Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - September 2014

ASM ACTIVITIES

  • ASM Education Planning Calendar
  • ASM-NSF LINK Mentoring Mondays
  • ABRCMS 2014
  • ASMCUE Leadership Grant for International Educators
  • ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute
  • ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone
  • New from ASM Press
  • Co-location of the ASM General Meeting and ICAAC
  • ICAAC ONLINE
  • 2015 Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting
  • ASM Conferences

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

  • Interdisciplinary Research in Hazards and Disasters (Hazards SEES)
  • Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
  • Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)
  • Approaches to Eliminate HIV and Opportunistic Pathogens from Oral Reservoirs (R01)
  • Limited Competition for the Continuation of the Hepatitis B Research Network Immunology Center (U01)
  • NIMH Career Transition Award for Tenure-Track and Tenured Intramural Investigators (K22)
  • Serious STEM Games for Pre-College and Informal Science Education Audiences (STTR) (R41/R42)

ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Seeks Staff Scientist
  • National Institute ofAllergy and Infectious Diseases Seeks Staff Clinician (Physician), Vaccine Research Center
  • Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities
  • Senior Imaging Scientist, Integrated Research Facility, Division of Clinical Research
  • Postdoctoral Intramural Research Fellowship Position, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • Position Available for a MS/PhD Student in Marine Toxicology
  • New faculty positions in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Research Associate Position Available at the HPV Immunology Laboratory, Leidos Biomedical Research Inc., Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, Frederick MD
  • Science Policy Analyst, American Association of Immunologists
  • Research Scientist Associate Position Available - Genomics Core Manager; University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS

  • Floyd L. Wormley Jr., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Texas at San Antonio, TX

 


 

ASM ACTIVITIES

ASM Education Planning Calendar
The 2015 ASM Education Planning Calendar is now available! Featuring descriptions, upcoming deadlines, and other information about ASM faculty and student programs, the calendar highlights events designed to help members deepen their knowledge and enhance the skills that lead to successful careers in the microbiological sciences. It’s perfect for sharing with student and educators! To view the calendar, visit http://www.asm.org/images/Education/2015_Education_Planning_Calendar.pdf.

ASM-NSF LINK Mentoring Mondays
The Mentoring Mondays initiative of the ASM-NSF Leaders Inspiring Networks and Knowledge (LINK) Program has space available for its September-October 2014 mentoring webinars. Created as a blended professional development series, the Mentoring Mondays program combines webinars, discussion forums, and workshops for all-encompassing mentor training. The program is specifically designed for research investigators and educators interested in incorporating mentoring into their research programs. At the culmination of the webinars, select participants who desire advanced mentoring partnerships will be invited to a two-day, onsite-facilitated workshop held in conjunction with the 2014 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). Registration for Mentoring Mondays is free, and space is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees can sign up for one or all offerings. Learn more at http://www.asmlink.org/mentoringmondays.

ABRCMS 2014
Registration is open and a select number of travel awards are available for the 2014 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), set for 12-15 November in San Antonio, Tex. At ABRCMS, distinguished speakers will share insights on hot topics, and attendees will benefit from workshops, presentations, professional development opportunities, networking, and more. Undergraduates and postbaccalaureates are invited to submit abstracts for the FASEB MARC Program Travel Award on or before October 3. Travel awards are also available to postdoctoral scientists, faculty members, and active researchers who serve as first-time ABRCMS onsite presentation judges and to investigators seeking to identify and connect with faculty instrumental in student learning in undergraduate biology. Deadlines are September 26 for the ABRCMS Judges' Travel Subsidy, and October 3 and ABRCMS-LINK Travel Award, respectively. For more information, visit http://www.abrcms.org. ABRCMS is sponsored by NIH award number T36GM073777.

ASMCUE Leadership Grant for International Educators
By providing new tools and training to microbiology, biology, and health science undergraduate educators from resource-limited* countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa, or Central and Eastern Europe, the ASMCUE Leadership Grant for International Educators is helping to raise global standards in microbiology and STEM education. Applications are now open for the 2015 grant program, which will support awardees to attend the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE), the premier education event for undergraduate faculty in the biological sciences. In addition to attending the conference, awardees will take part in a leadership workshop on ways to use innovative pedagogy and learning modules to reach students, develop an outreach plan for training faculty in their home countries, and gain access to a one-year online learning community for continued training and assistance. The application deadline is October 1. For more information, visit http://www.asmcue.org/intl-educator-grant or contact asmcue@asmusa.org.

