Biology Graduate Student Association


We are a non-profit, chartered organization with the aim of providing a unified presence for the graduate students of the TWU Biology Department. Our mission is to improve graduate students' experience by promoting their development and advocating for their needs and concerns.


All enrolled graduate students of the TWU Biology Department are members of this organization.


  • To be the voice and pillar of support for biology graduate students and encourage diversity in all forms.
  • To make graduate students aware of the required rules and regulations for successful and timely completion of their degree.
  • To address queries of and support prospective and incoming graduate students of the TWU Biology Department.
  • To promote intra-departmental scientific and social discussions.
  • To assist in the organization of departmental events.
  • To establish a network between the Biology Department, the Graduate School, the International Office, and Career Connection Center in order to promote continual professional growth of biology graduate students.

Advisers and Executive Council

The work of the BGSA is adjudicated by two faculty advisers.

Current Advisers

  • Claire L. Sahlin, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
    Professor, Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Lionel Faure, Ph.D.
    Research Associate
    Biology Department

The executive council is comprised of elected biology graduate students. Each officer of the executive council has a unique role in representing and ensuring the efficient functioning of the organization.

Current Members of the Executive Council

President: Geethanjali Ravindranathan, MS

Vice-President: Yasar Arfat T Kasu, MS

Communications Officer:  Sukhbir Kaur, MS

Social Secretary: Bhoomi Madhu, MS

Financial Officer: Shuvalaxmi Dasgupta, BS 

Contact Us

Our executive council is always available for any assistance. E-mail us at

You can also follow our Facebook page and our Instagram account for updates and event information.