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

2019-2021 ISM Officers

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

 

2020-2021 ISM Council Members

  • Kim Smith, Academic (2nd term)
  • Angella Charnot-Katsikas, Clinical  (2nd term)
  • Diane Layden, Environmental (2nd term)
  • Karen Clark, Industry(2nd term)
  • Amanda Harrington, ASM Councilor


  • Nick Moore, Clinical (1st term)
  • Drinda Swanson, Industry (1st term)
  • Laksana Sierra, Councilor at Large (1st term)
  • Christina Streit, Councilor at Large (1st term)

2020-2021 ISM Committee Chairs

  • Kara Polaschek, Speaker Arrangements
  • Thor Nandan, Sustaining Members
  • Donna Carter, Nominating Committee


  • Becky Lindgren, ISM Website
  • Irene Dusich, Pasteur Award  

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.