Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - September 2012

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ASM ACTIVITIES

  • 2012 ABRCMS: Register Today!
  • MicrobeLibrary: New Resources Wanted
  • ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute
  • JMBE: Now Accepting Submissions!
  • ASM PRESS: Just Published
  • ASM Conferences

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

  • HIV/AIDS, Drug Use, and Vulnerable Populations in the US (NIH - R21)
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities Program  (TCUP - NSF)
  • Bridges to the Doctorate Program (NIH - R25)

ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

  • The CMIIM List of Minority Microbiologists (CLMM) is Expanding
  • Tenure Track Faculty Position, Microbiology
  • Biomedical Research Opportunities at NIH
  • Position Available: Burroughs Wellcome Fund Program Officer
  • Skills Workshops for College and High School Students
  • Career Development Series: Federal Funding Opportunities, Sponsored by Massachusetts Medical Society and Biomedical Science Careers Program
  • Research Microbiologist Position, National Animal Disease Center
  • NIAID Transition Program in Clinical Research
  • Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO)

SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS

  • Dr. John P. Nkengasong, Ph. D., Associate Director of Laboratory Science and Chief of the International Laboratory Branch at the Division of Global HIV/AIDS , Center for Global Health, CDC

 


 

ASM ACTIVITIES

2012 ABRCMS: November 7-10 in San Jose, California
2012 ABRCMS: Register Today!
The advance registration discount is still available for the 2012 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), which will be held on November 7-10 in San Jose, CA. The discount offers $100 off the registration fee for the conference, which has provided opportunities for undergraduates to pursue advanced training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, including STEM, for more than a decade. While an ABRCMS focus is supporting undergraduate research, all attendees – including graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, and faculty and administrators – value the event’s strong lineup of information-rich workshops, scientific presentations, professional development opportunities, and networking events. For the latest registration, program, and speaker updates, visit http://www.abrcms.org.

Needed – Abstracts and Judges. Undergraduates and baccalaureates are encouraged to apply for the FASEB MARC Travel Award, which can help defray ABRCMS registration and travel-related expenses. (Graduate students and postdoctoral scientists are not eligible for this award.) Also, postdoctoral scientists, faculty members, program directors, and senior-level graduate students are encouraged to serve as ABRCMS abstract reviewers and/or onsite presentation judges. Travel awards are available for first-time judges. The application deadline is September 28 for the FASEB MARC Program Travel Award and the ABRCMS Judges' Travel Subsidy.

ABRCMS is managed by ASM and sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (award number T36GM073777).

MicrobeLibrary: New Resources Wanted
Editors of the ASM MicrobeLibrary – a repository of more than 1,600 free resources developed for and by educators – are pleased to welcome visitors and submissions to the library, newly organized in 2012. Now a peer-reviewed, digital media center, the library divides its vast resources into five searchable collections: Visual Media Briefs, the Gallery, Laboratory Protocols, and – coming in 2013 – the Critical Thinking Question Bank and Alternatives to Lecturing: A Pilot Project of MLTV. Three of the collections are currently accepting submissions: Visual Media Briefs, the Gallery, and the Critical Thinking Question Bank. Regular submission deadlines are July 1 (for publication in December) and December 1 (for publication in May); however, submissions for the Critical Thinking Question Bank will be accepted now through October 1. For author guidelines and instructions, please visit http://www.microbelibrary.org.

ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute
The ASM Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education welcomes applications for its 2013 ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute. Planned for March 21-24 in Washington, D.C., the institute is open to senior-level graduate students and early-career postdoctoral scientists. Institute participants receive careful guidance and mentoring in several topics important for publishing and flourishing in the microbiological sciences. These topics include (i) writing and submitting manuscripts, (ii) writing abstracts and titles, (iii) selecting journals for submission and strategically suggesting the best editors and reviewers for a manuscript, (iv) responding to reviewer comments and learning to be a good reviewer, and (v) addressing ethical issues related to scientific research and publishing. The application deadline is December 1, 2012. The Institute is sponsored by ASM and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and managed by ASM. For program information, visit http://www.asmgap.org.

