Board of Governors Roster



Bonnie L. Bassler, Chair of the Board of Governors ('14)

HHMI Investigator & Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology
Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey
The research in Dr. Bassler’s laboratory focuses on the molecular mechanisms that bacteria use for intercellular communication. This process is called quorum sensing. Dr. Bassler’s research is paving the way to the development of novel therapies for combating bacteria by disrupting quorum-sensing-mediated communication.

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Martin J. Blaser ('15)

Professor of Microbiology, Frederick H. King Professor of Internal Medicine and Chair, Department of Medicine
New York University Langone Medical Center
New York, NY

Dr. Blaser investigates the role of the changing microbiome in human health and disease.

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Donald A. Bryant ('15)

Ernest C. Pollard Professor of Biotechnology and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
Research Professor, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Montana State University
Bozeman, Montana

Dr. Bryant is a microbial (eco)physiologist, who has applied genomics, genetics, biochemistry, and structural biology to study chlorophototrophs-Cyanobacteria, Chloroflexi, Chlorobi, and recently Acidobacteria-for forty years. He has studied phototrophic ecosystems, phycobiliprotein biogenesis, chlorophyll and carotenoid biosynthesis, structural and functional properties of light-harvesting antennae (phycobilisomes, chlorosomes), type-1 reaction centers, and biofuels production in cyanobacteria.




Edward F. DeLong ('14)
Professor, Department of Biological Engineering & Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Dr. DeLong works to develop the field of microbial community genomics and metagenomics, which involves defining and mapping the intersections of gene, organism and environmental distributions in natural microbial habitats. He also aims to use microbial community genomic data to define higher order biological interactions, including metabolic interdependencies, host-parasite and symbiotic interactions, and resiliency in microbial community structure and function.




Gerald R. Fink ('13)
Herman and Margaret Sokol Professor
Whitehead Institute/Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Dr. Fink investigates the molecular biology of fungi. His current work focuses on role of sequence repeats in the organization of the fungal genome and role of fungal cell surface proteins in immune recognition.



Susan Gottesman ('15)
NIH Distinguished Investigator
Laboratory of Molecular Biology
National Cancer Institute
Bethesda, Maryland

Dr. Gottesman studies post-transcriptional regulatory mechanisms in E. coli. Her lab currently is investigating the roles of small non-coding RNAs in regulatory networks, and the mechanism of regulated proteolysis of the stationary phase sigma factor RpoS.



Diane Griffin ('14)
Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Professor of Medicine and Neurology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Dr. Griffin studies the pathogenesis of viral diseases, with a particular focus on measles and alphavirus encephalitis and issues related to virulence and the role of immune responses in protection from infection and in clearance of infection.

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James M. Hughes ('15)

Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Public Health (Global Health)
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia



Dr. Hughes’ interests include emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, vectorborne and zoonotic diseases at the human, animal, and ecosystem interface (One Health), and strengthening public health surveillance and laboratory capacity at the local, national, and global levels.




Steven Lindow ('14)
Professor of Plant Pathology
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California
Research in the Dr. Lindow's lab addresses the ecology of both pathogenic and commensal bacteria associated with plants. The contribution of various quorum sensing systems used by these bacteria as well as other adaptations that contribute to the epiphytic fitness of species that live on plant surfaces as well as to the movement and survival of bacteria within plants is addressed using molecular tools.



Louis Miller ('13)
Chief, Malaria Vaccine Development Branch
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland

Since 1971, Dr. Miller has worked at the NIH on malaria research and is presently Chief, Malaria Vaccine Development Branch. His interests are in vaccine development, cell biology and parasitology in general. He has a strong interest in building young investigators in his field and in supporting scientists in the developing world, especially in Africa.



Edward G. Ruby ('13)
Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

Dr. Ruby's current research activity is in bacterial quorum signaling, bacterial bioluminescence, and symbiosis-induced gene expression and genomics in the Vibrio fischeri-sepiolid squid light organ association.
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Michele S. Swanson ('15)

Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, MI

The Swanson laboratory investigates bacterial differentiation and innate immunity by exploiting as a genetic tool Legionella pneumophila, an intracellular pathogen of macrophages and amoebae.