American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturers and Topics

 

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The American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer (ASMDL) 2015-2016 Roster is now available!

 

Each Branch is allowed one ASM Distinguished Lecturer per program year (July 1-June 30).

 

Branches – After making arrangements directly with Lecturers to participate in Branch meetings, please complete and submit a Lecturer Confirmation Form to ASM Headquarters

 
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For detailed descriptions of topics, contact and biographical information, please click on speaker's name below.  


Or CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE PDF ROSTER (2014-2015)

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ASM DISTINGUISHED LECTURER ROSTER: 

Lecturers serve two-year terms.  Please note speaker term expiration dates indicated below when making arrangements for a Lecturer.   

 

  • Thomas S. Alexander, Ph.D., D(ABMLI) (Speaker Term: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016)
    • HIV and Syphilis Serological Testing in the 21st Century
    • CSI Immunology: Case Studies from a Clinical Immunology Laboratory
    • Autoantibodies in Diagnosis: Are All Methods Created Equal
    • Molecular vs. Serological Diagnostics Assays: When to Use Which

 

  • Niaz Banaei, M.D. (Speaker Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017)
    • Laboratory Diagnosis of Latent M. tuberculosis Infection: Understanding Sources of IGRA Variability
    • Quality Assured Diagnosis of Clostridium difficile Infection:  Can We Diagnose More Disease and Less Colonization?
    • Laboratory Diagnosis of Mycobacterial Disease in Resource Rich and Resource Limited Settings
    • Novel Methods for Rapid Detection and Identification of Blood Cultures
    • Sequencing Comes to Rescue When All Else Fails: Pathogen Detection and Identification in Clinical Samples with Broad Range PCR Amplicon Sequencing

 

  • Briana M. Burton (Speaker Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017)
    • Genes without Borders: Towards a Mechanistic Understanding of Bacterial DNA Uptake
    • Rules of the Road: Motor Proteins that Mediate Bacterial Chromosome Segregation
    • Mechanisms of Protein Export
    • A 100+ Person Conversation: Active Learning in the Introductory Lecture Classroom
    • Developing Projects and Writing Graduate/Postdoctoral Fellowships

        

  • Francisco Diez-Gonzalez (Speaker Term: July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2015)
    • Pre-harvest Ecology and Control of Escherichia coli O157:H7
    • Food Safety Microbiology of Organic Foods
    • Survival of Salmonella in Low Water Activity Foods

 

  • Prof. Ferric Fang (Speaker Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017)
    • Antimicrobial Actions of Nitric Oxide
    • The Pathogenesis of Research Misconduct
    • Two Tales of Salmonella – From PhoP to IceT
    • Clinical Microbiology in Jeopardy!
    • Salmonella Pathogenesis – A Bug's Life

 

  • Michael J. Federle (Speaker Term: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016)
    • A New Regulatory System Facilitating Cell-to-Cell Signaling in Gram-positive Bacteria
    • Development of the Competent State in Non-transformable Species
    • Interactions Between Pathogenic Streptococcal Species
    • Approaches to Identify Quorum Sensing Inhibitors

 

  • Karen M. Frank, M.D., Ph.D., D(ABMM (Speaker Term: July 1, 2013 - June 30,2015)
    • MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry for Microbial Identification, Including Mold Database Validation at NIH Followed by Incorporation into Routine Clinical Workflow
    • Investigations of Two Unexpected Fatal Infections: Disseminated Histoplasmosis in a Gene Therapy Trial and Yersinia pestis Septicemia in a Researcher
    • Quantitative Detection and Monitoring of Viremia in Transplant Patients
    • Molecular Testing for Respiratory Viruses:  Integration into Clinical Practice
    • The Pathogenesis of Staphylococcal Pneumonia

 

  • Ramon Gonzalez  (Speaker Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017)
    • Engineered Modular Biosynthesis for the Production of Advanced Fuels and Chemicals
    • Understanding and Harnessing the Anaerobic Fermentation of Glycerol in Escherichia coli
    • Rethinking the Logic of Biological Activation of Methane and Conversion to Liquid Fuels

 

  • Nancy D. Hanson, Ph.D. (Speaker Term: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016)
    • Gram-negative Pathogens: Multiple Mechanisms of Antibiotic Resistance
    • The Role Mobile Genetic Elements Play in the Emergence of Antibiotic Resistance
    • Molecular Diagnostics: Current and Future Applications for Detection of Antibiotic Resistance Mechanisms
    • Gene Expression and Its Link to Antibiotic Resistance   
       
  • Valerie J. (Jody) Harwood (Speaker Term: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016)
    • What’s in Your Water: Microbial Source Tracking
    • Water Quality in the Time of Molecular Biology: New Regulations and Emerging Approaches 
    • The Big Three Vibrio Pathogens: A Study in Contrast
    • The Life and Times of “Swamp Death” – Vibrio vulnificus Ecology and Virulence
    • GIS for Graduate School: Free Pre-and Post-acceptance Advice

 

  • Lee E. Hughes (Speaker Term: July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2015)
    • Course Redesign
    • Online/Blended Instruction
    • Early Research Experiences for Undergraduates
    • Classroom-based Research Experiences
    • Teaching with the ASM Curriculum Guidelines

 

  • Michael Ibba  (Speaker Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017)
    • Mistranslation of the Genetic Code: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    • Translational Control of Antibiotic Resistance
    • Career Advancement Programs at ASM / Career Tracks at a Major Research Institution

       

