About the Academy

Over the last 50 years, over 2,500 distinguished scientists have been elected to The American Academy of Microbiology (AAM or Academy). The AAM is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the world's oldest and largest life science organization. The mission of the Academy is to recognize scientists for outstanding contributions to microbiology and provide microbiological expertise in the service of science and the public. It fulfills its mission by election to Fellowship in the Academy, convening colloquia and oversight of ASM’s Awards Program.

2018 Award Laureates

The American Academy of Microbiology is honored to welcome these Fellows, elected in recognition of their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

AAM Fellowship Dues

Support the Academy with your Annual or Lifetime Fellowship dues. Questions? Email academy@asmusa.org for more information.

ASM Awards

The Academy manages ASM’s awards program.

16 awards honor leaders in the microbial sciences who are recognized and nominated by their peers. 


Find AAM Fellows

Search the AAM Fellows directory. 

Nomination & Election

Election qualifiers to Fellowship are scientific excellence, originality, and leadership; high ethical standards as well as scholarly and creative achievement. Qualifications for Fellowship are: an earned doctoral degree; senior professional standing recognized at the national or international level; and outstanding and original contributions to the field of microbiology. The Academy takes each of these criteria extremely seriously, including the adherence to high ethical standards, and will take the appropriate measures to address any alleged or actual unethical behavior by Academy Fellows.

Nominations for AAM Fellowship for 2019 are no longer being accepted. 

Nominations are accepted annually from September 1 - November 1. 



mBio® is published in association with the American Academy of Microbiology. AAM Fellows also are entitled to submit manuscripts via a special, accelerated submission path, with one published manuscript allowed per calendar year.  Additionally, AAM Fellows work with Editor in Chief Arturo Casadevall by serving as editors and reviewers for manuscripts submitted in their areas of expertise.