As an interdisciplinary graduate student organization, we seek to:
- Provide graduate-level students with real world business and consulting experience
- Help our members develop strong leadership and teamwork skills, and improve business knowledge
- Build a healthcare and biotech network within the Penn community and the Greater Philadelphia region
- Assist our members to find positions in the consulting and biotech fields
Our group is comprised of members from several graduate schools across Penn. Members with such diverse backgrounds allow us to share knowledge within our group to allow our members to learn more about the “business of science” or the “science of business.”
Below are statistics of our membership in recent years.
Any graduate-level student or post-doc is welcome to join us! Membership fees are $25 for one year. To participate in our events, you must be a PBG member. To sign up as a member, please go here.
Co-President – Randolph Lyde (LinkedIn)
I am a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in Pharmacology at the Perelman School of Medicine. I graduated from Temple University in 2012 with a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience. I work under the mentorship of Dr. Mortimer Poncz at CHOP, and am developing platelet derived and delivered therapeutics. My research focuses on developing novel therapeutics for hemophilia A patients using induced pluripotent stem cells. I have been a part of PBG for two years, serving as a team member, Project Manager, and Director.
Co-President – Brad Herbig (LinkedIn)
I am a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering studying blood clotting mechanisms under pathological flow conditions using microfluidic systems. Prior to coming to Penn, I worked as a technical services engineer for Cook Pharmica, a contract biopharmaceutical developer and manufacturer. While in PBG, I have served both as a Team Member and Project Manager, and have also previously served as Project Manager for an InSITE Fellows consulting project. I plan on working as a management consultant after I graduate. I am very excited to serve as a PBG Co-President this year and look forward to expanding the opportunities and learning experiences available for PBG members.
Co-President – Toby AuWerter (LinkedIn)
I am a 2nd year MBA student in the Healthcare Management program. I have spent two semesters working as a Project Manager and Director for PBG. Prior to joining Wharton, I spent three years with Juventas Therapeutics, a venture-backed biotech company that is developing a novel gene therapy for heart failure. As the 5th employee, my responsibilities were varied, and included managing operations on the product development side and creating pricing models and reimbursement projections to lead commercialization strategy. Before Juventas, I studied Biomedical Engineering and Economics at Duke until 2009, when I became a field engineer for St. Jude Medical in NYC. In my spare time, I am an avid tennis player and a (regrettably avid) Cleveland sports fan as well as an amateur chef and golfer. I also dabble in homebrewing beer.
VP of Business Development – Kelly Rome (LinkedIn)
I am a 6th year Ph.D. Candidate in the Perelman School of Medicine. I am studying the role of a family of pseudokinases in T cell activation and chronic viral infection. I have worked with PBG as a Team Member, Project Manager and Director of Consulting. As VP of Business Development, I look forward to recruiting new clients and sourcing exciting new projects for PBG this year.
VP of Career Development – Kaitlyn Maier (LinkedIn)
I am a 5th year Ph.D. Candidate in Pharmacology at the Perelman School of Medicine and I study the neural circuitry that underlies anesthesia. Over the past several years with PBG, I have worked as a Team Member and Project Manager. I am thrilled to work as VP of Career Development next year! I look forward to getting to know more PBG members and to helping members become more informed and better prepared for a career in consulting.
VP of Communications – Sneha Ramesh Mani (LinkedIn)
I am a post-doctoral researcher studying the effects of IVF on placental development. Before joining Penn, I earned my PhD at Yale, and did my undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins. Outside the lab, my interests include playing the violin and science outreach. I have been a member of PBG for two semesters, and am so excited to be VP of communications in year’s E-board.
VP of Consulting – Ian Johnston (LinkedIn)
I am a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in Pharmacology at the Perelman School of Medicine. I graduated from Rutgers University in 2012 with B.S. in Biomedical Engineering with a focus in microfluidics. I now work in the lab of Dr. Mortimer Poncz focused on modeling and treating cardiovascular pathologies in human cell based microfluidic models. Since the start of graduate school, I’ve completed three PBG projects as a team member and one project as project manager. I look forward to further contributing to PBG and helping others develop their skills in the field of consulting.
VP of Finance – Aaron Kornetzke (LinkedIn)
I am a 2nd year MBA candidate in the Health Care Management program at Wharton. Prior to Wharton I worked at Procter & Gamble in their corporate strategy group. Over the summer I did an internship in business development at Doximity, a professional network and communication platform for physicians. I participated in PBG as a project manager last year and I am excited to join the leadership team this year
VP of Operations – Silvia Lourenco (LinkedIn)
I am a 4th year PhD candidate in Gene Therapy and Vaccines at the Perelman School of Medicine. I graduated from the University of Lisbon in 2012 with a M. S. in Molecular Biology and Genetics. I work under the mentorship of Dr Stefano Rivella at CHOP and am developing two-pronged approaches using lentiviral vectors for the cure of beta-globinopathies. I’ve been involved with PBG for a year serving both as Team Member and Project Manager and am very excited to become part of the E-board as VP of Operations.
VP of Social – Chris Bialas (LinkedIn)
My name is Chris Bialas and I am a sixth year graduate student in BMB. My research focuses on designing synthetic proteins that interact with magnetic fields. I have been with PBG Healthcare for two years, serving two semesters as a team member and one as a project manager. I enjoy cooking, brewing and judo. I’m pumped to serve as your VP of Social and organize PBG social events.
VP of Sponsorships – Ian McLaughlin (LinkedIn)
I’m a 6th year grad student in the Neuroscience Graduate Group, and I’m working on mapping out a neuronal circuit involved in anxiety and addiction. After having done several projects for companies in medical devices, healthcare information, and pharmaceuticals, I think the most interesting and useful innovation occurs when public and private institutions collaborate. I have found PBG projects to be helpful in gaining experience and exposure to new industries, and look forward to expanding sponsorships to help other members attain similar benefits.
VP of Knowledge Management – Brian Cole (LinkedIn)
I am an alumnus of Penn’s Cell and Molecular Biology PhD program (2010-2015) where my work with Professor Kristen Lynch on computational analysis of RNA splicing appeared in Cell, MCB, and RNA. I was also a Howard Hughes Med into Grad Scholar, a Data Incubator fellow, an analyst with the Wharton Healthcare Information Technology club, and member of the Penn Science Policy Group. Now a postdoctoral researcher at Penn’s Institute for Biomedical Informatics, I’m excited to return to the Executive Board where I’ve served in the same position for two years as a PhD candidate. In my free time, I plays guitar in two bands.
VP of Alumni Relations – Stella Chen (LinkedIn)
I am a 5th year PhD candidate in Chemistry, working on the effect of a single-atom change of peptide backbone on its stability against proteolysis. Prior to Penn, I graduated from Peking University with a dual BS/BA degree in Chemistry and Economics. I have been actively involved in PBG, serving as a director in the past year, and looking forward to building a strong alumni network for PBG.