Association of Biotechnology Students

The Master of Biotechnology Program (MBP) also welcomed our 2017 Association of Biotechnology Students (ABS) executive board. Elected by our first year students, these students will continue an MBP tradition of organizing academic, social, community service, and professional development events and outings for all MBP students throughout the academic year.

Please meet the 2017 ABS executive board!

Photo of Jake Hoffman, President

Jake Hoffman, President

Jake Hoffman is a first year student in the MBP program. He is studying biotechnology because he believes in the potential that biotechnology holds for the future. Jake’s view is that biotechnology will revolutionize the way the human race interacts with their bodies, their environment, and each other; the true nature of these changes is yet to be determined, but the magnitude is sure to be great. As a result, Jake has chosen to dedicate his career to responsibly developing and implementing elegant biological solutions for the problems that plague humanity today.

Before coming to Northwestern, Jake studied Molecular and Cellular Biology at Colorado College, after which he ran away to South Korea to be an English teacher for a year and a half. When he’s not studying, Jake can usually be found out on a run, reading science fiction, or playing silly board games. Jake is excited to take on the responsibilities of the ABS President, and looks forward to working with his fellow ABS members to improve the experience of his peers.

Photo of Winode Handagama, Vice President

Winode Handagama, Vice President

Winode Handagama graduated from Maryville College with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. Throughout his undergraduate studies, he worked in a variety of fields ranging
from systems biology to synthetic biology while simultaneously maintaining a leadership position in his campus’ student chapter of the American Chemical Society. As a member of the 2018 Masters of Biotechnology Program cohort, Winode is committed to expanding his skills and experiences to become a better scientist capable of positively contributing to both scientific progress and society.

Photo of Rimgaile Lukosiunaite, Social Committee Chair

Rimgaile Lukosiunaite, Social Committee Chair

Rimgaile is passionate about applying her knowledge of science and engineering to improve healthcare access for underserved communities. She has enjoyed meeting her classmates and learning more about their passions, and hopes to help build a strong community as the ABS Social Committee Chair by understanding and enabling each student’s contributions to a positive environment.

She believes she is uniquely positioned to help shape this diverse community, as she herself was born and raised in Lithuania until age 11, when she moved to the United States with her mother and sister. Her enthusiasm for having diverse experiences and meeting diverse people led her to study abroad at Linnaeus University in Växjö, Sweden while pursuing a dual BS in Biology and Exercise Science at Loyola University Chicago.

While finishing her degrees, Rimgaile began working as a personal trainer, which she continued after graduation. After a brief sales experience at Groupon, Rimgaile volunteered extensively at OIPCC, which serves uninsured patients with only two non-volunteer employees. She is excited to share her experiences with her MBP classmates and faculty and to learn from their experiences and passion for biotechnology. In her free time, Rimgaile enjoys learning new ways to organize, playing with her cat, Ginger (named not after the root or the ale, but rather the dancer), and traveling, especially to see her mother who now lives in England.

Photo of Jon Mauro, Career Development Chair

Jon Mauro, Career Development Chair

Jon Mauro hails from Yardley, Pennsylvania, just north of the City of Brotherly Love. When he’s not being disappointed by the Eagles, Jon enjoys skiing, traveling, and playing any sport he can convince his friends to join. Jon graduated from Boston College with a degree in Biochemistry. His passion for science was reaffirmed after internships in industry at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Phosphorex. Upon graduation from Northwestern, Jon hopes to obtain a position in Research & Development at a pharmaceutical company.

Photo of Natalie Quan, Community Service Chair

Natalie Quan, Community Service Chair

Natalie Quan is currently serving as the Community Service Chair of the Association of Biotechnology Students. She is a recent graduate from Duke University with a major in Biology and minors in Spanish and Psychology. Her career goal is to practice as a pediatric specialist. In her leisure time, she loves volunteering and has previously volunteered with organizations including FEMMES, Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and the Ronald McDonald House. She could not be more excited to spread her enthusiasm for giving back to the community and getting ABS involved!

Photo of Tzu-Hung (Tammy) Chen, Treasurer

Tzu-Hung (Tammy) Chen, Treasurer

Tammy Chen grew up in Taiwan and graduated from National Taiwan University with a major in Biochemical Science. Aside from doing research, most of her time is spent volunteering. She enjoys working with people from different backgrounds. In her spare time, she likes to watch movies and bake sweets. Hopefully you will taste some!

She is thankful that her classmates liked her simple statement and gave her the chance to collaborate with other awesome MBP students. As the ABS Treasurer for this year, she’ll make the effort to handle our budget and keep track of every expenditure responsibly and effectively. Let’s create an unforgettable 2017 together!