Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - July 2015

ASM ACTIVITIES

  • ASM M(icro)OOCs: Integrating Teaching & Research
  • ASM Workshop on Scientific Entrepreneurship
  • Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellowship
  • ASM Press: Just Published!
  • ASM Microbe 2016
  • ICEID 2015: International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • ICAAC/ICC 2015
  • Upcoming ASM Conferences
  • ASM Headquarters Fellowship Opportunity

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

  • NSF Biological Oceanography
  • HIV-infected Adolescents: Transitioning from the Pediatric to the Adult Care Setting (R01)
  • Expanding FDA's Produce Safety and Instructor Skills Training under the Food Safety Modernization Act
  • International Research Scientist Development Award (IRSDA) (K01)

ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

  • Director, Division of Intramural Research
  • USEPA Postdoctoral Research Project: Linking Ecosystem Change to Rates of Water-Based Illness in Coastal Communities
  • Postdoc in Microbial Ecology-Biogeochemistry
  • Postdoc Opportunity with USDA
  • Postdoc position - soil microbial ecology
  • Postdoc position at University of Georgia
  • Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Wetland Plant Ecology at LUMCON
  • Two PhD students - virulence of chytridiomycosis in Australia

SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS

  • Dr. Thessicar E. Antoine, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia State University

ASM ACTIVITIES

ASM M(icro)OOCs: Integrating Teaching & Research
ASM M(icro)OOCs, a popular webinar series based on the concept of “massive open online courses,” is back with all-new offerings for science educators. With four webinars focused on “Integrating Teaching & Research,” this third installment of the series will take place in August through November of 2015. There is a nominal fee to participate in the program, and prospective participants can register for each webinar separately (members, $25; nonmembers, $45) or purchase the entire series at once (members, $85; nonmembers, $165). All webinars will take place at 3:00 pm ET according to the following schedule:

Webinars

Students as Research Collaborators
August 19, 2015

How to Instruct & Assess Scientific Thinking
September 23, 2015

Conducting Authentic & Inquiry-Based Research
October 21, 2015

Publishing: Ethics in Responsible Conduct of Research
November 18, 2015

For more information or to register, please visit http://www.facultyprograms.org/moocs.

ASM Workshop on Scientific Entrepreneurship
To guide beginning investigators in combining their research interests with entrepreneurial ventures, ASM will offer the workshop “Turning Your Science into a Company” on October 1-3, 2015, in Washington, D.C. This is the second annual occurrence of the event, which covers the fundamentals of establishing a scientific business and specifically targets advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career scientists. Join the program today to learn valuable tips, advice, and resources from successful principals of leading start-up and small scientific companies. Workshop content will feature examples from the biotechnology industry. Turning Your Science into a Company is sponsored by the ASM Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education. ASM members are encouraged to apply. The participation fee is $650, and the application deadline is August 20. For more information, visit http://www.asmgap.org/tsc.

Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellowship
Early-career (and future) undergraduate STEM educators are encouraged to apply for a 2015 ASM-LINK Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellowship. This new professional development resource trains STEM faculty to develop undergraduate research programs by initiating successful research partnerships. As part of the fellowship, ASM LINK will provide travel subsidies of up to $2,000 to (i) increase participation of undergraduate STEM educators at seven eligible ASM-sponsored research conferences, (ii) encourage networking and collaborations with potential research partners, and (iii) access resources and mentoring to advance undergraduate research programs. Fellowship applications are accepted on a rolling basis for each of the seven eligible ASM conferences. Deadlines are August 24 and 31, respectively, to be considered for UFRI’s Fellowships for the 2015 ASM Conference on Biofilms and the 2015 ASM-ESCMID Conference. To learn more, visit http://www.asmlink.org/ufri.

ASM Press: Just Published!

Mobile DNA III
Editor In Chief: Nancy L. Craig, Professor, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Description:

An exploration of the raw power of genetic material to refashion itself to any purpose…

Virtually all organisms contain multiple mobile DNAs that can move from place to place. In many cases mobile DNA elements can make up a significant portion of the genome. Mobile DNA III examines recent research and suggests mobile elements play an important role in genome evolution and stability.

