Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - March 2015


  • Back by Popular Demand: ASM M(icro)OOCs!
  • New Fellowship Opportunity for Undergraduate STEM Faculty
  • ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship
  • ASM Kadner Institute
  • Education Board asm2015 Events
  • American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) Certification
  • History of Microbiology Research Travel Grants
  • All-New ASM Microbe 2016
  • 31st Annual Clinical Virology Symposium
  • asm2015: 115th General Meeting
  • ICEID 2015: International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • ICAAC/ICC 2015
  • ASM Conferences


  • National Biocontainment Laboratories (NBLs) Operations Support (UC7)
  • Advancing Mechanistic Probiotic/Prebiotic and Human Microbiome Research (R01)
  • Functional Wellness in HIV: Maximizing the Treatment Cascade (R01)
  • Global Infectious Disease Research Administration Development Award for Low-and Middle-Income Country Institutions (G11)
  • Genealogy of Life (GoLife)
  • National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
  • Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science 


  • Medical Officer, Associate Chief for Clinical Trials Operations, Vaccine Research Center, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Assistant Professor in Microbiology - Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • ORISE Fellowship in Soil Microbiology and the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, NH
  • Graduate Research Assistant (M.S.) – Microbial Ecology University of Illinois
  • Ph.D. position at the University of Bayreuth 


  • Jose Lopez-Ribot, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biology, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX




Back by Popular Demand: ASM M(icro)OOCs!
Free and available on a first-come, first-served basis, the ASM M(icro)OOC Program is back with a second installment of webinars. Based on the concept of “massive open online courses,” M(icro)OOCs are designed for ASM members (or potential members) who are educators or are interested in teaching. Space is still available for two of the three M(icro)OOCs set to take place in spring 2015:

  • Course Design Using the ASM Curriculum Guidelines (March 25)
  • Lesson Plan Design Using the ASM Curriculum Guidelines (April 22)

Students who successfully complete the class will receive a certificate of participation. To learn more or register, visit http://www.facultyprograms.org/moocs.

New Fellowship Opportunity for Undergraduate STEM Faculty
Early-career (and future) undergraduate STEM educators are encouraged to apply for a 2015 ASM-LINK Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellowship. This new professional development resource trains STEM faculty to develop undergraduate research programs by initiating successful research partnerships. As part of the fellowship, ASM-LINK will provide travel subsidies of up to $2,000 to (1) increase participation of undergraduate STEM educators at seven eligible ASM-sponsored research conferences, (2) encourage networking and collaborations with potential research partners, and (3) access resources and mentoring to advance undergraduate research programs.

Fellowship applications are accepted on a rolling basis for each of the seven eligible ASM conferences. Apply by April 10 to be considered for the ASM General Meeting Fellowship. To learn more, visit http://www.asmlink.org/ufri. 

Register today for the Annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE), set for May 28-31, 2015, at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas. The conference program will be kicked off by José Antonio Bowen, president of Goucher College and author of “Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning.” ASMCUE 2015 will feature intensive professional development sessions and inspiring talks by leaders at the forefront of science and teaching. For instance, the plenary lecture lineup includes “Antibodies Against Ebola Virus: The Road Map,” by Erica Ollmann Saphire of the Scripps Research Institute, “Microbes and Spaceflight,” by Duane Pierson of the NASA Johnson Space Center, and “Mobility and Higher Education,” by Education and Medical Development Executives from Apple, Inc. The lectures will complement discussions of advances in STEM education and research, lab safety guidelines, teaching tools, student learning, and more. For full program details, visit http://www.asmcue.org.

ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship
Senior-level graduate students are invited to apply for a 2015 ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship. With an aim to increase the number of students from underrepresented minority groups who complete doctoral degrees in the microbiological sciences, the Watkins fellowship provides students with support to complete and present their microbiology research. Fellows attend the ASM Kadner Institute for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scientists in Preparation for Careers in Microbiology (see below) or the ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute (http://www.asmgap.org/swpi) and, dependent on abstract submission and acceptance, are supported to present their research at the ASM General Meeting. Apply by May 1. To learn more, visit http://www.asm.org/watkins.

ASM Kadner Institute
Senior-level graduate students and early-career postdoctoral scientists are invited to apply for the 2015 ASM Kadner Institute. Sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the institute will be held in Washington, DC, on July 24-27. Participants receive careful guidance and mentoring in key topics important for succeeding in the microbiological sciences: (i) career preparation and opportunities; (ii) preparation, review, and critique of research proposals; (iii) scientific presentations and communication; (iv) effective teaching methods; and (v) professional ethics development. Apply by May 31. To learn more, visit http://bit.ly/kadner15nl. 

Education Board asm2015 Events
During the asm2015 General Meeting, which is being held May 30 – June 2, 2015 in New Orleans, LA, the Education Board will be holding Career Development Workshops and a special interest session.  Details about these events are below:

Career Development Workshops
WS01:The Business of Science: Leveraging Your Ph.D. to Successfully Transition from Student to Professional

Register today. In “Preparing for Professional Careers,” we will look at how your scientific/technical skills combined with your business skills and social skills together make up the three identities that define your brand. The session will address the 24 competencies that industry has identified as critical in being competitive and successful, and how they relate to scientists own past experiences during their graduate and post-graduate education. Topics will also include: how to build an effective network, how to leverage that network to identify and research jobs, get your resume on the hiring manager’s desk, and discuss how to prepare for interviews.Although this workshop is complimentary, registration is required. Join us on Saturday, May 30, 2015 (8:30am – 12:00pm).

WS05: Microbiology Career Choices: What’s Available and How to Succeed
Register today. This session, “Microbiology Career Choices: What's Available and How to Succeed” emphasizes information about alternatives to career in doctoral (and Medical) education. It is targeted to undergraduate and graduate students seeking careers in the microbiological sciences and especially to learn about opportunities that go beyond what they have seen or experienced in academic settings. Microbiologists from industry, clinical labs, government agencies and labs, non-profits, undergraduate teaching institutions, and other non-traditional employment settings will lead discussion groups of 8-10 participants. This highly interactive session has been successful in the previous three years with over 400 students participating each year. Although this workshop is complimentary, registration is required. Join us on Saturday, May 30, 2015 (1:00pm – 4:30pm). 

Special Interest Session: Using an IDP to Plan a Successful Scientific Career
Whether you'll be a PI at a research university, a medical science liaison for a biotech company, or a policy advisor for a US Senator, you want to find a career path that you'll enjoy and find rewarding. There are more than FIFTY career paths available to biomedical sciences PhD's. If you'd like to see a list of these career paths, learn about how to select the best option for you, and start your own Individual Development Plan (IDP) that will help you achieve success along your path, then don't miss this thought-provoking interactive workshop! All are welcomed to attend on Monday, June 1, 2015 (4:45pm – 6:30pm). 

American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) Certification
Certification is a voluntary process in which individuals are recognized for demonstrating required skills and knowledge. ABMM certification is achieved by meeting rigorous educational and experiential eligibility requirements and passing a comprehensive written examination. This certification confirms you have the knowledge and skills necessary to direct laboratories engaged in the microbiological diagnosis of human disease.

The American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) certifies the expertise of doctoral-level microbiologists seeking to direct medical and public health microbiology laboratories. It is recognized by federal and state governmental agencies as a significant component toward meeting licensure requirements for high complexity laboratory directors and is recognized under the final rule of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA).

ABMM certification is achieved by passing an online multiple-choice exam that is offered daily in the month of June at testing centers worldwide.

Visit http://www.asm.org/abmm to learn more and apply online.

Deadline: April 1, 2015

History of Microbiology Research Travel Grants
The Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives (CHOMA) is seeking applicants for its History of Microbiology Research Travel Award program.  Grants support travel to the CHOMA collections for research of awardees’ choosing in areas related to the history of microbiology.  Up to two cash awards of $1500 each will be awarded per year, and awardees may be invited to present their research at the ASM Annual Meeting and/or prepare an article for Microbe.  Program information and application procedures are available at http://www.asm.org/index.php/choma3/71-membership/archives/93307-history-of-microbiology-research-travel-awards-apply-now

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:  Funding for a 2015 Grant is still available; applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until all funding has been awarded.

All-New ASM Microbe 2016
Introducing the ASM Microbe 2016 – an unprecedented meeting that brings you the best of ASM’s two premier events – General Meeting and ICAAC.  Taking place in Boston, MA from June 16 to June 20 next year, ASM Microbe 2016 will be the largest gathering of microbiologists in the world and the only event in the field that offers a true trans-disciplinary experience.  Join your peers from across the globe at this meeting for broader discussions, new collaborations, expanded networking opportunities, and access to a broader spectrum of products and services in the Exhibit Hall. Meeting website will be launched in March. Stay tuned for more information to come.

31st Annual Clinical Virology Symposium
April 2629, 2015 | Daytona Beach, Florida 
Present your research to over 1,000 biomedical researchers and primary care physicians from around the world. Put your work at the center of this year’s discussion on rapid viral diagnosis, clinical course of viral infections, and preventive and therapeutic modalities for virus infections.

Important Date
Discounted Registration Rate Deadline:  March 17, 2015

asm2015: 115th General Meeting
May 30 – June 2, 2015 | New Orleans, Louisiana 
asm2015 will host a wide range of interactive workshops, scientific sessions, and networking events specifically designed to explore each unique area of microbiology — including yours!

Important Date
Discounted Registration Rate Deadline: April 13, 2015

ICEID 2015: International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases
August 2426, 2015 | Atlanta, Georgia 
The response to the Ebola outbreak has redirected much of our community’s work.  In order to deliver the strongest program possible the conference has been rescheduled to August. The conference brings together public health professionals to encourage the exchange of scientific information on global emerging infectious disease issues in the United States and abroad.  

Important Dates
Abstract Submission Closes: March 23, 2015
Discounted Registration Rate Deadline: July 31, 2015

September 1721, 2015 | San Diego, California
This year, ASM’s Interscience Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) joins with International Society of Chemotherapy (ISC)’s International Congress of Chemotherapy and Infection (ICC) to bring you ICAAC/ICC 2015!

Offering unmatched opportunity for discussion, cross collaboration, and advancement, this joint meeting fuses a rich history of debuting major advances in drug development and infectious disease research with a focus on examining antibiotic resistance, new antibiotic development and antibiotic stewardship.

Abstract submission is now open, and a new topical category has been added!  See the Topical Category Descriptions http://www.icaac.org/index.php/component/content/article/94-icaac-2015/333-topical-category-descriptions page for more information.

Important Date
Abstract Submission Closes: May 21, 2015

ASM Conferences

@ASM Conference on Mechanisms of Interbacterial Cooperation and Competition
March 1316, 2015 | Washington, DC

4th ASM Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance in Zoonotic Bacteria and Foodborne Pathogens
May 8 11, 2015 | Washington, DC

Important Date
Abstract Submission Deadline: March 2, 2015

5th ASM Conference on Prokaryotic Cell Biology and Development
June 1216, 2015 | Washington, DC

Important Dates
Abstract Submission Deadline: April 6, 2015
Discounted Registration Rate Deadline: May 1, 2015

ASM Conference on Pseudomonas 2015
September 812, 2015 | Washington, DC

Important Dates  
Abstract Submission Deadline: April 7, 2015
Discounted Registration Rate Deadline: July 1, 2015

1st ASM Conference on Rapid Next-Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatic Pipelines for Enhanced Molecular Epidemiologic Investigation of Pathogens
September 2427, 2015 | Washington, DC

Important Dates  
Abstract Submission Deadline: April 20, 2015
Discounted Registration Rate Deadline: July 13, 2015



National Biocontainment Laboratories (NBLs) Operations Support (UC7)
The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to continue to provide operations support under the UC7 mechanism for Biosafety Level 4 (BSL4) facilities at the National Biocontainment Laboratories at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas and Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.  Operations support is provided in the following areas: facility maintenance and operations; biosecurity; environmental health and safety regulations and requirements; regulatory compliance; and specialized research support services.  The NBLs will serve as a national resource for efforts in conducting clinical and laboratory (in vitro and in vivo) research and testing on hazardous biological agents in support of NIAID’s Biodefense Research Agenda (http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/topics/BiodefenseRelated/Biodefense/about/strategicplan.htm) and other infectious diseases.  Full proposals are due May 29, 2015, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-15-009.html.  

Advancing Mechanistic Probiotic/Prebiotic and Human Microbiome Research (R01)
The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is twofold: (1) to stimulate basic and mechanistic science that facilitates the development of effective probiotics or pre-/probiotic combinations of relevance to human health and disease; and (2) determine biological outcomes for the evaluation of efficacy of pre/probiotics in appropriate test systems and animal models. This FOA encourages basic and mechanistic studies using in vitro, in vivo, ex vivo, and in silico models that focus on prebiotic/probiotic strain selectivity, interaction, and function. It will also encourage inter and multidisciplinary collaborations among scientists in a wide range of disciplines including nutritional science, immunology, microbiomics, genomics, other '-omic' sciences, biotechnology, and bioinformatics.  Full proposals are due June 5, 2015, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-15-135.html.

Functional Wellness in HIV: Maximizing the Treatment Cascade (R01)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks to promote the development of HIV interventions which target opportunities to improve the delivery of healthcare across the continuum of care for persons infected with HIV.  The goal of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is develop interventions aimed at increasing functional wellness in persons infected with HIV by entry and maintenance in the HIV treatment cascade (the cascade). The cascade, a unified symbol for HIV care, provides the steps required to determine HIV status, link and retain individuals in HIV care. The benefit(s) of increasing adherence to the cascade could be ‘functional wellness’ a new construct in this area. Full proposals are due June 5, 2015, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-15-133.html.

Global Infectious Disease Research Administration Development Award for Low-and Middle-Income Country Institutions (G11)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite applications from research institutions in low- to middle-income countries (LMIC) to provide senior administrators from these institutions with advanced training in the management of NIH grants. The ultimate goal is to improve oversight of NIAID grant awards and compliance with NIH funding policies and Federal research funding requirements for NIAID-supported foreign institutions in low to middle-income countries.   Full proposals are due June 15, 2015, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-131.html.

Genealogy of Life (GoLife)
Comprehensive understanding of life and how and why it changes over time depends on knowledge of the phylogeny (evolutionary relationships) of living and extinct organisms. The goals of the Genealogy of Life (GoLife) program are to resolve the phylogenetic history of all life’s diverse forms and to integrate this genealogical architecture with underlying organismal and environmental data.  The ultimate vision of this program is an open access, comprehensive Genealogy of Life that will provide the comparative framework necessary for testing questions in systematics, evolutionary biology, ecology, and other fields. Strategic integration of this genealogy of life with data layers from genomic, phenotypic, spatial, ecological and temporal data will produce an extensive synthesis of biodiversity and evolutionary sciences. The resulting knowledge infrastructure will enable synthetic research on biological dynamics throughout the historyof life on Earth, within current ecosystems, and for predictive modeling of the future evolution of life.  Full proposals are due March 25, 2015, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15520/nsf15520.htm.

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track. TheTraineeship Track is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, aligned with changing workforce and research needs, and scalable. For this solicitation the Traineeship Track has one priority interdisciplinary research theme — Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE); proposals are encouraged also on any non-DESE interdisciplinary research theme that is a national priority. The IGE Track is dedicated solely to piloting, testing, and evaluating novel, innovative, and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. Whereas the Traineeship Track promotes building on the current knowledge base to more effectively train STEM graduate students, the IGE Track supports test-bed projects with high potential to enrich, improve, and extend the knowledge base with attention to transferability and innovation. For both tracks, strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, museums, and academic partners are encouraged.  Letters of intent are due March 25, 2015, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15542/nsf15542.htm.

Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science
The Directorate for Engineering (ENG) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), have joined to support the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science program. This program supports active long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer and Information Science, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers and community college and university faculty and students to bring knowledge of engineering or computer and information science and engineering as well as technological innovation to pre-college/community college classrooms. The goal of these partnerships is to enable K-12 STEM teachers and community college faculty to translate their research experiences and new knowledge gained in university settings into their classroom activities. The university team will include faculty, graduate and undergraduate students as well as industrial advisors. Involvement of graduate students in support of academic-year classroom activities is particularly encouraged. Partnerships with inner city, rural or other high needs schools are especially encouraged, as is participation by underrepresented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.  Full proposals are due April 8, 2015, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15536/nsf15536.htm.




Medical Officer, Associate Chief for Clinical Trials Operations, Vaccine Research Center, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the largest Institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is seeking an exceptional and motivated leader for a medical officer to serve as the associate chief for clinical trials operations in the clinical trials program (CTP) at the Vaccine Research Center (VRC). This position reports directly to the CTP chief. The associate chief for clinical trials operations will have direct responsibility for a team of approximately seven staff members and oversee protocol operations, data management, and conduct of clinical studies under external contracts, as well as other responsibilities as assigned.

An internationally recognized NIAID/NIH center, the VRC fosters collaboration and interactions among researchers across the vaccine development continuum. The associate chief will work closely with CTP clinical operations staff and with the heads of VRC translational research programs including preclinical development and vaccine process development, manufacturing, and regulatory. The position presents a unique opportunity for a physician to be directly involved in the entire vaccine research continuum, developing vaccines and monoclonal antibodies against major diseases that currently threaten public health, such as HIV, Chikungunya virus, influenza, and Ebola virus.

The CTP includes clinicians, public educators, protocol specialists, and data specialists, as well as support staff. The CTP maintains a staff of approximately 25 and initiates three to five clinical trials per year at the NIH Clinical Center. The CTP also maintains and oversees contracts and collaborations with external clinical research organizations to conduct additional clinical trials with VRC candidates.

Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Serve as protocol chair or principal or associate investigator for Phase I and II investigational vaccine and monoclonal antibody trials
  • Oversee clinical research protocol development and management
  • Oversee data management strategies and conduct; analyze data from clinical and translational vaccine immunology research
  • Oversee vaccine clinical trials conducted by the VRC under contract
  • Participate on VRC vaccine clinical development teams
  • Serve as member on NIH and external committees and boards as assigned by the chief
  • Publish VRC clinical research findings
  • Present VRC research findings publicly (domestically and internationally)
  • Participate as team member, co-chair, or chair of domestic and international protocol/clinical trials teams involving VRC vaccine products conducted through collaborations with outside investigators
  • Mentor junior scientists and clinicians, including clinical fellows

A potentially qualified physician candidate must have either an M.D. or D.O. and experience and expertise in conducting or overseeing clinical trials assessing an investigational product (vaccine or monoclonal antibody clinical research is strongly preferred). Board certification in internal medicine is also strongly preferred. Fellowship training in either infectious diseases or allergy and immunology is preferred, but other subspecialty training will be considered. Excellent written and oral communication skills are also required.

Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications.

To apply for the position, interested candidates should email a curriculum vitae and bibliography (no more than two pages) to Carmencita Artis, artisc@niaid.nih.gov. Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2015.

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For more information go to ASM Career Connections at:  http://www.asmcareerconnections.org/jobseeker/job/21668889/.

Assistant Professor in Microbiology - Southern Illinois University Carbondale
The Department of Microbiology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level with a start date of January 1, 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. Applicants must have a PhD in Microbiology or a related field with an established publication record and postdoctoral experience in some area of molecular microbiology involving microbial genetics, genomics, and physiology. Specific areas may include, but are not limited to, gene regulation, microbiome ecology, biofilm formation, or microbial symbiosis. This position will strengthen existing research in microbial community activity and ecology and enhance the department’s objective to increase research and training in this area. This individual will participate in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, and contribute to the senior level laboratory courses. In addition, the candidate will be expected to obtain external funding and to involve both graduate (MS, PhD) and undergraduate students in research. Depending upon area of specialty, this hire will have the opportunity for collaborations within Microbiology and the College of Science (e.g., Chemistry, Plant Biology, Zoology) in addition to interdisciplinary research interactions specifically with faculty in the Center for Ecology, the College of Agriculture, and the newly formed Fermentation Institute. For more information please visit http://www.micro.siu.edu/.

Application deadline is April 15, 2015 or until filled. Applications should contain a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests and a statement of current and future research plans. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference sent on their behalf. All materials can be submitted electronically as a PDF document to the Microbiology Search Committee Chair via e-mail to microbiology@micro.siu.edu or by U.S. mail to

Department of Microbiology
Life Science II Room 131, MC 6508, SIU
Carbondale, 1125 Lincoln Dr.,
Carbondale, IL 62901

Receipt will be confirmed.

SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.

For more information go to:  http://www.jobtarget.com/link.cfm?c=6AVWj2ptbsWw

ORISE Fellowship in Soil Microbiology and the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, NH
A fellowship position is available for one year with the possibility of extension, contingent on sufficient funding. We are looking for a highly motivated researcher to join the soil microbiology team investigating the role of soil microorganisms in changing landscapes, contaminated remote biomes, and ancient ice samples. The position includes laboratory and potentially some field assignments. Field assignments may include remote locations. All applicants must have a BSc or a MSc in a relevant field. Research experience in next-generation sequencing and associated bioinformatics (e.g. QIIME) to sort through large data sets and expertise in statistical analysis of microbial processes are essential. A strong interest in modeling biology is desirable. An understanding of soil water potential and familiarity with soil chemistry and fertility concepts and techniques are also desirable. Duties include developing experiments, conducting field work, and optimizing molecular methodologies, reagents and protocols, and enzyme and protein analyses. Strong organizational as well as oral and written communication skills should be demonstrated. The candidate will assist in generating data and subsequent analyses needed for model development in various soils and climates. The position includes a competitive salary. Please send your application (CV, three references, and cover letter highlighting your research interests and goals) by email to Robyn.A.Barbato@erdc.dren.mil. Review of the applications will begin on February 27, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Graduate Research Assistant (M.S.) – Microbial Ecology University of Illinois
Springfield The University of Illinois Springfield’s (UIS) (http://www.uis.edu/emiquon/) Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon is actively recruiting a motivated M.S. student to work on an aspect of microbial ecology associated with The Nature Conservancy’s restoration ecology project, http://www.experienceemiquon.com/, or a related aspect of river floodplain ecology. The Emiquon Preserve is among the largest river floodplain restoration projects in the United States. Intensive sampling of microbial loop organisms has been ongoing since the beginning of the restoration effort and the GRA project would build on this foundation. Research will focus on the diversity and dynamics of microbial communities, ecological drivers of community change, and/or documentation of change due to application of restoration practices. Research will involve field, lab, and computational work. The graduate student should be able to work independently as well as with other lab members and field crews. The student is expected to have interests and/or skills in ecology, microbiology, biogeochemistry and/or statistics. Applicants need not have all skills to apply, but preference will be given to those who have. A BS degree in biology, ecology, microbiology, or a related field is required. Students will be part of an interdisciplinary research effort with ample chance to interact with Illinois Natural History Survey’s Forbes Biological Research Station and the Illinois River Biological Field Stations, Havana, IL, as well as many other partner organizations. This assistantship will be compensated with a monthly stipend of $1,050 for the first year, $1,100 the second year and tuition waver. You must be admitted to the UIS Biology Graduate Program to be eligible for the assistantship (http://www.uis.edu/admissions/graduate/). Position to remain open until qualified applicant is selected Interested students should send a cover letter and CV/resume to Mike Lemke, Professor (email preferred: mailto:mlemk1@uis.edu) or Biology Department, MS 223, University of Illinois Springfield, One University Plaza, Springfield, IL 62703.

Ph.D. position at the University of Bayreuth
The University of Bayreuth offers a fully funded Ph.D. position (3 years + mobility allowance extra) on microbial degraders of organic pollutants in stream sediments (HypoTRAIN Innovative Training Network, http://www.bayceer.unibayreuth.de/hypotrain/en/forschung/proj/detail.php?id_obj=126727). The work will cover aspects of microbial organic pollutant degradation and denitrification.



Jose Lopez-Ribot, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biology, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
The Lopez-Ribot laboratory studies the opportunistic pathogenic fungus Candida albicans. C. albicans is part of the normal human microbiota. However, as an opportunistic pathogen it is capable of causing infections in an expanding population of immune- and medically-compromised patients. Candidiasis is now the third-to-fourth most common nosocomial infection, with unacceptably high mortality rates, often close to 50%, due to the limited arsenal of antifungals and the emergence of resistance. As an opportunistic pathogen, infection depends on a very delicate balance between pathogen virulence and host responses, and studies in the laboratory try to integrate these two facets to better understand and offer a more global perspective of C. albicans immunopathogenesis. Most recently the emphases have been on immune-based strategies to combat candidiasis, the study of C. albicans biofilms, novel anti-virulence approaches for the treatment of candidiasis, and the development of a C. albicans biofilm chip as a new platform for microbial culture at the nano-scale level and for ultra-high throughput screening. This work has resulted in over 150 publications (with over 10,000 citations), several patents, and over 250 presentations to meetings, many as an invited speaker. Dr. Lopez-Ribot has also provided extensive service to the scientific community and the Medical Mycology discipline in particular, having served as regular member of two NIH study sections, and more than 20 NIH review panels as an ad hoc member. He was also the chair of American Heart Association’s microbial pathogenesis study section, and has reviewed for many other different funding bodies both in the US and abroad. He was the President of the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas. He is on the editorial boards of several journals in the fields of microbiology, immunology and mycology, and has served as an ad hoc reviewer for more than 80 different journals. Dr. Lopez-Ribot has mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellows, who have gone on to successful careers in academia, medicine and industry.

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.

The MMM can post employment ads only if they are first featured on the ASM’s Career Connections site:  http://www.asmcareerconnections.org/home/index.cfm?site_id=756. Career Connections is offering a discount for job postings that are featured in the MMM.  Please contact CMIIM@asmusa.org with your ad needs. 

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