ASM sent a statement out to ASM members reminding them to practice safe "laboratory housekeeping."
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH
Danielle L. Watt, PhD. is a 3rd-year postdoctoral research fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, DNA Replication Fidelity Group of Dr. Thomas Kunkel at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH. She received her B.A. in chemistry from Albany State University and PhD in bioorganic chemistry from the University of Connecticut. Under the advisement of Dr. Ashis Basu, her dissertation research focused on DNA damage caused by environmental pollutants and the resulting mutations that could ultimately lead to the development of cancer. She also studied a special family of DNA polymerases that may be responsible for the initiation of these mutations. Her dissertation has been published and won her several awards including the Agilent Technologies, Inc. Graduate Research Fellowship for Outstanding Achievement in Science. Her current research is centered on elucidating the structure and function of yeast DNA polymerases, including their abilities to bypass well-known damaged DNA substrates. As a graduate student, Danielle was a New England Board of Higher Education scholar, a participant in the Alliances for Graduate Education in the Professoriate (AGEP), and active in several science outreach programs for 3rd-12th grade students, in which she continues to be committed.
The ASM has posted a legislative alert encouraging members to contact Congress to increase research and public health funding.
Professor, Department of Biology, New Mexico State University
Michele “Nish” Nishiguchi is presently a professor of Biology at New Mexico State University. She has focused her work on the evolutionary ecology between marine invertebrates and their symbiotic bacteria. Despite being a marine biologist in the middle of the Chihuahuan desert, Nish manages to chase after squid and their bioluminescent bacteria in places such as the Indo-West Pacific and Mediterranean Seas, and manages to eat some calamari along the way. Besides tasting good, they are the coolest, smartest, and most impressive molluscs around, because they have figured out a way to live peacefully with bacteria that allow them to control light, a behavior called counterillumination. She has been passionate about reaching out to students in the Southwest, and introducing them to marine biology and microbial ecology. She has trained a number of students from underrepresented groups (postdocs, graduate and undergraduate), and continues her commitment to increasing diversity through research, teaching, and outreach.