Careers in Microbial Sciences Program

Explore Careers in Microbial Sciences

This program offers a directory of ASM members who have provided detailed information about their careers in the microbial sciences and who would love to share this information with ASM Student Chapters or ASM Branches! Its purpose is to inform students about career options that do not necessarily require doctoral degrees and/or work at universities. The Careers in Microbial Sciences program features over 100 experts in different areas of microbial sciences who are eager to talk to you about their dynamic careers. You can hear first-hand from speakers who have contributed to microbiome projects and biosecurity planning and chat with outbreak responders about curious cases! These experts will discuss their career highlights and day-to-day responsibilities.

This program was initially known as the Speakers’ Bureau (SB) and involved asking ASM-members physically located near Student Chapters to provide in-person presentations. Use of the SB has changed over the years and the SB is now available to approximately 100 active undergraduate and graduate Student Chapters and 35 ASM Branches throughout the academic year via in-person, video call, and career panel presentations. The database can also be searched to find out, for example, what training/education may be needed for pursuing different careers or working in a specific field, such as biosafety, with a BS, MS, PhD or MD degree.

Each speaker has submitted a profile with information about his/her experience in microbiology and career path. A geographic map is also available for finding local speakers.

Please note that the Careers in Microbial Sciences program is only for ASM Student Chapters or Branches. If you are interested in inviting a speaker to an upcoming meeting, scheduling a conference call or a video call presentation, email Please include three possible dates and times and ASM will contact the speaker to confirm availability. Once the presentation has been scheduled, you will work directly with the speaker to finalize the event’s specifics (e.g., address of where the presentation will be held, AV needs, and number of expected attendees). There is no cost to the chapter but you will be asked to complete a post-presentation survey.

Take advantage of this great opportunity to learn more about the microbial sciences and ASM!




Become a Speaker in the Careers in Microbial Sciences Program

ASM is looking for microbial scientists to join the Careers in Microbial Sciences program. The goal of the program is to provide information to students interested in microbial science careers.
As a speaker, you will meet – in-person or remotely – with an ASM Student Chapter or at an ASM Branch meeting to discuss your career! Specifically, we ask speakers to cover these topics:

  • Your day-to-day responsibilities
  • Your career path
  • How to acquire a job in your field upon graduation
  • ASM career resources

If you are interested in becoming an ASM Speaker, log in and complete the volunteer form.

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What are people saying?

  • I am very happy that ASM has started this program; it helped our students learn about a career in clinical microbiology. – Dr. Poonam Gulati, Professor, University of Houston- Downtown
  • The students were appreciative of the opportunity to learn about the career options available to microbiologists in the field of biosafety and biosecurity which many of them were completely unaware of prior to Dr. delaRosa’s visit. – Dr. Rosana Schafer, Associate Professor, West Virginia University
  • I think it's a great program and I would like to see more speakers. –Student from Georgia Tech
  • [The speaker] did an excellent job in presenting her experience to both undergraduates and graduate students. I really feel she opened the door to industry careers which are often forgotten about. – Student from University of North Texas
  • I enjoyed hearing our speaker talk about her career with just having Bachelors of Science and hearing how microbiology plays a role in the industry. – Student from University of North Texas


GA Tech Lab Visit

Students from the Georgia Institute of Technology
visiting the lab at the Children's Hospital of Atlanta


Donna Wolk Video-Screen Cap

A student at Penn State University introducing local speaker Dr. Donna M. Wolk, D(ABMM)