American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) 2009 Election Results

The American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) Fellows have elected six new Board of Governors (BOG) members and one member to the Committee on Election to Fellowship. The new Governors are listed below.

Peter Gilligan
, Director, Clinical Microbiology- Immunology Laboratories, and Director, Phlebotomy Services, University of North Carolina Hospitals, and Professor, Departments of Microbiology- Immunology and Pathology-Laboratory Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill.

Susan Gottesman
, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Distinguished Investigator, Co-Chief, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, and Chief, Biochemical Genetics Section, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, Md.

Diane Griffin
, Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Professor of Medicine and Neurology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.

Louis Miller
, Chief, Malaria Vaccine Development Branch, NIH, Bethesda, Md.

Peter Vogt
, Professor, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA.

Christopher Walsh
, Hamilton Kuhn Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass. The Board of Governors sets strategic direction for the AAM, ratifies election to Fellowship, develops new topics for colloquia, and establishes new programs and initiatives consistent with its overall mission. The three-year term begins 1 July 2009. To learn more about the AAM and its Fellows, visit

In addition to serving on the BOG, Gilligan will serve as the Dean of the American College of Microbiology. The College oversees the ASM’s certification and accreditation programs. Visit to learn more about these programs.

Joining the Committee on Election to Fellowship (COE) is
Magdalene So
, Professor and Head, Program in Microbial Pathogenesis, Member, BIO5 Institute, and Department of Immunobiology, School of Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson. Her five-year term also begins on 1 July. The COE is responsible for examining the credentials of nominees to Fellowship and making election recommendations to the Board of Governors. Information on AAM Fellowship eligibility and the nomination form are available online at