*Resource-limited countries are classified as upper-middle income and below by the World Bank Development Group. Learn more at http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups.

ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute
The ASM Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education invites senior-level graduate students and early-career postdoctoral scientists to apply to attend the 2015 ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute. Sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the institute will be held March 19-22 at ASM’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. Under close guidance from established journal editors and reviewers, institute participants learn strategies for writing and submitting manuscripts, writing abstracts and titles, selecting journals for submission, responding to reviewer comments, being a good reviewer, and addressing ethical issues in research and publishing. Apply by December 1. Learn more at http://www.asmgap.org/swpi.

ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone
Targeted to undergraduates from underrepresented minority groups in the sciences, the ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Program enhances students’ professional development after their summer research experiences and boosts their competitiveness for graduate or professional training by providing opportunities to present microbiological sciences research. Awardees are supported to attend the ASM General Meeting and the ASM Capstone Research Institute, with the meeting providing a national venue to practice presentation, networking, and other skills learned at the institute. Apply by December 1. Note: Capstone awards are contingent upon abstract acceptance to the ASM General Meeting; thus, applicants must also submit abstracts for participation in the meeting. Learn more at http://www.asm.org/urc.

New from ASM Press: “Cases in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases” and “Molecular Genetics of Mycobacteria”
If you are involved in medical microbiology, pathology, and infectious disease teaching and mentoring, Cases in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Fourth Edition, edited by Peter H. Gilligan, Daniel S. Shapiro, and Melissa B. Miller, is an invaluable text for you and your students. This interactive text challenges students to develop their knowledge of clinically important microorganisms. The fourth edition features 74 new and updated cases, pulled from actual case experiences of the authors, exploring the myriad advances and state of the art concepts of the past decade.   This edition also features an infectious disease laboratory diagnosis primer and an entirely new section on highly complex cases and newly recognized disease agents.

David W. Craft, Medical Director of Microbiology at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, describes Cases as “…an essential resource for training the clinical microbiologist, pathology resident, and infectious disease fellow.”

This text is a proven resource for preparing for Part 1 of the National Board of Medical Examiners Exam and an excellent reference for infectious disease rotations.

List and ASM Member Price: $80

August 2014.Paperback, 590 pages, four-color illustrations throughout, glossary, index.

Print ISBN: 978-1-55581-868-5

e-ISBN: 978-1-55581-867-8 (eBook coming soon to VitalSource, CourseSmart, and RedShelf!)

To buy this title visit: http://www.ASMscience.org.

Molecular Genetics of Mycobacteria, Second Edition, edited by Graham F. Hatfull and William R. Jacobs, is a comprehensive collection of perspectives written by leading experts and is a must-have for anyone interested in the field of mycobacterial molecular biology. The second edition covers the key areas of current research in mycobacterial genetics, including genomics and genetic exchange, gene expression and regulation, proteomics, metabolism, biosynthesis, and drug sensitivities of M. tuberculosis, and presents genetic approaches for manipulating M. tuberculosis.

Barry R. Bloom of the Harvard School of Public Health describes this book as, “extraordinary” and says, “For anyone entering the field or seeking to learn about fundamental genetic and molecular aspects of mycobacteria, this book is a necessity."

List Price: $160

ASM Member Price: $128

September 2014.Hardcover, 650 pages, full-color, illustrations, index.

Print ISBN: 978-1-55581-883-8

e-ISBN: 978-1-55581-884-5 (eBook coming soon to VitalSource, CourseSmart, and RedShelf!)

To buy this title visit: http://www.ASMscience.org.

When you buy books directly through ASM science.org, you support the society that supports the science of microbiology.

Co-location of the ASM General Meeting and ICAAC
Complete Details: https://www.asm.org/index.php/asm-newsroom2/92-news-room/press-releases/93034-asm-general-meeting-and-icaac-co-locate-to-boston-in-2016
ASM is pleased to announce that the ASM General Meeting and ICAAC will be co-located
starting in June 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. While each meeting will continue to offer their respective high-quality scientific sessions, overlapping days will provide the opportunity to introduce transdisciplinary science that addresses the full range of microbiology from basic science to translational and clinical application.

ICAAC ONLINE
http://www.icaaconline.com
Can’t attend ICAAC 2014? Take home all of the great science being presented this year through ICAAC Online. With year-round access to ICAAC Online you can view the entire ICAAC 2014 program* at your convenience.

