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

 
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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)

Or CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE PDF ROSTER (2013-2014)

 

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

 

  • 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 E. Freitag, Ph.D. (Speaker Term: July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2014)
    • The Listeria monocytogenes Transition from Environmental Bacterium to Human Pathogen
    • Listeria monocytogenes Cardiac Infections: Acquisition of Novel Bacterial Replication Niches
    • Listeria monocytogenes as a Model for Exploration of Gram-positive Virulence Factor Secretion
    • How Anesthetics Increase Host Susceptibility to Bacterial Infection
    • Chitinases as Bacterial Virulence Factors

 

  • 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

   

  • Petra Anne Levin (Speaker Term:  July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2014)
    • Spatial and Temporal Mechanisms Governing Bacterial Cell Division
    • Carbon Sensing and Cell Size
    • Cell Size and Cell Cycle Progression in Bacteria

 

  • 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

  

  • Maria L. Marco (Speaker Term: July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2014)
    • You Are What You Eat: Diet, Prebiotics, Probiotics and Health
    • The Indigenous Plant Microbiota as Drivers of Fresh Produce Food Safety
    • Olives, Lactics, -omics and Approaches to Guide "Wild" Plant Fermentation  

 

  • William Margolin (Speaker Term: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016)
    • Splitsville: How Bacterial Cells Mark their Midpoint and Use it for Binary Fission
    • Feeling the Pinch: Regulation and Function of the Bacterial Cell Division Protein Machine
    • Cryo-electron Tomography of E. coli Minicells to Visualize Large Protein Machines at the Cell Surface

  

  • 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 

  

  • D. Scott Merrell (Speaker Term:  July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2014)
    • Helicobacter pylori Colonization and Pathogenesis 
    • Transcriptional Regulation by the Ferric Uptake Regulator (Fur)
    • Novel Drug Targets to Treat Chronic Infections Caused by H. pylori
    • Molecular Epidemiology Related to Virulence Factor Polymorphisms and Disease Progression

 

  • 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

 

  • Joseph Petrosino (Speaker Term:  July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2014)
    • The Human Microbiome: An Underappreciated Organ Important for Human Health
    • The Human Microbiome: Disease Associations Leading Toward Diagnostics and Therapeutics
    • Etiologic Agent Discovery Using Viral and Bacterial Metagenomics
    • Tadpole Diagnostics: A Platform for Sensitive Detection of Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Disease (Biod/EID) Pathogens
    • Comparative Genomics of Francisella tularensis (Ft): Toward Rationally Designed Live Attenuated Vaccines

 

  • 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  

  

  • Susan M. Rosenberg (Speaker Term: July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2014)
    • Evolving Responsively: Stress-induced Mutation
    • What Bacteria Are Teaching Us about Cancer
    • Mutation Storms
    • The Rebirth of Thymineless Death

 

  • Michael A. Saubolle, Ph.D. (Speaker Term: July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2014)
    • Instructive Infectious Diseases Cases
    • Aerobic Actinomycetes
    • The Laboratory in the Practice of Infectious Diseases
    • The Future of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory

 

  • Kellogg J. Schwab (Speaker Term: July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2014)
    • Noroviruses: What Is in that Glass of Water or Ham Sandwich?
    • Sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Interventions in Low  Income Countries: Evidence-based Theory and Practice for Practical  Solutions
    • Water and Public Health on the Front Lines: Availability, Treatment and Emerging Threats

  

  • 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 

   

  • Mark S. Smeltzer (Speaker Term: July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2014)
    • Staphylococcus aureus: Would the Real Pathogen Please Stand Up?
    • Bad to the Bone: Staphylococcus aureus as a Musculoskeletal Pathogen
    • Nanotechnology: A Tiny Solution to the Big Problem of Staphylococcus aureus Biofilm Associated Infections?
    • Extracellular Proteases: Forcing Staphylococcus aureus to Expose Itself

 

  • 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 

  

  • Jeffrey Wilusz, Ph.D. (Speaker Term: July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2014)
    • How Viruses Interface with the Cellular RNA Decay Machinery to Promote a Productive Infection
    • There’s More to mRNA Polyadenylation than Meets the Eye – A Novel Role for the Oncoprotein Nucleophosmin
    • Don’t Kill the Messenger: RNA Stability as a Key Regulator of Gene Expression from Bacteria to Mammals

 

  • Floyd L. Wormley Jr. (Speaker Term: July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2014)
    • Host Immune Responses Against Pulmonary Fungal Pathogens
    • Potential for the Development of Vaccines Against Mycoses in Immune Compromised Individuals
    • Induction of Protective Immunity Against Experimental Pulmonary Cryptococcosis in Immune Compromised Hosts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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