Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - August 2012

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ASM ACTIVITIES

  • 2012 ABRCMS: November 7-10 in San Jose, Californiacmiim gold
  • MicrobeLibrary: New Resources Wanted
  • ICAAC 2012 
  • ASM Conferences
  • New Colloquium Report
  • ASM Press: Featured Titles
  • CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – History of Microbiology Research Travel Awards
  • American Society for Microbiology Branch Lectureships (ASMBL) Program

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

  • Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP, NSF 12-564)
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP, NSF 12-568)
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU, NSF 12-569) Sites and Supplements
  • Global Partnerships for Social Science AIDS Research (R24, RFA-HD-13-012)
  • Ethical Issues in Research on HIV/AIDS and its Co-morbidities (R21, PAR-12-243)

ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

  • The CMIIM List of Minority Microbiologists (CLMM) is Expanding
  • NIAID Career Opportunities: Making a Difference the World Can Feel
  • Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity
  • Position available for Principal Investigator in Immunochemistry
  • History of Microbiology Research Travel Awards Call for Applications
  • Post-Doc and Graduate Positions in Disease Ecology and Management
  • Research Opportunity for Science Students, The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • Open Position at Regeneron
  • Tenure Track Position, Microbiology

SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS

  • Peter Kima, PhD, Department of Microbiology and Cell Science, University of Florida

ASM ACTIVITIES

2012 ABRCMS: November 7-10 in San Jose, California
Registration is open for the 2012 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). For more than a decade, ABRCMS has provided opportunities for undergraduates to pursue advanced training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, including STEM. While an ABRCMS focus is supporting undergraduate research, all attendees – including graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, and faculty and administrators – value the conference’s strong lineup of information-rich workshops, scientific presentations, professional development opportunities, and networking events. For the latest program and speaker updates, visit the conference website, http://www.abrcms.org.

Already planning to attend? Then sign up today? Registration by October 22 offers $100 off the conference registration fee.

Needed – Abstracts and Judges. Students (undergraduate sophomore through postbaccalaureate and graduate levels) are invited to submit abstracts for the conference. In addition, postdoctoral scientists, faculty members, and program directors are encouraged to serve as ABRCMS abstract reviewers and/or onsite presentation judges. Travel awards are available. Deadlines are September 7 for abstract submissions and the ABRCMS Travel Award and September 28 for the ABRCMS Judges' Travel Subsidy and the FASEB MARC Program Travel Award.

ABRCMS is managed by ASM and sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (award number T36GM073777).

MicrobeLibrary: New Resources Wanted
Editors of the ASM MicrobeLibrary – a repository of more than 1,600 free resources developed for and by educators – are pleased to welcome visitors and submissions to the library, newly organized in 2012. Now a peer-reviewed, digital media center, the library divides its vast resources into five searchable collections: Visual Media Briefs, the Gallery, Laboratory Protocols, and – coming in 2013 – the Critical Thinking Question Bank and Alternatives to Lecturing: A Pilot Project of MLTV. Three of the collections are currently accepting submissions. Visual Media Brief editors welcome animations, images, and videos formatted as short research communications for a scientific journal (that is, with introduction, methods, discussion, and reference sections). Gallery editors welcome images, videos, and animations that can enhance lecture or lab presentations. Editors for the in-development Critical Thinking Question Bank seek multiple-choice questions that are appropriate for interactive learning using audience response systems and that require thinking critically (at Bloom’s Taxonomy level three or higher).

Students and faculty are encouraged to visit and contribute to MicrobeLibrary today! Submissions for the Critical Thinking Question Bank will be accepted now through October 1; however, the library’s regular submission deadlines are July 1 (for publication in December) and December 1 (for publication in May). For author guidelines and instructions, please visit http://www.microbelibrary.org.

ICAAC 2012
52nd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
September 9-12, 2012 | San Francisco, CA

ICAAC Program Planner is now available!
Recognized for its acclaimed contributors, attendees and content, ICAAC 2012 brings you late-breaking research and the highest-quality scientific presentations from renowned professionals in the fields of infectious diseases and antimicrobial agents. The Program Planner will allow you to browse the sessions available at ICAAC 2012.