Editor-In-Chief Nancy L. Craig, engaged a team of multidisciplinary experts to develop this comprehensive resource that covers the specific molecular mechanisms involved in recombination, including a detailed structural analysis of the enzymes responsible; discusses the impact of mobile DNA in virtually all organisms; and presents a comprehensive account of the many different recombination systems that can rearrange genomes.

Mobile DNA II is valuable as in-depth supplemental reading for upper level life sciences students and as a reference for investigators exploring new biological systems. Biomedical Researchers will find documentation of recent advances in understanding the spread of antibiotic resistance and virulence determinants, the replication mechanisms of retroviruses including HIV, strategies for antigenic variation of pathogens to escape detection by the immune system, and strategies for the diversification of immune responses. Researchers in many fields will find new information about varied strategies for genome engineering. It allows specialists to pick and choose advance reviews of specific elements and to be drawn in by unexpected parallels and contrasts among the elements in diverse organisms.

Mobile DNA III provides the most lucid reviews of these complex topics available anywhere.

Here’s What People are Saying about Mobile DNA III:

"Mobile DNA III provides a one-stop-shop for anyone wanting to keep abreast of current understanding of the activity of these elements and the enzymes that they encode. It will be an invaluable resource for time to come."

- David Finnegan, Institute of Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh, King’s Buildings

ASM Member Price: $128
List Price: $160
eChapter: $30
May 2015. Hardcover, 1,350 pages. Full-color illustrations, Index.

To purchase this title in print format or as an eBook visit: http://www.asmscience.org

When you buy books directly from ASM Press, you support the society that supports the science of microbiology.

Plasmids: Biology and Impact in Biotechnology and Discovery
Editors: Marcelo Tolmasky, Professor, Biological Science, California State University; Juan Alonso, Professor, Research, National Center of Biotechnology

Description:

Explore the remarkable discoveries in the rapidly expanding field of plasmid biology

Plasmids are integral to biological research as models for innumerable mechanisms of living cells, as tools for creating the most diverse therapies, and as crucial helpers for understanding the dissemination of microbial populations. Their role in virulence and antibiotic resistance, together with the generalization of “omics” disciplines, has recently ignited a new wave of interest in plasmids.

This comprehensive book contains a series of expertly written chapters focused on plasmid biology, mechanistic details of plasmid function, and the increased utilization of plasmids in biotechnology and pharmacology that has occurred in the past decade.

Plasmids: Biology and Impact in Biotechnology and Discovery serves as an invaluable reference for researchers in the wide range of fields and disciplines that utilize plasmids and can also be used as a textbook for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in biotechnology and molecular biology.

Here’s What People are Saying about Plasmids: Biology and Impact in Biotechnology and Discovery:

“The study and utilization of plasmids is experiencing renewed interest. This book is a comprehensive and illustrative source where readers can find the latest advances in all aspects of plasmids, from the basic understanding of their biology to their utilization as tools in the modern laboratory.”

-Luis A. Actis, Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology, Miami University

“Plasmids: Biology and Impact in Biotechnology and Discovery compiles information on the recent progress achieved in the field of plasmid biology. It constitutes a wealth of inextinguishable knowledge and is an important reference for all scientists working in the expanding and interconnected world of modern biology.”

-Manuel Espinosa, Professor ad honorem, Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain

ASM Member Price: $120
List Price: $150
eChapter: $30
May 2015. Hardcover 718 pages. Full-color illustrations, Index.

To purchase this title in print format or as an eBook visit: http://www.asmscience.org

When you buy books directly from ASM Press, you support the society that supports the science of microbiology.

Perspectives on Research Integrity
Editors: Samantha L. Elliott, Associate Professor, Biology, St. Mary’s College of Maryland; Beth A. Fischer, Assistant Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburg; Frederick Grinnell, Professor of Medical Science, UT Southwestern Medical Center; Michael J. Zigmond, Professor of Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh.

Description:

A collection of essays focusing on the importance of ethics consideration within the scientific community

Research misconduct and other ethical violations in science continue to be matters of concern to the international research community. Perspectives of Research Integrity addresses the need to provide ethics training early and often-in classroom settings and throughout a researcher’s career.

Written by ethics and education experts, Perspectives on Research Integrity presents an enlivened discussion on the globally important topics of responsible conduct of research and ethics education. It synthesizes the current state of RCR and considers future directives and requirements.

