The Student Chapter of the Eastern PA Branch-ASM is an active organization dedicated to promote communication among students interested in microbiology, to provide guidance for new students, to maintain active faculty-student rapport, to promote awareness of career opportunities available in the field of microbiology, and to provide an avenue for intellectual exchange between its members.

We encourage students to become active in the Eastern Pennsylvania Branch and in the national American Society for Microbiology.

The student chapter is composed of graduate students from the region’s universities including Drexel University,  Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Pennsylvania.  

Chapter Officers

Co-President:  Nawar Naseer,  Perelman School of Medicine- UPENN, (PhD mentor- Dr Sunny Shin) 
email: nnawar@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Co-President: Natasha Lopes Fischer, Perelman School of Medicine- UPENN, (PhD mentor- Dr Sunny Shin)
email:  lnatasha@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Vice-President: Lauren Spinger, Thomas Jefferson University (PhD mentor: Dr Christopher Snyder)
email: les024@jefferson.edu

Treasurer:  Matthew Bell, Drexel University College of Medicine (PhD mentor: Dr Michele Kutzler)
email: mrb433@drexel.edu

Secretary:  Nathalia Benavides, Thomas Jefferson University (PhD mentor: Dr Claudio Giraudo)
email: nxb171@jefferson.edu

Chapter Activities

Each year the Student Chapter organizes a series of Career Roundtables entitled “What to do with my Ph.D.”.  Speakers come from a variety of careers such as patent law, scientific writing, small and large companies, teaching colleges, technical sales, to discuss the pros and cons of their occupation, their career path, and give general advice to those who want to pursue a similar career.

-The Student Chapter also invites and hosts the speaker for the EPAASM Branch’s December Meeting, which consists of three student talks followed by a complimentary buffet and the invited speaker.  

-The Student Chapter is actively involved in organizing the Annual Philadelphia Infection and Immunity Forum held each year.

-The Student Chapter welcomes new members.   You can join the Student Chapter by joining the main EPAASM Branch and is free for students.  

Student Chapter Facebook page

For more information,  contact the faculty advisor for the student chapter,  Dr. Michele Kutzler