calendar of events

Throughout the meeting mentors will be available in the Student and Postdoc Lounge (Room 264) for informal talks and advice.  Click here for more information about their schedule and background.

 

Sunday May 31st

asm2015 Orientation:  two sessions (7:30 am and 10:00 am) - stop by the Student and Postdoc Lounge (room 264 Convention Center) for a quick meeting orientation to bring you up to speed about all things asm2015!

Graduate School Recruitment Luncheon:  Join us for this inaugural event.  Twelve graduate school programs will be represented.  The lunch will start promptly at 12:00 and space is limited.  No RSVP required. Student and Postdoc Lounge

Monday, June 1st

Meet the ASM Young Leaders Circle - Your ASM Representatives!
Come meet your ASM representatives and explore the opportunities the Young Leaders Circle offers to you! Be inspired by our international outreach activities and get involved in the world outside your lab!

The Young Leaders Circle (YLC) advises the ASM International Board on issues important to students and early-career scientists. During this interactive session, we will discuss both universal and country-specific career challenges of early-career scientists around the globe, with an aim of shaping future YLC actions. We will also present current YLC initiatives in the areas of ASM grants and awards for international members, supporting women scientists, ASM Young Ambassador Program, collaboration between ASM student chapters around the world, and the dialogue between science and the society.  Student and Postdoc Lounge, 12:00 - 1:00.

Postdoc Happy Hour:  Bowl a frame, and mix with your peers and ASM leadership at Fulton Alley (600 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA)  Starts at 6:00.

Tuesday, June 2nd

Mentoring Breakfast:  Discuss career transitions and other topics with hand selected mentors.  8:00 - 10:00 am in the Bissonet Room of the New Orleans Marriott.  For more information about the mentors and topics click her

Luncheon:  Clinical Careers Learn about careers in the lab.  12:00 - 1:00 in the Student and Postdoc Lounge.

asm2015 Lounge Mentor schedule

 

Sunday May 31st

Monday June 1st

Tuesday June 2nd

11 - 12

2 - 3

3 - 4

8 - 9

9 -10

10 - 11

11 - 12

1 - 2

2 - 3

8 - 9

9 -10

10 - 11

11 - 12

1 - 2

Jennifer Mitchell

Rob Knight

W. Edward Swords

Jane M. Liu

Nadeem Fazal

Rong Wang

Xinhui Li

Greg Anderson

Vicente Gomez-Alvarez

Osvaldo Lopez

Nadeem Fazal

Rachel Pritchard

Susan Bornstein-Forst

Greg Anderson

Paul Lawson

Wm. Michael Dunne

Kileen Shier

Osvaldo Lopez

Jose Ramos Vivas

Fawzy Hashem

Adrienne Bambach

Atin Datta

Julie Ann West

Joy Scaria

Jose Ramos Vivas

Michaela Gazdik

Gregory W. Buck

Xinhui Li

Diana L. Vullo

Jaiyanth Daniel

Bob McLean

Joy Scaria

Theresa Koehler

W. Edward Swords

Paul Carlson

Jeffery McGarvey

Zaffar Hussain

Adrienne Bambach

Kileen Shier

April Bobenchik

Hope Lee

Arash Komeili

Beth Potter

Paul Orwin

Paul Carlson

Christine Ginocchio

Martha Folmsbee

Jane M. Liu

Eleanor Jennings

Rob Knight

Mentoring Breakfast

Alternative Career Tracks 
Bench Research to Administration
Careers in Government
Careers in Industry
Clinical Career Track Transitions
Graduate Student to Tenure Track
Graduate to Postdoctoral Study
Undergraduate to Graduate

Alternative Career Tracks:

Lorraine Findlay                              Table #:  1
lorraine.findlay@ncc.edu
Topic
Alternative Career Tracks
Current Employer
Nassau County Community College
Career Path
Worked in research, then clinically, then director of pharmaceutical microbiology. Now an academic but also clinical.

Shilpa Gadwal                                  Table #:  2
SGADWAL@Asmusa.org
Topic:
Alternative Career Tracks
Current Employer:
American Society for Microbiology
Career Path:
BA in Biology from UMBC. PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the U Michigan. Currently the Career Advancement Fellow at American Society for Microbiology.

Tracey Taylor                                    Table #:  1
tataylor2@oakland.edu
Topic:
Alternative Career Tracks
Current Employer:
OUWB: Oakland U William Beaumont School of Medicine in Rochester, Michigan.
Career Path
After completing a PDF, hired as an assistant professor at a private medical school to teach microbiology. For 8 of the 9 years, ran a small research lab, working primarily with medical students.

 

Bench Research to Administration:

Len M. Archer                                   Table #:  3
len.archer@adu.edu
Topic: Bench Research to Administration
Current Employer: Adventist U of Health Sciences
Career Path: PhD in Microbiology before teaching at a two-year Associate degree college specializing in health sciences. Appointed department chair and later Associate VP for Academic Administration as the college obtained U status.

David Aronoff                                   Table #:  3
d.aronoff@vanderbilt.edu
Topic: Bench Research to Administration
Current Employer: Vanderbilt U School of Medicine
Career Path: College to med school to residency to clinical and research fellowship to research post-doc to junior then senior faculty to division director. 

 

Careers In Government:

Wade Aldous                                    Table #:  5
wade-aldous@uiowa.edu
Topic: Careers in Government
Current Employer: State Hygenic Laboratory at the U of Iowa
Career Path: PhD in Microbiology. 20 years in the Army as a microbiologist in the medical service corps. Retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Spent 2 years doing a CPEP fellowship while in the Army at the U of Utah/ARUP labs and became an ABMM diplomate. Now serving as CLIA director for State Hygienic Lab.

Heather Allen                                    Table #:  6
heather.allen@ars.usda.gov
Topic: Careers in Government
Current Employer: USDA
Career Path: BA/MA degree in Microbiology from U Iowa. PhD in Microbiology from U Wisconsin-Madison. Postdoctoral fellowship at the USDA's National Animal Disease Center (NADC). Permanent scientist position at the NADC. Became an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Vet Micro Department at Iowa State U. Appointed Lead Scientist of the research team on alternatives to antibiotics in animal agriculture in 2015.

