Julie Wolf

Julie Wolf

Julie Wolf is the ASM Science Communications Specialist. She contributes to the ASM social media and blog network and hosts the Meet the Microbiologist podcast. She also runs workshops at ASM conferences to help scientists improve their own communication skills. Follow Julie on Twitter for more ASM and microbiology highlights at @JulieMarieWolf.

Julie earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, focusing on medical mycology and infectious disease. Outside of her work at ASM, she maintains a strong commitment to scientific education and teaches molecular biology at the community biolab, Genspace. She lives in beautiful New York City.

Helicobacter pylori can survive the harsh environment of the stomach, where it uses its urease enzyme to neutralize stomach acid. A new Journal of Bacteriology study reports that urease plays double duty for the bacterium, and can also act as an antioxidant against reactive oxygen species.

Gemma Reguera discusses her studies of Geobacter pili, which transfers electrons to iron oxide and other minerals, and can be used for new biotech applications.

What's hot in the microbial sciences? ASM summarizes microbiology news and reports in Microbial Minutes, a biweekly news roundup. Watch the YouTube session for summaries and major findings, and read the reports and news stories for yourself below. 

E. coli maybe be associated with disease, but they are also an important component of the healthy human gut microbiome. Scientists used human volunteers to ask: what happens when resident, nonpathogenic E. coli meet pathogenic E.coli? Their results, in a new mSystems report, show a surprising resilience of the resident E. coli.

There is an acceptable range in microorganism concentration in cultures inoculated for antibiotic susceptibility testing. Could variability within this small range produce differences in susceptibility tests? A new Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy report suggests it can.

Why do Legionnaire’s Disease outbreaks occur mostly in the summer? What is the connection of the Flint change in water source and Legionella outbreaks in the area? Michele Swanson discusses her work on Legionella pneumophila and her path from busy undergraduate to ASM President.

What's hot in the microbial sciences? ASM summarizes microbiology news and reports in Microbial Minutes, a biweekly news roundup. Watch the YouTube session for summaries and major findings, and read the reports and news stories for yourself below. 

Convening a session by proposing a topic and expert speakers may seem like a small part of a large conference like ASM Microbe. We spoke with Kathryn (K.T.) Elliott, whose proposal was accepted for ASM Microbe 2018, and whose entire conference experience was improved because of it. 

How many adults are asymptomatically infected with a virus that could be passed on to others? A new mSphere study looked systematically at visitors to a New York City landmark to discern who had respiratory disease symptoms, and who tested positive for carrying a respiratory virus.

Can transgenic plants combined with the right microbes improve bioremediation of contaminated soils? A new Applied and Environmental Microbiology report suggests the answer for some organic chemicals is yes.

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