BSA presents to you five funpacked events that would greatly shape your grad school experience at Penn. Be sure to mark your calendars!


  1. Coffee Chat: October 26th 6-8 pm Greenburg Lounge –  Not sure which classes to take next semester and would like to talk to some other biotech students about it? Just need a break after midterms ended? The BSA will be holding a coffee chat/registration help and we will be providing drinks and snacks! Even if you know your schedule, come and stop by to talk to other students and help them! Or just grab some snacks!
  2. Summer Internship Panel: November 3rd 6-7 pm Raiser Lounge – Focusing on first year students, come and talk to some 2nd year students who have been through the process of applying to and completing a summer internship. The panelists are still TBD but it will be a great way to get some of your questions answered! For 2nd year students, we are still looking for 2-3 more students to be on the panel. Each panelist will get a small token for participating. If you are interested, please send the BSA board an email with “Summer Internship Panel” in the subject line.
  3. Industry Alumni Panel: November 14th 6-8 pm, Singh Center –  This year, we will have the pleasure of hosting six different biotech alumni from different industries who will be coming back to talk to us about their experiences and answer any questions we may have for them. For second years and above, this is a great opportunity to network and for first years, this will be a chance to see where our degree can take you before finalizing your spring classes or summer internship choices! Dinner will be provided and there will be raffle prizes.  Dress: Business Casual RSVP is needed to ensure that enough food will be available for all.
  4. Holiday/End of the Semester Party: December 7th 6-8 pm Greenburg Lounge – BSA will be hosting an end of the semester celebration and want everyone to stop by! Please stay tuned for updates as we get closer to the event!
  5. Journal Club: For everyone is going to make a presentation or interests in practicing it, here is a good news for you! BSA will hold a Journal club offering the chance to present your idea, projects, homework or anything you want to others. For those who would like to watch and learn from others` presentations, Journal club also welcomes your arrival. Free cookies are offered in Journal club. Get something to eat and enjoy the presentation in Journal club!  Please RVSP at so we can begin to set up meetings! Doodle: Journal Club Doodle radically simplifies the process of scheduling events, meetings, appointments, etc. Herding cats gets 2x faster with Doodle. For free! DOODLE.COM

New Board Members!

Nisha Magalam: Treasurer

Hi everyone! I am a 1st year student in the Biopharmaceutical/ Engineering Biotechnology track. I am from India and I did my B.E in Biotechnology from P.E.S Institute of Technology, Bangalore. I currently work in the Bioengineering Undergrad Laboratory and my career focus is to get into the consulting and management sector of Healthcare Industries, particularly Biopharmaceutical Companies. I am also a Professional Indian Classical Dancer and a Yoga enthusiast. I love to swim and I enjoy travelling as well.


Mike Wang: GSEG Rep

I am a first-year Master’s in Biotechnology student currently pursuing the Biopharmaceutical/Engineering Biotechnology Track. I recently graduated from UCLA last spring with a degree in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. As a new member of the BSA board, I am interested in connecting with my fellow biotechnology students through a variety of events and activities. I hope to assist in BSA’s mission to address the important issues of the student community and improving the quality of student life. As BSA’s GSEG representative, I wish to represent BSA’s interests to the GSEG board.  

BSA Executive Board Elections

BSA is currently looking to recruit students interested in running for several positions for the academic year 2014-15. The position offers the chance to organize, execute, or develop any student associated events throughout the year.
  • Chair – The Chair shall be the primary BSA representative to all School and University administration and personnel
  • Vice Chair – The Vice-Chair shall participate in relevant meetings with the Chair and school and university officials.
  • Secretary – The Secretary manages all internal and external communications
  • Treasurer – The Treasurer who shall deal with all budgetary issues, which include, but are not limited to, the distribution of reimbursements and collection of receipts for BSA expenditures.
  • GSEG Representatives (2) – The GSEG Representatives who shall attend GSEG meetings and represent BSA’s interests to the GSEG Board in accordance with the GSEG Constitution.
If you are interested in running, please email (with position of your choice and your name in subject line) your statements to
Feel free to share your previous leadership experiences, your future contributions, reason for your candidacy, and etc.

Fall ’14 Biotech Mixer


Penn Biotech will be having its annual biotech students mixer on 22 September, 2014 between 3:30 pm and 6pm.

Come out and meet the Program Director and grab a biotech t-shirt! Hang out with the other biotech students, meet the new fall ’14 people (or those who’ve been here for a year).

There will be food and drinks, so be there! See you all.

Sundae Day & Spring GA


We all know that it is that time of the year with final exams knocking on our brains. Stressed? Then, swing by Raisler Lounge on April 30th and relax down for a bit with us during this ice cream social.
We’re also keeping the floor open to feedback and discussion for the events for next year.

And congratulations to those who’re graduating this May!

Biotech Seminar – 16 April, 2014

Seminar 16Apr

We have Dr. Niranjan Sardesai, the Chief Operating Officer at Inovio at the seminar for a talk on HPV Immunotherapy, Biotech Entrepreneurship, and the Thrill of Product Development
Join us for the talk and light refreshments after the seminar at a small reception outside Berger Auditorium. This event is open to interested SEAS students.