  • Watch full length presentations
  • Download session MP3s and slides
  • Earn AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
  • View 2,000 abstracts from ICAAC 2014
  • Access ICAAC’s Digital Poster Hall

*Please Note: Participation of speakers is subject to their approval. Session will be available beginning September 15, 2014.

2015 Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting
February 9-11, 2015 | Washington DC
http://www.asmbiodefense.org
Abstract Submission Site is now open!
Submission Deadline: October 20,2014

Don’t miss the chance to present your work at a national meeting attended by over 1,000 prestigious scientists, public health researchers, and policymakers in the field.

ASM Conferences
http://www.asm.org/conferences

5th ASM Conference on Beneficial Microbes
September 27 - 30, 2014 | Washington, DC

5th ASM Conference on Cell-Cell Communication in Bacteria
October 18 – 21, 2014 | San Antonio, Texas

Discounted Registration Deadline: September 10, 2014

3rd ASM Conference on Viral Manipulation of Nuclear Processes
October 30 - November 2, 2014 | Washington, DC
Discounted Registration Deadline: September 19, 2014

1st ASM Conference on Polymicrobial Infections
November 13-16, 2014 | Washington, DC
Discounted Registration Deadline: October 10, 2014

2015 ASM Conferences Calendar Just Announced
http://conferences.asm.org/index.php/2012-02-09-21-04-52/asm-conferences-event-calendar#ASM2015)

 


FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

Interdisciplinary Research in Hazards and Disasters (Hazards SEES)
Hazards SEES is a program involving multiple NSF Directorates and Offices (CISE, ENG, GEO, MPS, OIIA, and SBE) that seeks to: (1) advance understanding of the fundamental processes associated with specific natural hazards and technological hazards linked to natural phenomena, and their interactions; (2) better understand the causes, interdependences, impacts, and cumulative effects of these hazards on individuals, the natural and built environment, and society as a whole; and (3) improve capabilities for forecasting or predicting hazards, mitigating their effects, and enhancing the capacity to respond to and recover from resultant disasters. The overarching goal of Hazards SEES is to catalyze well-integrated interdisciplinary research efforts in hazards-related science and engineering in order to reduce the impact of hazards, enhance the safety of society, and contribute to sustainability. Letters of intent are due September 26, 2014, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14581/nsf14581.htm.

Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
The LSAMP program assists universities and colleges in diversifying the STEM workforce through their efforts at significantly increasing the numbers of students successfully completing high quality degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Particular emphasis is placed on transforming STEM education through innovative recruitment and retention strategies and experiences in support of groups historically under-represented in STEM discipline: African-Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders. The knowledge generation portfolio of LSAMP supported activities contributes to the body of literature on successful practices in student recruitment, retention, persistence, and attainment of STEM undergraduate and graduate degrees, especially for the previously mentioned populations underrepresented in STEM disciplines. The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program provides funding for Alliances (New, Mid-Level, Senior-Level, B2B), Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Activity, and Broadening Participation Research (BPR) in STEM Education. Proposals are due October 3, 2014, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12564/nsf12564.htm.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) is a Presidential award established by the White House in 1995. The PAESMEM program is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). PAESMEM recognizes individuals for their mentoring of persons from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, women, persons with disabilities, persons from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, and early career scientists and engineers. Historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields include African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Native Hawaiians, and Native Alaskans. These are groups who might not otherwise have considered or had access to opportunities in STEM education or careers. Nominations are due October 3, 2014, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14567/nsf14567.htm.

Approaches to Eliminate HIV and Opportunistic Pathogens from Oral Reservoirs (R01)
The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support novel basic and translational research projects that focus on the biology of residual oral reservoirs for HIV and opportunistic oral pathogens. These studies will advance our understanding of the immunologic, pathogenic, molecular and cellular mechanisms important for eliminating latently persistent, reactivation competent HIV and other opportunistic pathogens from residual oral reservoirs. Specifically, this FOA encourages studies on: 1) purging and abolishing these pathogens after using Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy (HAART) to induce cytopathic killing and immunoclearance; or 2) developing alternative strategies that directly eliminate latently infected cells in which HAART resistant HIV and opportunistic pathogens persist in oral reservoirs. Applications are due November 21, 2014, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DE-15-003.html.

