Friday, 07 April 2017 10:27

Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - April


  • JMBE Seeking Manuscripts for Science Communication Issue
  • Volunteer to be a Career Adviser at ASM Microbe session
  • Pre-ASM Microbe Workshop Provides One-On-One Coaching
  • Get your Questions about Grants Answered at ASM Online Course
  • New Books From ASM Press!
  • ASM Clinical Virology Symposium
  • ASM Microbe 2017
  • ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE)
  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
  • ASM-ESCMID Conference on Drug Development to Meet the Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Upcoming ASM Conferences
  • Diversity lecture at ASM Microbe 2017: Training for Post-Docs and Students with Dr. José Víctor García-Martínez


  • Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)
  • Antarctic Research
  • Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) and the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • Avenir Award Program for Research on Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS (DP2)
  • Advancing Exceptional Research on HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse (R01)


  • FASEB Science Research Conference
  • Graduate Student Position in Soil Biogeochemistry/Microbial Ecology
  • Bowen Lab, Marine Science Center, Northeastern University REU position available
  • Postdoc, microbial symbioses of zoo-housed species, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
  • PhD position in Australia to study the microbiology and greenhouse gas dynamics of inland wetlands


  • Ar’Quette Grant, Ph.D., Post-doctoral Researcher, United States Department of Agriculture


JMBE Seeking Manuscripts for Science Communication Issue
Based on the success of two previous themed issues, ASM’s Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education is seeking papers that examine various forms of science communication (written, oral, media), cognitive biases related to scientific topics, building narratives around research findings, partnerships between scientists and communication professionals, and more. Led by science communication experts, this broad-spectrum issue will engage readers of all science backgrounds and educate the community at large on the importance of effective science communication. All manuscripts must be submitted by August 7th. Learn more about the issue and submit your best work today!

Volunteer to be a Career Adviser at ASM Microbe session
We’re calling for volunteers to share insights about career pathways and provide coaching and advising in an informal small group discussion setting at the ASM Microbe session, “Microbiology Career Choices: What's Available and How to Succeed”. The session will be held Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm. This workshop is targeted to undergraduate and graduate students seeking diverse careers in the microbial sciences. Sign up here to serve as a career adviser.

Pre-ASM Microbe Workshop Provides One-On-One Coaching          
Undergraduates, postbaccalaureates, and graduate students are encouraged to register today for the Microbe Academy for Professional Development (MAPD)! Participants will receive personalized feedback on their presentation, strengthen mentoring relationships with researchers and academic advisors, and network with peers and faculty members during the two half-day workshops being held Wednesday, May 31 (2:00—6:00 pm) and Thursday, June 1 (8—11:30 am).

Get your Questions about Grants Answered at ASM Online Course
Writing a grant and want a refresher on best practices? Attend the ASM Grant Writing Online Course. This seven-part series, taking place in fall 2017, will provide an overview of the grant writing process, insight into what makes grants successful, and personalized feedback on portions of your grant. Registration is accepted on a first come, first serve basis until July 15.

New Books From ASM Press!

Myeloid Cells in Health and Disease: A Synthesis
Editor: Siamon Gordon, University of Cape Town
The structure, functions, and interactions of Myeloid cells have long been the focus of research and therapeutics development. Yet, much more remains to be discovered about the complex web of relationships that makes up the immune systems of animals. Scientists today are applying genome-wide analyses, single-cell methods, gene editing, and modern imaging techniques to reveal new subclasses of differentiated myeloid cells, new receptors and cytokines, and important interactions among immune cells.

In Myeloid Cells in Health and Disease: A Synthesis, Editor Siamon Gordon has assembled an international team of esteemed scientists to provide their perspectives of myeloid cells during innate and adaptive immunity.

