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2016-2017 American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer (ASMDL) Roster is now available


Each Branch is allowed one ASM Distinguished Lecturer per program year (July 1-June 30).


Branches – After making arrangements directly with Lecturers to participate in Branch meetings, please complete and submit a Lecturer Confirmation Form to ASM Headquarters


For detailed descriptions of topics, contact and biographical information, please click on speaker's name below.  






Lecturers serve two-year terms.  Please note speaker term expiration dates indicated below when making arrangements for a Lecturer.   


  • Niaz Banaei, M.D. (Speaker Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017)
    • Laboratory Diagnosis of Latent M. tuberculosis Infection: Understanding Sources of IGRA Variability
    • Quality Assured Diagnosis of Clostridium difficile Infection:  Can We Diagnose More Disease and Less Colonization?
    • Laboratory Diagnosis of Mycobacterial Disease in Resource Rich and Resource Limited Settings
    • Novel Methods for Rapid Detection and Identification of Blood Cultures
    • Sequencing Comes to Rescue When All Else Fails: Pathogen Detection and Identification in Clinical Samples with Broad Range PCR Amplicon Sequencing


  • Briana M. Burton (Speaker Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017)
    • Genes without Borders: Towards a Mechanistic Understanding of Bacterial DNA Uptake
    • Rules of the Road: Motor Proteins that Mediate Bacterial Chromosome Segregation
    • Mechanisms of Protein Export
    • A 100+ Person Conversation: Active Learning in the Introductory Lecture Classroom
    • Developing Projects and Writing Graduate/Postdoctoral Fellowships   


  • Kelly S. Doran (Speaker Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018)
    • Mechanisms by which Bacteria Disrupt the Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB)  
    • Mechanisms Governing Bacterial Colonization and Therapeutic Intervention  
    • Bacterial Regulation of Commensal and Invasive States   


  • Prof. Ferric Fang (Speaker Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017)
    • Antimicrobial Actions of Nitric Oxide
    • The Pathogenesis of Research Misconduct
    • Two Tales of Salmonella – From PhoP to IceT
    • Clinical Microbiology in Jeopardy!
    • Salmonella Pathogenesis – A Bug's Life


  • Ramon Gonzalez  (Speaker Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017)
    • Engineered Modular Biosynthesis for the Production of Advanced Fuels and Chemicals
    • Understanding and Harnessing the Anaerobic Fermentation of Glycerol in Escherichia coli
    • Rethinking the Logic of Biological Activation of Methane and Conversion to Liquid Fuels 


  • Dr. D. Jay Grimes (Speaker Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018)
    • Ecology of Indigenous Marine Bacteria such as the Vibrios and the Factors that Allow Them to Cause Disease in Humans and Other Animals
    • Microbiomics of the Brown Alga Sargassum
    • Microbiomics of Bottlenose Dolphins
    • Bacterial Diseases in Marine Aquaculture
    • Flesh Eating Bacteria


  • Michael Ibba  (Speaker Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017)
    • Mistranslation of the Genetic Code: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    • Translational Control of Antibiotic Resistance
    • Career Advancement Programs at ASM / Career Tracks at a Major Research Institution   


  • Karl Klose (Speaker Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018)
    • Deadly Diarrhea: Vibrio cholerae in the Time of Cholera
    • Killer Bunnies and Bioweapons: Tularemia and Biodefense
    • The Rise of the Superbugs: Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria


  • Pamela A. Marshall  (Speaker Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017)
    • Community Outreach in Elementary Schools
    • Backwards Design
    • Phosphate Storage in the Vacuole of Saccharomyces
    • Calcium Homeostasis in Saccharomyces
    • Differential Effects of Rexinoids: Building a Better Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma Treatment


  • Nancy S. Miller, M.D. (Speaker Term:  July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018)
    • Case-based Potpourri: Challenges, Conundrums, and Lessons Learned  
    • Point of Care Meets Microbiology: What We Have, What We Need, What Is on the Way? Preparing for the Next Frontier at Point-of-Care!  
    • Diagnostic Algorithms: A Study in Black, White, and Gray  
    • Blood Culture Best Practices  
    • Fungal Fest – A Primer of Medical Mycology
    • Administrative Clinical Microbiology (Three Separate 1-Hour Lecture Options):  
      • Planning for New Diagnostic Platforms or Tests – What to Pick and How to Choose?
      • Cost Analysis for New Tests and Presentation to Leadership
      • Occupy Call Street! Reconsidering Critical Action Values for Clinical Microbiology


  • Melanie R. Mormile (Speaker Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018)
    • Going from Microbial Ecology to Genome Data and Back Again: Studies on a Haloalkaliphilic Bacterium Isolated from Soap Lake, Washington State
    • Industrially Relevant Metabolic Activities of a Haloalkaliphilic Bacterium Isolated from Soap Lake, Washington
    • Are There Martians in Australia? How Acid Saline Lakes Can Serve as a Mars Analog
    • How Extremophiles Can Provide Undergraduate Students with Experiential Learning


  • Dr. Steven C. Ricke  (Speaker Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017)     
    • Salmonella in the Gastrointestinal Tract: Life in a War Zone
    • Foodborne Salmonella spp. in Food Production Systems: How Do They Get There and How to Keep Them Out
    • Stacking the Deck in the Gut - Current Status and Future Prospects of Prebiotics
    • The Ultimate Challenge: Antimicrobial Strategies for Foodborne Pathogen Reduction in Organic Foods


  • David H. Sherman  (Speaker Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017)
    • Function and Structure of the Biochemical Machines that Generate Pharmaceuticals from Bacteria and Fungi
    • Identification and Characterization of Secondary Metabolic Systems Using Metagenomic Approaches
    • Development of Novel C-H Functionalization Catalysts Derived from Natural Product Biosynthetic Pathways
    • The Re-emergence of Natural Products in Drug Discovery and Development


  • Tara C. Smith  (Speaker Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017)
    • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: Pigs, Pork, and Pathogens
    • Staphyloccocus aureus in Animals
    • Science Denial and the Internet
    • Ebola and Emerging Diseases: Why We’ll Always Have Pandemics
    • Zombies and Infectious Diseases in Popular Culture    


  • Christine White-Ziegler (Speaker Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018)
    • There’s No Place Like Host: Comparative Transcriptome Studies of Pathogenic and Commensal E. Coli in Response to Human Body Temperature
    • Stress Responses to the Ups and Downs of Temperature Changes
    • From RNA to RNA-Seq: Bringing Next Gen Sequencing Technology into the Undergraduate Laboratory
    • Doing It All: Teaching and Research at an Undergraduate Institution


  • Henry Neal Williams, Ph.D. (Speaker Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018)
    • The Life and Times of Bdellovibrio and Like Organisms, the World’s Smallest Predator
    • Predatory Bacteria and Bacteriophage: Antagonists or Conspirators?
    • Environmental Factors Orchestrate Bacterial Predators and Predation
    • Mentoring Outside the Box
    • Diversity and Inclusion in Science – Making it Happen: The Story of One Scientist


  • Daniel J. Wozniak (Speaker Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018)
    • Bacterial Biofilms
    • Experimental Therapeutics for Use in Patients Infected with Bacterial Biofilms
    • Defining Pathoadaptive Processes and Evolution of Pathogens during Infection
    • Interface of Innate Immunity and Biofilms


  • Vincent B. Young, M.D., Ph.D.  (Speaker Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017)
    • The Next Phase of the Human Microbiome Project: On to Function
    • Collateral Damage: Antibiotic Administration and Clostridium difficile Infection
    • Novel, Alternative Models for the Study of Enteric Diseases
    • It Takes a Village: Team Science and Microbiologic Research 




Questions?  Contact branchactivities@asmusa.org