For complete details, please visit
http://www.icaac.org.

ICAAC 2012 Registration
Register for ICAAC 2012 at http://www.icaac.org.

ICAAC Online Registration is open!

Participate in the premier international conference on antimicrobial agents and infectious diseases from anywhere in the world! 

ICAAC Online provides physicians, clinical microbiologists, researchers, pharmacists, and healthcare professionals that are unable to attend ICAAC 2012 with a unique opportunity to experience the groundbreaking presentations and in-depth discussions via the internet.

For complete details and to register, please visit
http://www.icaac.org/online.

ASM Conferences
6th ASM Conference on Biofilms
September 29 – October 4, 2012 | Miami, Florida
Registration and Housing are Open!
Discounted Pre-registration Deadline: August 21, 2012
Housing Deadline: September 8, 2012
Biofilms, or surface-associated microbial communities, have a tremendous impact on industrial, clinical, and natural environments. The 6th ASM conference on Biofilms will discuss the latest research findings, covering topics that range from diagnosis and study of clinically-relevant biofilms to environmental biofilms. Additional topics include new technological developments that allow the study of structured communities and contributions made by the fields of nanotechnology and materials science. The conference will help foster the the interdisciplinary discourse that has been the hallmark of this meeting, bringing together researchers from disparate disciplines interested in a common topic.

4th ASM Conference on Beneficial Microbes
October 22-26, 2012 | San Antonio, Texas
Registration and Housing are Open!
Abstract Deadline has been Extended: August 22, 2012
Discounted Pre-registration Deadline: September 11, 2012
Housing Deadline: October 1, 2012
Humans and other animals have coevolved, and continue to coexist, with diverse assemblages of microorganisms that are required for normal health and development. Understanding of these normal host-microbe associations is essential if we are to understand the impact of pathogens and disease on the dynamic stability of these communities. Research utilizing a wide range of model systems has provided new insights and allowed for establishment of new technologies that provide critical insight into human health and clinical research. Also, we will be able to apply this knowledge towards improved probiotics, prebiotics and novel diagnostic approaches. The primary objective of this conference is to provide a forum for researchers in different scientific disciplines to discuss and exchange ideas regarding the role of beneficial bacteria in the promotion of health. The interdisciplinary nature of this field requires the expertise and cross-fertilization of several scientific disciplines.

Save the date!

3rd ASMET - The ASM Emerging Technologies Conference
June 25 – 28, 2013 | Izmir, Turkey

4th ASM Conference on Salmonella: The Bacterium, the Host and the Environment
October 5-9, 2013 | Boston, Massachusetts

For more information on conferences go to:
http://conferences.asm.org/

New Colloquium Report
The American Academy of Microbiology is proud to announce its newest colloquium report, Bringing the Lab to the Patient: Developing Point-of-Care Diagnostics for Resource Limited Settings. This report identifies the point-of-care diagnostic tests (POCTs) that are most urgently needed, what new scientific and technological advances can be leveraged to create effective POCTs, and the challenges to developing effective POCTs. To read the free full report, please visit: http://bit.ly/JHgzpL.

ASM Press: Featured Titles
Tuberculosis and Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Infections, Sixth Edition
Editor: David Schlossberg
Hardcover: 978-1-55581-513-4

List Price: $199.95
Member Price: $159.95

The most popular reference among physicians for understanding and treating tuberculosis.

  • Presents the current science and tools available in the fight against tuberculosis, including drug-resistant forms, from international experts.
  • Features the latest preventative strategies, including vaccine development and explores the effect of tuberculosis on organ systems and value of surgery.
  • Examines present-day epidemiologic and public health issues, including airline-associated infection, tuberculosis in the developing world, and the role of the World Health Organization and departments of public health.

For more information related to Tuberculosis and Nontuberculous please visit: http://estore.asm.org/viewItemDetails.asp?ItemID=1033.