Junia Jean-Gilles Beaubrun       Table #:  5
junia.jean-gillesbeaubrun@fda.hhs.gov
Topic: Careers in Government
Current Employer: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Career Path: Research Micro. at FDA/CFSAN/OARSA/DVA. 
BA in Biology at Rollins College, MA in  Biology, and PhD from the Biology Department with an emphasis on Microbiology at Howard U.  Served as a microbiologist reviewer for new drug applications at CDER, FDA, then as fellowship contractor at the FDA, CFSAN, Division of Molecular Biology (DMB). Became the Microbiology supervisor for the DCPublic Health Lab.

Brian Brunelle                                  Table #:  4
brian.brunelle@ars.usda.gov
Topic: Careers in Government
Current Employer: National Animal Disease Center
Career Path: BS in Biochemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, PhD in Infectious Diseases from the U.of California, Berkeley. Post-doctoral appointment in the government (USDA). Full time Microbiology position in a government food safety research lab (USDA) and has been studying Salmonella for the past 7 years.

Julie Swanson                                  Table #:  4
jmsswanson@gmail.com
Topic: Careers in Government
Current Employer: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Career Path: After receiving a BA degree, worked for two years as a tech in industry. Returned to school for MA, then worked in a U clinical setting for 6 years.  Finally, received PhD, took a two-year postdoc appointment in government, and was then hired on as a staff member. 

 

Careers in Industry:

Adrienne Bambach                        Table #:  9
hpadrean@gmail.com
Topic: Careers in Industry
Current Employer: Nanosphere, Inc.
Career Path: PhD in microbiology and immunology. CPEP fellowship in clinical microbiology at U of Rochester Medical Center. Field application scientist for Focus Diagnostics. Manager of Scientific Affairs and Acting Director of Clincial Affairs at Nanosphere. D (ABMM).

Randall Dimond                              Table #:  9
randy.dimond@promega.com
Topic: Careers in Industry
Current Employer: Promega
Career Path: Educated at the U. of Utah, UCSD, and MIT. Teaches at  U. of Wisconsin, Madison and works for Promega.

Wm. Michael Dunne, Jr., Ph.D.                Table #:  8
william.dunne@biomerieux.com
Topic: Careers in Industry 
Current Employer
: Biomerieux

Career Path: Board-certified clinical microbiologist from 1982 to 2011 at 4 major medical centers.  Transitioned to industry in 2011 as head of North American R&D for bioMerieux, Inc.

Martha Folmsbee                            Table #:  10
martha_folmsbee@pall.com
Topic: Careers in Industry
Current Employer: Pall Corporation
Career Path: Undergrad degree before raising kids for a few years prior to going back to School for Masters and later PhD.  Post doc at the U of OK, an ASM/NCID fellowship and working in industry.

Elena Grigorenko                            Table #:  10
elena.grigorenko@diatherix.com
Topic: Careers in Industry
Current Employer: Diatherix Laboratories, Inc.
Career Path:  Assistant Professor to Industry scientist through product/technology development path to executive position in diagnostic company

Tiffany MacKenzie                          Table #:  8
tiffany.mackenzie@diasorin.com
Topic: Careers in Industry
Current Employer: DiaSorin Inc
Career Path: Scientific Affairs Manager of Infectious Disease in the diagnostics industry. Manages Key Opinion Leader relationships and maintains collaborations to publish abstracts, posters and papers featuring how company’s diagnostic assays improve patient care.

Elyse Rodgers-Vieira                    Table #:  7
elyse.rodgers-vieira@bayer.com
Topic: Careers in Industry
Current Employer: Bayer Crop Science
Career Path:  Joined Bayer CropScience in 2014 as a Scientist in trait discovery working in the areas of molecular biology, bioinformatics, and IT project management.

Ratul Saha                                         Table #:  7
ratul.saha@bms.com
Topic: Careers in Industry
Current Employer: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Career Path: After PhD worked for a Public Health and Safety Company (NSF International) as a Research Scientist in the Microbiology and Molecular Biology Division. With NSF for about 5 years. Presently working for Bristol-Myers Squibb Company as a Senior Microbiologist.

 

Clinical Career Track Transitions:

Joseph Alabi                                     Table #:  13
olughosi@aol.com
Topic:
Clinical Career Track Transitions
Current Employer:
Allegiance Health
Career Path:
Master of Science degree in Medical Microbiology. Started career as a technical lab scientist and moved through job as department director to current position as microbiology manager in a 500 bed hospital.

April Bobenchik                              Table #:  11
aboben@gmail.com
Topic:
Clinical Career Track Transitions
Current Employer:
Lifespan Academic Medical Center
Career Path:
Medical Technologist, Research Tech, Grad student (MS and PhD), CPEP Fellow, Assoc. Director of Clinical Microbiology

Omai Garner                                      Table #:  12
ogarner@mednet.ucla.edu
Topic: Clinical Career Track Transitions
Current Employer: UCLA
Career Path:  Undergrad degree in Bacteriology from UW Madison PhD in biomedical sciences from UCSD. Completed a CPEP training program in Clinical Microbiology has served as the Assoc. Director of Clinical Microbiology for the UCLA Health System from 2012 - present. Also the Director of the UCLA CPEP program

Peera Hemarajata                            Table #:  11
phemarajata@mednet.ucla.edu
Topic: Clinical Career Track Transitions
Current Employer: David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
Career Path: CPEP fellow at UCLA and pursuing a career in medical microbiology as a laboratory director.

Jim Hong                                            Table #:  12
james.w.hong@verizon.net
Topic: Clinical Career Track Transitions
Current Employer: Carolinas Healthcare System
Career Path: Clinical and Industry. From small community hospitals to large academic medical centers.

Carol A. Rauch                                                Table #:  13
carol.a.rauch@vanderbilt.edu
Topic: Clinical Career Track Transitions
Current Employer: Vanderbilt U Medical Center
Career Path:  MD-PhD, pathology training, clinical microbiology fellowship, micro lab director, medical lab director, teach medical students and pathology residents.

 

Graduate Student to Tenure Track:

Joanna Mott                                       Table #:  15
mottjb@jmu.edu
Topic: Graduate Student to Tenure Track
Current Employer: James Madison U
Career Path:  PhD to Research Associate to tenure track. Department Head at 2 institutions, one for 6 years, current for 4 years.

