PBG Leadership Team

Caiyue Xu

Caiyue Xu

Co-President

Caiyue Xu is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in the Cell and Molecular Biology program. Her research focuses on regulatory mechanisms of aging-regulating proteins and methodologies to ameliorate aging-related diseases. Prior to Penn, she graduated from Peking University, China with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. With a strong interest in business, she has participated in PBG as team member and project manager since 2016. She is very excited to serve as a PBG Co-President next year to facilitate career development of PBG members.

Debopreeti Mukherjee

Debopreeti Mukherjee

Co-President

I am a rising fifth year Ph.D. candidate at the Chemistry Department at Penn and I use non-natural amino acids as spectroscopic probes to understand the dynamics of protein folding. Prior to this, I received my B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from Presidency College, Kolkata, and my M.S. in Chemical Sciences from JNCASR, Bangalore, India. I have been actively involved with PBG for the last two years, working as a team member, project manager, director and VP of Operations and I have found the PBG projects to be very helpful for my professional development. I am very excited to serve as a Co-President this year and I look forward to helping PBG members with their career development.

Jennifer Jarboe

Jennifer Jarboe

Co-President

Jenny Jarboe is a first year MBA student at Wharton, where she is majoring in Health Care Management. Prior to Wharton, Jenny studied biochemistry at the University of Richmond and worked at Deloitte Consulting – working first with public sector health care clients on infectious disease preparation and response, and then working with biopharmaceutical clients on their product launch strategies. She has a passion for helping scientists learn to consult and get the skills needed to explore careers outside the lab. She has been Director of five projects and is very excited to be one of the PBG Co-presidents for next year to continue her involvement with the organization.

Ananth Srinivasan

Ananth Srinivasan

VP of Consulting

I am a rising 5th year Ph.D. candidate in the Biology Department at the University of Pennsylvania. My research is focused on the molecular mechanisms of aging and its impact on neurodegeneration. Before coming to Penn, I received a B.S. in Molecular Biology and B.A. in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. I have been with PBG since 2016 and am excited to continue working with PBG as the VP of Consulting.

Linlin Yang

Linlin Yang

VP of Business Development

Linlin is a rising 5th year PhD candidate in Chemistry. Her research is focused on design and synthesis of caged oligonucleotide probes applied in transcriptome analysis and gene expression modulation. She has completed four projects in PBG as a team member, project manager and director. As VP of Business Development, she is looking forward to connecting with our clients and bringing in exciting projects for the incoming year. Email: linliny@sas.upenn.edu

Marco Carpenter

Marco Carpenter

VP of Career Development

I am a rising 4th year Ph.D. candidate in Pharmacology at the Perelman School of Medicine. I am currently in the lab of Dr. Elizabeth Heller, and my focus is using CRISPR-mediated gene targeting to delineate the molecular underpinnings of neuropsychiatric disease. I have completed one PBG project as a team member, and I am excited to continue participating in upcoming projects. As VP of Career Development, I look forward to facilitating connections and providing resources to prepare our members for careers in consulting.

Eric Babiash

Eric Babiash

VP of Alumni Relations

Eric Babiash received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018, after studying the molecular basis of devastating childhood disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy. He is currently a Howard Hughes Medical Institute - Post Doctoral Research associate investigating structural and biological function of RNA protein complexes for transcription processing and regulation central to several neuro-degenerative diseases. Before becoming the Vice President of Alumni Relations, Eric worked with several clients as a director, project manager, and team member with PBG Healthcare Consulting. He is bringing both those business skills and passion for biomedical discovery into the biotech-pharmaceutical space, and is eager to connect the great talents of current and past PBG members.

Hong Xie

Hong Xie

VP of Operations

I am a rising 5th year PhD student in Cancer Biology program at the Perelman School of Medicine. I received my MBBS degree from Peking University Medical School. My current studies in lab focus on how cancer cells change their ways of using energy, and how we can utilize these adaptations against cancer cell growth. I have worked with PBG for a year as both a team member and project manager. I am interested in pursuing management consulting as my career after graduation and I look forward to contributing to PBG E-board as VP of Operation this year.

Chris Yi

Chris Yi

VP of Social

Chris Yi is a second-year master's student pursuing a dual degree in Computer Information Technology and Bioengineering. Chris is passionate about using his technical background to help businesses solve their complex problems, from launching a new product to improving efficiency. To Chris, PBG provides a strong platform for both professional and personal growth, and he's excited to serve on the board in the coming year. Outside of school, you can find Chris planning his next big trip using his points and miles.

Rizwan Saffie

Rizwan Saffie

VP of Communication

I am a 5th year PhD student in the Cancer Biology program at the Perelman School of Medicine. I received by bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Dickinson College. Currently, I am working to understand how cancer cells regulate the amounts of important proteins and how changes in this regulation contributes to cancer initiation and progression. I would like to be a management consultant after graduating from Penn. In preparation for this career path, I am currently engaged with the PBG leadership team but also have experience as both a team member and project leader.

Luke Johnson

Luke Johnson

VP of Knowledge Management

I am a rising 3rd year PhD candidate in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in SEAS. My research is focused on using computational tools to study heterogeneous catalytic processes. Specifically, I am examining the stability, reactivity, and functionality of MXenes, to be modeled using biological inspiration after nitrogenase, for carrying out ambient nitrogen reduction and ammonia synthesis. I am from Freeport, Bahamas, and obtained a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from Youngstown State University in 2016. I am excited to continue gaining more programming /database experience through coordinating member staffing of projects in PBG for the next two semesters. I plan to integrate more advanced tools into the PBG platform and website that automates tasks for the group, and to ensure transparency with both the staffing process and updating older software to more user-friendly programming languages. This is all to ensure reproducibility and ease-of-access for the current executive board and those that take on this role after me.

Parker Wright

Parker Wright

VP of Finance

Wharton MBA candidate