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2018-2019 OFFICERS 

swansonMichele Swanson, President

After earning a B.S. in Biology from Yale University, Swanson joined Sam Silverstein's lab at Rockefeller University before completing a M.S. in Genetics at Columbia University with Marion Carlson and a PhD in Genetics at Harvard Medical School with Fred Winston. After devoting time to her two young children, she trained as a postdoctoral fellow with Ralph Isberg at Tufts Medical School and HHMI, where she began to study the environmental pathogen Legionella pneumophila. At the University of Michigan Medical School in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Professor Swanson leads a research program on Legionella pathogenesis and directs the Office of Postdoctoral Studies.

At Michigan, Swanson has mentored 21 pre- and postdoctoral fellows who continued their careers in academia and industry. She lectures in and co-directs the Infectious Disease Sequence, serves the Operating Committees for the MD/PhD and Microbial Pathogenesis PhD programs and has sat on the Rackham Graduate School Executive Board and the President’s Advisory Commission on Women’s Issues. Nationally, she has served the American Society for Microbiology as Chair of the Microbial Pathogenesis Division B, Chair of the AAM Board of Governors, member of the Council Policy, Finance, Colloquium Advisory, General Meeting Program, and Meetings Department Strategic Planning Committees. She is a former editor for Molecular Biology and Microbiology Reviews and member of the editorial board of Infection and Immunity, Division B lecturer, and Waxman Foundation keynote lecturer. Currently she serves on the editorial board for mBio, co-hosts the podcast "This Week in Microbiology" and is an author of the ASM Press textbook Microbe. Swanson has also served on the organizing committees of the International Conference on Legionella, the editorial boards of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, Molecular Microbiology, and Autophagy, and was elected Councilor for the Society for Leukocyte Biology and Chair of a 2009 FASEB Summer Research Conference and a 2014 Gordon Research Conference.


Stefano BertuzziStefano Bertuzzi, CEO

Stefano Bertuzzi, Ph.D., MPH, joined ASM as the Executive Director/CEO of the American Society for Microbiology on Jan. 4, 2016. Dr. Bertuzzi previously served as the Executive Director at the American Society for Cell Biology for 3 years. Before leading the American Society for Cell Biology, Dr. Bertuzzi was a senior scientific executive at the National Institutes of Health where he served as Director of the Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communications at the National Institute of Mental Health, and as a science policy advisor to the NIH Director, Dr. Elias Zerhouni.

Bertuzzi received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biotechnology from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan, Italy with a fellowship in the Microbiology Institute, and his Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore with a specialization in health policy.

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patelRobin Patel, President-Elect

Dr. Robin Patel graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Chemistry and from McGill University with an M.D. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowships in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at Mayo Clinic. She is the Elizabeth P. and Robert E. Allen Professor of Individualized Medicine, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Microbiology, Chair of the Division of Clinical Microbiology, and Director of the Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Patel is a Fellow of American Academy of Microbiology, President-Elect of the American Society for Microbiology, an associate editor for the Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Clinical Infectious Diseases, and course director for the Mayo Medical School Microbiology course. Her research focuses on clinical bacteriology diagnostic testing, antimicrobial resistance, and microbial biofilms.


cotterPeggy Cotter, Past President

Dr. Cotter is a professor in the department of Microbiology and Immunology at the UNC School of Medicine. She received her bachelor's in Microbiology and Psychobiology from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), then earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from UCLA. Research in Dr. Cotter’s lab focuses on investigating the role of gene regulation and of regulated factors, in establishment, maintenance and transmission of bacterial respiratory tract infections. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology.


donohueTim Donohue, Secretary

Dr. Donohue is the UW Foundation Chairman Fetzer-Bascom Professor in the department of Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his B.S. in Life Sciences from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and his Ph.D. in Microbiology from Pennsylvania State University. He became a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 2000 and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2009. Dr. Donohue served as ASM’s president in 2013. His laboratory’s research analyzes pathways and networks that microbes use to grow, generate biomass, or produce alternative fuels from sunlight or other renewable sources of energy.


yatesMarylynn Yates, Treasurer

Marylynn V. Yates joined the faculty of UC Riverside in 1987, and has served in several leadership roles during her tenure at the university. These include chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences; associate executive vice chancellor; dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, program leader for the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources; chair of the CNAS Executive Committee; co-chair of the Committee on Academic Personnel; associate co-director of the One Health Center, University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI), and UCGHI’s director of education.

Dr. Yates's research focuses on the transmission of human pathogenic microorganisms in environmental media, particularly water and wastewater. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007) and a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (2011), she is a recipient of UCR’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2001-02) and was named Distinguished Teaching Professor (2006).

Dr. Yates received her doctoral degree in microbiology from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 1984. She has a master’s degree in chemistry from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.