A resource for how to teach RCR, Perspectives on Research Integrity was developed specifically for educators, researchers, and RCR offices to train responsible researchers.  It is also useful as ancillary readings for students in any course involving research ethics.

ASM Member Price: $31
List Price $39
May 2015, 186 pages, Full-color illustrations, Index

To purchase this title in print format or as an eBook visit: http://www.asmscience.org

When you buy books directly from ASM Press, you support the society that supports the science of microbiology.

ASM Microbe 2016
June 16–20, 2016 | Boston, Massachusetts
http://www.asm.org/microbe2016
Showcasing the best microbial sciences in the world, ASM Microbe 2016 brings you the best of ASM’s General Meeting and ICAAC and is expected to draw more than 10,000 attendees across all disciplines. It features seven program tracks including a new Profession of Microbiology Track, and explores the complete spectrum of microbiology. Join your peers from around the world at this meeting for targeted trans-disciplinary sessions, topic-based networking opportunities, an expanded poster hall, and more. Don’t miss this unmatched event that sparks scientific discussion and collaboration to improve research and practice throughout the field.

ICEID 2015: International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases
August 2426, 2015 | Atlanta, Georgia
http://www.iceid.org/
This meeting unites public health professionals to encourage the exchange of scientific information on global emerging infectious disease issues in the United States and abroad. 

Important Dates
Discounted Registration Rate Deadline: July 31, 2015
Hotel Reservation Deadline: July 31, 2015

ICAAC/ICC 2015
September 1721, 2015 | San Diego, California
http://www.icaac.org/icaac-icc
Register now for the joint ICAAC/ICC 2015 meeting, and you could win a free copy of the recently published Manual of Clinical Microbiology, 11th Edition – a $299 value! To participate in the drawing, register for the full meeting and enter the promotion code (ICAACICC) into the hard copy registration form or the Profile page of your online registration form.  Click here for details

Important Dates
Late-breaker Abstract Submission closes: July 21, 2015
Discounted Registration Rate Deadline: August 6, 2015

Upcoming ASM Conferences
http://www.asm.org/conferences

Pseudomonas 2015 – The 15th International Conference on Pseudomonas
September 812, 2015 | Washington, DC        
Discounted Pre-Registration Deadline: July 31, 2015

1st ASM Conference on Rapid Next-Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatic Pipelines for Enhanced Molecular Epidemiologic Investigation of Pathogens
September 2427, 2015 | Washington, DC

Important Dates         
Abstract Submission Deadline: July 13, 2015
Discounted Pre-Registration Deadline: August 14, 2015

7th ASM Conference on Biofilms
October 24–29, 2015 | Chicago, IL

Important Dates         
Abstract Submission Deadline: August 10, 2015
Discounted Pre-Registration Deadline: September 11, 2015

4th ASM-ESCMID Conference on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococci in Animals: Veterinary and Public Health Implications
November 2–5, 2015 | Chicago, IL

Important Dates         
Abstract Submission Deadline: August 17, 2015
Discounted Pre-Registration Deadline: September 25, 2015

Save the date for these 2016 ASM Conferences!

ASM Headquarters Fellowship Opportunity
Help ASM identify how to better meet the professional development needs of applied microbiologists! ASM is recruiting a 12-month Headquarters Fellow to gain knowledge about the multi-faceted field of applied microbiology and the professional development needs of its practitioners. The goal of this fellowship is to help ASM better understand applied microbiologists who work in the U.S. and specifically to analyze their professional development needs. The fellow’s work product will provide the necessary data to determine how ASM can better meet the needs of members who work in the areas of cosmetic, dairy, food, medical device and pharmaceuticals. 

Learn more about this opportunity and apply at https://www.asm.org/index.php/employment/career-connections/24-education/postdoc-scientist/93272-career-advancement-fellowship.

