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The mission of the Biochemistry Society is to build a community among students with an interest in biochemistry and molecular biology. Members receive research exposure from guest speakers, academic services, and social networking opportunities both within the club as well as with other science student organizations. All students with an interest in biochemistry and molecular biology are welcome.  Meeting and club updates will be sent out via our Listserv; to be added, please contact our secretary Josef Blaszkiewicz at  

2016-2017 Club Officers

Laura Beebe

Laura Beebe

My name is Laura Beebe, and I am a senior majoring in BMB and minoring in math.  Outside of the Biochemistry society, I am also a member of Science LionPride (a student-run outreach group for the Eberly College of Science) and the Student Programming Association, and I am an undergraduate researcher in the Reese Lab.   After graduation, I hope to attend graduate school use my experiences at Penn State in pursuit of a research career in molecular biology.


Sanjana Marikunte

-Vice President-
Sanjana Marikunte

I am a junior majoring in BMB from the Harrisburg area in Pennsylvania.  I am an undergraduate researcher in the Santy Lab, and recently interned in a biochemistry lab in Münster, Germany this past summer.  My goal is to attend medical school to become a doctor.  In my free time, I enjoy playing the piano, which I have played since I was very little.  I’m excited for what the club has in store for all of the members this year!


Josef Blaszkiewicz

Josef Blaszkiewicz

Hello! My name is Josef Blaszkiewicz, and I am currently a sophomore majoring in BMB. I am also a member of the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) and Apollo, a student-run special interest organization benefitting THON. I currently study C. elegans as an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Hanna-Rose's lab. After graduation, I hope either to attend medical school or to pursue a Ph.D and a career in academic research.


Saikiran Bomma

Saikiran Bomma

Hey everyone! My name is Saikiran Bomma and I am the treasurer of BMB Society. I am currently a junior at Penn State and am majoring in Biological Anthropology. I am double minoring in Nutrition and Biology and hope to use my academic experiences to go to Grad School and earn my PhD or work in healthcare. I interned at the Connecticut OCME this past summer and assisted in autopsies and increased my knowledge of forensic investigations. I'm an avid student who has been a apart of several research labs on campus, and have currently settled into Dr. Reno's Developmental Biology lab. I'm excited to be a part of this club and work with all the amazing people here! Here's to an awesome school year!

Sarah Ades 

- Club Adviser-

Sarah Ades
Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology