About Us

The Tufts Biomedical Business Club (TBBC) is an active, business-oriented organization of scientists and physician scientists.

Our mission is to cultivate business leaders in health and life sciences. We are a completely student run organization, and our efforts focus on education, preparation, and professional networks.  We host business seminars and casual coffee sessions where our members can interact with biotech and business professionals to learn about their career paths and their perspectives on the biotech industry.  We have self-guided learning efforts, including our case study group and biotech journal club.  We also host large collaborative events that focus on a particular topic.

We are always looking for connections to Boston’s biotech community, professional opportunities, sponsorship for new initiatives, and enthusiastic members.

How We Started

The Tufts Biomedical Business Club (TBBC) started in 2008 when a couple of Sackler PhD candidates wanted to explore the interface between business and science. We grew into what is now a large and vibrant community of graduate, medical, dental, and nutrition students, postdocs, physicians, scientists and alumni.

In the rapidly evolving biotech landscape we provide our members with opportunities to learn about consulting, entrepreneurship, business development, IP and more.

Current Executives

Ashlee Junier
PhD Candidate, Genetics
Interested in Consulting


Townsend Benard
Vice President of Consulting
PhD Candidate, Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition
Interested in Consulting


Yasemin Onder
Vice President of Industry Outreach
Postdoctoral Scholar, Neuroscience


Tate Tabtieng
Vice President of Operations
PhD Candidate, Biochemistry


Yuzo Kevorkian
Vice President of Finance
PhD Candidate, Molecular Microbiology


Aaron Bernstein
PhD Candidate, Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Interested in Venture Capital and Science Communication


Past Leaders

Expertise, Speaking Topic

Alexander Jones              
Neuroscience, Data Science
Christina McGuire              
Biochemistry, Consulting and Venture Capital
Jaclyn Dunphy              
Neuroscience, Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship
Julia Yelick, SG18  
Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology, Drug Discovery
Michaela Tolman, SG18  
Neuroscience, Healthcare Consulting
Carrie Hui Mingalone, SG18  
Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology, Healthcare Consulting
Bina Julian, SG17  
Pharmacology, Business Development
Alexandra Taracanova, SG17  
Pharmacology, Healthcare Consulting
Jennifer Nwankwo, SG16  
Pharmacology, Business Development
Andrew Coppage, SG15  
Biochemistry, Healthcare Consulting
Michael Baldwin, SG15  
Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Healthcare Consulting
Adam Weischhaus, Postdoc  
Pharmacology, Investment Banking and Healthcare Equity
Colleen McNamara, SG13  
Biochemistry, Drug Discovery
Faith Wallace-Gadsden, SG13  
Microbiology, Global Health
Sohini Mazumdar, SG13  
Genetics, Cancer Therapeutics
Brigham Hyde, SG09  
Pharmacology, Computational Market Research
Dave Greenwald, SG10  
Genetics, Academic Innovation