Alison O'Brien                                 Table #:  15
alison.obrien@usuhs.edu
Topic: Graduate Student to Tenure Track
Current Employer: Uniformed Services University
Career Path: Undergraduate, medical technologist trainee, worked 2 years, doctorate,  post-doc, tenure track faculty at a medical school, and finally chair. Has hired  many faculty members.

Hank Seifert                                       Table #:  14
h-seifert@northwestern.edu
Topic: Graduate Student to Tenure Track
Current Employer:  Northwestern University-Feinberg School of Medicine
Career Path: BS in Chemistry, Patent Office, PhD Molecular Biology, postdoc in bacterial pathogenesis, Assist Prof 6 years, Assoc Prof 4 years, Prof 17 years.

Erin Strome                                       Table #:  14
stromee1@nku.edu
Topic: Graduate Student to Tenure Track
Current Employer: Northern Kentucky U
Career Path: Undergrad at Miami U, to grad school at Baylor College of Medicine, then post doc at Duke U, to current tenure-track position.

Julie Zilles                                         Table #:  15
jlz@alum.mit.edu
Topic: Graduate Student to Tenure Track
Current Employer: U of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Career Path:  BS biology, PhD bacteriology, postdoc environmental engineering, academic/professor in environmental engineering since 2002.

 

Graduate to Postdoctoral Study:

Ravi Barabote                                   Table #:  17
barabote@uark.edu
Topic: Graduate to Postdoctoral Study
Current Employer: U of Arkansas
Career Path: Tenure-track Assistant Professor at a public University.

Marina Eremeeva                            Table #:  18
meremeeva@georgiasouthern.edu
Topic: Graduate to Postdoctoral Study
Current Employer: Georgia Southern U
Career Path: MD, Ph and DSc from France and Russia, worked in government and academic institutions in 3 countries; currently an Associate Professor teaching graduate program at the regional U.

Theresa Koehler                              Table #:  18
theresa.m.koehler@uth.tmc.edu
Topic: Graduate to Postdoctoral Study
Current Employer: U of Texas Health Science Center
Career Path: BS in Biology to PhD in Microbiology to Postdoc Microbiology to Asst Prof, Assoc Prof, Full Prof, Chair.

Luis R. Martinez                              Table #:  16
lmarti13@nyit.edu
Topic: Graduate to Postdoctoral Study
Current Employer: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine
Career Path: BS in Industrial Microbiology at the UPR-Mayaguez, MS in Microbiology at LIU-Brooklyn, PhD in Micro & Immuno at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Post-doctoral studies at Einstein and performed research at the MBL in Woods Hole, MA and Cold Spring Harbor Labs in NY. Currently, an associate professor at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Joan Mecsas                                     Table #:  17
joan.mecsas@tufts.edu
Topic: Graduate to Postdoctoral Study
Current Employer: Tufts U School of Miedicine
Career Path: Grad school at UW-Madison, Post-doc at Stanford University and Faculty Member at Tufts U School of Medicine.

Ricardo Rajsbaum                         Table #:  19
rirajsba@utmb.edu
Topic:  Graduate to Postdoctoral Study
Current Employer:  U of Texas Medical Branch
Career Path:  Technician and research associate for 5 years at the CBR Institute, Harvard Medical School. Did BSc studies at UNAM. Obtained MSc degree at the Weizmann Institute of Science.  Post-doctoral fellow Mount Sinai School of Medicine. PhD studies at the National Institute for Medical Research studying the role of TRIMs in different cells of the immune system.

Floyd L. Wormley Jr., Ph.D.      Table #:  19
floyd.wormley@utsa.edu
Topic: Graduate to Postdoctoral Study
Current Employer: U of Texas at San Antonio
Career Path: BS in Cell & Molecular Bio at Tulane U, MS and Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at LSUHSCNO, Post-Doc in Infectious Diseases at DUMC, Assistant Professor at UTSA, Associate Professor at UTSA, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at UTSA,  and Full Professor at UTSA

Dr. Hassan Zaraket                         Table #:  16
hz34@aub.edu.lb
Topic: Graduate to Postdoctoral Study
Current Employer: American U of Beirut
Career Path:  Pharmacist by training. Upon finishing PhD joined St Jude Children's Research Hospital to do postdoc for 4 years. Started a biologics company and helped secure $1.5 million in investor funding. Moved to Lebanon as an assistant professor for the Amercian U of Beirut.

 

Undergraduate to Graduate:

M Hope Lee                                       Table #:  20
hope.lee@pnnl.gov
Topic:
Undergraduate to Graduate
Current Employer:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Career Path:
Postdoc with the Dept of Energy lab, then set up and ran mentor’s lab. Hired as an environmental consultant in Idaho as the technical lead for the Remediation Technologies Division. Worked as Dept of Energy employee. In 2012 began directing the soil and groundwater program for Pacific Northwest National Lab.

Audrey Odom                                   Table #:  20
odom_a@kids.wustl.edu
Topic:
Undergraduate to Graduate
Current Employer:
Washington U School of Medicine
Career Path:
Undergraduate at Duke U, with 4 years of research experience. MD-PhD at Duke, did clinical training in Pediatrics & Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the U Washington (Seattle). Current faculty member in Pediatrics at Washington U (St. Louis), where >80% of time is devoted to basic research on the biology of the malaria parasite.

 

 

 

 

 

ASM2015 Student & Postdoc Lounge Mentors

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Greg Anderson                                                                                                                           Monday, June 1  1 - 2 pm
ga2@iupui.edu                                                                                                                              Tuesday, June 2  1 - 2 pm
Assistant Professor; Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Primary Job Activity: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Microbe-Host Interactions, Microbial Pathogens
Bio: Graduated with a BS in Microbiology from Brigham Young University, worked at a small biotech company for one before entering graduate school. PhD research with Dr. Scott Hultgren at Washington University in St. Louis, followed by post-doctoral research with Dr. George O'Toole at Dartmouth Medical School. Has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis for past 6 years.

