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Meet our new Co-Presidents!

Chen Gao
I am a 4th year Ph.D candidate in the Chemical & Biomolecular program. My research at Penn focuses on functionalizing recombinant protein for a variety of applications, such as targeted drug delivery and enhancing diagnostic sensitivity. I graduated from University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 2013 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. I joined PBG in Fall 2015 and have served as a team member, Project Manager and Director. I am very excited to serve as a PBG Co-President next year and look forward to meeting everyone!

Iryna Shakhmantsir
I am a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in Cell and Molecular Biology program at the Perelman School of Medicine. I study circadian clocks in both fruit flies and mice, focusing on regulatory mechanisms of circadian behavior and implications of circadian misalignment in the context of disease. Prior to joining PBG, I have participated in an I-Corps start-up accelerator program with the Penn Center for Innovation. This past year, I have worked as a Project Manager and Director for PBG. I am thrilled to continue my involvement with PBG next year as a co-president! My topmost priority is to ensure that PBG thrives and remains a premier graduate organization for professional career development.

Susan Adler
I am a 1st year MBA at the Wharton School, and am part of the healthcare management program. Prior to Wharton, I was a Senior Knowledge Analyst for the Healthcare Practice Area at The Boston Consulting Group. My most recent focus at BCG was on the biopharma commercial sub-sector, though I also have experience in the medical devices and technology, and payer space. Prior to BCG, I was a Business Analyst at Public Consulting Group, where I worked with state agencies to plan for and implement various aspects of the Affordable Care Act, namely the health insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion. This summer, I will be interning at Sanofi Genzyme, on their marketing team. I very much look forward to continuing my work with PBG, and look forward to meeting you all!