Updates include

  • the recruitment of myeloid and other immune cells following microbial infection
  • the role of myeloid cells in the inflammation process and the repair of damaged tissue
  • the vast arsenal of myeloid cell secretory molecules, including metalloproteinases, tumor necrosis factor, histamine, and perforin
  • receptors and downstream signaling pathways that are activated following ligand-receptor binding
  • roles of myeloid cells during microbial and parasite infections
  • contributions of myeloid cells in atherosclerosis
  • myeloid-derived suppressor cells in tumor development and cancer

Myeloid Cells in Health and Disease: A Synthesis will benefit graduate students and researchers in immunology, hematology, microbial pathogenesis, infectious disease, pathology, and pharmacology. Established scientists and physicians in these and related fields will enjoy the book’s rich history of myeloid cell research and suggestions for future research directions and potential therapies.

ASM List Price: $160 | ASM Member Price: $128
Feb. 2017, 892 pages, full-color illustrations. Hardcover or eBook

Urinary Tract Infections: Molecular Pathogenesis and Clinical Management, Second Edition
Editors: Matthew A. Mulvey, University of Texas at Austin; David J. Klumpp, Northwestern University; Ann E. Stapleton, Harvard University
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) continue to rank among the most common infectious diseases of humans, despite remarkable progress in the ability to detect and treat them. Recurrent UTIs are a continuing problem and represent a clear threat as antibiotic-resistant organisms and infection-prone populations grow.

Urinary Tract Infections: Molecular Pathogenesis and Clinical Management brings the scientific community up to date on the research related to these infections that has occurred in the nearly two decades since the first edition. The editors have assembled a team of leading experts to cover critical topics in these main areas:

  • clinical aspects of urinary tract infections, including anatomy, diagnosis, and management, featuring
  • chapters on the vaginal microbiome as well as asymptomatic bacteriuria, prostatitis, and urosepsis
  • the origins and virulence mechanisms of the bacteria responsible for most UTIs, including uropathogenic Escherichia coli, Proteus mirabilis, and Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • the host immune response to UTIs, the rise of antibiotic-resistant strains, and the future of therapeutics

This essential reference serves as both a resource and a stimulus for future research endeavors for anyone with an interest in understanding these important infections, from the classroom to the laboratory and the clinic.

ASM List Price: $150 | ASM Member Price: $120
Feb. 2017, 690 pages, full-color illustrations. Hardcover or eBook

A Guide to Specimen Management in Clinical Microbiology, Third Edition
Editors: J. Michael Miller, Microbiology Technical Services, LLC; Shelley A. Miller, University of California at Los Angeles
The face of infectious diseases has changed since the second edition of A Guide to Specimen Management in Clinical Microbiology was published in 1999. For these reasons, A Guide to Specimen Management in Clinical Microbiology is as essential as ever. The book is divided into four sections and features tips and words of wisdom that come directly from experts in the field.

  • Communicating laboratory needs explains to all members of the healthcare team what role the clinical microbiology laboratory plays in patient care. It also emphasizes that microbiology specimens contain living organisms that require proper handling to remain viable.
  • Specimen management policies and rationale provides a framework for creating a specimen management policy and a specimen collection and handling manual that, together, support good medicine and good laboratory practice.
  • Specimen collection and processing contains detailed protocols for selecting, collecting, storing, and transporting adult and pediatric specimens to the clinical microbiology laboratory. This section can serve as a model for preparation of the specimen management manual.
  • Specimen management summary tables are handy reference guides that provide answers to most questions regarding the laboratory needs for a wide variety of bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic organisms found in patient specimens.

Because patient care is a team effort, all members of the health care team—physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, specimen collectors, and laboratorians—will benefit greatly from reading this book.

ASM List Price: $60 | ASM Member Price: $48
Mar. 2017, 250 pages (EST), illustrations, index

ASM Clinical Virology Symposium
May 7–10, 2017 | Savannah, GA
Join the top minds in the field at this leading international symposium to discuss key viral infection topics. Register today!

ASM Microbe 2017
June 1–5, 2017 | New Orleans, LA
Seven tracks. 500+ sessions. 575+ speakers. Explore the full scope of microbiology at ASM Microbe 2017! Attend this premier event to connect with peers, learn about the latest updates, and share your science. Register before April 20, 2017, for early bird savings.

ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE)
July 27–30, 2017 | Denver, CO
Take part in the important discussions that will shape the future of teaching and learning in the biological sciences. Register before May 15, 2017, to secure early bird savings. View the preliminary program here and pre-conference workshops here.

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
November 1–4, 2017 | Phoenix, AZ
Join a large community of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Abstract submission is now open! Submit your abstract to share your recent findings. Stay tuned! Registration opens on June 30, 2017.

ASM-ESCMID Conference on Drug Development to Meet the Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance
September 6–8, 2017 | Boston, MA
Antimicrobial drug resistance (AMR) is an urgent global health problem. Join us atthis multidisciplinary meeting where we will address the challenges, opportunities and current requirements for antimicrobial drug development for AMR. Registration opens on April 13, 2017.

Upcoming ASM Conferences

ASM Conference on Tuberculosis: Past, Present and Future
April 1–4, 2017 ǀ New York, NY

ASM/ASV Conference on Interplay of Viral and Bacterial Pathogens
May 1–4, 2017 | Bethesda, MD

2nd ASM Conference on Rapid Applied Microbial Next-Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatic Pipelines 
October 8–11, 2017 | Washington, DC

Save the dates for more 2017 ASM Conferences!

Diversity lecture at ASM Microbe 2017: Training for Post-Docs and Students with Dr. José Víctor García-Martínez
Join us at ASM Microbe 2017 for a training for students and post-docs with Dr. José Víctor García-Martínez, ASM’s Honorary Diversity Lecturer, on Saturday, June 3rd from 5:00—6:00 PM in the Student Lounge, Room 205, Convention Center. Dr. García is a professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During this unique session, Dr. García will offer advice to young scientists on:

  • How to sustain funding,
  • How to publish research in top tier journals,
  • How budding scientists can benefit from a mentor.

This session immediately follows the Inaugural Honorary Diversity with Dr. García, taking place from 3:15—3:45 PM in Room 344, Convention Center. The Diversity Lecture celebrates an accomplished microbiologist and exceptional speaker whose heritage is under-represented in the microbial sciences.


Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)
Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations focused on NSF's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and broadening participation in these fields. NSF INCLUDES supports efforts to create networked relationships among organizations whose goals include developing talent from all sectors of society to build the STEM workforce. This initiative seeks to improve collaborative efforts aimed at enhancing the preparation, increasing the participation, and ensuring the contributions of individuals from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented and underserved in the STEM enterprise: women, persons with disabilities, African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, and persons from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The long-term goal of NSF INCLUDES is to support innovative models, networks, partnerships, technical capabilities and research that will enable the U.S. science and engineering workforce to thrive by ensuring that traditionally underrepresented and underserved groups are represented in percentages comparable to their representation in the U.S. population. Researchers and practitioners at minority serving institutions are strongly encouraged to participate in this activity given their experience and expertise in broadening participation. Full proposals are due May 16, 2017, and more information is available at

Antarctic Research
The U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) supports scientific research in Antarctica and provides operational research support. The NSF Office of Polar Programs Antarctic Sciences Section (ANT) supports research to: 1) expand fundamental knowledge of the Antarctic region, 2) improve understanding of interactions between the Antarctic region and global earth systems, and 3) utilize the unique characteristics of the Antarctic continent as an observing platform. Antarctic fieldwork is supported for research that can only be performed or is best performed in Antarctica. ANT encourages research using existing samples, data, and models that do not require fieldwork. ANT encourages research that crosses and combines disciplinary perspectives and approaches. Full proposals are due May 23, 2017, and more information is available at

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) and the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply. PECASE: Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria: 1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of NSF, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education, or community outreach. These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the Nation’s future. Individuals cannot apply for PECASE. These awards are initiated by the participating federal agencies. At NSF, up to twenty nominees for this award are selected each year from among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education in the twenty-first century. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy makes the final selection and announcement of the awardees. Full proposals are due July 19, 2017, and more information is available at

