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GBS Officers 2015-2016


President Alexandra Bettina   amb8za
Vice President   Michael Schappe ms9xb
Treasurer Casandra Hoffman clh4he
Secretary  Margaret Kelly-Goss mrk2cc
Professional Committee
 Awndre Gamache
Deborah Luzader
Jeffrey Teoh
Academic Committee
 Elizabeth McKenney
Jeremy Shaw
Service & Outreach
Committee Chairs
Breanna Brenneman
Victoria Osinski


GBS Department Representatives 2015-2016


Biology Kanchana Gamage   kkt6hr
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Luke Oostdyk lto9vv
Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics Steven Keller tck4yx
Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Nicole McKenna nrm2nq
Cell Biology Pooja Sonavane prs9cz
Biomedical Engineering TK Phung tnp3ep
Neuroscience Irene Cheng ic5mz
Pharmacology Kelley McQueeney kem5ee
Molecular and Cellular Basis of Disease Ellen Mintz em4ca


Who We Are

The Graduate Biosciences Society (GBS) was founded in 1989 to act as the organizing body and faculty liaison for graduate students in those departments and interdisciplinary programs affiliated with the UVA School of Medicine. Our membership includes over 380 graduate students who are doing research in biochemistry, molecular genetics, biology, biomedical engineering, biophysics, cell biology, microbiology, molecular physiology, biological physics, neuroscience, pathology, and pharmacology.


GBS organizes many events including a Fall Welcome Reception, the monthly Student Seminar Series (GBS4), happy hours, a Spring Research Symposium, and a variety of programs designed to aid students with career planning. Through these events, we promote interaction between the many science departments at UVA and provide a positive atmosphere for the professional and personal development of tomorrow's scientific leaders.