Enquist Becomes President of the American Society for Microbiology

Washington, D.C. - July 1, 2015 - As of July 1, 2015, Henry L. Hillman professor of molecular biology and professor in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University Lynn Enquist, will become president of the American Society for Microbiology.

LynnEnquistPrincetonAn elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Enquist is an expert on neurovirology and molecular genetics. His research interests include genetics and molecular biology of DNA viruses with a special emphasis on neurotropic alpha herpes viruses. His current work is devoted to understanding how viruses invade and cause disease in the nervous system.

Enquist has previously served as the research director at Molecular Genetics, Inc., one of the first biotech companies, led efforts in designing novel applications of viruses for DuPont corporate research and managed an antiviral drug discovery team for DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical.

Enquist brings extensive leadership experience to his new role. His past leadership roles include serving on the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, the AAAS board of directors and as President of the American Society for Virology. He has also played a key role in state funding for cancer research and education as the commissioner for the New Jersey Cancer Commission. Enquist has also been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Additionally, Enquist has already been involved in important roles for the society, including serving on the editorial board and holding the editor-in-chief position of one of ASM’s journals, the Journal of Virology. Recently, he has also been active in exploring possible changes to organizational structures at ASM, through the ASM Futures Project.

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The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, composed of over 39,000 scientists and health professionals. Its mission is to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well-being worldwide.