  • Dimitrios P. Kontoyiannis, M.D., Sc.D. (Speaker Term: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016)
    • Future Directions of Mycology Research in the 21st Century
    • Antifungal Combination Therapy for Aspergillus and Other Molds
    • Mucormycosis in 2014: An Update
    • Non-vertebrate Models in Experimental Mycology
    • Principles for the Management of Opportunistic Mycoses in Patients with Hematologic Cancer

  

  • Joseph Adrian Krzycki (Speaker Term: July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2015)
    • The Biosynthesis and Genetic Encoding of Pyrrolysine, an Amino Acid Essential for Methanogenesis from Methylamines
    • The Function and Family Relationships of Pyrrolysine, a “One Carbon” Amino Acid

    

  • Stephen Lory (Speaker Term: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016)
    • Pseudomonas aeruginosa Genome Evolution
    • Regulation of Gene Expression in Opportunistic Pathogens
    • Exploitation of -omics Approaches to Identify Fitness Traits in P. aeruginosa 

 

  • Pamela A. Marshall  (Speaker Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017)
    • Community Outreach in Elementary Schools
    • Backwards Design
    • Phosphate Storage in the Vacuole of Saccharomyces
    • Calcium Homeostasis in Saccharomyces

  

  • Christopher J. Marx (Speaker Term:  July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2015)
    • Optimality and Tradeoffs in Metabolism: Do Our Models and Intuitions Hold Up?
    • Evolution and Modeling of Cooperation in Synthetic, Spatially-structured, Multi-species Communities
    • Epistasis and Adaptation: Moving Toward Predicting Genetic Interactions During Evolution
    • Surprises at Two Scales Regarding the Raw Material of Adaptation: Selection on Codon Usage, and the Distribution of Fitness Effects of all Possible Beneficial Mutations
    • Transposable Elements and Evolution: From Adaptation in Lab to Inferences from the Tree of Life 

   

  • Dr. Abelardo Moncayo (Speaker Term: July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2015)
    • Epidemiology of Spotted Fever Group Rickettsia in the U.S. 
    • Use of Flanders Virus as a Sentinel for the Emergence of Co-Circulating West Nile Virus
    • Chagas Disease in the U.S…  Really?  
    • Latin-American Style Transmission of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus in the U.S.
    • The Emergence of La Crosse Encephalitis in Appalachia

  

  • Regina Rabinovich (Speaker Term: July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2015)
    • Whither Malaria?  From Control to Eradication 
    • How Does Basic Science Translate into Usable Interventions in Neglected Diseases?
    • Impact of Philanthropic and Not-for-Profit Organizations on Global Health Policy: Malaria as a Case Study  

 

  • Dr. Steven C. Ricke  (Speaker Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017)     
    • Salmonella in the Gastrointestinal Tract: Life in a War Zone
    • Foodborne Salmonella spp. in Food Production Systems: How Do They Get There and How to Keep Them Out
    • Stacking the Deck in the Gut - Current Status and Future Prospects of Prebiotics
    • The Ultimate Challenge: Antimicrobial Strategies for Foodborne Pathogen Reduction in Organic Foods

 

  • Bert L. Semler (Speaker Term: July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2015)
    • Out of the Nucleus and into Action: Host Cell Proteins in Picornavirus Translation and RNA Replication    
    • Picornavirus Genetic Economy: Complex Replication Events with Only a Few Viral Players 

 

  • David H. Sherman  (Speaker Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017)
    • Function and Structure of the Biochemical Machines that Generate Pharmaceuticals from Bacteria and Fungi
    • Identification and Characterization of Secondary Metabolic Systems Using Metagenomic Approaches
    • Development of Novel C-H Functionalization Catalysts Derived from Natural Product Biosynthetic Pathways
    • The Re-emergence of Natural Products in Drug Discovery and Development

  

  • Tara C. Smith  (Speaker Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017)
    • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: Pigs, Pork, and Pathogens
    • Staphyloccocus aureus in Animals
    • Science Denial and the Internet
    • Ebola and Emerging Diseases: Why We’ll Always Have Pandemics
    • Zombies and Infectious Diseases in Popular Culture

   

  • Jill R. Stewart (Speaker Term: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016)
    • Global Environmental Change: Are We Making Populations of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?
    • Explorations in Human and Ecosystem Health: Water Quality in the Galápagos Islands
    • Effect of Increasing Storm Intensity on Pathogen Loads in a Drinking Water Reservoir

  

  • John F. Stolz (Speaker Term: July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2015)
    • Life in the Frack Pit: The Microbiology of Unconventional Shale Gas Extraction
    • Microbial Transformation of Arsenic: New Twists for an Old Poison
    • Microbes, Minerals and Metals: A Microbial View of the Periodic Table
    • Stromatolites: Over 3.5 Billion Years of "Geobiological" Interactions 

 

  • John Anthony Vanchiere, M.D., Ph.D. (Speaker Term: July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2015)
    • Emergence of Human Polyomavirus Disease among Immune Compromised Patients 
    • Building the Infrastructure for Translational Research in Infectious Diseases
    • Human Papillomaviruses: The Impact of Vaccination on Human Disease
    • The Challenge and Necessity of Collaborations between Clinicians and Scientists 

  

  • Vincent B. Young, M.D., Ph.D.  (Speaker Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017)
    • The Next Phase of the Human Microbiome Project: On to Function
    • Collateral Damage: Antibiotic Administration and Clostridium difficile Infection
    • Novel, Alternative Models for the Study of Enteric Diseases
    • It Takes a Village: Team Science and Microbiologic Research

 

  

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