Limited Competition for the Continuation of the Hepatitis B Research Network Immunology Center (U01)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to continue the Hepatitis B Research Network Immunology Center with a focus on the promotion of translational research on hepatitis B and upon elucidating the pathogenesis and natural history and developing means of treatment and control. Applications are due November 25, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-14-509.html.

NIMH Career Transition Award for Tenure-Track and Tenured Intramural Investigators (K22)
The primary goal of the NIMH Career Transition Award for Tenure-Track and Tenured Intramural Investigators (K22) Program (hereafter abbreviated as the NIMH Career Transition K22 Program) is to provide support for career intramural investigators at NIMH who aim to transition from the Division of Intramural Research Programs (DIRP) to an independent research faculty position in the extramural community. Applicants will have a demonstrated record of meritorious research in mental health-related fields. Applications are due October 9, 2014, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-330.html#Application%20Types%20Allowed.

Serious STEM Games for Pre-College and Informal Science Education Audiences (STTR) (R41/R42)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide opportunities for eligible small business concerns (SBCs) to submit STTR grant applications to develop serious Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) games with a focus on biology that addresses health and medicine questions for: (1) pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12) students and pre- and in-service teachers ("Teachers") or (2) Informal Science Education (ISE) audiences. Serious games are defined as the use of gaming technology to train, educate, and encourage behavioral changes in a virtual world format where progressive learning, feedback on success and user control are combined into an interactive and engaging experience. It is anticipated that this STTR FOA will facilitate the translation of new or existing health and medicine-based, P-12 STEM curricula and museum exhibits into educational games that will provide a hands-on, inquiry-based and learning-by-doing experience for students, teachers and the community. Applications are due November 12, 2014, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-326.html.


 ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Seeks Staff Scientist
A staff scientist position is open in the Molecular Development of the Immune System Section, NIAID Laboratory of Immunology. The incumbent will take a lead role in developing new analytic procedures as well as novel therapies based on antigen-specific deletion of tolerance for autoimmune diseases. He/she will become the lead investigator in the NIAID collaborative research and development agreements (CRADAs) to develop new autoimmune disease analytic tests and immunotherapeutic proteins.

Advances in immunology over the past three decades have demonstrated the central role of T lymphocytes in initiating, orchestrating, and terminating immune responses. The staff scientist will lead a team to develop new technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune conditions including Type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Specifically, the group will work on a new technology to measure antigen-specific T lymphocyte responses in healthy or diseased individuals, with applications in monitoring immune responses during inflammatory, infectious, or autoimmune diseases, as well as determining immune reactivity in response to drugs and vaccines. This will be used to assess new therapeutic approaches in which cognate antigen will be used to program the death of pathogenic T cells in these diseases. Designer protein immunotherapeutics will be used to eliminate antigen-specific T cells through apoptosis or other death mechanisms—e.g., the development of tolerogenic vaccines—as a new modality for specifically treating pathological T-cell responses in the prediabetic phase of Type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis. These studies will require preclinical animal investigations and, ultimately, translation to the clinic.

In addition to carrying out his/her own experiments, he/she will serve as a mentor within the section for junior level research trainees. As a staff scientist, the incumbent will serve as the primary project manager and must function with a high level of independence to carry out the program goals. He/she will serve as a primary point-of-contact for industrial partners and orchestrate the activities between large research teams at both the company and at NIAID. He/she will also collaborate effectively with other scientists within the NIAID community and train postdoctoral fellows and staff members in the specific tasks related to this collaborative research.

To apply for the position, interested candidates should email their curriculum vitae and bibliography to Maria G. Hessie, MHessie@niaid.nih.gov. Applications will be accepted through September 30, 2014.

Find out more about the Laboratory of Immunology and the Molecular Development of the Immune System Section.

Learn more about NIAID and additional career and training opportunities: Visit us on the Web, subscribe to email updates, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Seeks Staff Clinician (Physician), Vaccine Research Center
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Vaccine Research Center (VRC) conducts research that facilitates the development of effective vaccine sfor human disease, primarily for HIV, biodefense,and emerging infectious diseases. The VRC Clinical Trials Program (CTP) includes clinicians, public educators, protocol specialists, and data specialists, as well as support staff.The CTP conducts clinical research and development primarily on HIV, emerging diseases, and universal influenza vaccines.The CTP maintains a staff of approximately 25 and initiates three trials per year at the NIH Clinical Center. The CTP also maintains and oversees contracts and collaborations with external clinical research organizations.