Adrienne Bambach                                                                                                                      Monday, June 1 11 - 12 pm
hpadrean@gmail.com                                                                                                                      Tuesday, June 2  11 - 12 pm
Manager, Scientific Affairs; Acting Director, Clinical Affairs; Nanosphere, Inc.
Primary Job Activity: Diagnosis and Testing
Scientific Areas of Interest: Clinical Microbiology
Bio: Dissertation research with Candida Albicans at Georgetown Univeristy. CPEP Fellow at University of Rochester Medical Center. Field Application Scientist at Focus Diagnostics. Current position listed in 4&5 above.

April Bobenchik, PhD, D(ABMM)                                                                             Sunday, May 31 11 - 12 pm
abobenchik@lifespan.org                                                                                        
Asso. Dir. Clinical Microbiology; Lifespan Academic Medical Center
Primary Job Activity: Diagnosis and Testing
Scientific Areas of Interest: Clinical Microbiology
Bio: Medical Technologist, Research Tech, Grad student (MS and PhD), CPEP Fellow, Asso. Director Clinical Microbiology

Susan Bornstein-Forst, PhD                                                                                     Tuesday, June 2  11 - 12 pm
sbornsteinforst@marianuniversity.edu                                                                                     
Professor of Biology; Marian University
Primary Job Activity: Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest: Animal Health Microbiology, Environmental and General Applied Microbiology, Food Microbiology, General Microbiology, Microbe-Host Interactions, Microbial Ecology, Microbial Pathogens, Microbial Physiology & Metabolism, Microbiology Education
Bio: 25+ years of teaching experience and served as an administrator of Marian University's McNair Scholars Program. Expanded undergraduate research and preparation for careers in Food Safety and Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Gregory W. Buck                                                                                                        Tuesday, June 2  11 - 12 pm
buckgw@hotmail.com                                                                                              
Associate Professor; Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Primary Job Activity: Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest: Clinical Microbiology, General Microbiology, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Microbial Pathogens, Microbiology Education
Bio: Faculty member since 2001; currently has an active research program for undergrads and grad students on gene regulation, role of surfactants, role of nanoparticles on bacteria.

Paul Carlson                                                                                                                                 Monday, June 1  11 - 12 pm
paul.carlson@fda.hhs.gov                                                                                                                 Tuesday, June 2  11 - 12 pm
Principal Investigator; Food and Drug Administration
Primary Job Activity: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Bacteriophage, General Microbiology, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Microbe-Host Interactions, Microbial Pathogens
Bio: PhD from the University of Pittsburgh studying the interactions between Francisella tularensis and host macrophages. Post-doctoral position at the University of Michigan first studying Bacillus anthracis iron acquisition and later transitioning into clinical characterization of Clostridium difficile isolates. Recently started my lab at the FDA studying mechanisms of C. difficile pathogenesis.         

Jaiyanth Daniel                                                                                                                         Sunday, May 31  2 - 3 pm
danielj@ipfw.edu                                                                                     
Assistant Professor; Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne
Primary Job Activity: Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest: Microbe-Host Interactions, Microbial Pathogens, Mycobacteriology
Bio: Mentoring graduate, undergraduate and high school students in molecular biological and biochemical research projects. Focused on understanding the functions of mycobacterial gene products involved in lipid metabolism during the pathogen’s dormancy that is the cause of latent tuberculosis disease.                  

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Atin Datta                                                                                                                                        Monday, June 1  1 - 2 pm
atin.datta@fda.hhs.gov                                                                                           
Supervisory Research Microbiologist; FDA
Primary Job Activity: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Food Microbiology, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Microbial Pathogens
Bio: B.Sc (Hons). Biological Sciences. University of Calcutta , Kolkata, India  Post- Graduate Education:  M.Sc. Genetics (Major) and Microbiology (Minor). University of Calcutta , Kokata, India   Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, University of Bombay, Mumbai, India  Post-doctoral Education:  Visiting Fellow. NIADDK, National Institutes of Health, Maryland, USA (1980-1983)   Research Associate: Department of Microbiology, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA (1983-1986)  FDA Experience:  Joined Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA in 1986 to lead FDA’s effort in developing molecular methods for Listeria monocytogenes detection in foods and molecular characterization of Listeria monocytogenes.  Worked in the Office of Regulatory Affairs, FDA 1998-2006 as a Senior Scientific Coordinator dealing with the microbiology laboratory analysis of food and drugs. Was also involved in introduction of newer tools e.g. PFGE, antimicrobial sensitivity assay for regulatory analysis and training of FDA personnel.  Currently, Dr. Datta works as a Branch Chief in CFSAN and oversees the research activities of 18 scientists working in different foodborne pathogens including Listeria, Salmonella, Cronobacter, E.coli and a few select agents. His research interests are foodborne pathogens- detection, molecular characterization, stress response, biofilm formation.   Dr. Datta has published extensively in various peer reviewed journals, participated in numerous national and international meetings and currently is a member of  the Editorial Boards of Applied and Environmental Microbiology and Journal of Food Protection. His contribution in foodborne bacterial pathogen research particularly in Listeria monocytogenes has been well recognized by his peers and colleagues in FDA and other Foodsafety agencies.                                                               

Wm. Michael Dunne, Jr., Ph.D.                                                                                        Sunday, May 31 2 - 3 pm
william.dunne@biomerieux.com                                                                                               
Vice President, Research and Development, North America; bioMerieux, Inc.
Primary Job Activity: Administration
Scientific Areas of Interest: Clinical Microbiology, Microbiomics, Metagenomics
Bio: Vice-President of Research and Development, North America, for bioMerieux, Inc. Previously medical director of the diagnostic microbiology laboratory at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Professor of Pathology and Immunology,  Molecular Microbiology, Pediatrics, and Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis from 2000-2011. Remains on faculty there and is also a Professor of Pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC. While at Washington University, established a CPEP-approved training program in medical and public health microbiology which is still active. Prior to Washington University, he served as medical director of microbiology laboratories at Henry Ford Health System, Texas Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, where he received his Ph.D. in 1982. Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology, and a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Canadian College of Microbiology. Served as a senior editor of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology for ten years and remains on the editorial board. Authored over 160 peer-reviewed papers and multiple chapters during career.