JMBE: Now Accepting Submissions!
The ASM Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) – the premier journal for microbiology and biology education research – welcomes submissions of articles that foster scholarly teaching in the biological sciences. Each issue of JMBE features peer-reviewed, practical tips for teaching, education research and perspectives, innovations in science, and reviews. Articles may be accessed at no cost, there are no page charges for authors, and journal editors provide hands-on guidance throughout the review process. Manuscripts are reviewed on a rolling basis, with dispositions provided within five weeks. However, to be considered for each volume, submissions must be received by July 1 (for the December issue) or December 1 (for the May issue). To view instructions for authors, access current and past issues, or sign up for eTOC alerts and reminders about submission deadlines, visit http://jmbe.asm.org.

ASM PRESS: Just Published

Intracellular Pathogens I: Chlamydiales
Editor: Ming Tan, University of California, Irvine; Patrik Bavoil, University of Maryland
Hardcover: 978-1-55581-674-2
List Price: $189.95
Member Price: $151.95
A current review of basic research on Chlamydia biology and pathogenesis in one comprehensive volume.

  • Details the scientific knowledge about how these obligate intracellular bacteria invade, survive and replicate inside eukaryotic cells.
  • Describes the spectrum of disease caused by an infection including protective and pathologic immune responses.
  • Describes the latest developments, including genomics and biomathematical modeling, and progress towards genetic tools and a vaccine.
  • Serves as a significant research book for scientists, physicians, medical students, public health professionals, epidemiologists, biocomputational scientists and government policy makers.

For more information related to Intracellular Pathogens I please visit:
http://estore.asm.org/viewItemDetails.asp?ItemID=1065.

Intracellular Pathogens II: Rickettsiales
Editors: Guy Palmer, Washington State University; Abdu Azad, University of Maryland
Hardcover: 978-1-55581-677-3
List Price: $189.95
Member Price: $151.95
A current review of basic research on Rickettsiales biology and pathogenesis in one comprehensive volume.

  • Details the scientific knowledge about how these obligate intracellular bacteria invade, survive and replicate inside eukaryotic cells.
  • Describes the spectrum of disease caused by an infection and the role of vectors in transmission.
  • Discusses protective and pathologic immune responses and establishment of persistent infection.
  • Describes the latest developments including genomics and progress in vaccine development.
  • Serves as a significant research book for scientists, physicians, medical students, public health professionals, epidemiologists, biocomputational scientists and government policy makers.

For more information related to Intracellular Pathogens II please visit:
http://estore.asm.org/viewItemDetails.asp?ItemID=1066.

Find all of these titles and more at estore.asm.org/press.

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

ASM Conferences

6th ASM Conference on Biofilms
September 29 – October 4, 2012 | Miami, Florida
Registration and Housing are Open!
Housing Deadline: September 8, 2012
Biofilms, or surface-associated microbial communities, have a tremendous impact on industrial, clinical, and natural environments. The 6th ASM conference on Biofilms will discuss the latest research findings, covering topics that range from diagnosis and study of clinically-relevant biofilms to environmental biofilms. Additional topics include new technological developments that allow the study of structured communities and contributions made by the fields of nanotechnology and materials science. The conference will help foster the the interdisciplinary discourse that has been the hallmark of this meeting, bringing together researchers from disparate disciplines interested in a common topic.

4th ASM Conference on Beneficial Microbes
October 22-26, 2012 | San Antonio, Texas
Registration and Housing are Open!
Discounted Pre-registration Deadline: September 11, 2012
Housing Deadline: October 1, 2012
Humans and other animals have coevolved, and continue to coexist, with diverse assemblages of microorganisms that are required for normal health and development. Understanding of these normal host-microbe associations is essential if we are to understand the impact of pathogens and disease on the dynamic stability of these communities. Research utilizing a wide range of model systems has provided new insights and allowed for establishment of new technologies that provide critical insight into human health and clinical research. Also, we will be able to apply this knowledge towards improved probiotics, prebiotics and novel diagnostic approaches. The primary objective of this conference is to provide a forum for researchers in different scientific disciplines to discuss and exchange ideas regarding the role of beneficial bacteria in the promotion of health. The interdisciplinary nature of this field requires the expertise and cross-fertilization of several scientific disciplines.

