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


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.   


  • Thomas S. Alexander, Ph.D., D(ABMLI) (Speaker Term: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016) ** Note Term Expiration Date
    • HIV and Syphilis Serological Testing in the 21st Century
    • CSI Immunology: Case Studies from a Clinical Immunology Laboratory
    • Autoantibodies in Diagnosis: Are All Methods Created Equal
    • Molecular vs. Serological Diagnostics Assays: When to Use Which


  • 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



  • 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


  • Michael J. Federle (Speaker Term: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016) ** Note Term Expiration Date
    • A New Regulatory System Facilitating Cell-to-Cell Signaling in Gram-positive Bacteria
    • Development of the Competent State in Non-transformable Species
    • Interactions Between Pathogenic Streptococcal Species
    • Approaches to Identify Quorum Sensing Inhibitors


  • 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


  • Nancy D. Hanson, Ph.D. (Speaker Term: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016) ** Note Term Expiration Date
    • Gram-negative Pathogens: Multiple Mechanisms of Antibiotic Resistance
    • The Role Mobile Genetic Elements Play in the Emergence of Antibiotic Resistance
    • Molecular Diagnostics: Current and Future Applications for Detection of Antibiotic Resistance Mechanisms
    • Gene Expression and Its Link to Antibiotic Resistance   
  • Valerie J. (Jody) Harwood (Speaker Term: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016) ** Note Term Expiration Date
    • What’s in Your Water: Microbial Source Tracking
    • Water Quality in the Time of Molecular Biology: New Regulations and Emerging Approaches 
    • The Big Three Vibrio Pathogens: A Study in Contrast
    • The Life and Times of “Swamp Death” – Vibrio vulnificus Ecology and Virulence
    • GIS for Graduate School: Free Pre-and Post-acceptance Advice


  • 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


  • Dimitrios P. Kontoyiannis, M.D., Sc.D. (Speaker Term: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016) ** Note Term Expiration Date
    • Future Directions of Mycology Research in the 21st Century
    • Antifungal Combination Therapy for Aspergillus and Other Molds
    • Mucormycosis in 2014: An Update
    • Non-vertebrate Models in Experimental Mycology
    • Principles for the Management of Opportunistic Mycoses in Patients with Hematologic Cancer


  • Stephen Lory (Speaker Term: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016) ** Note Term Expiration Date
    • Pseudomonas aeruginosa Genome Evolution
    • Regulation of Gene Expression in Opportunistic Pathogens
    • Exploitation of -omics Approaches to Identify Fitness Traits in P. aeruginosa 


  • 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


  • 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


  • Jill R. Stewart (Speaker Term: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016) ** Note Term Expiration Date
    • Global Environmental Change: Are We Making Populations of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?
    • Explorations in Human and Ecosystem Health: Water Quality in the Galápagos Islands
    • Effect of Increasing Storm Intensity on Pathogen Loads in a Drinking Water Reservoir


  • 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


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