Yeast Research: A Historical Overview
Authors: James Barnett and Linda Barnett
Hardcover: 978-1-55581-516-5

List Price: $149.95
Member Price: $127.95

A comprehensive history of yeast research.

  • Traces the growing understanding of yeasts and their role in the evolution of microbiology, biochemistry, cytology, and genetics.
  • Details how findings in yeast research were used to overcome complex problems and to develop currently accepted scientific concepts and methods.
  • Emphasizes experimental evidence, by reproducing many figures from the original researchers’ work as well as illustrations of the equipment they used.
  • Serves as a resource for microbiology, biochemistry, or general biology students.

For more information related to Yeast Research please visit: http://estore.asm.org/viewItemDetails.asp?ItemID=960.

Find all of these titles and more at estore.asm.org/press.

When you buy books directly through the ASM Press, you support the society that supports the science of microbiology.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – History of Microbiology Research Travel Awards
Deadline – NOVEMBER 15, 2012
The Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives (CHOMA) Committee is pleased to announce two Travel Awards of $1500 each for research at the ASM Archives in the area of the history of microbiology.   The grants support research of the awardees’ choosing, and awardees may be invited to present their research at the ASM Annual Meeting and/or prepare an article for Microbe, the ASM membership magazine. 

The CHOMA collections, located at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), include 9,000 volumes on microbiology and related topics; photographs of scientists and microbes; topical files on various aspects of microbiology; biographical materials; instructional materials, including slides and motion pictures; records of the Society from its founding in 1899 to the present, including journals and proceedings of meetings; and several collections of personal papers.  For additional information on the collection, go to http://www.asm.org/choma or contact the ASM Archivist, Jeff Karr, at jkarr@asmusa.org.

Applicants for the History of Microbiology Research Travel Awards must provide a CV (any length), a detailed description of the proposed project (three pages maximum) clearly demonstrating its historical intent, and a tentative list of archive materials to be used based on the descriptions of CHOMA holdings found at the website.  In addition, a short description of previous historical research undertaken by the applicant (if applicable) and/or an indication of how/why the applicant became interested in the history of microbiology must be provided.  Finally, applicants should arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent by e-mail.

All applications and letters of recommendation are due by NOVEMBER 15, 2012 to the ASM Archivist, Jeff Karr, at jkarr@asmusa.org

Awards will be announced by December 30, 2012.

For additional information on the award and award guidelines, click on the “History of Microbiology Research Travel Awards” link on the Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives (CHOMA) website (http://www.asm.org/choma)  

American Society for Microbiology Branch Lectureships (ASMBL) Program
(formerly known as Waksman Foundation for Microbiology Lectures)
The program annually selects a scientifically diverse group of distinguished lecturers to deliver lectures at ASM Branch meetings throughout the country. The ASMBL Committee will begin preparing the speaker list for the 2013-2014 program year in November 2012. The Committee welcomes nominations from the ASM Membership!

Program and speaker eligibility requirements are available online or via e-mail (adempsey@asmusa.org).

Website: http://asm.org/index.php/asm-branch-lectureship-program

Deadline for Nominations: November 15, 2012

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP, NSF 12-564)
The LSAMP program assists universities and colleges in diversifying the STEM workforce through their efforts at significantly increasing the numbers of students successfully completing high quality degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Particular emphasis is placed on transforming STEM education through innovative recruitment and retention strategies and experiences in support of groups historically under-represented in STEM discipline: African-Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiian s, and Native Pacific Islanders. The knowledge generation portfolio of LSAMP supported activities contributes to the body of literature on successful practices in student recruitment, retention, persistence, and attainment of STEM undergraduate and graduate degrees, especially for the previously mentioned populations underrepresented in STEM disciplines. Deadline is August 28, 2012, and more information is available at
http://nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12564/nsf12564.htm.

Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP, NSF 12-568)
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, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, research, and outreach. TCUP-eligible institutions are predominantly two-year and community colleges. Support is available to TCUP-eligible institutions (see the Additional Eligibility subsection of Section IV of this solicitation) for Planning Grants, Instructional Capacity Excellence in TCUP Institutions (ICE-TI), Broadening Participation Research in STEM Education (BPR) Projects, Targeted STEM Infusion Projects (TSIP), and Catalyzing Opportunities for Research and Education (CORE). 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. Deadline is September 11, 2012, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12568/nsf12568.htm.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU, NSF 12-569) Sites and Supplements
The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects. Deadline is September 12, 2012, and more information is available at
http://nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12569/nsf12569.htm.

Global Partnerships for Social Science AIDS Research (R24, RFA-HD-13-012)
This reissued funding opportunity announcement (FOA) calls for collaborative applications between institutions in the United States, or other developed countries, and research institutions in developing countries affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The goal of this FOA is to strengthen the research infrastructure of local institutions in developing countries and provide support for a small portfolio of high impact social and/or behavioral science research on HIV/AIDS. Activities supported under this FOA should be led by local social and behavioral scientists in partnership with scientists from the United States and/or other developed countries. Research should address social and behavioral issues in the prevention, care, and/or treatment of HIV/AIDS. The research projects and enhanced research infrastructure support should be designed to foster the emergence of local scientists as recognized leaders in behavioral and social sciences research on HIV/AIDS. Allowable expenses and evaluation criteria are described in the document. Letters of intent are due November 7, 2012, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-13-012.html.

Ethical Issues in Research on HIV/AIDS and its Co-morbidities (R21, PAR-12-243)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications addressing ethical issues in research relevant to populations with HIV and associated co-morbidities, and populations at high risk of HIV acquisition. The bioethics projects supported through this program announcement will focus on at least one of the following three goals:

1) Development of the empirical knowledge base for human subjects protection and ethics standards in HIV/AIDS research;

2) Development of conceptual bioethics approaches to advance scholarship on difficult ethical challenges in HIV/AIDS research;

3) Supporting the integration of bioethics work with ongoing research in HIV/AIDS.

Deadline is January 7, 2013, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-243.html.

ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

The CMIIM List of Minority Microbiologists (CLMM) is Expanding
The recently published CMIIM List of Minority Microbiologists (CLMM) is now expanding to include new additions. All new additions will be considered by the CMIIM for inclusion to the CLMM. To submit requests to be added to the CLMM, please submit a biosketch of at least one paragraph, along with a .jpg image of yourself, to CMIIM@asmusa.org. The committee reserves the right to make slight modifications to each biosketch, but the final version will be submitted to you for final approval before publishing. To view the CLMM, go to: http://www.asm.org/clmm.

NIAID Career Opportunities: Making a Difference the World Can Feel
For more than 60 years, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the largest Institutes of the world-renowned National Institutes of Health (NIH), has been at the forefront of research on immunologic, allergic, and infectious diseases. You or someone you know is likely affected by the research NIAID does on a daily basis.

Did you know?

  • 20 million school days are lost each year due to the common cold.
  • Asthma affects almost 25 million Americans daily.
  • 12,000 Americans are hospitalized each year due to foodborne illnesses.
  • 8.8 million people worldwide fell victim to tuberculosis in 2010.

NIAID has made extraordinary progress toward containing infectious diseases that disproportionately affect minority populations. Despite these advances, the world still faces numerous threats. With your help, we can continue toward our goal of ultimately eliminating these infectious diseases.

Join the front line of research.

NIAID is committed to advancing research on the diseases that contribute to health disparities, increasing outreach to affected communities throughout the Unites States, and fostering the training of a new cadre of scientists from various scientific backgrounds. Join the elite workforce at NIAID and help us as we work hand-in-hand with some of the most talented investigators in this country and abroad. Administrative and scientific staff together can help eliminate these and other health issues that affect the citizens of the world. Saving lives starts here.

Learn more about NIAID and its exciting career opportunities:

HHS, NIH, and NIAID are proud to be equal opportunity employers.

Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO)
If you have a passion 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) (http://www.niaid.nih.gov/LabsAndResources/labs/training/inro/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=link&utm_medium=OwerAd&utm_campaign=INRO2012) program for students from populations underrepresented in biomedical sciences. This four-day exploratory program takes place in Bethesda, MD, on the NIH campus, February 4 to 7, 2013.

Become part of a diverse community of aspiring NIAID researchers and join other dedicated science students like yourself for an all-expenses-paid visit to our research facility. Your trip will include these highlights:

  • Learn about global health research from NIAID’s premier scientists.
  • Interview with potential mentors.
  • Tour NIAID research laboratories and view state-of-the-art science technologies.
  • Network with others interested in a career in biomedical research.

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. (http://www.niaid.nih.gov/labsandresources/labs/training/inro/Pages/checkEligibility.aspx?utm_source=link&utm_medium=OwerAd&utm_campaign=INRO2012

If INRO sounds like your next step toward a research career in allergy, immunology, or infectious diseases, apply now! (http://www.niaid.nih.gov/LabsAndResources/labs/training/inro/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=link&utm_medium=OwerAd&utm_campaign=INRO2012)

Applications will be accepted through October 15, 2012.

Read success stories (http://www.niaid.nih.gov/labsandresources/labs/training/inro/Pages/studentSuccess.aspx?utm_source=link&utm_medium=OwerAd&utm_campaign=INRO2012) from previous INRO participants. Visit the NIAID website (http://www.niaid.nih.gov/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=link&utm_medium=OwerAd&utm_campaign=INRO2012) for the latest news and research.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity
A postdoctoral position is available for a period of two years or more for a fellow working in the area of microbial pathogenesis. The successful candidate will conduct experiments on mechanisms of innate antimicrobial nanotherapeutics for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection. This is a new collaborative project between Dr. Obonyo (Department of Medicine) and Dr. Zhang (Department of Nano-Engineering). Efforts will focus on the dissection of antibacterial mechanism and host response to the innate antimicrobial nanotherapeutics. Competitive applicants will be skilled in molecular and microbiological techniques including bacterial and cell culture. Prior experience working with animal models of infection and bacterial molecular techniques is preferred but not absolutely required. Please send curriculum vitae to: Marygorret Obonyo (mobonyo@ucsd.edu)

Position available for Principal Investigator in Immunochemistry
As a Principal Investigator in Immunochemistry your daily job duties would include the following: overall responsibility for client interaction and the technical conduct of a study, as well as, for the interpretation, analysis, documentation, and reporting of results on Immunochemistry projects; represent the single of point of control for research projects; manage client relationships; coordinate the efforts of the study team; develop protocols and ensure that the protocol and report, including any changes are in compliance with the appropriate SOPs, GLP, and regulatory guidelines; many others. Desired: PhD in Biochemistry or related field, and 2+ years of experience in the area of Immunochemistry. Masters degree and extensive experience will be considered. Familiarity with GLP and EMEA regulations, FDA guidelines and industry standards for bioanalytical method validation. EEO Employer Covance is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. (M/F/D/V). Your confidentiality and privacy are important to us. Covance, with headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey, is one of the world's largest and most comprehensive drug development services companies with annual revenues greater than $2 billion, global operations in more than 30 countries, and more than 11,000 employees worldwide. Job ID: 3379109. More information is available at http://www.linkedin.com/jobs?viewJob=&jobId=3379109&trk=jobs_biz_prem_jymbii

