The American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer (ASMDL) 2014-2015 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


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





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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 



  • 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  


  • 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 


  • 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