Board Members

Paris Watson

Paris Watson (President)

My name is Paris, and I am studying biological chemistry under Professor David Christianson. My project focuses on using x-ray crystallography to understand the inhibition and function of Histone Deacetylase enzymes. I grew up in Wellington, New Zealand where I got my Bachelors in Biomedical Science from Victoria University of Wellington. I moved to Philadelphia in fall of 2018. In my spare time I enjoy baking and oil painting.





Alison Knasin

Alison Knasin (Treasurer)

Alison is a fourth year inorganic PhD candidate. She grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island and then moved to Boston, Massachusetts for undergraduate studies at Boston University. Her favorite things to do are to explore new places, to snack, and to find fun happy hours!







Maura Gibbs

Maura Gibbs (Communications Co-Chair)

Maura is a second year in the inorganic division. She is a member of the Goldberg group, working on using transition metal pincer complexes to do polymer dehydrogenation. Maura grew up near Swarthmore, PA and went to Oberlin College for her BA in chemistry. Outside of the lab, she enjoys going to the Clark Park farmers market, playing volleyball, and running in the Woodlands.





Sabina Maurer

Sabina Maurer (Communications Co-Chair)

Sabina is a second year student in the McCallum lab, studying microbial natural product biosynthesis and biocatalysis. She graduated from Columbia University in May of 2020, having majored in biology and minored in psychology. Her favorite activities outside of lab include running around Philadelphia, baking cakes, and rowing.







Mika Maenaga

Mika Maenaga (Gender Minority Events Chair)

Mika grew up in the Bay Area, California, and attended Swarthmore College where she majored in chemistry and minored in education. She is passionate about making science inclusive and accessible at all education stages. At Penn, she is currently a first-year in the inorganic division. Outside of chemistry, she enjoys playing softball, hiking, and exploring new desserts places!