Nadeem Fazal                                                                                                                             Monday, June 1 9 - 10 am
nfazal@csu.edu                                                                                                                             Tuesday, June 2  9 - 10 am
Professor; Chicago State University
Primary Job Activity:  Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest: Microbe-Host Interactions
Bio: MD, PhD interested in host-microbe relationship espially in gut immunology 

Martha Folmsbee                                                                                                                 Monday, June 1 11 - 12 pm
Martha_Folmsbee@pall.com                                                                                   
Principal Scientist; Pall Corporation
Primary Job Activity: Product Development/Quality Control
Scientific Areas of Interest: Bacteriophage, Fermentation & Biotechnology, General Microbiology, Microbial Physiology & Metabolism, Mycobacteriology
Bio: Principal Scientist in the Scientific and Laboratory Services department at Pall Corporation. Directs an R&D Microbiology Laboratory that specializes in bacterial and bacteriophage retention testing of sterilizing grade filters. Work  includes a special focus on mycoplasma filtration (mycoplasma clearance) and sterile filtration of low surface tension fluids, particularly in relation to specific customer applications. Masters in Environmental Science from the University of Oklahoma in 1997 and later PhD in Microbiology in 2004. PhD dissertation focused on the physiology and nutritional requirements of anaerobic growth and biosurfactant production of Bacillus mojavensis and several other bacilli. Awarded an ASM/NCID (American Society for Microbiology/National Centers for Infectious Disease) Post Doctoral Fellowship to work at the CDC (Center for Vector Borne Disease). Studied the physiology and nutritional requirements of Borrelia burgdorferi with a focus toward the development of defined media for the culture of this organism.                                                        

Michaela A. Gazdik, PhD                                                                                               Tuesday, June 2  10 - 11 am
michaela.gazdik@imail.org                                                                                      
Infectious Disease Research Scientist; Intermountain Healthcare
Primary Job Activity: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Genetics and Molecular Biology, Microbial Pathogens, Microbiology Education
Bio: After PhD became an Assistant Professor at a liberal arts college. Worked at this teaching focused institution for 7 years, teaching general biology, microbiology, genetics, cell bio, and biotechnology. Left academia and took a research focused position running the Clinical Epidemiology and Infectious Disease Research Lab for Intermountain Healthcare where currently working on a variety of projects including typing of antibiotic resistant pathogens, microbiome analysis, and whole genome bacterial sequencing.                                                             

Chrristine C. Ginocchio, PhD, MT (ASCP)                                                         Sunday, May 31 11 - 12 pm
christine.ginocchio@biomerieux.com                                                                                       
Professor of Medicine. Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicinbe, VP Global Microbiology Affairs, bioMerieux, VP, Scientific and Medical Affairs, BioFire Diagnostics; bioMerieux/BioFire Diagnostics
Primary Job Activity: Diagnosis and Testing / Medical School Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest: Clinical Microbiology
Bio: Ph.D, MT (ASCP) is the VP, Global Microbiology Affairs, bioMérieux, NC, VP. Scientific and Medical Affairs, BioFire Diagnostics, and Professor of Medicine, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, NY. Was the Senior Medical Director and Chief, Division of Infectious Disease Diagnostics, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine North Shore-LIJ Health System Laboratories, NY for 21 years and Research Professor, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Manhasset, NY. 40 years’ experience in all phases of laboratory management and clinical diagnostics, including the management of a large multi-hospital reference Core Laboratory that performed diagnostic testing for 12 regional hospitals, hundreds of physician offices, clinics, and extended care facilities. Has been the principal investigator for more than 60 diagnostic industry and pharmaceutical clinical trials which included 23 studies of in vitro diagnostic devices for US FDA clearance.  Extra-mural funded research have included HIV, CMV, respiratory viruses, HPV, antibiotic resistance and molecular diagnostics for infectious diseases. Awards include the President’s Award and Irving Abrahams Award for outstanding basic science research, the PASCV 2012 award in Diagnostic Virology and the ASM 2013 BD Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology. Member of the ASM (Delegate, Laboratory Practices Committee), PASCV (President 2012-2014), ASCP, AMP, IDSA (Research Committee [2012-2014] and Diagnostics Task Force [2012-2016]), CLSI (2014-2015), and the CAP (Microbiology Resource Committee 2005-2012). Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Clinical Virology, Section Editor, 10th and 11th editions of the Manual of Clinical Microbiology, and on the Editorial Board for Clinical Microbiology Reviews. Published 10 book chapters, over 225 peer-reviewed articles/abstracts and has been an invited speaker at over 200 national and international conferences. Member of National/International Advisory panels for the CDC, NIH, NIAID, FDA, IDSA and European Union. Currently serves on the JCAHO Influenza Pandemic Preparedness and Response Task Force and the CDC Infectious Disease Laboratory Working Group, Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases.             

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Vicente Gomez-Alvarez                                                                                                        Monday, June 1  2 - 3 pm
Gomez-Alvarez.Vicente@epa.gov                                                                                           
Microbiologist; US Environmental Protection Agency (under contract)
Primary Job Activity: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Environmental and General Applied Microbiology, Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology, Microbial Ecology
Bio: Microbiologists under contract by the US Environmental Protection Agency in the Water Supply and Water Resources Division. Plans and executes various research projects involved in the characterization of environmental microbiomes and the isolation of target microorganisms in complex ecosystems. Additional responsibilities include metagenomics analysis and genome wide association studies. Was an Office of the Provost Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Michigan State University, focusing on the effect of land management in the composition and function of microbial communities associated with greenhouse gases. Has several publications in the area of microbial ecology, including the characterization of microbial communities and their functional capability using unassembled metagenomes and 16S sequence ‘tags’ from 454-pyrosequencing and Illumina, as well as clone libraries of functional genes. Vicente obtained a Ph.D. degree in microbiology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a B.S. in industrial microbiology and M.S. degree in biology from the University of Puerto Rico.