Avenir Award Program for Research on Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS (DP2)
Avenir means future in French, and the Avenir Award Program for Research on Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS looks toward the future by supporting early stage investigators (ESI) proposing highly innovative studies that address NIH HIV/AIDS Research Priorities The Avenir Award Program for Research on Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS will support creative individuals who wish to pursue innovative research at the nexus of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS. The nexus with drug abuse should be clearly described. The Avenir Award Program for Research on Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS will support research approaches, both basic and clinical, which have the potential to benefit substance using populations with or at risk for HIV/AIDS by reducing HIV incidence, improving therapies for HIV, reducing the impact of comorbid conditions, and ultimately, eradicating HIV. Full proposals are due November 13, 2017, and more information is available at

Advancing Exceptional Research on HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse (R01)
This FOA supports highly innovative R01 applications on HIV/AIDS and drug abuse and complements the Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS and Drug Use Research and the Avenir Award Program for Research on Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS. The Avant-Garde award supports individuals who conduct high-risk, high-reward research and does not require a detailed research plan. The Avenir award is similar to the Avant-Garde award but focuses on support for early stage investigators. Applications submitted under this FOA are required to have a detailed research plan and preliminary data. This FOA focuses on innovative research projects that have the potential to open new areas of HIV/AIDS research and/or lead to new avenues for prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS among substance abusers. The nexus with drug abuse should be clearly described. This FOA is open to both individual researchers and research teams and is not limited to any one area of research on HIV and substance use, but all studies must focus on NIH HIV/AIDS Research Priorities Letters of intent are due July 22, 2017, and more information is available at


FASEB Science Research Conference
Student/Post-Doc Travel Awards Available!!!
Mechanism and Regulation of Prokaryotic Transcription
Date: June 25-30, 2017, Saxtons River, Vermont
Organizers: Deborah Hinton, Elizabeth Campbell, Eduardo Groisman

This small conference (~150 attendees) focuses on the process of transcription in prokaryotes, from structure/function investigations to transcription networks and system level regulation. Approximately half of the speakers are chosen from submitted abstracts and the lively poster sessions are always well-attended by all participants. There will be many opportunities for participants to meet new friends and foster new collaborations.

Please check this link to see the microsite:

And the program agenda:

Six travel awards valued at $500 each are available. Two are general awards and four are specifically for students/fellows from underrepresented groups: two for women and two for minorities.

Eligibility: Applicant must be a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow and must submit a first-author abstract to present at the conference. Awards will be determined by scientific merit and available funds.

Application Requirements: Applicants must pay for the registration fee and all travel expenses in advance of the conference.  At the time of registration, applicants must submit a CV and a first-author abstract.  To apply for the travel award, the applicant should submit a letter explaining how they will benefit from attending the conference and how receiving a travel award will help. Applicants should indicate if they wish to be considered for the general award, an underrepresented group award, or both. Those letters should be emailed directly to the conference organizers: Dr. Deborah Hinton,

Travel Award Deadline: Registration with abstract and corresponding letter must be completed by the deadline of May 14, 2017.

Award Notification: Recipients will be notified prior to the conference of award status.

Graduate Student Position in Soil Biogeochemistry/Microbial Ecology
I have an open position for a M.Sc. or Ph.D. student in soil biogeochemistry at the University of New Hampshire. My lab examines how soil organisms interact with their environment to regulate agroecosystem productivity and ecosystem processes such as nutrient cycling, organic matter turnover, and trace gas emissions. While we use a range of fundamental laboratory methods, which include molecular chemical and microbiological approaches, we always have an eye towards applying our results to improve ecosystem processes and management. The student's research area may be in line with other lab projects but is flexible depending on student interests. Potential areas of inquiry could include seeking an understanding of 1) how plants and microbes interact to acquire N from organic pools through priming; 2) the potential for cover crops to enhance soil communities and soil health by diversifying agroecosystems; 3) the resilience of microbial communities and plant productivity to variable precipitation; 4) soil biogeochemical modeling, including microbial- explicit modeling of soil carbon and nitrogen cycling; and 5) the role of soil food webs in soil organic matter dynamics. I am very open, however, to new directions if you have ideas. I also am open to accepting students from non-science and non-traditional backgrounds that are interested in changing career directions, and are motivated to create a more sustainable planet, starting from the ground up. For more information about the Grandy Lab visit here: The position start date is flexible but preferably fall semester 2017, or by January 2018 at the latest. Please contact Stuart Grandy with your interests if this position sounds like a good fit,, with "graduate student 092017" in the subject heading. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Stuart Grandy Roland H. O'Neil Associate Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry and Fertility University of New Hampshire Website: Email:

Bowen Lab, Marine Science Center, Northeastern University REU position available
The Bowen lab focuses on how the structure and function of microbial communities are affected by human activities as well as how microbial communities alter their environment, from whole ecosystems like salt marshes to oysters, lobsters and plants. You can learn more about our research here: We are hiring one REU student for the summer to work on a project focused on salt marsh nutrient cycling. The REU will be trained in both molecular and biogeochemical techniques. Two possible projects for the REU to tackle include, though we are also happy to consider other project ideas that facilitate the student’s interests: 1) investigate the effects of sulfide on nitrate reduction pathways and microbial communities involved in these pathways in salt marsh sediments. 2) investigate the response of salt marsh fungal communities to nitrate addition. The REU duration is 10 weeks, but timing is flexible. The student will be based at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center in Nahant, MA. Public transportation from Northeastern Main Campus is available by shuttle (departs 9 AM, returns 5 PM) or students can drive to Nahant directly. Work outside of those windows of time will be necessary so having independent transportation, while not imperative, is desirable. The position comes with a $5000 stipend and $1500 to cover the cost of research. We are particularly interested in mentoring students who are looking to pursue graduate education in the fields of ecology or environmental science, that have excelled in coursework at their home institution, and have expressed interest in academic research. Priority will be given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students from under-resourced families and communities. If you are interested in applying for this position please send a resume, unofficial copies of your transcript, and a cover letter that describes your research interest and experience, and your future goals, along with the names and contact information for two letters of reference to Jennifer Bowen at by April 15, 2017.

Postdoc, microbial symbioses of zoo-housed species, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Job Description: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is accepting applications for a Post-doctoral Researcher to study microbial symbioses of a wide variety of zoo-housed species. We seek to recruit a researcher eager to examine genetic and environmental factors which influence host-associated microbial community composition and function with the goal of improving animal health.

A Ph.D. in microbial ecology, ecology, epidemiology, biology or closely related field is required at time of appointment; however, strong ABD candidates will also be considered. Candidates must possess excellent written and interpersonal communication skills. The successful candidate will be proficient in the use of R and have experience with bioinformatics programs such as mothur and UPARSE. Candidates specializing in metagenomic analysis and prior experience working with zoos are preferred.

This is a highly collaborative position. The postdoc with be working at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and the Ohio State University with Dr. Patricia Dennis (epidemiologist, DVM/PhD) and at Ohio Northern University with Dr. Katherine Krynak (eco-immunologist/microbial ecologist) as well as with zoo staff and collections across the country. Limited classroom teaching experience is also available for the interested candidate.

The position is full-time, fully-funded, and available for two-years following a successful one-year review. The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