Save the date!

3rd ASMET - The ASM Emerging Technologies Conference
June 25 – 28, 2013 | Izmir, Turkey

4th ASM Conference on Salmonella: The Bacterium, the Host and the Environment
October 5-9, 2013 | Boston, Massachusetts

For more information on conferences go to:  http://www.asm.org/conferences


FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

HIV/AIDS, Drug Use, and Vulnerable Populations in the US (NIH - R21)
FOA - PA-12-280. Despite progress in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention and reductions in HIV/morbidity and mortality, HIV/AIDS health disparities remain a challenge that must be addressed.  This FOA encourages research to identify the role(s) that drug abuse plays in fueling the epidemic in vulnerable groups (racial/ethnic minorities, men who have sex with men (MSM), youth) in the United States and to develop effective interventions to prevent new infections and to improve the health and well-being of those living with HIV/AIDS. This FOA will support studies in vulnerable populations to: 1) understand the contribution of drug abuse (both injection and non-injection) to the acquisition and/or transmission of HIV; 2) study disease progression and disease outcomes; 3) develop and/or improve prevention and treatment interventions, particularly comprehensive, integrated interventions; 4) improve the availability, delivery and quality of evidence-based prevention and treatment services across a variety of settings; and 5) address organizational, structural, and/or community level factors including social, drug-using, and sexual networks associated with health disparities. For more information visit: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-12-280.html

Bridges to the Doctorate Program (NIH - R25)
FAO - PAR-12-276. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), encourages Research Education Grant (R25) applications from institutions that propose to increase the pool of master’s degree students from underrepresented backgrounds who go on to research careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, and who are trained and available to participate in NIH-funded research. This initiative promotes partnerships/consortia between colleges or universities granting a terminal master’s degree with institutions that offer the doctorate degree. The program expects that the joint efforts of doctorate degree-granting and master’s degree-granting institutions will foster the development of a well-integrated institutional program that will provide students with the necessary academic preparation and skills to enable their transition and successful completion of the Ph.D. degree in biomedical and behavioral sciences. Application due October 26, 2012, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. For more information please visit: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-276.html

Tribal Colleges and Universities Program  (TCUP - NSF)
Solicitation 12-568. The Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) provides awards to Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaska Native-serving institutions, and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions to promote high quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, research, and outreach. TCUP-eligible institutions are predominantly two-year and community colleges. Support is available to TCUP-eligible institutions (see the Additional Eligibility subsection of Section IV of this solicitation) for Planning Grants, Instructional Capacity Excellence in TCUP Institutions (ICE-TI), Broadening Participation Research in STEM Education (BPR) Projects, Targeted STEM Infusion Projects (TSIP), and Catalyzing Opportunities for Research and Education (CORE). Through these mechanisms, along with collaborations with other National Science Foundation (NSF) units and its work with other organizations, TCUP aims to increase Native individuals' participation in STEM careers and the quality of STEM programs at TCUP-eligible institutions. TCUP strongly encourages the inclusion of activities that will benefit veterans. For more information please visit: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5483&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund


 

ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

The CMIIM List of Minority Microbiologists (CLMM) is Expanding
The recently published CMIIM List of Minority Microbiologists (CLMM) is now expanding to include new additions. All new additions will be considered by the CMIIM for inclusion to the CLMM. To submit requests to be added to the CLMM, please submit a biosketch of at least one paragraph, along with a .jpg image of yourself, to CMIIM@asmusa.org. The committee reserves the right to make slight modifications to each biosketch, but the final version will be submitted to you for final approval before publishing. To view the CLMM, go to: http://www.asm.org/clmm.