Fawzy Hashem                                                                                                                       Monday, June 1 10 - 11 am
fmhashem@umes.edu                                                                                            
Associate Professor; University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Primary Job Activity:  Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Bacteriophage, Environmental and General Applied Microbiology, Food Microbiology, Microbial Pathogens
Bio: Two MS and two PhD degrees; all degrees are in various aspects of microbiology.  Expertise in, but not limited to, microbial food safety, biological control using bacteriophages, plant-microbe interactions, bioremediation, soil and water microbiology

Zaffar Hussain                                                                                                                      Tuesday, June 2  10 - 11 am
zaffar.x.hussain@kp.org                                                                                          
Manager; Kaiser Permanente
Primary Job Activity: Diagnosis and Testing
Scientific Areas of Interest: Clinical & Molecular Diagnostic Immunology, Clinical Microbiology
Bio: Working in this field for the last 33 years. 14 of these years working in the position as a Manager. Managing Diagnostic testing, workflow.                                                 

Eleanor M. Jennings, PhD                                                                                                             Sunday, May 31 11 - 12 pm
ejennings@teci.pro                                                                                 
Principal Microbiologist; Total Environmental Concepts, Inc.
Primary Job Activity:  Environmental Consulting
Scientific Areas of Interest: Environmental and General Applied Microbiology
Bio: Over 15 years of remediation experience as an environmental microbiologist and biogeochemist. B.S in Biology and Chemistry, a Master’s Degree in aerobic petroleum environmental microbiology and a Ph.D. in anaerobic petroleum environmental microbiology. Post-doctoral positions in both geosciences and chemical engineering. Currently combines traditional methods with molecular and isotopic technologies to remediate contaminants including: hydrocarbons, fuel oxygenates, metals, industrial waste, chemical and pharmaceutical waste, chlorinated compounds, and explosives/munitions. Project locations have included: off-shore rigs and refineries, active and decommissioned military facilities, active and decommissioned chemical and pharmaceutical plants, and power plants. Has worked on remediation projects on multiple continents, and has over 20 peer-reviewed publications and over 90 national and international presentations on the topic of bioremediation technologies. National board member and national chairperson for the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), national board member for the American Petroleum Institute (API), and the US national representative to the Natural Science and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC).                                                            

Rob Knight                                                                                                                                      Sunday, May 31 2 - 3 pm
robknight@ucsd.edu                                                                                                                            Monday, June 1 11 - 12 pm
Professor; University of California, San Diego
Primary Job Activity: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Environmental and General Applied Microbiology, Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology, Food Microbiology, General Microbiology, Microbe-Host Interactions, Microbial Ecology, Microbial Pathogens, Microbial Physiology & Metabolism
Bio: Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry in New Zealand at the University of Otago in 1996, then completed a PhD on the origin and evolution of the genetic code with Laura Landweber in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University in 2001. Conducted postdoctoral research with Mike Yarus on RNA sequence space in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado, then was the first hire in the interdisciplinary BioFrontiers Institute (then CIMB) at the University of Colorado in 2004. Work has focused on characterizing complex microbial communities, including those that inhabit our bodies. Became an HHMI Early Career Scientist, and an AAAS Fellow. Participates in the Human Microbiome Project in several capacities including PI of the University of Colorado component of the Data Analysis and Coordination Center; as PI of the grants funding the Earth Microbiome Project and Scientific Lead of American Gut; developed the popular UniFrac and QIIME software for microbial community analyses, among other packages, and protocols for high-throughput microbial amplicon sequencing on the 454 and Illumina platforms; and participated in discoveries including linking gut microbes to obesity, to diet, to geography, to age and to host behavior; the individualized nature of our microbes, which even link us to objects we touch; the role of pH rather than plant community or biome in structuring soil microbial communities globally; and the deep microbial "seed bank" that occurs in marine and perhaps other ecosystems.  Professor of Pediatrics and Computer Science & Engineering and Director of the Microbiome Initiative at the University of California, San Diego.                                        

Theresa M. Koehler                                                                                                                               Monday, June 1 9 - 10 am
theresa.m.koehler@uth.tmc.edu                                                                                              
Dr.; University of Texas - Houston Health Science Center
Primary Job Activity: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Genetics and Molecular Biology, Microbe-Host Interactions, Microbial Ecology, Microbial Pathogens, Microbial Physiology & Metabolism
Bio: Graduate degree in Microbiology from the Univ. of Massachusetts - Amherst. Postdoctoral fellow at in the Dept. of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School. Faculty member in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the Medical School of the University of Texas - Houston Health Science Center since 1991. Began as an Asst. Prof. and now Professor and Chair of the department. Has been actively and continuously engaged in investigations of Bacillus anthracis physiology and genetics since 1981. Research in laboratory is at the forefront B. anthracis genetics and regulation of gene expression and findings have been reported in multiple peer-reviewed publications. In recent years, the knowledge base and technical repertoire of laboratory has expanded to include host - B. anthracis interactions, using murine infection models. Also established collaborations with experts in immunology, biochemistry, and genomics, and has co-authored publications resulting from the combined expertise of multiple laboratories. Authored widely-referenced texts on B. anthracis and anthrax. Work using virulent and attenuated B. anthracis strains to explore the molecular basis for virulence gene expression, in combination with animal studies assessing significance of key virulence genes and their regulators for anthrax disease, is progressing to reveal candidate genes/proteins/pathways that represent targets for therapeutic intervention, while furthering understanding of host-pathogen interactions.          

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Arash Komeili                                                                                                                          Monday, June 1 11 - 12 pm
komeili@berkeley.edu                                                                                             
Associate Professor; University of California, Berkeley
Primary Job Activity: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Cell and Structural Biology, General Microbiology, Genetics and Molecular Biology
Bio: Faculty member in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley since 2005. Prior to that was a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Dianne Newman at Caltech and a graduate student with Professor Erin O'Shea at UCSF. Lab focuses on the cell biology and genetics of magnetotactic bacteria. More information can be found at www.komeililab.org.

