ASM ACTIVITIES

  • ABRCMS 2014
  • ASM Science Teaching Fellowship Program
  • ASM-NSF LINK Mentoring Mondays
  • ASMCUE Leadership Grant for International Educators
  • ICAAC 2014 (54th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy)
  • 2015 Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting
  • ASM Conferences
  • New Academy Report: Viruses Throughout Life & Time: Friends, Foes, Change Agents
  • ASM Press: Cheese and Microbes Just Got Tastier – New Price!

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

  • International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP)
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP)
  • Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences (DMS/NIGMS)
  • Limited Competition: AIDS Malignancy Consortium (UM1)
  • Immune and Inflammatory Mechanisms in Alzheimer's Disease (R01)
  • NIDDK Clinician Scientist Mentoring Award to Promote Workforce Diversity (K05)
  • Role of the Microbiome in HIV-1 Vaccine Responses (R21)
  • Role of the Microbiome in HIV-1 Vaccine Responses (R01)

ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Laboratory of Clinical Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) Program
  • Assistant/Associate Professor Seafood Specialist for Extension Services and Research
  • Research Associate Position Available at the HPV Immunology Laboratory, Leidos Biomedical Research Inc., Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, Frederick MD
  • Science Policy Analyst for the American Association of Immunologists (AAI)
  • Postdoc position in soil microbial ecology and biogeochemistry at the University of New Hampshire
  • Postdoctoral fellowship in microbial ecology at the University of Michigan Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS

  • Sabriya Stukes, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

 


 

ASM ACTIVITIES

ABRCMS 2014
Exhibitor and attendee registration along with travel award and abstract submissions are open for the 2014 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), set for 12-15 November in San Antonio, Tex. At ABRCMS, distinguished speakers will share insights on hot topics, and attendees will benefit from workshops, presentations, professional development opportunities, networking, and more. Students (undergraduate sophomore through postbaccalaureate and graduate levels) are invited to submit abstracts, and travel awards are available to postdoctoral scientists, faculty members, and active researchers who serve as first-time ABRCMS onsite presentation judges and to investigators seeking to identify and connect with faculty instrumental in student learning in undergraduate biology. Deadlines are September 5 for abstract submissions and the ABRCMS Travel Award, September 26 for the ABRCMS Judges' Travel Subsidy, and October 3 for the FASEB MARC Program Travel Award and ABRCMS-LINK Travel Award. For more information, visit http://www.abrcms.org. ABRCMS is sponsored by NIH award number T36GM073777.

ASM Science Teaching Fellowship Program
Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career scientists are encouraged to apply for the 2014-2015 ASM Science Teaching Fellowship Program, a four-month online training experience that guides doctoral-trained participants in understanding the essentials of science teaching positions at non-doctoral institutions (community colleges, minority-serving institutions, regional or state colleges, and primary undergraduate institutions). Program activities combine structured mentoring with in-depth webinars, pre- and post-webinar assignments, and a highly interactive community of practice, all focused on four areas: teaching science to undergraduates, curriculum and course design and assessment, student-centered learning, and students as research collaborators. To join the program, apply by September 12. For details, see http://www.facultyprograms.org/index.php/stf-program.

ASM-NSF LINK Mentoring Mondays
The Mentoring Mondays initiative of the ASM-NSF Leaders Inspiring Networks and Knowledge (LINK) Program is recruiting participants for its September-October 2014 mentoring webinars. Created as a blended professional development series, Mentoring Mondays combines webinars, discussion forums, and workshops for all-encompassing mentor training. The program is specifically designed for research investigators and educators interested in incorporating mentoring into their research programs. At the culmination of the webinars, select participants who desire advanced mentoring partnerships will be invited to a two-day, onsite-facilitated workshop held in conjunction with the 2014 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). Registration for Mentoring Mondays is free, and space is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees can sign up for one or all offerings. Learn more at http://www.asmlink.org/mentoringmondays.

