American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturers and Topics

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  • Each Branch is allowed one ASM Distinguished Lecturer per program year (July 1-June 30).
  • Lecturers serve two-year terms.  Please note speaker term expiration dates indicated below when making arrangements for a Lecturer.
  • 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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ASM DISTINGUISHED LECTURER 2018-2019 ROSTER: 

For detailed descriptions of topics, contact and biographical information, please click on speaker's name below, or CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE PDF 2018-2019 ROSTER      

* The ASMDL Roster includes two Waksman Foundation Lecturers, supported through funding from the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology, with research topics primarily focused in antibiotics, translational research and/or environmental microbiology. Waksman Foundation Lecturers are clearly denoted on the Roster.

 

Lecturers serve two-year terms.  Please note speaker term expiration dates indicated below when making arrangements for a Lecturer.

 

2018-2019 ASMDL Lecturers

 

  • Aaron A. Best, Ph.D. Waksman Foundation Lecturer* – (Speaker Term: July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020)
    • Just Your Friendly, Neighborhood E. coli? Population Diversity of Escherichia Isolated from Fresh Water Sources
    • Reaching Clarity: Monitoring a Hypereutrophic Watershed During Remediation
    • What’s in Your Water? Assessing Water Quality Around the World
    • Taking the Research Plunge from Day 1: Authentic Research for First Year Undergraduates

 

  • Stephen M. Beverley (Speaker Term: July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020)
    • Role of RNA Viruses as Pathogenicity Factors in Protozoan Parasites
    • The Role of Leishmania Surface Glycoconjugates in Pathogenicity  
    • Genomic and Genetic Perspectives on Parasite Virulence
    • Widespread Aneuploidy in Leishmania

 

  • Barbara A. Brown-Elliott, MS, MT(ASCP)SM (Speaker Term: July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020)
    • Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) and Recent Developments in the Mycobacteriology Laboratory
    • Nocardia: Update on Taxonomy and Laboratory Diagnosis, Including Molecular Methods and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
    • Mycobacterium avium Complex (MAC): Clinical Diagnosis, Laboratory Identification, and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
    • Animal Infections Caused by Rapidly Growing Mycobacteria and Other Aerobic Actinomycetes
    • Challenges in Research and How Having the Right Team Can Help

 

  • Terje Dokland (Speaker Term: July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019)
    • Staphylococcal Pathogenicity Islands: Hijackers on the Phage Assembly Pathway 
    • Pirates of the Caudovirales 
    • Taking Advantage of the Cryo-EM “Resolution Revolution” in Microbiological Research
    • Scaffolding-mediated Assembly Control in the Bacteriophages

 

  • Ramon Gonzalez  (Speaker Term: July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019)
    • Engineering an Orthogonal and Modular Pathway for the Efficient Synthesis of Functionalized Small Molecules   
    • Rethinking the Logic of Biological Activation and Conversion of Methane: A New Era of Industrial Biomanufacturing  
    • Understanding and Harnessing the Anaerobic Fermentation of Glycerol   

 

  • Brian Hammer (Speaker Term: July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020)
    • Control of Bacterial Biofilms by Quorum Sensing Small RNAs  
    • Natural Transformation in Vibrio cholerae  
    • Type VI Secretion Alters the Organization of Bacterial Communities  
    • Carving Out Your Niche (in Microbiology)  

  

  • Barbara I. Kazmierczak, MD, Ph.D. (Speaker Term: July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020)
    • Bacterial Cheating: Why Phenotypic Heterogeneity Improves Pathogen Fitness in the Host
    • Should I Stay or Should I Go? Decision Points in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilm Formation  
    • A Physicist’s View of Bacterial Motility: Applying Single Particle Tracking to P. aeruginosa Motility  
    • The Cost of Virulence: Innate Immune Recognition of the Type 3 Secretion System  
    • Gut Microbiome Acquisition and Maturation in Infants with Cystic Fibrosis  

 