Paul A Lawson                                                                                                                        Sunday, May 31 11 - 12 pm
paul.lawson@ou.edu                                                                                              
Professor; University of Oklahoma
Primary Job Activity: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, , Microbial Pathogens, Microbiology Education, Microbial Systematics
Bio: Systematics a fundamental discipline underpins the science of microbiology, provides a framework allowing for the classification, nomenclature and identification of strains in diverse ecosystems that includes clinical, veterinary and environmental sources. Expertise is in microbial systematics spanning a 30-yr period and has been responsible or associated with, the naming or reclassification of over 140 bacteria that includes 2 families, 40 genera and almost 100 species. However, the focus of much of work is with the gastrointestinal tract of both man and animals. Major academic achievements are in bacterial systematics especially with Clostridium and Lactabacilli. This includes a fundamental restructuring of the genus Clostridium and relatives, and the description of a plethora of novel taxa from environmental, clinical and veterinary sources.Publication record (approx.160) includes 16 chapters to the Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, widely regarded as the preeminent resource for microbial identification and taxonomy. Contributed 3 chapters to a new book Biodiversity and Taxonomy of the Lactic Acid Bacteria another important group of organisms; also contributed the chapter on Carnobacteriaceae for“The Prokaryotes”. Collaborates on a regular basis with many recognized leaders in gut microbiology (e.g. Sydney Finegold and Harry Flint). Extensive links with those individuals that are recognized leaders in the characterization of chemotaxonomic traits (Jürgen Busse, Peter Schumann, Myron Sasser, and Brian Tindall). Contacted on a regular basis for my opinions and assistance with taxonomic problems for organisms recovered from a wide range of sources.  Associate Editor of the Bulletin for the newly formed Bergey’s International Society of Microbial Systematics and in July 2012 was appointed as Editor-in-Chief.  Recognised for work and invited to become a member of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes Clostridium and Related Taxa Sub Committee and being appointed as to the Editorial Board as an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.                                               

Hope Lee                                                                                                                                        Monday, June 1 9 - 10 am
hope.lee@pnnl.gov                                                                                 
Dr; Department of Energy / Pacific Northwest National Lab
Primary Job Activity: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Environmental and General Applied Microbiology, , Microbial Ecology, Microbial Physiology & Metabolism
Bio: Microbial ecology; bioremediation; bacterial and viral community dynamics; study of all microbial and fungal degradation of environmental contaminants.

Dr. Xinhui Li                                                                                                                               Monday, June 1 11 - 12 pm
xli@uwlax.edu                                                                                                                               Tuesday, June 2  1 - 2 pm
Assistant Professor; University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Primary Job Activity: Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest: Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Fermentation & Biotechnology, Food Microbiology
Bio: Ph.D. with major in Food Science and Technology from the Ohio State University in 2011. Then Worked as a postdoc at University of Delaware till was hired as an Food Microbiology assistant professor in Department of Microbiology at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Research areas include food microbiology, non-thermal processing of foodborne viruses, antimicrobial resistance in food chain.                                                      

Jane M. Liu                                                                                                                                      Monday, June 1 8 - 9 am
jane.liu@pomona.edu                                                                                                                          Monday, June 1  1 - 2 pm
Assistant Professor; Pomna College
Primary Job Activity: Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest: Genetics and Molecular Biology
Bio: Tenure-track professor at two Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs), Drew University and Pomona College. Juggles teaching undergraduate courses (lectures and labs) and overseeing undergraduate research in own lab. During the summer months, runs a research lab staffed by several undergraduate students. Throughout the year, attends conferences, writes papers and applies for grants from the NSF and the NIH. There is always a lot going on and there is never a dull moment!                                           

Osvaldo Lopez, PhD                                                                                                                Monday, June 1 8 - 9 am
lopezo@rowan.edu                                                                                                                     Tuesday, June 2  8 - 9 am
Associate Professor; Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Primary Job Activity: Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest: Animal Health Microbiology, RNA Viruses
Bio: Works in the immune response against RNA viruses and encapusulated bacteria.

Jeffery A. McGarvey Ph.D.                                                                                                                 Monday, June 1  1 - 2 pm
jeffery.mcgarvey@ars.usda.gov                                                                                               
Research Microbiologist; USDA ARS
Primary Job Activity: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Animal Health Microbiology, Environmental and General Applied Microbiology, Food Microbiology, General Microbiology, Microbe-Host Interactions, Microbial Ecology, Microbial Pathogens, Mycobacteriology, ,
Bio: Was a postdoctoral fellow studying the pathogenic mycobacteria for 3 years. Joined the USDA ARS and has studied the microbial ecology of foodborne pathogens, biofuel production from various agricultural waste products and the development of in vitro diagnostic methods.                                              

Bob McLean                                                                                                                                                  Sunday, May 31 3 - 4 pm
McLean@txstate.edu                                                                                              
Regents' Professor; Texas State University
Primary Job Activity: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Environmental and General Applied Microbiology, Microbial Ecology
Bio: Faculty member for over 25 years and has seen microbiology program expand almost 5-fold.  While most graduate students have been at the Masters' level, at least 4 alumni are now faculty members. Past President of the Texas Branch ASM, and on three editorial boards including Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Research interests are in biofilms and in polymicrobial interactions.

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Jennifer Mitchell                                                                                                                    Sunday, May 31 11 - 12 pm
jennifer.mitchell@ucd.ie                                                                                           
Lecturer; University College Dublin, Ireland
Primary Job Activity: Teaching / Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Bacteriophage, Microbe-Host Interactions, Microbial Pathogens
Bio: PhD in Microbiology Trinity College Dublin 2004  Postdoc at UCSF in San Francisco 2004 – 2009 Lecturer and PI University College Dublin, Ireland 2009-now                               

Paul Orwin                                                                                                                                Tuesday, June 2  10 - 11 am
porwin@csusb.edu                                                                                  
Professor; CSU San Bernardino
Primary Job Activity:  Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest: Environmental and General Applied Microbiology, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Microbial Physiology & Metabolism
Bio: Grad Student at U. Minnesota  Post-Doc at Caltech  Faculty since 2003

Beth Potter                                                                                                                                      Monday, June 1  1 - 2 pm
bap16@psu.edu                                                                                     
Associate Professor of Microbiology; Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Primary Job Activity:  Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest: Environmental and General Applied Microbiology, Microbial Ecology
Bio: B.S., Mount Union College, PhD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Molecular Virology and Microbiology Training Program Advisor: Ora A Weisz, PhD Post-Graduate Postdoctoral Scholar  Department of Medicine, Renal-Electrolyte Division, University of Pittsburgh. Teaching Assistant, Medical Microbiology Course, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine,Adjunct Faculty, Microbiology (lecture and lab), Community College of Allegheny County, Microbiology Lecturer, School of Science, Penn State Erie. Assistant Professor of Microbiology, School of Science, Penn State Erie. Associate Professor of Microbiology, School of Science, Penn State Erie. Current research focus involves identifying bacteria populations within different environments. One specific environment has been the surface of avian eggs. The microflora of avian eggshells is proposed to play an integral role in the protection of the egg/embryo from infection by pathogenic microorganisms and alteration of the egg microstructure aiding in embryonic development. Pofiled the bacterial microflora of House Wrens and American Kestrels using culture-dependent techniques. Partnered with Purple Martin Conservation Association and have begun characterizing the bacterial composition of the microflora found on the surface of Purple Martin eggs. The other main focus of my lab is to determine the effectiveness of Agion silver zeolite technology on bacterial populations on door handles across our campus. Has been using culture-dependent techniques with three different types of agar media to monitor the bacterial populations on silver- and control-coated door handles every fall and spring semester. Currently using 16S rRNA primers to identify each cultured bacterial species. Will begin to incorporate the use of culture-independent techniques to get a more comprehensive idea of the bacterial populations on the door handles. Anticipates future studies examining the prevalence of silver resistance mechanisms within the populations.

