Donohue Becomes President of the American Society for Microbiology

CONTACT:  Jim Sliwa


WASHINGTON, DC – July 1, 2014 – As of July 1, 2014, University of Wisconsin-Madison bacteriology professor Timothy J. Donohue will become president of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).


An elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Donohue is an expert on the genetic pathways and networks that microbes use to grow, generate biomass, and harness and convert solar energy. His research goals include using computational models to design microbial machines with increased capacities to generate renewable energy, neutralize toxic compounds and synthesize biodegradable polymers.


In addition to his research and teaching, Donohue directs the U.S. Department of Energy’s Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), as he has since its establishment in 2007. With facilities at UW-Madison and Michigan State University, the GLBRC conducts the basic research driving the development of technologies to convert cellulosic—or non-food—biomass into ethanol and other advanced biofuels. In December 2012, the GLBRC joined the Wisconsin Energy Institute, of which Donohue is now an executive committee member. Donohue is also a past director of a National Institute of General Medical Sciences Predoctoral Biotechnology Training Program at UW-Madison.


Donohue continues in a long tradition of UW-Madison faculty members who have served in a leadership capacity for the society.  He has previously served as a councilor-at-large on the Society’s governing body and was chair of its Division on Genetics and Molecular Biology.  Donohue has also served on the editorial board of one of ASM’s flagship journals, the Journal of Bacteriology.


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The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, composed of over 39,000 scientists and health professionals. Its mission is to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well-being worldwide.