E. Virginia "Ginger" Armbrust
Christine BironChristine Biron is chair of the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Brown University in Providence, and she focuses her research program on the mechanisms of the innate immune system – the body’s system of non-specific munitions for fighting off pathogens.
Andrew CamilliAndrew Camilli is a Professor at Tufts University Medical School in Boston and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, where his research focuses on gene discovery and pathogenesis studies of Vibrio cholerae and Streptococcus pneumoniae.
Raul CanoRaul Cano is the Unocal Chair for Environmental Studies and the Director of the Environmental Biotechnology Institute at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. During his time at Cal Poly, Dr. Cano's research has covered a wide array of topics, ranging from cultivating "fossilized" microbes to sequencing the genome of Lactobacillus acidophilus. He is the Chair of the AAM's Committee on Diversity.
David CaronDavid Caron's work focuses on the physiology and ecology of protists, particularly protists from deep sea and hydrothermal vent environments. Dr. Caron is at the University of Southern California.
Melanie CushionMelanie Cushion holds down two jobs: she’s a research career scientist at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and she’s also professor and associate chair for research in the department of internal medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Cushion focuses her research on the fungus, Pneumocystis carinii, which is a harmless commensal for most people, but a deadly pathogen for others.
Seth DarstSeth Darst is a professor of Molecular Biophysics at the Rockefeller University in New York City, where his research centers around determining the three-dimensional structure of RNA polymerase, the enzyme at the heart of a cell's ability to make protein from a set of DNA instructions. His work draws on electron microscopy and x-ray crystallography.
J. Peter Gogarten
J. Peter Gogarten is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut. His research explores the origins and early evolution of cellular life, studying molecular evolution through comparative genomics. But he wasn’t always in microbiology, and if he was required to change careers, he says he might wind up behind a canvas or in a mathematics department.
Nancy KellerNancy Keller is a Professor of Bacteriology and Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A mycologist, Dr. Keller works with Aspergillus- a genus of fungi that includes many mycotoxin-producing plant and human pathogens. Her research focuses on finding those aspects of Aspergillus species that make them effective as pathogens and as toxin factories.
Laura KiesslingLaura Kiessling's research focuses on synthetic ligands and using synthesized ligands to explore biological recognition processes. Dr. Kiessling is at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
David KnipeDavid Knipe is the Higgins Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical school. A virologist, Dr. Knipe focuses his research efforts on the herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) – the virus we have to thank for genital herpes.
Daniel LewDaniel Lew is a professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology and of Genetics at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. His research program focuses on cell cycle control in yeast and how the cell cycle interacts with cell polarity.
Jennifer LodgeJennifer Lodge is Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Associate Dean for Research at Washington University’s School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Lodge uses molecular, genetic, and proteomic approaches to uncover the molecular principles of virulence in pathogenic fungi, including Cryptococcus neoformans.
Anthony MaurelliAnthony Maurelli is a professor of microbiology and immunology in the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Maurelli's major research interest lies in the genetics of bacterial pathogenesis - the nuts and bolts of how bacteria infect humans and make us sick.
J. Michael MillerJ. Michael Miller is Associate Director of the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-borne and Enteric Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Cesare MontecuccoCesare Montecucco is a professor of General Pathology at the University of Padova, Italy (Padova is known as "Padua" in English). Dr. Montecucco's research explores the mechanisms of action of toxins - including anthrax toxin, botulinum toxin, and snake toxins.
Dianne NewmanDianne Newman is the Wilson Professor of Biology and Geobiology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research explores some of the unusual ways microbes use electron transfer to make a living and how ancient microbes, in their struggle to survive, forged the landscape we see today.
Julie Overbaugh is a member of the Divisions of Human Biology and Public Health Sciences at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Overbaugh studies the human immunodeficiency virus, HIV, and the factors that influence its transmission.
Robin PatelRobin Patel is a Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology, Chair of Clinical Microbiology and Director of the Infectious Disease Research Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Her research in clinical microbiology has ranged from the development of new diagnostics to the discovery of new bacterial species.
Carlos Pedrós-AlióCarlos Pedrós-Alió is a professor at the Institut de Ciències del Mar (English speakers know it as the Marine Sciences Institute) in Barcelona, Spain. His research focuses on the ecology of microorganisms and on finding the underlying principles behind their distribution and behavior.
Liise-anne PirofskiLiise-anne Pirofski is Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Irwin ShermanIrwin Sherman is a Professor emeritus of Zoology at the University of California, Riverside. Prior to his retirement in 2006, Dr. Sherman led a research program that revolved around the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, and served as Dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and as Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station.
Connie SchmaljohnConnie Schmaljohn is Chief Scientist at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Fort Detrick, Maryland, where she develops vaccines for a number of viral diseases of interest to the military. She was elected to the AAM in 2007.
Peter Small is a Senior Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and an Affiliate Associate Professor in the University of Washington’s Department of Pathobiology. While collaborating with epidemiologists, population biologists, and molecular biologists, Dr. Small studies the population biology of tuberculosis, particularly in the context of co-infection with HIV. He’s an avid spear fisherman, and is currently in the process of an inter-continental move.
Gary StaceyGary Stacey is the Missouri Soybean Biotechnology Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Director of the University of Missouri’s Center for Sustainable Energy. His research focuses on the inter-kingdom signaling process between the nitrogen-fixing symbiont Bradyrhizobium and its host, the soybean plant.
Xinzhuan Su is the Chief and Senior Investigator of the Malaria Functional Genomics Section of the Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, part of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Su’s research is focused on the genomics of Plasmodium falciparum.
Ralph TannerRalph Tanner is a professor in the Department of Botany and Microbiology at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. His research centers around anaerobic bacteria, their diversity, and their phylogeny, and his most recent work has focused on developing bacterial catalysts for biofuels production.
Jonathan Weissman is a Professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco.
Theodore White is a full member at Seattle Biomed, where he’s been since 1996, and an affiliate professor at the University of Washington. His research program focuses on molecular mechanisms of drug resistance in fungi, particularly Candida albicans.
Dr. Jonathan Zehr is a professor of Ocean Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz and an adjunct researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Dr. Zehr’s research focuses on the nitrogen cycle in the oceans, with particular focus on nitrogen-fixing bacteria and archaea.