  • Regular and predictable attendance is expected and required. All Cleveland Metroparks employees must be prepared to work flexible schedules, including evenings, weekends, and/or holidays as required.
  • Assists the Director of Conservation and Science, the Director of Animal and Veterinary Programs and their teams to identify issues concerning the health and welfare of the animals under the care of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
  • Assists the Conservation and Science, Animal Programs and Veterinary Programs teams in creating and implementing research goals that advance the Zoo's mission.
  • Develops and conducts independent research to enhance the health and welfare of animals under the care of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
  • Develops, maintains and manages external grants to support ongoing research.
  • Coordinates and facilitates sample collection and analysis for research projects.
  • Data entry and summary; keeps accurate and organized research database.
  • Presents research findings at scientific meetings and professional and public audiences; publishes in scientific journals.
  • Keeps direct supervisor promptly informed of key/significant issues or concerns.
  • Carries out duties and responsibilities in a safe and efficient manner to maintain a safe work environment and surrounding area for oneself, co-workers and public. Responds to hazardous situations and/or potentially unsafe conditions by taking corrective action as capable and promptly notifying supervisory personnel.
  • Updates and enhances own knowledge by involvement in continuing education for professional growth (i.e., attends relevant conferences, seminars, in-service trainings, and certification programs).
  • Assists with other research where appropriate, including providing advisement on undergraduate and graduate student research projects, supporting organization-wide research initiatives, and supporting conservation initiatives.
  • As assigned, helps to compile data, write reports and create/give presentations on research activities and survey findings.
  • As assigned, attends scientific seminars, conservation and science meetings, other relevant Zoo meetings, and other events as part of professional development.
  • Contributes to Cleveland Zoological Society and Zoo's Conservation Education and Marketing divisions in increasing awareness of the Zoo's research and conservation initiatives.
  • Participates in outside scientific organizations such as professional societies, committees, and universities. Performs related duties as assigned or apparent.


  • Doctorate Degree in veterinary medicine, conservation biology, ecology, zoology, or a related field required. Proven publication record required. Previous zoo or aquarium research experience preferred. Experience in teaching, presenting, training, and directing others preferred.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license under the laws of the State of Ohio.
  • Basic understanding of ecology, epidemiology, and endocrinology for collaborative purposes.
  • Demonstrated commitment to wildlife conservation through management of zoo populations, and willingness to participate in the department's team approach to research projects.
  • Proficiency with data entry and statistical analysis required.
  • Excellent time/project management and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders, including employees and the general public.
  • Ability to speak and write clearly, concisely and persuasively using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation with ability to communicate one-on-one or in group settings.
  • Ability to perform work with a high degree of accuracy and organization.
  • Management skills and strong business acumen, including problem solving, vision, ability to manage multiple programs and meet deadlines, collaboration, leadership, decision making and ability to analyze diverse facts and develop clear and concise reports and recommendations.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others.
  • Proficiency in software programs including all Microsoft Office programs.
  • Mature professional attitude and considerable discretion, including ability to manage confidential information.
  • Ability to perform with considerable independence and initiative.

Work Schedule: This position is a 36 month post-doctoral fellowship funded by Cleveland Zoological Society. Must be able to work a flexible schedule. Wage: $43,650 Filing Deadline: May 22, 2017

PhD position in Australia to study the microbiology and greenhouse gas dynamics of inland wetlands
Background: Wetlands are among earth’s most efficient ecosystems for carbon sequestration, but can also emit potent greenhouse gases depending on how they are managed. The overall objective of this industry-based research project is to devise ways to maximize carbon sequestration by inland wetlands and minimize release of greenhouse gases. Specifically, this project will: 1) trial new techniques for monitoring wetland carbon sequestration based on protocols recently proposed by the Blue Carbon Lab; and 2) quantify and constrain seasonal and diel rates of methane and carbon dioxide emissions from inland wetlands while simultaneously identifying key microbial communities and genes involved in wetland carbon metabolism. This project will represent a major advance in our understanding of carbon fluxes from Australian floodplain freshwater wetlands. The project will enhance our capacity for accurate national carbon budgets and greenhouse gas accounting and build upon Australia’s fundamental knowledge base and international research profile regarding wetland carbon sequestration dynamics. Project partners: Deakin University and Murray Local Land Services Value: AUD$26,681 per annum plus project costs. Other benefits see: Research environment: Deakin ranks in the top 3% of universities globally and is Australia’s eighth largest university. Deakin’s Blue Carbon Lab (BCL, is emerging as a leading group in global efforts to establish science that underpins practical efforts to offset carbon emissions with blue carbon ecosystems, which includes wetlands. BCL’s members include specialists in ecology, spatial analysis, microbiology, soil science, chemistry, and modelling. The project will provide an opportunity for a PhD student to receive valuable research training from leading scientists within Deakin, its collaborators (e.g. Southern Cross University), and resource managers at Murray Local Land Services. Supervisory team: The supervisory team consists of Dr Peter Macreadie (Deakin University, Head of Blue Carbon Lab) as the Principal Supervisor, Dr Paul Carnell (Deakin University, Postdoctoral Fellow) as Associate Supervisor, and Dr Trish Bowen as Industry Supervisor. Closing date: The position will remain open until filled. A first assessment of applications will be contacted in April 2017. Citizenship: This position is open to domestic and international applicants. Selection criteria: 1. A first class Honours or Masters degree with experience in environmental microbiology. 2. A proven track record of academic excellence. Applicants with first-authored publications in quality journals will score highly. 3. Experience in collecting field data and capacity to undertake independent fieldwork. 4. Capacity to implement research in collaboration with a range of stakeholders (government agencies, private landholders, conservation groups etc.). 5. Strong English written communication skills including the capacity to write research results into scientific papers. Special requirements: Manual driver's license To apply: Email the following information to 1. A letter (2 pages max) a. Addressing each of the selection criteria b. A summary of your research experience c. Your reasons for wanting to do a PhD d. Information on how your skills will be relevant to the project 2. A copy of your academic transcript 3. An example of your written work as lead author (e.g. paper, manuscript, thesis).