The CTP has aposition fora physician (M.D. or D.O.)with expertise and significant experience in the conduct or direct oversight of vaccine clinical trials.The staffclinician will have responsibility for clinical research strategic planning, clinical trials design, protocol development, clinical trials operations and oversight,and public outreach and recruitment for the CTP, as well as otherresponsibilitiesas assigned.

Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Conduct and oversee vaccine clinical trials
  • Design and implement clinical research for VRC
  • Serve as principal or associate investigator forVRC first-in-human and other Phase I and II investigational vaccine and monoclonal antibody trials
  • Design, conduct, and analyze data from clinical and translational vaccine immunology research
  • Participate in VRC vaccine clinical developmentteams
  • Serve as member on NIH and external committees and boards as assigned by the VRC
  • Publish VRC clinical research findings
  • Present VRC research findings publicly (domestically and internationally)
  • Participate as team member, co-chair, orchair of domestic and international protocol/clinical trial steams involving VRC vaccine products
  • Mentor junior scientists and clinicians, including clinical fellows

A potentially qualified physician candidate must have expertise and experience in conducting or providing direct oversight of vaccine clinical trials (other significant and similar clinical trials experience may be considered),have board certification in internal medicine and eithe rinfectious diseases or allergy and immunology (other internal medicine subspecialty training will be considered),and have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications.

To apply for the position, interested candidates should email their curriculumvitae and bibliography (no more than two pages) toThomas Royal, royalet@niaid.nih.gov. Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2015.

More information about VRC laboratories is available at http://www.niaid.nih.gov/about/organization/vrc.

Learn more about NIAID and howyou can play a roleinthisexciting anddynamic research organization:

DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.

Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities
If you want to help improve global health in the 21st century, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) wants to train you. NIAID, one of the largest institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), offers the Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) program for students from populations underrepresented in biomedical sciences. This four-day exploratory program takes place on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, on February 2 to 5, 2015.

Become part of a diverse community of aspiring NIAID researchers and join other dedicated science students like yourself for a visit to our research facility. Expenses for travel, lodging, and meals will be reimbursed.

Selected applicants will:

  • Learn about global health research from NIAID’s premier scientists
  • Interview with scientists for potential research training positions
  • Meet trainees currently doing research in NIAID laboratories

Candidates with strong academic standing who are college-level seniors, medical school students, or doctoral candidates nearing their dissertation defense are eligible. Check your eligibility at http://go.usa.gov/Es9C.

If INRO sounds like your next step toward a research career in allergy, immunology, or infectious diseases, apply now at http://go.usa.gov/N59H!  

Applications are accepted between September 1 and October 15, 2014.

Read success stories from previous INRO participants: http://go.usa.gov/EHVA. Visit the NIAID website for the latest news and research: http://go.usa.gov/EsXT.

Senior Imaging Scientist, Integrated Research Facility, Division of Clinical Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Integrated Research Facility (IRF) manages, coordinates, and facilitates the conduct of emerging infectious disease and biodefense research to develop vaccines, countermeasures, and improved medical outcomes for patients. The IRF carries out biodefense research needed to understand the clinical disease processes that correlate to the severity of microbial-induced disease. Central to its core mission is the incorporation of hospital tools—such as endoscopy; cardiac telemetry monitors; and computer tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), and positron emission tomography (PET) imaging—into basic and advanced research studies to evaluate systematically the pathogenic processes and clinical course of disease in animal models exposed to microbes. Research emphasis is on high-consequence infections requiring high levels of biocontainment for most Category A viral and bacterial pathogens as well as newly emerging infectious disease microbes.

An innovative approach of the IRF is to advance and develop the role of imaging science in the study and management of infectious disease. This requires both the application of existing imaging techniques from other fields and the development of novel imaging techniques. In particular, the generation of molecular imaging tools and imaging biomarkers for both qualitative and quantitative characterization of host-pathogen interaction is a major objective for imaging studies conducted at the IRF. The program’s imaging activities cover the spectrum of imaging methodologies and include in vivo imaging (plain X-ray, CT, MRI, magnetic resonance spectroscopy [MRS], SPECT, PET), technical acquisition of imaging data, image data processing, image data post-processing, image data quantification, interpretation of imaging data, image storage, and the labeling of molecular probes (radionuclide, CT, and MRI contrast agents) for evaluation and application to the study of biological processes.

