About Us

Established in 1935, The Illinois Society for Microbiology (ISM) is a non-profit organization committed to promoting scientific knowledge in the field of microbiology as well as supporting the contributions of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). ISM is one of the oldest chapters of ASM. Our members are microbiologists, supervisors and managers of laboratories, directors of microbiology departments, commercial suppliers and academicians. We are dedicated to the continuous education of Microbiology professionals in Illinois.
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ISM Officers, Council Members & Committee Chairs

2021-2023 ISM Officers

  • Erin McElvania, President
  • Nick Moore, President Elect
  • Becky Lindgren, Secretary
  • Jessica Fitzgerald, Treasurer
  • Amanda Harrington, First Past President

 

2021-2022 ISM Council Members

  • Arlene Obias, Clinical (2ndterm) 
  • Drinda Swanson, Industry (2ndterm) 
  • Laksana Sierra, Councilor at Large (2ndterm) 
  • Christina Streit, Councilor at Large (2ndterm) 


  • Paige Larkin, Clinical (1stterm) 
  • Jeanne Wagner, Industry (1stterm)
  • Donna Carter, Councilor at Large (1stterm)
  • Kim Smith, Councilor at Large (1stterm)
  • Erin McElvania, ASM Councilor

2020-2021 ISM Committee Chairs

  • Kara Polaschek, Speaker Arrangements
  • Thor Nandan, Sustaining Members
  • Amanda Harrington, Nominating Committee/Pasteur Award
  • Becky Lindgren, Website

Sustaining Members

The Illinois Society for Microbiology wishes to acknowledge our appreciation for our sustaining members. Sponsorship of ISM allows us to present valuable educational programs to microbiologists in our area and helps to support the operational costs of our programs.

Platinum Sponsors

Thor Nandan
(406) 600-1554
luminexcorp.com

Gold Sponsors

Medical Chemical Corporation
Mark Perry
(310) 787-6800

Additional Supporters

The American Society for Microbiology
ASM.org

Sustaining Member Levels

Platinum Sustaining Member
Donation of $1000+


Includes:Complimentary list of current members (at your request), complimentary list of paid attendees at the Meeting (at your request), ISM will provide a sustaining member sign at your booth and recognition on a sustaining member poster at every ISM meeting, ISM will give recognition on our website with a link to your company’s Home Page.

Gold Sustaining Member
Donation of $500-$999


Includes:Complimentary list of current members (at your request), Complimentary list of paid attendees at the Meeting (at your request), ISM will provid a sustaining member sign at your booth and recognition on a sustaining member poster at every ISM meeting.

Silver Sustaining Member
Donation of $350-499


Includes:Complimentary list of current members (at your request), ISM will provide a sustaining member sign at your booth and recognition on a sustaining member poster at every ISM meeting.