 


FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

NSF Biological Oceanography
The Biological Oceanography Program supports research in marine ecology broadly defined: relationships among aquatic organisms and their interactions with the environments of the oceans or Great Lakes. Projects submitted to the program for consideration are often interdisciplinary efforts that may include participation by other OCE Programs. The Biological Oceanography Program supports marine ecological projects in environments ranging from estuarine and coastal systems to the deep sea, and in the Great Lakes. Proposals submitted to the Program should have a compelling ecological context and address topics that will contribute significantly to the understanding of marine ecosystems. The Biological Oceanography Program often co-reviews and supports projects with programs in the Directorate of Biology (BIO). Proposals may be more appropriate for programs in BIO, as the lead program, if the primary focus is on organismal physiology, cell biology, biochemistry, molecular genetics, population biology, systematics, etc. Similarly, some ocean-focused, interdisciplinary studies may be more appropriately directed to one of the other programs in the Division of Ocean Sciences or programs in the Office of Polar Programs as the lead program. Investigators are encouraged to contact Program Officers by phone or e-mail and read recent award abstracts to determine the appropriate program for their proposal.  Full proposals are due August 15, 2015, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11696&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund.

HIV-infected Adolescents: Transitioning from the Pediatric to the Adult Care Setting (R01)
The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to solicit applications on transition of HIV-infected youth to adult care with the goal of developing an evidence base to support guidelines applicable to low, middle, and high income countries.  Perinatally HIV-infected youth in the United States are now routinely surviving into late adolescence and young adulthood with the expectation of several more decades of survival.  With increasing access to antiretrovirals globally this same degree of survival is already being seen in low and middle income countries most impacted by the HIV epidemic. This increasing survival though has posed a new challenge of transition from the pediatric healthcare setting to the adult healthcare setting.  This effort described in this FOA is limited to HIV-infected youth but the research supported should provide opportunities to address the broader issue of chronic illness in adolescence, especially in low and middle income countries, where adolescent health services are quite limited.  This initiative is to solicit research on the assessment of programs for the transition of HIV-infected adolescents to the adult healthcare setting both domestically and globally. This area of investigation is neglected, profoundly understudied and of high importance.   

Letters of intent are due December 15, 2015, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-16-033.html.

Expanding FDA's Produce Safety and Instructor Skills Training under the Food Safety Modernization Act
The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Office of Resource Management (ORM), Division of Human Resource Development (DHRD) is announcing this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for a Cooperative Agreement Grant. The goals of this Cooperative Agreement grant are, one to develop training and related materials/resources for those FDA and State/local regulators under the integrated food safety system (IFSS) that will be conducting produce farm investigations, and inspections under FSMA's new produce safety regulations and the second is to train IFSS regulatory subject matter experts on best practices for adult learning and instructor skills to deliver courses on the new FSMA regulations. Under FSMA Section 209, FDA is directed to improving the training of State, Local, Territorial and Tribal Food Safety Officials and for FDA to set standards and administer training and education programs to ensure a competent work force doing comparable work. The FOA will be competed among those currently funded grantees under the RFA: Assisting the Integrated Food Safety System's National Food/Feed Training Program (U54), RFA-FD-11-028.  Applications are due July 30, 2015, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-FD-15-041.html.

International Research Scientist Development Award (IRSDA) (K01)
The purpose of the International Research Scientist Development Award (IRSDA) is to provide support and protected time (three to five years) to advanced postdoctoral U.S. research scientists and recently-appointed U.S. junior faculty (at least two years beyond conferral of doctoral degree) for an intensive, mentored research career development experience in a low- or middle-income country (LMIC) leading to an independently funded research career focused on global health. FIC invites applications from early-career investigators from any health related discipline who propose career development activities and a research project that is relevant to the health priorities of the LMIC. Applications are due March 2, 2016, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-291.html.

 


 

ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

Job Opportunity:  Director, Division of Intramural Research
Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the largest Institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is seeking an exceptional and visionary leader for the position of director of the Division of Intramural Research (DIR). NIAID supports and conducts basic, translational, and clinical research to better understand, treat, and prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.