The IRF has a position for a senior imaging scientist who provides scientific management and technical direction to the IRF Imaging Program during the conduct of specific IRF research studies. The incumbent serves as the IRF’s lead scientific expert in the design, development, and implementation of imaging studies and related protocols for IRF experiments; identifies additional applications of imaging in characterizing infectious pathogens and their countermeasures; and oversees other research designed to develop and advance imaging techniques. The incumbent reports directly to the chief scientist of the IRF.

Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Establish and direct a novel imaging program of national and international scope and impact, utilizing multimillion-dollar state-of-the-art imaging equipment in support of biosafety level (BSL)-4 research.
  • Develop new and novel imaging methods for use in pre-clinical and clinical applications.
  • Develop and provide technical direction to long range studies designed to advance the current state of the art.
  • Provide project leadership for large, multidisciplinary imaging teams in support of national research programs.
  • Design and apply in vivo and in vitro imaging techniques to clinical and pre-clinical protocols, and develop and validate molecular imaging probes.

An ideal candidate will have expert professional knowledge of biology, physiology, and related areas of the health sciences, including expert knowledge of how imaging can be applied to the preclinical and clinical evaluation of disease and drug discovery/development. Expertise in formulating, designing, developing, and applying imaging techniques to research being conducted in a variety of fields including infectious diseases and biodefense is also required.

The successful candidate will be appointed under the Title 5 hiring authority at an annual salary between $124,995 and $157,100. A full package of benefits is also available, including retirement; health, life, and long-term care insurance; annual and sick leave; and a thrift savings plan (401K equivalent). This position is subject to financial disclosure requirements.

Vacancy announcement (VA) # NIH-NIAID-DE-14-1198834 will be posted on the USAjobs website at http://www.USAJobs.gov from September 12, 2014 through September 25, 2014. Please refer to the VA for a complete list of duties, qualification requirements, and application procedures. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on September 25, 2014.

More information about the IRF is available at http://www.niaid.nih.gov/about/organization/dir/irf.

Learn more about NIAID and how you can play a role in this exciting and dynamic research organization: Visit us on the Web, subscribe to email updates, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.

Postdoctoral Intramural Research Fellowship Position, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
A postdoctoral fellowship position is available in theNeuroimmunology Unit of the Laboratory of Persistent Viral Diseases in the Division of Intramural Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), located at Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, MT. This section uses in vivo and in vitro models to study mechanisms of viral pathogenesis in the central nervous system (CNS), with a focus on the interactions between the immune and nervous systems that regulate neuronal damage. We primarily use two different models of viral infections that mediate neuronal damage via either direct or indirect mechanisms. One model uses La Crosse virus (LACV), a bunyavirus that is one of the leading causes of pediatric viral encephalitis in the United States. LACV induces neuronal apoptosis by directly infecting neurons. The other model of viral neuropathogenesis is a retrovirus model, where microglia and macrophages are the primary cell type infected in the CNS. We are currently examining the pathways by which the immune response regulates neuronal damage in each of these models.

RML offers state-of-the-art facilities for genomics, proteomics, DNA microarray, and biological imaging in a recently renovated laboratory. The laboratory is located in the scenic Bitterroot Valley of western Montana, with easy access to some of the finest outdoor recreational opportunities in North America. In 2010, RML was ranked 6th in The Scientist magazine’s survey of the Best Places To Work for postdoctoral research fellows.

Starting stipends range from $44,000 to $50,400 per year, depending on experience, and health benefits are provided. Preference will be given to those candidates with experience and a background in molecular pathogenesis and animal models of infection.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D., D.V.M., or M.D. Please send curriculum vitae and three letters of reference to the following contact:

Karin E. Peterson, Ph.D.
Investigator and Chief, Neuroimmunology Unit
National Institutes of Health, NIAID
Laboratory of Persistent Viral Diseases
Phone: 406-375-9630
Fax: 406-363-9286
Email:
petersonka@niaid.nih.gov

Visit Careers at NIAID to learn more about NIAID and additional career and training opportunities.

HHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity employers.  