Tenure Track Faculty Position, Microbiology
The Department of Biology at Tufts University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Microbiology. We seek a creative scholar with primary expertise in comparative or functional genomics, ecology of microbial populations, or genome evolution of microbial communities. Someone with the ability to work on multiple biological scales, ranging from the molecular to the community, is preferred. The successful candidate will use modern research techniques of computational genomics to address fundamental questions in evolution and ecology. The candidate will develop an active externally funded research program involving graduate and undergraduate students. Instructional duties will include an undergraduate microbiology course and an associated microbiology laboratory course, as well as contributions to other undergraduate or graduate courses based on the expertise and interests of the new faculty member. A clear commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels is essential. Doctoral degree, post-doctoral experience and a record of research productivity are required. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, separate statements of (1) research interests and plans and (2) teaching experience and philosophy and three letters of reference to this link: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/1719. Submission of 1-3 select reprints in PDF format is encouraged. Review of applications begins October 15, 2012, and continues until the position is filled. Tufts University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Biomedical Research Opportunities at NIH
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the largest Institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is seeking applicants for its Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) program, which provides an invaluable opportunity for students with strong academic standing who are from populations underrepresented in biomedical research.

Candidates who are college-level seniors, medical school students, or doctoral candidates nearing their dissertation defense and from a population underrepresented in the biomedical sciences are eligible.

We are looking for dedicated science students interested in joining the NIAID research community. During the 4-day program, students will hear lectures from world-renowned scientists and interview for potential research training positions at the Institute’s Maryland and Montana laboratories. This year’s program marks 10 years of INRO and takes place in Bethesda, Maryland, on the NIH campus, February 4–7, 2013. Students’ expenses for travel, hotel accommodations, and meals will be paid.

Applications are being accepted through October 15, 2012. Interested students can apply online through the program’s website. https://inro.niaid.nih.gov/

Position Available: Burroughs Wellcome Fund Program Officer
Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF), an independent private foundation established to advance biomedical research and education, is seeking to hire a program officer to manage its competitive award program in Interfaces in Science and the recently announced program in Regulatory Science, as well as develop and administer other award programs. BWF is located in Research Triangle Park, NC, currently has in excess of $640 million in its endowment, and annually awards approximately $30 million.

More information on the BWF and its programs can be found at http://www.bwfund.org.

Successful applicants will hold a doctoral degree in a biomedical field and have had 7-10 years of related experience. Individuals considered will have demonstrated management and administrative experience, have experience in academic research, and have excellent oral and written communication skills. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with education and experience.

To assure full consideration, applicants must submit by October 25, 2012, a curriculum vitae, a statement of interest, and the name and contact information for three references. All materials must be submitted by email to Ms. Debi Vought (dvought@bwfund.org).

Skills Workshops for College and High School Students
The Harvard Medical School Minority Faculty Development Program of the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership and the Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) is sponsoring a skills workshop for college and high school students. The objective of the “Skills Workshops for College and High School Students” is to provide post-baccalaureates; college and community college students; and high school seniors, juniors and sophomores from underrepresented populations in medicine and science (particularly African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos and Native Americans/Alaska Natives) with concrete information on skills needed for success in their academic career. Some of the topics covered will be: Application Process for Medical/Graduate/Professional Schools, Application Process for College, Interviewing Skills, Tips for Resume and Personal Statement, Financial Aid, Transferring from a Two- to Four-Year College and Summer/Internship Opportunities. APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN SEPTEMBER 2012 AND CAN BE REQUESTED AT LISE_KAYE@HMS.HARVARD.EDU

Audience          High School, Community College, College
Date                 Nov 17, 2012
Time                 8:00AM – 4:30PM
Location           The Daniel C. Tosteson Medical Education Center at Harvard Medical School

Career Development Series: Federal Funding Opportunities, Sponsored by Massachusetts Medical Society and Biomedical Science Careers Program
The Massachusetts Medical Society and the Biomedical Science Careers Program in collaboration with the Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership is sponsoring a Career Development Session focusing on Federal Funding Opportunities. This session on Federal Funding Opportunities as part of the Career Development Series will provide participants with comprehensive and current information on career prospects and resources available through the National Institutes of Health Intramural and Extramural Programs. The goal of the program is to guide attendees through the labyrinth of choices available to them and enable them to gain access to the appropriate support and resources for their needs.

Audience          Post-Doc, Physicians
Date                 Oct 18, 2012
Time                 3:00PM
Location           Harvard Medical School Gordon Hall - Waterhouse Room

Contact Lisa Kaye at lise_kaye@hms.harvard.edu for more information.

