The Georgia Bio (GaBio) mission is to advance the growth of Georgia’s life sciences industry and foster strategic partnerships that can create a healthier world.

As a member, you will meet peers who will become your colleagues and friends, you'll network with established leaders of Georgia’s life science industry, and you will interact and learn from subject matter experts. Augusta University is a university member of GaBio and students can join for free. To sign-up, email Our Augusta University Chapter hosts events and opportunities such as:

  • Small Group Dinner Series with industry professionals and AU alumni
  • Industry Tours (Pharmaceutical and Biomanufacturing Companies)
  • Professional Development Opportunities (resume writing techniques, mock interviews, panel discussions, workshops, etc.)
  • Career Fairs (With opportunities in Health IT, Management, Business, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Technology)
  • Bench-to-Business Commercialization Services (GA Bio Bash)
  • Volunteer Opportunities

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Chapter Liaison

Katie Anne Fopiano

I am honored to serve as the Georgia Bio (GaBio) academic liaison for Augusta University and an active member of The Emerging Leaders Network (ELN). The mission of both GaBio and the ELN is to promote networking between emerging and established professionals within the Georgia Life Sciences Community. GaBio and ELN provide opportunities to develop contacts within the life science fields with members in industry, medtech, academia, policy, public health, and more. GaBio is an established organization that fosters mentoring and promotes career enhancement, especially for students. Its mission is to serve all life science professionals – current and future – who seek to develop professional networks and contacts here in Georgia as well as on a national level.

Here at Augusta University, GaBio and the ELN have a dedicated and committed team that strives to help young professionals to have ample opportunities for growth within the life sciences community and to make meaningful connections. We have continuously advocated through life science days at the capitol and patient advocacy summits. As well as being a part of board council gatherings, innovation summits, and the annual golden helix awards. Lastly, we continue to inspire through various opportunities such as scientific poster sessions open to young professionals and an amazing ELN mentorship program. The number of opportunities and resources offered through both GaBio and ELN go above and beyond with helping young professionals on the Augusta University campus and around Georgia.

I strongly encourage any student to take advantage of every opportunity offered through both GaBio and ELN. Connect, advocate, inspire, and emerge into the leaders of the future through GaBio and ELN.

- Katie Anne Fopiano

Events & Announcements

Upcoming GAbio Events

Center for Global Health Innovation 2022 Summit (GaBio Innovation Summit 2022)

Staff and students both attended the summit on October 11 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA, where over 500 CEOs, executives, scientists, and public policy officials from across the nation convened to discuss research and issues across multiple different bioscience fields. In total, nine people from Augusta University attended the summit and presented their research as well as made meaningful connections with professionals in industry, academia, and government.

Graduate student Maria Blahove won the Anthony Shuker Scientific Poster Award for an outstanding poster presentation titled, "Is Fluid-phase Endocytosis a Therapeutic Target for Aneurysms."

Maria Blahove

Wei Zhang

Wei Zhang (VBC), "Novel Long Non-coding RNA INKILN Exacerbates Vascular Disease by Promoting Inflammation"

Juliette Seremak

Juliette Seremak (Biochemistry and Cancer Biology), "Overcoming treatment resistance in metastatic bladder cancer with a novel combination of autophagy inducers and antiproliferative drugs"

Emily Burns

Emily Burns (Physiology), "Novel Anti-Hypertensive and Renoprotective Role of CD14 in Salt-Sensitive Hypertension"

Samuel Walton

Samuel Walton (Physiology), "Functional NOX2 in T Cells Amplifies Salt-Sensitive Hypertension and Associated Renal Damage"

The Graduate School

The Graduate School at Augusta University facilitates ground-breaking research and ensures outstanding education. We create an environment that embraces and empowers the next generation of scholars and investigators, supports faculty and staff, and fosters meaningful relationships and collaborations among students across our programs and colleges.

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