Position Available for a MS/PhD Student in Marine Toxicology
Funding is available for a graduate student (MS or PhD with MS) in the Toxicology Lab at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in the University of Southern Mississippi. This position is available beginning in the spring of 2015. This position will be involved in a Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) funded project to examine the effects of embryolarval exposure to crude and dispersed oil in the model species Fundulus grandis. In collaboration with colleagues at Purdue University, UConn, and Leiden University, we will investigate how different environmental parameters modulate the developmental window when F. grandis larvae are most susceptible to contaminant induced developmental abnormalities. This will be performed using a combination of histopathological, functional, and toxicogenomics (RNAseq) endpoints. Significant opportunities for support involving research beyond the strict parameters of the proposal also exist. This position is located at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs, MS. The aquatic toxicology research program at USM/GCRL utilizes the W.M. Shoemaker Toxicology Laboratory, a facility devoted entirely to animal husbandry and exposure activities. The facility contains three isolated exposure laboratories, each with single-pass climate control, independent lighting, and capability of bench-level effluent treatment and multiple discharge options. For information, please contact Joe Griffitt, Associate Professor, Dept. of Coastal Sciences, University of Southern Mississippi, 703 East Beach Drive, Ocean Springs, MS 39564, (228) 872-4294, joe.griffitt@usm.edu.

New faculty positions in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh
The Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health invites applications for multiple tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant and Associate Professor. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or M.D. degree or equivalent. Successful candidates are expected to develop a highly productive research program in areas of the molecular pathogenesis, virology and immunology of HIV and associated co-infections, and are expected to contribute to the teaching of graduate students. We are seeking early stage or established investigators with strong records of research accomplishment who will complement and expand these departmental research interests. The Department has a highly interactive group of virologists, immunologists and geneticists working on the immunopathogenesis of HIV/SIV and associated coinfections including HCV, KSHV and TB. Priority will be given to those applicants who have established funded research programs or have recently obtained funding to transition into independent research. The positions offer competitive salary, benefits and start-up funds, new laboratory space, access to state-of-the-art core facilities and extensive opportunities for collaboration with faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Cancer Institute. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and future plans, and names of three references to: Chair, Biosciences Search Committee, Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, A419 Crabtree Hall, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, 130 DeSoto Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15261 (jmalenka@pitt.edu). Review of applications will commence upon receipt and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Pittsburgh is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

Research Associate Position Available at the HPV Immunology Laboratory, Leidos Biomedical Research Inc., Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, Frederick MD
JOB DESCRIPTION

The principal activities of this position will be to conduct experiments, analyze results and prepare reports from immunological research within clinical studies. Assignments are of a highly specialized nature and require strong technical proficiency and judgment skills. The Research Associate I will perform assays and conduct validations of immunological and virological methods applicable to clinical trials. Evaluates results, select alternative courses of action if warranted and carry the project through to completion. Assignments are performed independently after discussion with supervisor and little direct supervision is required for carrying out daily operations. Responsible for maintaining study sample inventory database and stocks of supplies. Operates and maintains sensitive biomedical equipment. Work may involve the use of potentially hazardous chemical, biological, or radiological materials or may be located in areas where such materials are used. May require the use of personal protective equipment and adhere to strict safety protocols. The funding for this position is expected to last 12 months.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in a field related to biomedical research or four (4) years equivalent experience in the appropriate field in lieu of degree.
  • Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.
  • In addition to educational requirements, a minimum of two (2) years related biomedical experience.
  • Proficient in immunology/virology and molecular biology techniques.
  • Excellent attention to detail, organizational skills as well as a meticulous approach to laboratory experimentation are critical to this position.
  • Experience with cell culture, ELISA, Luminex, virus neutralization assays are required.
  • Must have experience with managing projects with large data sets, statistics, software tools (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and reports.
  • This position is subject to obtaining a Public Trust Clearance.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • MS in immunology, vaccinology, virology or molecular biology.
  • Experience in HPV research, virus vector productions.
  • Experience with SAS statistical analyses and knowledge.
  • Familiarity with regulatory requirements and guidelines for clinical research.

For more information, please contact Ligia Pinto, PhD at pintol@mail.nih.gov or visit http://jobs.leidos.com/job/Frederick-Research-Associate-I-605787

Science Policy Analyst, American Association of Immunologists
The American Association of Immunologists (http://wwww.aai.org), a professional society of research scientists, seeks a Science Policy Analyst to provide scientific expertise to the AAI public affairs program. Duties include analyzing and responding to relevant issues affecting biomedical research and supporting various AAI programs and activities. Ph.D. in immunology or related field, post-doctoral research experience, and publications required. Proficiency with social media, basic computer programs, and Adobe Photoshop required. Must have excellent analytical, written, and verbal skills, and demonstrated interest in science policy. AAI offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; flexible spending account; 403(b) retirement plan; free parking; and generous leave program. AAI is located in Bethesda, Maryland, immediately accessible to the Beltway, and within a mile of the Metro.   Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter with resume and salary requirements to FASEB Human Resources via email: resumes@faseb.org. AAI is an equal opportunity employer. Please contact resumes@faseb.org with any questions; do not reply to this message.

Research Scientist Associate – Genomics Core Manager; University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

Job Description

We are seeking an enthusiastic full-time Research Specialist to manage a Genomics Core Facility. The applicant is expected to have extensive knowledge of high throughput sequencing platforms (i.e., MiSeq and Ion Torrent) and experience in using and managing associated methodologies, including sample and library preparation and generation and analysis of sequence data. The applicant must be able to work independently and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Routine duties shared with staff include operation of equipment, weekly maintenance and daily QC, interaction with users for training, data analyses and trouble shooting. Some administrative work is required in addition to some schedule flexibility. Applicant must be able to consult with investigators on experimental design and research methods for grant proposals. The Research Scientist is expected to train individuals in the use of next generation technologies and to stay current in the technologies through literature and attendance of relevant conferences. The position includes handling of biohazardous materials and use of Personal Protective Equipment according to established protocols. A Ph.D. degree in the life sciences is required. Salary is commensurate with experience. For more information please see the position posting on the STreamlined Applicant Referral System (STARS) website (https://www.utsajobs.com/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1407952976428) requisition number 20140356.

Applicants who are selected for interviews must be able to show proof that they will be eligible and qualified to work in the United States by time of hire. UTSA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

“This is a security sensitive position. Employment is contingent upon a successful background check”


SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS

Floyd L. Wormley Jr., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Texas at San Antonio, TX
Cryptococcus neoformans is an opportunistic fungal pathogen and a significant cause of morbidity and mortality among AIDS patients.  Global estimates suggest that one million cases of cryptococcal meningitis occur each year resulting in over 625,000 deaths.  Because host immune responses are so vital to the control of cryptococcosis, the overall objective of the studies in Dr. Wormley’s laboratory is to determine the mechanism(s) necessary to elicit protective immunity against C. neoformans infections.  To this end, Dr. Wormley employed a C. neoformans strain engineered to express interferon (IFN)-γ, a protein known to enhance anti-fungal immune responses, to define protective immune responses against C. neoformans in mice. IFN-γ activates macrophages, phagocytic cells of the innate immune system, by initiating activity of the transcription factor signal transducer and activator of transcription 1 (STAT1).  Studies recently published in the Journal of Immunology (click here for article) by a senior graduate student in Dr. Wormley’s lab, Chrissy Leopold Wager, showed that macrophages activated by STAT1 have increased antifungal activity and are essential for the development of protective immunity against pulmonary cryptococcosis.  Moreover, nitric oxide production by these macrophages appeared to be critical for control of C. neoformans proliferation within macrophages.  These data provide evidence of a specific effector cell population and mechanism by which the host can mount a protective immune response against C. neoformans, an HIV-related opportunistic infection.

Dr. Wormley received his B.S. degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Louisiana State University Health Science Center also in New Orleans, LA. He then conducted his post-doctoral studies in Infectious Diseases at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC prior to joining the faculty in the Department of Biology at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in 2005. Dr. Wormley’s research laboratory utilizes the human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans as a model organism to study host-fungal interactions for the purpose of developing novel immune therapies and/or vaccines to treat and/or prevent invasive fungal infections. C. neoformans infections are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality among AIDS patients. In sub-Saharan Africa, deaths due to cryptococcal meningitis (~530,000) appear to be more frequent than tuberculosis (~350,000). Dr. Wormley’s research is supported by grants from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute and he is co-investigator on a training grant funded by the Department of Defense. He currently is a standing member of the AIDS-Associated Opportunistic Infections and Cancer (AOIC) NIH study section, a member of the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities for the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Associate Director of the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Sciences at UTSA.

 


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 http://asm.org/index.php/component/content/article/31-forms/forms/238-subscribe-to-listserv, 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 Dr. Floyd L. Wormley Jr., Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the Associate Editor is Crystal N. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.

If you are interested in placing an ad in the MMM, please send the copy to CMIIM@asmusa.org by the first of the month.

For more information about the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM) go to the committee’s web page: http://www.asm.org/cmiim

 

 

 

 

 

 

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