ASMCUE Leadership Grant for International Educators
By providing new tools and training to microbiology, biology, and health science undergraduate educators from resource-limited* countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa, or Central and Eastern Europe, the ASMCUE Leadership Grant for International Educators is helping to raise global standards in microbiology and STEM education. Applications are now open for the 2015 grant program, which will support awardees to attend the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE), the premier education event for undergraduate faculty in the biological sciences. In addition to attending the conference, awardees will join a one-year online learning community and take part in a leadership workshop on ways to use innovative pedagogy and learning modules to reach students, develop an outreach plan for training faculty in their home countries, and gain access to a one-year online learning community for continued training and assistance. The application deadline is October 1. For more information, visit http://www.asmcue.org/intl-educator-grant or contact asmcue@asmusa.org.

*Resource-limited countries are classified as upper-middle income and below by the World Bank Development Group. Learn more at http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups.

ICAAC 2014 (54th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy)
September 5-9, 2014 | Washington, DC
http://www.icaac.org

There is still time to register online and on-site for this year’s event. With over 5,000 infectious disease experts from nearly 100 countries, ICAAC 2014 provides a unique opportunity to participate in a global discussion focused on infection control and prevention.

Can’t attend ICAAC 2014? Take home all of the great science being presented this year through ICAAC Online. http://www.icaac.org/online

2015 Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting
February 9-11, 2015 | Washington DC
http://www.asmbiodefense.org/
Abstract Submission Opens: September 2, 2014

Don’t miss the chance to present your work at a national meeting attended by over 1,000 prestigious scientists, public health researchers, and policymakers in the field.

ASM Conferences

5th ASM Conference on Beneficial Microbes
September 27 - 30, 2014 | Washington, DC
Discounted Pre-Registration Deadline: August 20, 2014

5th ASM Conference on Cell-Cell Communication in Bacteria
October 18 – 21, 2014 | San Antonio, Texas
Abstract Submission Deadline: August 4, 2014
Discounted Registration Deadline: September 10, 2014

3rd ASM Conference on Viral Manipulation of Nuclear Processes
October 30 - November 2, 2014 | Washington, DC
Discounted Registration Deadline: September 19, 2014

Travel grants are available for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdocs. Travel grants are tied to abstract submission and applicants will be prompted during the online abstract submission process to apply.

For a complete listing of upcoming conferences go to: http://www.asm.org/conferences.

New Academy Report: Viruses Throughout Life & Time: Friends, Foes, Change Agents
Understanding how some viruses function as crucial components in biological and evolutionary processes can increase our knowledge on the origins of life as well as major earth phenomena. According to metagenomics studies, very little is known about the real world of viruses. Learn more about the positive tasks that viruses perform by reading the American Academy of Microbiology’s newest report, Viruses Throughout Life & Time: Friends, Foes, Change Agents.

ASM Press: Cheese and Microbes Just Got Tastier – New Price!

Cheese and Microbes
Editor:
Catherine W. Donnelly, University of Vermont
List Price: $150$125
ASM Member Price: $120$99
Purchase this book at its new price at ASMscience.org. To see purchase options on the book's product page, sign in to the website using your ASM username and password.

This is not a cheesemaking guide, and you won’t find any recipes in it. Neither is it a microbiology 101 textbook (although it does cover the fundamentals of both cheesemaking and microbiology). Rather, it collects some of the best studies, essays and research, from a broad array of authors, on the subject of microbes and the science of cheesemaking, seen through the lens of a variety of cheese styles....If this is something that interests you, or if you are a current or aspiring cheesemaker, Dr. Donnelly’s book is an excellent resource to have at your fingertips.

— Matthew Spiegler, VIAC-certified urban cheesemaker and blogger, July 2014, cheesenotes.com.

Recommended for cheese makers, scientists, students, and cheese enthusiasts who wish to expand their knowledge of cheeses and traditional foods.

April 2014. Hardcover, 350 pages.
Print ISBN: 978-1-55581-586-8
eISBN: 978-1-55581-859-3

To purchase this title and more visit http://www.asmscience.org.

When you buy books directly through http://www.ASMscience.org, you support the society that supports the science of microbiology.


FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)
The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports development of globally-engaged U.S. science and engineering students capable of performing in an international research environment at the forefront of science and engineering. The IRES program supports active research participation by students enrolled as undergraduates or graduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. IRES projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the IRES program. Proposals are due August 19, 2014, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12551/nsf12551.htm.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP)
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have awarded a large share of bachelor's degrees to African American students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and nine of the top ten baccalaureate institutions of African American STEM doctorate recipients from 2006-2010 are HBCUs. [1] To meet the nation's accelerating demands for STEM talent, more rapid gains in achievement, success and degree production in STEM for underrepresented minority populations are needed. The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) is committed to enhancing the quality of undergraduate STEM education and research at HBCUs as a means to broaden participation in the nation's STEM workforce. To this end, HBCU-UP provides awards to develop, implement, and study evidence-based innovative models and approaches for improving the preparation and success of HBCU undergraduate students so that they may pursue STEM graduate programs and/or careers. Support is available for Targeted Infusion Projects, Broadening Participation Research Projects, Research Initiation Awards, Implementation Projects or Achieving Competitive Excellence Implementation Projects, and other funding opportunities. Preproposals are due August 20, 2014, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14513/nsf14513.htm.

Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP)
The Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) provides awards to Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaska Native-serving institutions, and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions to promote high quality science (including sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, statistics, and other social and behavioral science as well as natural science and education disciplines), technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, research, and outreach. Support is available to TCUP-eligible institutions (see the Additional Eligibility subsection of Section IV of this solicitation) for Instructional Capacity Excellence in TCUP Institutions (ICE-TI), Targeted STEM Infusion Projects (TSIP), Partnerships for Geoscience Education (PAGE), Broadening Participation Research in STEM Education (BPR), Small Grants for Research (SGR), and Preparing for TCUP Implementation (Pre-TI). Through these mechanisms, along with collaborations with other National Science Foundation (NSF) units and its work with other organizations, TCUP aims to increase Native individuals' participation in STEM careers and the quality of STEM programs at TCUP-eligible institutions. TCUP strongly encourages the inclusion of activities that will benefit veterans. Proposals are due September 16, 2014, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14572/nsf14572.htm.

Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences (DMS/NIGMS)
The Division of Mathematical Sciences in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health plan to support research in mathematics and statistics on questions in the biological and biomedical sciences. Both agencies recognize the need and urgency for promoting research at the interface between the mathematical sciences and the life sciences. This competition is designed to encourage new collaborations, as well as to support existing ones. Proposals are due September 15, 2014, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13570/nsf13570.htm.

Limited Competition: AIDS Malignancy Consortium (UM1)
The purpose of this limited competition funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to continue support of the research activities of the AIDS Malignancy Consortium which are: 1) design, development, and evaluation of clinical interventions for the prevention and treatment of malignancies in patients with HIV infection; 2) development of more effective management and therapeutics for HIV-associated malignancies; 3) investigation of the biology of HIV malignancies within the context of clinical trials; 4) management of issues of international importance in HIV-associated-malignancies; and 5) distribution of excess tumor tissue and other relevant biologic fluids to the AIDS and Cancer Specimen Resource for ongoing or future investigations. In addition, the AMC is expected to continue the development and execution of the "ANCHOR" study on the treatment of anal cancer high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (HSIL) to reduce anal cancer. In the current funding period, the initiation of the ANCHOR study was supported through supplemental funding to AMC. Letters of intent are due December 6, 2014, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-14-502.html#sthash.jD0uiAk2.dpuf.

Immune and Inflammatory Mechanisms in Alzheimer's Disease (R01)
The goal of this FOA is to establish the role of the brain innate immune system, the systemic immune system, and the crosstalk and changes with age between the two in the development and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. An interdisciplinary and integrative research approach to identify the cell networks and meditators of the brain and systemic immune and inflammatory systems is expected to give greater insight into the etiological mechanisms underlying Alzheimer’s disease. Letters of intent are due December 29, 2014, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-15-018.html#sthash.lV4Xr6mo.dpuf.

NIDDK Clinician Scientist Mentoring Award to Promote Workforce Diversity (K05)
The purpose of the Clinician Scientist Mentoring Award to Promote Workforce Diversity is to provide support to mid-career health-professional doctorates or equivalent (See Section III) for protected time to devote effort to basic, epidemiological or outcomes research and to act as research mentors to early-stage investigators from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research. Candidates for this award should have independent, peer-reviewed, research support at the time of award and possess a demonstrated record of mentoring individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. The candidate's research should demonstrate a sustained level of research productivity in the research areas supported by the NIDDK. The long-term objective of this funding opportunity is to provide mentors with protected time to enhance mentoring opportunities for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, thereby ensuring the availability of a pool of scientists from diverse backgrounds to facilitate research within the mission areas of the NIDDK. Proposals are due November 24, 2014, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-14-005.html#sthash.dzeny3VB.dpuf.

Role of the Microbiome in HIV-1 Vaccine Responses (R21)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to stimulate research focused on elucidating the role of the microbiome in shaping the host immune responses to HIV-1 transmission and vaccination in the gastrointestinal and genital mucosa. By understanding the positive and negative interactions of the microbiome and its relationship to host immune function, it is expected that the proposed research will lead to the development of innovative approaches to enhance mucosal and systemic responses to HIV vaccines and in the development of new vaccine strategies. The R21 mechanism is intended to encourage exploratory and developmental research projects by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of these projects. These studies may involve considerable risk but may lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or to the development of novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models, or applications that could have a major impact on a field of biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research. Proposals are due January 7, 2015, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-318.html#sthash.itEatC2C.dpuf.

Role of the Microbiome in HIV-1 Vaccine Responses (R01)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to stimulate research focused on elucidating the role of the microbiome in shaping the host immune responses to HIV-1 transmission and vaccination in the gastrointestinal and genital mucosa. By understanding the positive and negative interactions of the microbiome and its relationship to host immune function, it is expected that the proposed research will lead to the development of innovative approaches to enhance mucosal and systemic responses to HIV vaccines and in the development of new vaccine strategies. Proposals are due January 7, 2015, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-317.html#sthash.5ujLaHEx.dpuf.

 


ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Laboratory of Clinical Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services Pathobiology of cryptococcal infections
A fully funded postdoctoral position is available to study fungal genetic mechanisms related to the pathogenesis of fungal infections in human patients and using animal modeling. A particular focus of the position is the identification of genes involved in discriminating strains that cause the most serious infections. The laboratory research program is integrated within an active and diverse intramural and extramural clinical program where we characterize patients with disseminated fungal infections. The goal of the fellowship is to develop an independent, funded program for the graduating post doctorate fellow, and the program contains elements leading to robust preliminary data as well as experience in grant writing and career development.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in a related area (fungal pathogenesis and molecular biology) and/or an M.D. or equivalent, awarded within the last five years. The applicant must also have a strong record that shows expertise and productivity related to the research focus of the laboratory.

To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to

Peter R. Williamson, M.D./Ph.D.
Chief, Translational Mycology Unit
Bldg 10, Rm 11N222, MSC 1888
10 Center Drive, NIH
Bethesda, MD 20892-1868

williamsonpr@mail.nih.gov

For more information, visit the Laboratory of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) Program

If you want to help improve global health in the 21st century, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) wants to train you
NIAID, one of the largest Institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), offers the Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) program for students from populations underrepresented in biomedical sciences. This 4-day exploratory program takes place in Bethesda, MD, on the NIH campus, February 2 to 5, 2015.

Become part of a diverse community of aspiring NIAID researchers and join other dedicated science students like yourself for a visit to our research facility. Expenses for travel, lodging, and meals will be reimbursed.

Selected applicants will:

  • Learn about our global health research from NIAID’s premiere scientists
  • Interview with scientists for potential research training positions
  • Meet trainees currently doing research in one of NIAID’s laboratories

Candidates in strong academic standing who are college-level seniors, medical school students, or doctoral candidates nearing their dissertation defense are eligible. Check your eligibility at http://go.usa.gov/N595.

If INRO sounds like your next step toward a research career in allergy, immunology, or infectious diseases, apply now at http://go.usa.gov/N59H!

Applications are accepted between September 1 and October 15, 2014.

Read success stories from previous INRO participants: http://go.usa.gov/N5Xk. Visit the NIAID website for the latest news and research: http://go.usa.gov/N55C.

HHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity employers.

Assistant/Associate Professor Seafood Specialist for Extension Services and Research
Assistant/Associate Professor Seafood Specialist for Extension Services and Research at Food Science and Human Nutrition Department (FSHN) University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Gainesville, Florida. Apply for position announcement # 0001-2889 or requisition # 0902031. This is a 12-month, tenure-accruing position that will be 70% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service) and 30% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) available in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. The successful candidate will participate actively in undergraduate and graduate education by chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis, dissertation and undergraduate research, and publishing research results with students. Faculty are encouraged to participate in professional development activities related to teaching and advising and may teach courses and seminars. In accordance with the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description. The faculty member will work closely with the Extension program of Florida Sea Grant, providing relevant information that can be directly communicated to constituents and that can be disseminated via that program’s network of 18 county Extension Agents. An earned doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Food Science and Technology with a focus on seafood is required. Postdoctoral experience is desirable. More information is available at http://fshn.ifas.ufl.edu, http://nutritionalsciences.centers.ufl.edu, and http://www.flseagrant.org/). The University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu) is a Land-Grant and Sea-Grant institution and an Equal Opportunity institution. This position is available October 1, 2014, and will be filled as soon thereafter as an acceptable applicant is available. Compensation is commensurate with the education, experience, and qualifications of the selected applicant. Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://jobs.ufl.edu/postings/34825 and submit Application; Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above; and Resume. Official transcripts showing receipt of the doctoral degree and three letters of recommendation should be made available upon request. Please refer to Requisition # 0902031, Bobbi Langkamp-Henken, Chair, Search and Screen Committee, University of Florida, Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, PO Box 110370, Gainesville, FL 32611-0370, Telephone: 352.392.1991, extension 205, Facsimile: 352.392.9467, Electronic Mail: henken@ufl.edu.

Research Associate Position Available at the HPV Immunology Laboratory, Leidos Biomedical Research Inc., Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, Frederick MD
JOB DESCRIPTION
The principal activities of this position will be to conduct experiments, analyze results and prepare reports from immunological research within clinical studies. Assignments are of a highly specialized nature and require strong technical proficiency and judgment skills. The Research Associate I will perform assays and conduct validations of immunological and virological methods applicable to clinical trials. Evaluates results, select alternative courses of action if warranted and carry the project through to completion. Assignments are performed independently after discussion with supervisor and little direct supervision is required for carrying out daily operations. Responsible for maintaining study sample inventory database and stocks of supplies. Operates and maintains sensitive biomedical equipment. Work may involve the use of potentially hazardous chemical, biological, or radiological materials or may be located in areas where such materials are used. May require the use of personal protective equipment and adhere to strict safety protocols. The funding for this position is expected to last 12 months.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in a field related to biomedical research or four (4) years equivalent experience in the appropriate field in lieu of degree.
  • Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.
  • In addition to educational requirements, a minimum of two (2) years related biomedical experience.
  • Proficient in immunology/virology and molecular biology techniques.
  • Excellent attention to detail, organizational skills as well as a meticulous approach to laboratory experimentation are critical to this position.
  • Experience with cell culture, ELISA, Luminex, virus neutralization assays are required.
  • Must have experience with managing projects with large data sets, statistics, software tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and reports.
  • This position is subject to obtaining a Public Trust Clearance.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • MS in immunology, vaccinology, virology or molecular biology.
  • Experience in HPV research, virus vector productions.
  • Experience with SAS statistical analyses and knowledge.
  • Familiarity with regulatory requirements and guidelines for clinical research.

For more information, please contact Ligia Pinto, PhD at pintol@mail.nih.gov or visit: http://jobs.leidos.com/job/Frederick-Research-Associate-I-605787

Science Policy Analyst for the American Association of Immunologists (AAI)
The American Association of Immunologists (http://www.aai.org), a professional society of research scientists, seeks a Science Policy Analyst to provide scientific expertise to the AAI public affairs program. Duties include analyzing and responding to relevant issues affecting biomedical research and supporting various AAI programs and activities. Ph.D. in immunology or related field, post-doctoral research experience, and publications required. Proficiency with social media, basic computer programs, and Adobe Photoshop required. Must have excellent analytical, written, and verbal skills, and demonstrated interest in science policy. AAI offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; flexible spending account; 403(b) retirement plan; free parking; and generous leave program. AAI is located in Bethesda, Maryland, immediately accessible to the Beltway, and within a mile of the Metro.   Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter with resume and salary requirements to FASEB Human Resources via email: resumes@faseb.org. AAI is an equal opportunity employer. Please contact resumes@faseb.org with any questions.

Postdoc position in soil microbial ecology and biogeochemistry at the University of New Hampshire
A postdoc position is available in soil microbial ecology and biogeochemistry at the University of New Hampshire to study plant-soil interactions. Plants can stimulate nitrogen transformations by providing soil microbes with a labile carbon source, which can enhance microbial activity and induce microbial turnover, the upregulation of extracellular enzymes to break down soil organic matter, and ultimately nitrogen mineralization. Agricultural nitrogen losses could be reduced if we understood how plants coordinate the mineralization of nitrogen from organic pools to coincide with the timing and extent of plant demand for nitrogen. Our project examines the biological nitrogen mineralization processes driven by interactions among plant roots, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), and soil microbes, and assesses how these processes can be managed to maximize crop nitrogen nutrition and C sequestration while minimizing environmental nitrogen losses. Candidates are expected to be highly motivated, possess strong English oral and written communication skills, and have demonstrated ability to publish high quality papers. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in relevant areas, which could include: 1) molecular approaches to studying soil microbial communities; 2) AMF community composition and function; and 3) isotopic approaches to studying soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics. Prior experience in agricultural systems is not required, and applicants with experience in very different ecosystems are encouraged to apply. My lab examines how soil organisms interact with their environment to regulate ecosystem processes such as nutrient cycling, organic matter turnover, trace gas emissions, and productivity. This research encompasses multiple spatial scales and lies at the interface of soil ecology, agronomy, and ecosystem science. While we use a range of fundamental laboratory methods, which include molecular chemical and microbiological approaches, we always have an eye towards applying results to improve ecosystem processes and management. To apply please send your CV with the names of three references and a 1-2 page statement of research interests and career goals to Stuart Grandy (stuart.grandy@unh.edu). More information about the lab can be found at (http://pubpages.unh.edu/~asf44/). The start date is flexible and could be anytime between now and January 15, 2015. Applications will be considered until the position is filled, or until October 01. Stuart Grandy Associate Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry Rowland H. O'Neil Professor University of New Hampshire Website: http://pubpages.unh.edu/~asf44/