  • Linda Kenney (Speaker Term: July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020)
    • Peeking at a Pathogen in Action: Super-resolution Imaging of Salmonella Infection
    • Insights from Studying Individual Cells: A New View of pH Regulation in Bacteria  
    • How Do Bacteria Decide Between a Virulent vs Dormant Lifestyle: Watching Biofilms Form in vivo  
    • Sometimes Your Enemy Is a Friend: Salmonella Pathogenesis vs Tumor Regression  

 

  • Dr. Joel E. Kostka (Speaker Term: July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020)
    • A Moveable Feast: The Response of Benthic Microbes to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Well Blowout in the Gulf of Mexico
    • The Sphagnum Phytobiome: A Team of Ecosystem Engineers in Resource Limited Peatlands  
    • Can Peat Beat the Heat?: Stability of the Peatland Carbon Bank to Deep Warming  
    • New Pathways of Organic Matter Decomposition Limit Methane Emission from Wetland Soils  
    • Biogeography of Benthic Microbial Communities in the Gulf of Mexico  

 

  • Susan Lynch (Speaker Term: July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019)
    • Gut Microbiome and Allergic Asthma
    • Airway Microbiome and Chronic Inflammatory Disease
    • Gut Microbiome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease 

 

  • Ilhem Messaoudi-Powers, Ph.D. (Speaker Term: July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019)
    • Ebola Virus: From Mechanisms of Disease to Vaccination Strategies
    • Aging and Immune Response to Infection
    • How Alcohol Consumption Alters Our Immune Defense Mechanisms
    • Obesity during Pregnancy and Its Impact on Neonatal Immunity

 

  • Harry L. T. Mobley, Ph.D. (Speaker Term:  July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019)
    • Bacterial Gene Expression during Human Infection  
    • Strategies for Development of Vaccines against Mucosal Infections  
    • Stones, Spears and Swarming: Bacterial Social Aggression at Its Worst    

 

  • Beronda L. Montgomery (Speaker Term:  July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019)
    • Seeing the Light: Color Vision and Developmental Acclimation in Cyanobacteria  
    • First Insight into Second Messengers: Roles of Cyclic Dinucleotides in Environmental Responses in Cyanobacteria  
    • Shaping Up: Photoregulation of Cellular Morphology in Cyanobacteria  
    • Lighting the Way: Building Bridges to Access and Success  
    • Cultivating a Career: From Seeds of Inspiration to a Harvest of Discovery, Mentoring & Transformation  

  

  • Dr. Cheryl A. Nickerson (Speaker Term: July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020)
    • Force of Nature: Physiological Fluid Shear Regulates Bacterial Pathogenesis  
    • Outpacing Infectious Disease – Mimicking the Host-Pathogen Microenvironment  
    • Organotypic 3-D Tissue Models: Innovative and Predictive Platforms to Study Host-Pathogen Interactions and Infectious Disease  
    • Spaceflight-induced Alterations in Microbial Virulence and Host-Pathogen Interactions: Novel Insight into Infectious Disease Mechanisms 

 

  • Donald W. Schaffner (Speaker Term:  July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019)
    • Should You Eat That? The Science behind the Five-second Rule 
    • Handwashing and Hand Sanitizers from the Perspective of a Food Microbiologist
    • Food Safety Modeling and Risk Assessment for Fun and Profit  

 

  • Thomas J. Walsh, M.D., Ph.D. (hon), FIDSA, FAAM, FECMM - Waksman Foundation Lecturer* (Speaker Term: July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019)
    • Advances in the Laboratory Diagnosis of Invasive Candidiases and Their Therapeutic Implications  
    • Emerging Fungal Pathogens and Diseases
    • Invasive Aspergillosis in Immunocompromised Patients  
    • Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenges of Mucormycosis   
    • Special Hosts and Invasive Mycoses: Critical Interactions between Laboratory and Bedside toward Better Patient Care   

 

 * The ASMDL Roster includes two Waksman Foundation Lecturers, supported through funding from the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology, with research topics primarily focused in antibiotics, translational research and/or environmental microbiology. Waksman Foundation Lecturers are clearly denoted on the Roster.

 

CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE PDF 2018-2019 ROSTER   

 

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