Research Microbiologist Position, National Animal Disease Center
The Food Safety and Enteric Pathogens Research Unit at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa is seeking a permanent Research Microbiologist to use culture based, metagenomics, and functional metagenomics techniques to identify and control food-borne pathogens in poultry.

The scientist will conduct personal research to characterize the microbial ecology of the turkey intestinal tract under various management conditions. This research has the goal of identifying non-antibiotic strategies to reduce or eliminate Campylobacter colonization of poultry of the farm, the first link in the human food chain. The scientist will conduct collaborative research with a team examining the impact of antibiotics, dietary supplements, and stress on farm animal intestinal ecosystems, including microbial communities containing foodborne pathogens and host mucosal tissues. Team members and collaborators include microbiologists, molecular biologists, pathologists, veterinarians, and animal scientists.

NADC is the premier research institute within the USDA for studying diseases of large animals and has recently undergone $500 million upgrade of laboratory facilities. NADC resources for the position include flow cytometry, mass spectroscopy, laser capture microdissection microscopy, a nucleic acid center operating Roche FLX, Solexa-Illumina and AP3100 sequencers, an electron microscopy/histology facility, bioinformatics resources, and both conventional and gnotobiotic large animal support. NADC researchers also have access to resources and collaborators at nearby Iowa State University. At the NADC, scientists are able to investigate microbe-host interactions at every label-molecular, microbe, and natural host.

Qualified applicants will have a PhD in Microbiology (or meet equivalent education requirements) and have specialized research experience in metagenomics/molecular analyses of host-associated or environmental microbiomes. Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities in transcriptomatics technologies, while not essential for the application, will be a consideration during candidate selection.

Beginning August 20, 2012, details of this position will be described in Job Announcement ARS-X12E-0080 posted on the USAJOBS website, http://www.usajobs.gov.

Applications must be made through the website no later than September 28, 2012.

U.S. citizenship is required for this position.

Contacts: Application procedure: Kim Grandon 515-337-7278. Scientific information: Thad.Stanton@ars.usda.gov

NIAID Transition Program in Clinical Research
The NIAID Transition Program in Clinical Research (TPCR) provides an exceptional opportunity for physicians to gain clinical and translational research experience in the NIAID Division of Intramural Research (DIR). The program aims to increase the pool of well-trained clinical investigators who are competitive for clinical tenure-track positions.

Up to three candidates per year will be selected for three- to five-year appointments as assistant clinical investigators. Applicants must have an M.D. or M.D. /Ph.D., be board eligible or board certified in a subspecialty (or equivalent), and qualify for credentialing by the NIH Clinical Center. Applicants should identify a DIR lab chief who will agree to host their research. Information about DIR labs and contact information for lab chiefs is available on NIAID’s Division of Intramural Research website.

Applications will be evaluated by a search committee composed of NIAID DIR principal investigators with clinical and basic research interests. Competitive candidates will be invited to present their research accomplishments and plans to the search committee.

Participants will receive independent resources and staff and will be mentored by an NIAID senior clinical investigator.

Interested candidates may contact DIR Deputy Director Dr. Karyl Barron at 301-402-2208 or kbarron@nih.gov for additional information or assistance in identifying an appropriate host lab.

To apply for the program, email a curriculum vitae/bibliography, a research program proposal (no more than two pages), and a letter of support from the accepting NIAID lab chief by October 26, 2012, to Ms. Kimberley Pagan-Tindal at NIAID.DIR.Search@niaid.nih.gov. In addition, send three letters of recommendation to the Chair, Transition Program in Clinical Research Search Committee, c/o Ms. Kimberley Pagan-Tindal, by email at NIAID.DIR.Search@niaid.nih.gov or by post at 33 North Drive, MSC 3204, Building 33, Room 1N19, Bethesda, MD 20892-1356. Email is preferred. Please note “TPCR Search” when sending materials.

Visit the Careers at NIAID website at for further information about working at NIAID.

Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO)
If you have a passion to help improve global health in the 21st century, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) wants to train you.

