

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 fourth 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. 

Ashley Liautaud

Ashley Liautaud
VP of Career Development (MS)

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

Kathryn Carlisle

Kathryn Carlisle
VP Community and Cultural Affairs

Kathryn was raised in the Philadelphia area and graduated in 2013 from Boston College with B.A.'s in Mathematics and Psychology. After working in the advertising industry in New York for several years, she decided to return to school to pursue a medical degree. She is completing her 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 B.S. 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

Lindsey Mayes
VP of Internal Affairs

Lindsey grew up in Downingtown, Pa and earned her B.S. in Biotechnology from Penn State. After college she completed an M.S. 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.