NIAID DIR conducts research covering a wide range of biomedical disciplines related to infectious diseases, immunology, and allergy. The ultimate goal of the division’s research is to contribute to the development of new and improved therapies, diagnostics, and vaccines to improve human health. Toward this goal, DIR works to expand knowledge of normal immune system components and functions, define mechanisms responsible for abnormal immune function, understand the biology of infectious agents and the host response to infection, and develop strategies to prevent and treat related diseases. Research aimed at developing countermeasures against bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases, including high- and maximum-containment (BSL-2 to BSL-4) pathogens, has become an increasingly important part of the DIR agenda. DIR’s strong clinical research component is integral to allowing key lab discoveries to be translated rapidly into methods to prevent, diagnose, or treat disease. DIR researchers have more than 150 clinical trials ongoing at the NIH Clinical Center and at collaborating U.S. and international sites. DIR includes 18 laboratories conducting peer-reviewed research, three supporting branches, and a staff of approximately 1,400 engaged in basic, translational, and clinical research. Visit the DIR website for more information about this exciting division.

The DIR director reports to the NIAID director and provides overall executive direction and scientific leadership to this large and complex intramural research program. The DIR director serves as a principal advisor to the NIAID director on biomedical scientific affairs involving Institute research programs. The DIR director also serves as an expert consultant, advisor, and spokesperson both nationally and internationally on NIAID intramural research activities. 

DIR seeks exceptional candidates for the director position.

Key responsibilities of the DIR director position include developing, directing, and coordinating DIR’s new and existing basic, translational, and clinical research programs; overseeing program operations, including technology transfer and licensing, program planning and evaluation, and financial and administrative management; determining the effectiveness of current DIR research; recommending or developing new programs to meet national needs; developing and recommending policies for the execution of multidisciplinary research; and representing NIAID intramural interests at the NIH Board of Scientific Directors meetings and on other NIH committees.

Resources will be available to the successful candidate, if appropriate, to conduct an independent research program that supports the mission of DIR. NIH approval of tenure would be required.

Qualifications

Applicants must have an earned M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree, be a U.S. citizen, and exhibit exceptional leadership ability managing complex basic, translational, and clinical research programs. Applicants must have experience leading research programs encompassing the frontiers of fields such as immunology; the biology of infectious agents; the development of strategies to prevent and treat immunologic, allergic, and infectious diseases; and the development of novel tools and technologies to advance basic and clinical research efforts. The successful candidate will possess the training and experience to lead complex, multidisciplinary, and collaborative activities required to deliver scientific discoveries that will illuminate our understanding of human health and disease.

Candidates must have a detailed understanding of areas of research such as the pathogenesis of and immune response to infectious diseases, the immune-mediated mechanisms of allergic disease, principles and strategies of vaccine and drug development, and management of clinical research studies.

Application

Salary is commensurate with experience, and a full package of benefits is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, leave, and Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent). The selected candidate must obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance based on a special background investigation with eligibility for sensitive compartmented information (SCI). Submit your curriculum vitae and bibliography to NIAID-DIRDirector-Apply. Electronic applications are preferred; however, you may submit paper applications to NIAID-DIRDirector-Apply, NIAID Office of Workforce Effectiveness and Resources, 5601 Fishers Lane, Room 2G69 Bethesda, MD 20892-9817. 

Contact NIAID-DIRDirector-Apply with questions or for more information about the position.

Review of applications will begin on or about August 8, 2015. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. All information provided by applicants will remain confidential and will be reviewed only by authorized NIAID officials.

Visit Careers at NIAID to learn more about NIAID and how you can play a role in this exciting and dynamic research organization.

NIH is dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse community in its training and employment programs. HHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity employers.

USEPA Postdoctoral Research Project: Linking Ecosystem Change to Rates of Water-Based Illness in Coastal Communities
USEPA Postdoctoral Research Project: Linking Ecosystem Change to Rates of Water-Based Illness in Coastal Communities Newport, Oregon, USA EPA's National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) Post-doctoral Research Program is seeking applicants to conduct research to develop quantitative relationships that link changes in coastal ecosystems to rates of water-based illnesses in coastal communities. The research may address how changes in climate, watershed land use/land cover hydrology, or estuarine water quality affect rates of illness due to consumption of contaminated food or exposure to pathogen or toxin-contaminated water; or how ecological, environmental and social factors interact to affect estuarine-related disease rate. The research may investigate how illness rate or exposure risk changes spatially within or between estuaries (and associated watersheds) in the Pacific Northwest, or regionally along US coastlines. Focal disease organisms for this research may include parasitic, microbial or viral pathogens or toxin-producing micro-organisms (i.e., harmful algal bloom species). Contact: Dr. Cheryl Brown at brown.cheryl@epa.gov, and more information is available at: http://pers-erf.us10.listmanage1.com/track/click?u=dc558bf1ee32f01ac08bb21db&id=9a63cd4016&e=5655bbde5f.