NIAID, one of the largest Institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), offers the Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) (http://www.niaid.nih.gov/LabsAndResources/labs/training/inro/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=link&utm_medium=OwerAd&utm_campaign=INRO2012) program for students from populations underrepresented in biomedical sciences. This four-day exploratory program takes place in Bethesda, MD, on the NIH campus, February 4 to 7, 2013.

Become part of a diverse community of aspiring NIAID researchers and join other dedicated science students like yourself for an all-expenses-paid visit to our research facility. Your trip will include these highlights:

  • Learn about global health research from NIAID’s premier scientists.
  • Interview with potential mentors.
  • Tour NIAID research laboratories and view state-of-the-art science technologies.
  • Network with others interested in a career in biomedical research.

Candidates in strong academic standing who are college-level seniors, medical school students, or doctoral candidates nearing their dissertation defense are eligible. Check your eligibility. (http://www.niaid.nih.gov/labsandresources/labs/training/inro/Pages/checkEligibility.aspx?utm_source=link&utm_medium=OwerAd&utm_campaign=INRO2012

If INRO sounds like your next step toward a research career in allergy, immunology, or infectious diseases, apply now! (http://www.niaid.nih.gov/LabsAndResources/labs/training/inro/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=link&utm_medium=OwerAd&utm_campaign=INRO2012)

Applications will be accepted through October 15, 2012.

Read success stories (http://www.niaid.nih.gov/labsandresources/labs/training/inro/Pages/studentSuccess.aspx?utm_source=link&utm_medium=OwerAd&utm_campaign=INRO2012) from previous INRO participants. Visit the NIAID website (http://www.niaid.nih.gov/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=link&utm_medium=OwerAd&utm_campaign=INRO2012) for the latest news and research.


SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGY SCIENTISTS

Dr. John P. Nkengasong, Ph. D., Associate Director of Laboratory Science and Chief of the International Laboratory Branch at the Division of Global HIV/AIDS , Center for Global Health, CDC
One of the main focuses of International Laboratory branch in supporting care and treatment programs in PEPFAR-supported countries is to develop cost effective and resource-limited settings feasible molecular detection tools in order to meet the need of HIV drug resistance surveillance and monitoring. In a recent publication entitled “Optimization of a Low Cost and Broadly Sensitive Genotyping Assay for HIV-1 Drug Resistance Surveillance and Monitoring in Resource-Limited Settings” (PLoS One. 2011;6(11):e28184.) the authors report the results of optimization and implementation of a dried blood spot (DBS)-based low cost and broadly sensitive genotyping assay for the detection of HIV-1 drug resistance-associated mutations both in treatment-naïve and treatment-experienced patients. The results revealed that the optimized assay can detect resistance mutations from specimens collected from patients infected with diverse HIV-1 group M subtypes and circulating recombinant forms (CRFs). The authors have performed resistance analyses using the assay from specimens collected from 22 resource-limited countries and the assay has been implemented in five PEPFAR-supported countries.

Dr. John P. Nkengasong, Ph.D. (http://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/leadership/nkengasong.htm) is the Associate Director of Laboratory Science and Chief of the International Laboratory Branch at the Division of Global HIV/AIDS , Center for Global Health, CDC. He also co-chairs the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief’s (PEPFAR) Laboratory Technical Working Group. He received a Masters in Tropical Biomedical Science at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, and another Masters Degree in Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Brussels School of Medicine and a Doctorate in Medical Sciences (Virology) from the University of Brussels, Belgium. Between 1993-95 he was Chief of the Virology and the WHO Collaborating Center on HIV diagnostics, at the Department of Microbiology, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium. He joined CDC in 1995 as Chief of the Virology Laboratory, CDC Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He has received numerous awards for his work including, but not limited to, the US Secretary of Health and Human Services Award for excellence in Public Health Protection Research, the Sheppard Award nominee, and Director’s Recognitions Award. He has also served on various international advisory boards as well as a reviewer for numerous journals.

 


   

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: 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., Associate Professor in the Quinnipiac University Department of Biomedical Sciences in Hamden, CT.  The Minority Microbiology Mentor Editor-in-Chief is Dr. Boucaud and the Associate Editor is Crystal N. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.

If you are interested in placing an ad in the MMM, please send the copy to CMIIM@asmusa.org by the first of the month.

 

 

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