Association of Biotechnology Students

The Master of Biotechnology Program (MBP) also welcomed our 2020 Association of Biotechnology Students (ABS) executive board. Elected by our first year students, these students will continue an MBP tradition of organizing academic, social, community service, and professional development events and outings for all MBP students throughout the academic year.

Please meet the 2020 ABS executive board!

Photo of Prerana Mantri, President

Prerana Mantri, President

Prerana Mantri was born and brought up in Pune, India, and studied there till the 12th grade. She then moved to the United States and finished her BS degree in Biomedical Science at Florida Institute of Technology. Some of the things Prerana likes doing during her free time are watching movies and sit-coms, trying out coffee and hot cocoa with her friends at new cafes, reading, playing badminton and catching up with her friends back home and in Florida. As President of ABS, she wants to organize many outings and career talks for her fellow classmates. Prerana also wants to take forward the Mentor-Mentee program because it can get stressful for students while moving to a new city and university.

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Amy Lee, co-Vice President

Amy Lee is from Freehold, New Jersey, and she received her Bachelor of Arts in Genetics from Rutgers University in spring 2019. Some of Amy's hobbies include aerial fitness, kickboxing, and art. As a part of ABS, she is looking forward to improving the second-year mentorship program and helping to implement new academic, professional, and social activities for her cohort and future cohorts.

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Jessi Toumeh, co-Vice President

Jessi Toumeh was born in the Middle East and moved to Texas when she was nine years old. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering in May of 2017. Post graduation, Jessi worked for Abbott Labs as an Engineer and then decided to pursue her Masters in Biotechnology at Northwestern. During her free time Jessi likes to catch up with friends, karaoke, play board games, write poems, and play basketball. As co-Vice President of ABS, she would like to work closely with the board members to organize information sessions from different biotechnology companies. Jessi wants to work closely with the Community Service Chair to increase participation in programs that are offered at Northwestern that encourage and represent underserved minorities. 

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Jonathan Chen, Treasurer

Jonathan Chen was born in Tainan, Taiwan. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering joint degree. Prior joining MBP, he worked as an associate process engineer implementing new equipment and processes in cGMP facilities at Genentech South San Francisco Production Site. He looks forward to serve as the Treasurer in ABS to help support all exciting events and opportunities that will be offered to MBP students. In his free time, he plays badminton and shoots drone footage and time-lapse photography. Whenever he gets a chance, he is always on his adventure to explore the world to capture indigenous moments and the stunning nature with his cameras. In his new position at ABS, he hopes not just record events and expenditures but also to record the everlasting memories created by his cohort.

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Stephanie Shea, Community Service Chair

Stephanie Shea is from Elgin, IL, a northwest Chicago suburb. She obtained her Associate’s degree from a local community college maintaining the highest honors during her time there. She then obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. At UIC, she also served as a peer mentor in a Microbiology Laboratory course then graduated Magna Cum Laude and received Departmental Distinction from the Biological Sciences Department. Outside of academia, Stephanie enjoys cooking, playing tennis, working out, and trying new foods.  As community service chair of ABS, she is looking forward to creating a bond for our cohort while also creating a positive impact on our society! Giving back and paying it forward is one of the most rewarding endeavors that we can do.

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Bisma Ajaz, Industry and Alumni Relations Chair

Bisma Ajaz grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and a minor in Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys finding new places to eat and exploring cities like Chicago. She is excited to help students in her cohort foster new professional, academic, and alumni connections and build on their professional development skills.

Photo of Nupur Goswami, Social Chair

Nupur Goswami, Social Chair