Postdoc in Microbial Ecology-Biogeochemistry
Postdoctoral associate position available in biogeochemistry/microbial ecology with interests in aquatic ecology, ecosystems ecology, or related fields. The position is renewable annually based on performance for up to four years. The position pays $40,000 year plus full benefits and preferably will be filled by an individual that can start within the next three months.  The pos-doc will conduct research on denitrification in ephemeral aquatic environments using stable isotopes (MIMS) while examining the bacterial community using molecular methods and also develop their own research projects on topics of mutual interest. General research topics in my laboratory include-bacterial-fungal interactions, C and N cycling, algal-bacterial interactions, biofilms, urban ecology, and human impacts on streams. If interested, please send contact lleff@kent.edu describing research interests and experiences along with CV plus the names and contact information for at least 3 references. Kent State University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Postdoc Opportunity with USDA
The USDA-ARS Plant Science Research Unit in Raleigh, North Carolina is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate for a one year appointment with potential extension for an additional year. The incumbent will assess electrophoretic protein banding patterns of extracts from different root classes of soybean grown in aeroponics and soil. The incumbent will also determine Community Level Physiological Profiles (CLPP) of the microbial communities found in the rhizosphere of different root classes in soil grown soybean plants, correlate the CLPP data with the protein analyses, and, if time permits, begin an assessment of specific proteins/microbes involved in the interactions. Individuals with a recent (within 4 years) PhD in Plant Physiology or a related field (such as Biochemistry, Genetics, Plant Pathology, or Soil Microbiology) and interest in the biology of the plant root-soil interface should contact Kent Burkey by email (Kent.Burkey@ars.usda.gov) or telephone (919-515-1620) for further information about this position and the formal application process.   

Postdoc position - soil microbial ecology
A postdoctoral research associate position is available at Michigan State University, in the lab of Dr. Lisa Tiemann to work on a funded project focused on 1) understanding the genetic controls on bacterial extracellular polysaccharide production and; 2) how extracellular polysaccharides contribute to soil organic matter formation. The positions will include the following activities: Molecular work including DNA and RNA extraction, high-throughput quantitative-PCR, and sample preparation for amplicon sequencing; isolation and lab incubations of Pseudomonas species; data analysis and manuscript preparation; presentation of results at national and international scientific meetings. In addition, the research associate will assist with some lab organization and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students. The successful candidates must have a Ph.D. with a research focus in soil ecology, microbiology, biogeochemistry, or a closely related field with preference given to those with experience in molecular methods. Strong candidates will also possess the following attributes: A strong publication record from their Ph.D. (papers published, in press, or submitted); creativity, independence, and the desire to learn new things; excellent communication skills, both written and oral. This is a 2-year position contingent upon funding and/or performance. A start date of September 1, 2015 is preferred, but alternative timelines will be considered and should be noted in the cover letter. All questions about the position and application materials should be submitted to ltiemann@msu.edu. Applications should include a single pdf containing: 1) a brief cover letter (no more than 2-pages) that highlights past research accomplishments and describes future research goals; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) names and contact information for three references. MSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Postdoc position at University of Georgia
Postdoctoral researcher position is available to join an interdisciplinary team at the University of Georgia studying the consequences of human-provided resources for the cross-scale dynamics of an enteric pathogen (Salmonella) in White Ibis inhabiting urban and natural environments in South Florida. The position, funded by an NSF EEID grant, will be based in the laboratory of PI Sonia M. Hernandez and will also work closely with co-PIs and collaborators in the Odum School of Ecology, College of Public Health, and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Qualifications: We seek an enthusiastic, motivated, independent individual with a strong work ethic who has demonstrated experience and future interest in studying wildlife health and wildlife infectious diseases at the population and individual levels. Candidates should have a DVM or a PhD in epidemiology, ecology, microbiology, infectious diseases, or related fields. Strong written and oral communication skills and a track record of publications are required. Other desired skills include: 1) ability to work independently in the field, under periodically challenging conditions, and coordinate a team to capture and handle birds, 2) ability to manage a colony of captive birds, 3) experience in microbiology, including culture, phenotypic and molecular identification of enteric pathogens, 4) an understanding of stress physiology and immune function in vertebrates, 5) some familiarity with population ecology and infectious disease modeling, 6) an understanding of spatial ecology and GIS-based approaches. Responsibilities: The postdoc will be based in Dr. Sonia M. Hernandez’s laboratory at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. Application: To apply, candidates should submit (1) a cover letter describing background and interest relevant to the project and include a separate statement of research experience and interests; (2) an academic CV; (3) three letters of recommendation from three professional references that can specifically attest to the applicant’s interests, work ethic, skills and motivation for a career in wildlife diseases and disease ecology. Application screening will begin on June 15th and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. The preferred start date is August 15th, 2015. A competitive salary will be offered that is commensurate with experience. 2 Please email shernz@uga.edu with any questions. 

Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Wetland Plant Ecology at LUMCON
The Roberts Lab of Ecosystem Ecology and Biogeochemistry (http://robertsresearchlab.weebly.com/) at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) is seeking a postdoctoral research associate in plant ecology to help organize and lead a series field studies and manipulative experiments studying the effects of the Macondo Oil Spill on coastal marsh ecosystems. Our group’s overall objectives since beginning this project in 2012 have been to 1) improve understanding of temporal and spatial patterns in marsh biogeochemical process rates, associated microbial communities and factors regulating these communities and rates; and 2) evaluate the impact of oil exposure on marsh biogeochemical processes and associated microbial communities. The postdoc will have the opportunity to build on extensive data sets with the goal of examining continued impacts as well as the recovery of marsh plant dynamics, biogeochemistry, and microbial communities impacted by the spill. These data sets include multiple years of sampling on wetland plant above and below ground biomass, production and decomposition, biogeochemistry (greenhouse gas fluxes, nitrification, denitrification/DNRA/anammox, phosphorus sorption, iron reduction), and associated microbial communities (ammonia oxidizers, denitrifiers, methane oxidizers). Qualifications: The candidate must have a Ph.D. in ecology, wetland science, plant ecology, biogeochemistry or a related field. The preferred candidate will have experience making ground-based measurements of spectral reflectance to determine plant physiological status and detect stress and have experience making integrated plant- soil greenhouse gas flux measurements. To Apply: Send 1) a letter of interest that describes your interest in the position, your career goals, and details your work and educational experience most relevant to the position, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) up to 3 relevant reprints, and 4) contact information for 3 references to Dr. Brian Roberts (broberts@lumcon.edu) with “Wetland plant ecology postdoc position” in the subject line. For more information, contact Dr. Brian Roberts by email or phone (985-851-2821). Deadline: Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. LUMCON is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that actively seeks diversity among its employees. 

Two PhD students - virulence of chytridiomycosis in Australia
2 PhD opportunities are available to study virulence of chytridiomycosis at James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia. Chytridiomycosis has caused amphibian declines and extinctions globally as it has spread through naïve populations. It is now endemic in much of its suitable range in Australia where it still causes high mortality rates and threatens amphibian biodiversity. We have funds to investigate mechanisms of virulence and how virulence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) is evolving as it adapts to new habitats. One project is focused on how Bd causes disease and will involve bioassays, toxin identification and possibly gene knockouts. The second project involves comparing Australian Bd strains to assess growth characteristics and virulence. Both projects may involve frog transmission experiments. The students will be able to pursue areas of interest within this framework. The candidates will be part of the enthusiastic and supportive One Health Research Group at JCU, see http://www.jcu.edu.au/cphmvs/public-health-tropical-medicine/JCU_107907.html. The projects are multidisciplinary and involve collaborators such as Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Brisbane. The outcomes of the projects will to lead to the improved conservation of amphibian biodiversity and may contribute to theories on host/pathogen dynamics. The selected applicants would need to apply for an APA or international PhD scholarship (due 31 Aug). Please see http://www.jcu.edu.au/grs/scholarships/index.htm.  Ideal PhD candidates will have: 1. 1 st class honours, Masters of Science by research or equivalent research credentials in a relevant discipline such as biology or veterinary science majoring in microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology or pathology. 2. Demonstrated publication record in high impact journals 4. Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills. Please send CV, cover letter and 2 reference letters to Lee.Berger@jcu.edu.au and Alex.Roberts@jcu.edu.au.