Ar’Quette Grant, Ph.D., Post-doctoral Researcher, United States Department of AgricultureGrant
Salmonella and Campylobacter are classically associated with consuming raw or undercooked poultry, and, if untreated, infections caused by these bacteria could be fatal.   Whether from poultry or clinical isolates, it is not uncommon for these pathogens to display antibiotic resistance phenotypes. The poultry industry is exploring antibiotic alternatives, including the use of bacteriophages, or viruses that are obligate bacterial parasites. The article titled “Salmonella and Campylobacter: Antimicrobial resistance and bacteriophage control in poultry” ( is a comprehensive review of the antibiotic resistance profiles of poultry related Salmonella and Campylobacter isolates, and it includes the promising research of the use of bacteriophages as a source of biocontrol. This paper also highlights the hindrances to the mass implementation of bacteriophages in poultry production including regulatory hurdles and public perception.

Dr. Ar’Quette Grant grew up surrounded by agriculture and has always had an interest in agricultural commodities and food production. Dr. Grant’s research background focuses on microbial food safety, pathogenic reduction, and microbial genome investigations. While perusing her bachelor’s in agriculture, master’s in food science at Delaware State University, and her Ph.D. in food science at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Dr. Grant studied ways to detect and reduce pathogenic loads in food systems using classic and novel technologies. Her dissertation focused on understanding genomic causes for Salmonella’s increased fitness during the chilling phase of poultry processing and subsequently reducing Salmonella loads during secondary processing with a bacteriophage. Several of the techniques used to complete this project were: whole genomic sequencing comparisons of several environmentally isolated Salmonella, phenotypic microarrays, and bacteriophage therapy. This project afforded Dr. Grant the opportunity to collaborate with several private and federal groups including Perdue Foods, LLC. and FDA-CFSAN, and she became a proud member of the American Society of Microbiology, which has grown her professional network for potential future collaborations within the microbiologist community. After successfully defending this project, Dr. Grant graduated with her doctorate in food science this past December 2016, and obtained a post-doctoral position with the United States Department of Agriculture working on vaccine targets for poultry related pathogens.

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, 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., Professor in the Quinnipiac University Department of Biomedical Sciences in Hamden, CT.  The Minority Microbiology Mentor Editor-in-Chief is Crystal N. Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, and the Associate Editor is Andrea M. Rocha, Ph.D., Senior Staff Scientist with Geosyntec Consultants in Knoxville, TN.

The MMM can post employment ads only if they are first featured on the ASM’s Career Connections site: Career Connections is offering a discount for job postings that are featured in the MMM. Please contact with your ad needs.

For more information about the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM) go to the committee’s web page: