American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturers and Topics

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  • Each Branch is allowed one ASM Distinguished Lecturer per program year (July 1-June 30).
  • Lecturers serve two-year terms.  Please note speaker term expiration dates indicated below when making arrangements for a Lecturer.
  • Branches – after making arrangements directly with Lecturers to participate in Branch meetings, please complete and submit a Lecturer Confirmation Form to ASM Headquarters
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ASM DISTINGUISHED LECTURER 2017-2018 ROSTER: 

For detailed descriptions of topics, contact and biographical information, please click on speaker's name below, or CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE PDF 2017-2018 ROSTER     

* The ASMDL Roster includes three Waksman Foundation Lecturers, supported through funding from the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology, with research topics primarily focused in antibiotics, translational research and/or environmental microbiology. Waksman Foundation Lecturers are clearly denoted on the Roster.

 

Lecturers serve two-year terms.  Please note speaker term expiration dates indicated below when making arrangements for a Lecturer.

 

  • Terje Dokland (Speaker Term: July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019)
    • Staphylococcal Pathogenicity Islands: Hijackers on the Phage Assembly Pathway 
    • Pirates of the Caudovirales 
    • Taking Advantage of the Cryo-EM “Resolution Revolution” in Microbiological Research
    • Scaffolding-mediated Assembly Control in the Bacteriophages

 

  • Kelly S. Doran (Speaker Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018)
    • Mechanisms by which Bacteria Disrupt the Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB)  
    • Mechanisms Governing Bacterial Colonization and Therapeutic Intervention  
    • Bacterial Regulation of Commensal and Invasive States   

 

  • Ramon Gonzalez  (Speaker Term: July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019)
    • Engineering an Orthogonal and Modular Pathway for the Efficient Synthesis of Functionalized Small Molecules   
    • Rethinking the Logic of Biological Activation and Conversion of Methane: A New Era of Industrial Biomanufacturing  
    • Understanding and Harnessing the Anaerobic Fermentation of Glycerol   

 

  • Dr. D. Jay Grimes (Speaker Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018)
    • Ecology of Indigenous Marine Bacteria such as the Vibrios and the Factors that Allow Them to Cause Disease in Humans and Other Animals
    • Microbiomics of the Brown Alga Sargassum
    • Microbiomics of Bottlenose Dolphins
    • Bacterial Diseases in Marine Aquaculture
    • Flesh Eating Bacteria

 

  • Karl Klose - Waksman Foundation Lecturer* (Speaker Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018)
    • Deadly Diarrhea: Vibrio cholerae in the Time of Cholera
    • Killer Bunnies and Bioweapons: Tularemia and Biodefense
    • The Rise of the Superbugs: Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

 

  • Susan Lynch (Speaker Term: July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019)
    • Gut Microbiome and Allergic Asthma
    • Airway Microbiome and Chronic Inflammatory Disease
    • Gut Microbiome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease 

 

  • Ilhem Messaoudi-Powers, Ph.D. (Speaker Term: July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019)
    • Ebola Virus: From Mechanisms of Disease to Vaccination Strategies
    • Aging and Immune Response to Infection
    • How Alcohol Consumption Alters Our Immune Defense Mechanisms
    • Obesity during Pregnancy and Its Impact on Neonatal Immunity

 

  • Nancy S. Miller, M.D. (Speaker Term:  July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018)
    • Case-based Potpourri: Challenges, Conundrums, and Lessons Learned  
    • Point of Care Meets Microbiology: What We Have, What We Need, What Is on the Way? Preparing for the Next Frontier at Point-of-Care!  
    • Diagnostic Algorithms: A Study in Black, White, and Gray  
    • Blood Culture Best Practices  
    • Fungal Fest – A Primer of Medical Mycology
    • Administrative Clinical Microbiology (Three Separate 1-Hour Lecture Options):  
      • Planning for New Diagnostic Platforms or Tests – What to Pick and How to Choose?
      • Cost Analysis for New Tests and Presentation to Leadership
      • Occupy Call Street! Reconsidering Critical Action Values for Clinical Microbiology

 

  • Harry L. T. Mobley, Ph.D. (Speaker Term:  July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019)
    • Bacterial Gene Expression during Human Infection  
    • Strategies for Development of Vaccines against Mucosal Infections  
    • Stones, Spears and Swarming: Bacterial Social Aggression at Its Worst    

 

  • Beronda L. Montgomery (Speaker Term:  July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019)
    • Seeing the Light: Color Vision and Developmental Acclimation in Cyanobacteria  
    • First Insight into Second Messengers: Roles of Cyclic Dinucleotides in Environmental Responses in Cyanobacteria  
    • Shaping Up: Photoregulation of Cellular Morphology in Cyanobacteria  
    • Lighting the Way: Building Bridges to Access and Success  
    • Cultivating a Career: From Seeds of Inspiration to a Harvest of Discovery, Mentoring & Transformation  

 

  • Melanie R. Mormile - Waksman Foundation Lecturer* (Speaker Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018)
    • Going from Microbial Ecology to Genome Data and Back Again: Studies on a Haloalkaliphilic Bacterium Isolated from Soap Lake, Washington State
    • Industrially Relevant Metabolic Activities of a Haloalkaliphilic Bacterium Isolated from Soap Lake, Washington
    • Are There Martians in Australia? How Acid Saline Lakes Can Serve as a Mars Analog
    • How Extremophiles Can Provide Undergraduate Students with Experiential Learning

 

  • Donald W. Schaffner (Speaker Term:  July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019)
    • Should You Eat That? The Science behind the Five-second Rule 
    • Handwashing and Hand Sanitizers from the Perspective of a Food Microbiologist
    • Food Safety Modeling and Risk Assessment for Fun and Profit  

 

  • Thomas J. Walsh, M.D., Ph.D. (hon), FIDSA, FAAM, FECMM - Waksman Foundation Lecturer* (Speaker Term: July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019)
    • Advances in the Laboratory Diagnosis of Invasive Candidiases and Their Therapeutic Implications  
    • Emerging Fungal Pathogens and Diseases
    • Invasive Aspergillosis in Immunocompromised Patients  
    • Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenges of Mucormycosis   
    • Special Hosts and Invasive Mycoses: Critical Interactions between Laboratory and Bedside toward Better Patient Care   

 

  • Christine White-Ziegler (Speaker Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018)
    • There’s No Place Like Host: Comparative Transcriptome Studies of Pathogenic and Commensal E. Coli in Response to Human Body Temperature
    • Stress Responses to the Ups and Downs of Temperature Changes
    • From RNA to RNA-Seq: Bringing Next Gen Sequencing Technology into the Undergraduate Laboratory
    • Doing It All: Teaching and Research at an Undergraduate Institution

 

  • Henry Neal Williams, Ph.D. (Speaker Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018)
    • The Life and Times of Bdellovibrio and Like Organisms, the World’s Smallest Predator
    • Predatory Bacteria and Bacteriophage: Antagonists or Conspirators?
    • Environmental Factors Orchestrate Bacterial Predators and Predation
    • Mentoring Outside the Box
    • Diversity and Inclusion in Science – Making it Happen: The Story of One Scientist

 

  • Daniel J. Wozniak (Speaker Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018)
    • Bacterial Biofilms
    • Experimental Therapeutics for Use in Patients Infected with Bacterial Biofilms
    • Defining Pathoadaptive Processes and Evolution of Pathogens during Infection
    • Interface of Innate Immunity and Biofilms

 

 * The ASMDL Roster includes three Waksman Foundation Lecturers, supported through funding from the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology, with research topics primarily focused in antibiotics, translational research and/or environmental microbiology. Waksman Foundation Lecturers are clearly denoted on the Roster.

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE PDF 2017-2018 ROSTER   

 

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