 


SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS

Dr. Thessicar E. Antoine, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia State University
Dr. Thessicar E. Antoine received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014 in the field of Microbiology and Immunology. During her graduate career she focused on the development of nanoparticles as an alternative therapeutic for the treatment of Herpes Simplex Virus-1 and Herpes Simplex Virus-2 infections. Dr. Antoine has successfully published nine peer-reviewed articles in refereed scientific journals. During her matriculation at the University of Illinois at Chicago she was awarded several prestigious research fellowships including the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship, The Abraham Lincoln Fellowship, and the INRO National Institute of Health Fellowship, based on her prowess in research and zeal for science.  After the completion of her Ph.D., Dr. Antoine matriculated to Georgia State University where she is currently completing her post-doc at the Viral Immunology Center under the mentorship of Dr. Julia K. Hilliard.  Dr. Antoine conducts research and diagnostic procedures in a high-level bio-containment facility where she investigates the usage of a nanoparticle system for directed drug delivery against zoonotic infections. She has patterned her life after a Swahili term, “Sankofa” which means, “never moving forward without looking back” and truly believes that education and exposure to STEM are the best investments you can give to future generations.

Herpes simplex virus is among the most common human pathogens worldwide. Its entry and egress from host cells is an intricate process that relies heavily on host proteins and enzymes. While current antivirals contain the infection, they fail to prevent the virus from entering latency, thus infected person endure a life long infection. Herpesvirus’ ability to spread from cell to cell without detection by immune cells greatly contributes to its pathogenesis. The mechanism of HSV egress from cells largely remains a mystery. Through this paper we provide the novel role of heparan sulfate and host enzyme heparanase-1 in the egress of herpes simplex virus-1.  Our study [Nat. Commun. 6:6985 doi: 10.1038/ncomms7985 (2015)] highlights the role of increased expression of heparanase in parent cells, as a means of preventing re-attachment and re-entry of newly produced virions, suggesting that herpesviruses depend heavily on host enzymes to mediate viral egress.

 


In July 2006, the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM) of the American Society for Microbiology Public and Scientific Affairs Board developed a monthly e-newsletter which contains information pertinent to minority microbiologists.  Currently, there are very few minority-based newsletters for scientists, and there are none for microbiologists. 

This e-newsletter provides a central means of distributing pertinent information to underrepresented minorities in the field of microbiology.  Some examples include career advice, networking tips, relevant news articles, unique funding and career opportunities, microbiological issues affecting minorities (e.g., HIV), minority issues affecting microbiologists (e.g., minority retention), and scientific articles published by minorities or by minority-serving institutions (MSIs). 

The target populations are African-Americans, Latino-Americans, Native Americans, Alaska natives, and Pacific Islanders; however, all ASM members are invited to sign up and to share this information with others who may find this e-newsletter beneficial.  

Signing up to receive The Minority Microbiology Mentor is very easy and is open to ASM members and non-members:  simply go to http://asm.org/index.php/component/content/article/31-forms/forms/238-subscribe-to-listserv, enter your email address, and select "MinorityMicroMentor" then submit, and you will receive confirmation of your subscription by email.  If you are an ASM member, you will be prompted to Log In before signing up.

The Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities is chaired by Dwayne W. Boucaud, Ph.D., Professor in the Quinnipiac University Department of Biomedical Sciences in Hamden, CT.  The Minority Microbiology Mentor Editor-in-Chief is Crystal N. Johnson, Ph.D., assistant professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, and the Associate Editor is Andrea M. Rocha, Ph.D., ORAU postdoctoral research associate within the Biosciences division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN.

The MMM can post employment ads only if they are first featured on the ASM’s Career Connections site:  http://www.asmcareerconnections.org/home/index.cfm?site_id=756. Career Connections is offering a discount for job postings that are featured in the MMM.  Please contact CMIIM@asmusa.org with your ad needs.

For more information about the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM) go to the committee’s web page:  http://www.asm.org/cmiim

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