Katherine Lontok

Katherine Lontok

Dr. Katherine Lontok joined the American Society for Microbiology as the Public Outreach Manager in January 2016. At ASM, she works to bring the microbial sciences to adult and youth audiences, as well as enable ASM members to effectively engage in their own public outreach.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will mark the anniversary of the Great Influenza pandemic with a new exhibition, "Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World."

Agar Art—the process of using living microorganisms as “paint” on an agar “canvas”—shows people a side of microbiology that most never experience. As graduate student Sarah Adkins and her advisor, Dr. J. Jeffrey Morris, have discovered, it’s also a great motivator in the classroom.


Tuesday, 02 January 2018 12:52

Agar Art 2018 Open for Submissions

Create a magnificent microbial masterpiece and win up to $400-worth of prizes!

Have you ever been on a date where the person was dressed sloppy, or avoided answering the question, or better yet, over inflated their answers. Applying and interviewing for jobs is a bit like dating. And just like dating, it’s important to avoid behaviors and mistakes that are going to leave a bad impression—these “tells” are discussed in the article.


In today’s world, direct engagement with those outside of science is critical not only to communicating what we’ve discovered, but also to promoting an atmosphere of trust between scientists and the public. Direct engagement can mean many things, but for Katherine Lontok, public outreach is a powerful and immediate means of bridging the gap. She explains what public outreach is, why it's important, and how to do it yourself. 

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 13:23

Agar Art 2017 Contest Now Open

Since 2015, Agar Art has provided an outlet for the creativity of ASM members