Postdoctoral fellowship in microbial ecology at the University of Michigan Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
A postdoctoral fellowship in microbial ecology is available at the University of Michigan Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The Denef lab (http://www-personal.umich.edu/~vdenef/index.htm) integrates population and community omics approaches with process-level measurements to gather an improved understanding of microbial population dynamics and community functioning within ecosystem context. The post-doctoral fellow will focus on impacts of invasive species (particularly dreissenid mussels, which have decimated Lake Michigan phytoplankton communities) on the Lake Michigan microbial food web and the implications for overall food web functioning. This study is in collaboration with the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, which maintains a long term transect study focused on the higher trophic levels of the food web. The postdoctoral fellow will take the lead in analysis of metagenomic and metatranscriptomic data generated through the Joint Genome Institute Community Sequencing Program for spatiotemporal cruises performed in 2013, and will participate in the 2015 sampling campaign, which will allow for performing sampling specific to the fellow’s research needs. In addition to these duties, the fellow will be responsible for data management, detailed documentation, and manuscript preparation. The ideal candidate will have a documented strong background in microbiology, ecology, bioinformatics, and statistics, proficiency with working with computer clusters in a Unix environment, experience with metagenomic/metatranscriptomic data analysis including genome assembly from high-throughput sequencing data, and a strong publication record. We are looking for a creative, independent scientist who can work and communicate effectively in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment. A PhD and research experience in an appropriate discipline are required. The initial appointment will be for a one-year period with the possibility of extension pending availability of funds, up to three years based upon performance. To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references via email to vdenef@umich.edu. The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity employer.

 


SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS

Sabriya Stukes, PhD, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Cryptococcus neoformans infections are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality among AIDS patients. Global estimates suggest that one million cases of cryptococcal meningitis occur each year resulting in over 625,000 deaths. Non-lytic exocytosis of C. neoformans is a novel phenomenon in which fungal cells are released from macrophages in a way that allows for survival of both host and pathogen. Dr. Stukes recently published studies (Infect Immun. 2014 May;82[5]:2059-67) using time-lapsed microscopy to analyze hundreds of a specific population of immune cells called macrophages that were infected with C. neoformans to glean more information into the complex cellular process of non-lytic exocytosis. Particularly, she was interested in evaluating the morphology and timing of the process throughout infection. Based on the amount of fungal cells expunged, and in the manner in which they were released, the process can be categorized into three different sub-categories: type I (complete non-lytic exocytosis), type II (partial non-lytic exocytosis) and type III (transfer of C. neoformans between macrophages). Kinetic data showed that in a 24-hour in vitro infection period, non-lytic exocytosis events occurred more frequently in the earlier stages of infection and that individual events happened within minutes. Interestingly, Type III events made up the majority of events documented with imaging results showing a coat of plasma membrane surrounding transferred fungal cells. Taken together this data suggested that there are a variety of ways that fungal cells can be released from macrophages and understanding all aspects of this process would give researchers better insights into host-pathogen interactions.

Sabriya Stukes received her B.S in Biology with a concentration in Microbiology and Immunology in 2005 from Virginia Tech where she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Brenda Winkel to study point mutations in the flavonoid pathway in Arabidopsis thaliana. She was then awarded a post-baccalaureate fellowship at the National Institutes of Health characterizing genetic differences in macaque alleles before and after infection with HIV in the laboratory of Dr. Bernard LaFont. A year later, she researched M. tuberculosis and the effect it had on the activation of immune cells at the NYU Langone Medical Center under the mentorship of Dr. Joel Ernst. She recently earned her doctoral degree in Biomedical Sciences at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the laboratory of Dr. Arturo Casadevall. Her work centers on the fungal pathogen, Cryptococcus neoformans, which is commonly found in major metropolitan cities and can be fatal to immunocompromised individuals. Specifically, she is interested in host-pathogen interactions between macrophages and C. neoformans. She is also actively involved in many organizations and groups that help to both increase diversity and awareness in the science fields and mentor younger generations in underrepresented minority communities on what it means to be a scientist.

 


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