Post-Doc and Graduate Positions in Disease Ecology and Management
Project summary: In the western Great Plains Wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV), Wheat mosaic virus (WMoV), and Triticum mosaic virus (TriMV) are serious diseases of winter wheat transmitted by the same mite vector, the wheat curl mite. Management of these mitetransmitted diseases relies upon understanding abiotic and biotic factors that drive survival and spread of the vector and pathogen as there are no chemical controls options and multiple noncrop species can serve as reservoirs for vector/virus. Although managing green bridge hosts and planting dates are important tools to mitigate disease risk, the effect of environmental and biological variables on mite and virus population dynamics is inadequately understood; negatively impacting the potential for successful incorporation of these management tools. We are recruiting candidates for one PhD and one PostDoctoral position to quantify risk of disease incidence and severity factors across the biological and environmental variability seen in the Great Plains. Results will improve our understanding on the factors conditioning the spread and impact of vectortransmitted cereal viruses as well as approaches to mitigate them. Location: Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana. MSU is one of the top midsized research institutions located in the heart of the Big Sky country. Bozeman was ranked 5th on Outside magazine’s “40 Best College Towns” and the surrounding area offers access to Yellowstone NP and some of the best flyfishing, hiking, rafting, and skiing in America. For more details visit http://www.montana.edu/wwwnss/thebest.shtml. Electronic applications are accepted. Applications should be sent to: Dr. Fabian Menalled. menalled@montana.edu. (406) 9944783

Research Opportunity for Science Students, The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the largest Institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is seeking applicants for its Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) program, which provides an invaluable opportunity for students with strong academic standing who are from populations underrepresented in biomedical research. Candidates who are college-level seniors, medical school students, or doctoral candidates nearing their dissertation defense and from a population underrepresented in the biomedical sciences are eligible.

NIAID is looking for dedicated science students interested in joining the NIAID research community. During the 4-day program, students will hear lectures from world-renowned scientists and interview for potential research training positions at the Institute’s Maryland and Montana laboratories. This year’s program marks 10 years of INRO and takes place in Bethesda, Maryland, on the NIH campus, February 4–7, 2013. Students’ expenses for travel, hotel accommodations, and meals will be paid.

Applications are being accepted through October 15, 2012. Interested students can apply online through the program’s website https://inro.niaid.nih.gov/.

Open Position at Regeneron
Successful candidates will be responsible for conducting evaluations of potential antibody targets for use in the development of drug candidates using Regeneron's VelocImmune monoclonal antibody technology. Candidates will work as a member of the Target Information Group and utilizing expertise in genetic/genomic analysis and immunology, conduct in-depth analysis of protein targets and/or target families such as assessing gene expression, protein structure/function, and biological/medical relevance. Investigations may include the analysis of large data sets from human and mouse studies (QTL, SNP and GWAS) directed to understanding the molecular basis of human disease. The ideal candidate will be responsible for searching, assembling and translating the biology and genetics of target-disease associations and providing an assessment of the strengths and weakness of different analytical methods and individual studies. This will necessitate working closely with members of each of the Regeneron Therapeutic Focus Areas (TFA's) to identify specific target(s) and disease indications and to deliver in a timely fashion, a balanced analysis for each topic and which may require consultations with internal and external experts in multiple therapeutic areas.
Anyone who is interested can contact/send resume to Dr. Aris Economides at Aris.Economides@regeneron.com or 914-847-7514.

Tenure Track Faculty Position, Microbiology
The Department of Biology at Tufts University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Microbiology. We seek a creative scholar with primary expertise in comparative or functional genomics, ecology of microbial populations, or genome evolution of microbial communities. Someone with the ability to work on multiple biological scales, ranging from the molecular to the community, is preferred. The successful candidate will use modern research techniques of computational genomics to address fundamental questions in evolution and ecology. The candidate will develop an active externally funded research program involving graduate and undergraduate students. Instructional duties will include an undergraduate microbiology course and an associated microbiology laboratory course, as well as contributions to other undergraduate or graduate courses based on the expertise and interests of the new faculty member. A clear commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels is essential. Doctoral degree, post-doctoral experience and a record of research productivity are required. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, separate statements of (1) research interests and plans and (2) teaching experience and philosophy and three letters of reference to this link: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/1719. Submission of 1-3 select reprints in PDF format is encouraged. Review of applications begins October 15, 2012, and continues until the position is filled. Tufts University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

 


 

SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGY SCIENTISTS

Peter Kima, PhD, Department of Microbiology and Cell Science, University of Florida
Some of the most persistent and important pathogens that infect humans reside in specialized compartments (often called pathogen containing compartments, PCC) within mammalian cells. PCCs have to navigate around the host cell’s vesicles and organelles some of which contain molecules that are useful for the replication of the pathogen within them and others that contain molecules that are harmful to the pathogens. Indeed several pathogens have evolved strategies for their PCCs to avoid potentially deleterious interactions with some organelles. The likelihood that these interactions can be targeted to control intracellular pathogenesis explains in part the interest in the interactions of PCCs. A recent publication from Dr. Peter Kima’s laboratory reviews our current knowledge of the interactions of a select group of PCCs with the secretory pathway (Interactions of pathogen containing compartments with the secretory pathway. Cellular Microbiology, 2012 Aug. 3, Accepted Article, Manuscript Online). Of the 5 pathogens that are considered Brucella, Legionella and Chlamydia are prokaryotes while Leishmania and Toxoplasma are eukaryotic parasites. Together these pathogens are the causative agents of important human diseases. The review highlight’s the fact that the secretory pathway is composed of sub compartments that exhibit unique molecular signatures where discrete cellular functions occur. Each PCC exhibits preferences for secretory pathway sub compartments; examples include the preference by Brucella containing vesicles for Endoplasmic Reticulum exit sites (ERES) and Legionella for ER Golgi Intermediate compartment (ERGIC). Our current understanding of the reasons for those preferences is incomplete. Nonetheless, in the case of Chlamydia there are known metabolic needs of the pathogen that helps to explain the preferences of its PCC. There is a growing list of pathogen molecules that have been described that either mediate the interactions of some PCCs or that are delivered into select secretory pathway sub compartments. In light of emerging evidence that disruption of PCC interaction with specific compartments of the secretory pathway can result in inhibition of the pathogen’s replication, obtaining greater insight into these interactions should be useful for developing pathogen control strategies in the future.

Dr. Peter Kima is an Associate Professor at the University of Florida (http://microcell.ufl.edu/personnel/faculty/kima.shtml) . He obtained his PhD from Hahnemann University (now Drexel University) and a Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health. Dr. Kima performed postdoctoral studies at Yale University prior to joining the University of Florida. He is a member of the American society of Microbiologists and the American Society of Tropical Medicine in which he is on the Program committee. He has been an ad hoc reviewer for NIH special emphasis grants as well as Score grants. At the University of Florida he teaches a course in Human Parasitology that has an enrollment each year of approximately 220 students. His primary research is focused on the cell biology of Leishmania infections.


   

In July 2006, the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM) of the American Society for Microbiology Public and Scientific Affairs Board developed a monthly e-newsletter which contains information pertinent to minority microbiologists. Currently, there are very few minority-based newsletters for scientists, and there are none for microbiologists.

This e-newsletter provides a central means of distributing pertinent information to underrepresented minorities in the field of microbiology. Some examples include career advice, networking tips, relevant news articles, unique funding and career opportunities, microbiological issues affecting minorities (e.g., HIV), minority issues affecting microbiologists (e.g., minority retention), and scientific articles published by minorities or by minority-serving institutions (MSIs).

The target populations are African-Americans, Latino-Americans, Native Americans, Alaska natives, and Pacific Islanders; however, all ASM members are invited to sign up and to share this information with others who may find this e-newsletter beneficial.  

Signing up to receive The Minority Microbiology Mentor is very easy and is open to ASM members and non-members: simply go to: Subscribe to Listserv enter your email address, and select "MinorityMicroMentor" then submit, and you will receive confirmation of your subscription by email. If you are an ASM member, you will be prompted to Log In before signing up.

The Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities is chaired by Dwayne W. Boucaud, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Quinnipiac University Department of Biomedical Sciences in Hamden, CT.  The Minority Microbiology Mentor Editor-in-Chief is Dr. Boucaud and the Associate Editor is Crystal N. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.

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