Rachel Pritchard                                                                                                                 Tuesday, June 2  10 - 11 am
rpritchard@kwc.edu                                                                                 
Assistant Professor of Biology and Zoology; Kentucky Wesleyan College
Primary Job Activity: Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest: General Microbiology, Microbial Pathogens, Mycoplasmology
Bio: Ph.D. in Microbiology, accepted a position at Kentucky Wesleyan College in the Fall of 2014. Assistant Professor of Biology and Zoology at KWC, teaching Non-Majors Biology, General Biology, Microbiology I and II, Medical Microbiology, Immunology, and Seminar Courses. Starting an undergraduate research lab on work with the poultry pathogen Mycoplasma iowae.                                     

Joy Scaria                                                                                                                                         Monday, June 1 8 - 9 am
joy.scaria@sdstate.edu                                                                                                                          Tuesday, June 2  8 - 9 am
Assistant Professor; South Dakota State University
Primary Job Activity: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology, Microbe-Host Interactions, Microbial Ecology, Microbial Pathogens, Microbial Physiology & Metabolism, Public Health
Bio: Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Science at South Dakota State University, Brookings. Conducts research in the areas of enteric diseases, role of prebiotics and probiotics in gut health. Primary research interest is to understand the mechanisms behind the emergence of hyper-virulence in Clostridium difficile. To study C. difficile pathogenesis, his research group used integration of animal models with genomics and bioinformatics. Current research efforts also includes applied studies to control C. difficile infection using prebiotics and probiotics.

Kileen L. Shier, Ph.D., D(ABMM)                                                                                                       Sunday, May 31 3 - 4 pm
kileen.l.shier@questdiagnostics.com                                                                                                        Tuesday, June 2  1 - 2 pm
Science Director; Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute
Primary Job Activity: Diagnosis and Testing
Scientific Areas of Interest: Clinical Microbiology
Bio: Completed a two-year ASM/CPEP fellowship in Medical and Public Health Laboratory Microscopy at UCLA. Served as the Director of Clinical Microbiology at the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System for 2 1/2 years prior to joining Quest Diagnostics in April 2013. One of the Directors of the Microbiology and Virology departments, and the Director of the Donor Testing department at Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute in Chantilly, Virginia.                                  

W. Edward Swords                                                                                                                   Sunday, May 31 3 - 4 pm
wswords@wakehealth.edu                                                                                                              Monday, June 1 10 - 11 am
Professor; Wake Forest School of Medicine
Primary Job Activity: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Microbe-Host Interactions, Microbial Pathogens
Bio: Faculty member at medical school for past 14 years.

Jose Ramos Vivas                                                                                                                  Monday, June 1 9 - 10 am
jvivas@idival.org                                                                                                                       Tuesday, June 2  9 - 10 am
PhD; IDIVAL Research Institute Spain
Primary Job Activity: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Microbe-Host Interactions, Microbial Pathogens
Bio: Head, Laboratory of Cellular Microbiology. Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla and IDIVAL Research Institute, Santander, Spain. Focuses on host-pathogen interactions in clinically relevant bacteria. PhD in Microbiology and Immunology. 2003. Posdoc at the Institut Pasteur, París; National Center of Biotechnology, CNB-CSIC, Madrid; Center for Biological Research CIB-CSIC, Madrid, Spain.

Diana L. Vullo                                                                                                                           Sunday, May 31 11 - 12 pm
dvullo@ungs.edu.ar                                                                                
Dr; Universidad Nacional General Sarmiento, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Primary Job Activity: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Environmental and General Applied Microbiology, Fermentation & Biotechnology, Microbiology Education
Bio: Focused on environmental biotechnology, particularly on metal-microbe  interactions and xenobiotic biodegradation. The idea is to develop waste biotreatments performed exclusively with autochthonous bacteria. Professor of General Microbiology, Applied and Environmental Microbiology at the University of Buenos Aires and the Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, Argentina.                                

Rong Wang                                                                                                                               Monday, June 1 10 - 11 am
rong.wang@ars.usda.gov                                                                                       
Scientist; USDA
Primary Job Activity: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Food Microbiology
Bio: Completed graduate work at the University of Montana and postdoctoral training at National Institute of Health before joining the Agricultural Research Service at USDA in 2010 as a scientist. Current research focuses on investigating biofilm formation by Salmonella and Shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli, sanitizer effectiveness against foodborne pathogen biofilms, as well as molecular mechanisms responsible for strong biofilm formation and their sanitization resistance.

Julie Ann West, PhD                                                                                                               Monday, June 1  2 - 3 pm
Jwestcls@yahoo.com                                                                                              
Clinical Laboratory Technical Specialist; Atlanta VA Medical Center, Laboratory
Primary Job Activity: Diagnosis and Testing
Scientific Areas of Interest: Clinical Microbiology, Healthcare Epidemiology, Clinical Molecular Microbiology
Bio: Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLS ASCP, SM ASCP); worked in hospital and reference laboratories as bench technologist, supervisor, and administrator over the past 30 years. PhD in public health (epidemiology); use of medical laboratory statistics in quality assurance and education of technologists and hospital professionals.

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Joseph Alabi                                     Table #:  13
olughosi@aol.com
Topic: Clinical Career Track Transitions
Current Employer: Allegiance Health
Career Path: Master of Science degree in Medical Microbiology. Started career as a technical lab scientist and moved through job as department director to current position as microbiology manager in a 500 bed hospital.

Wade Aldous                                    Table #:  5
wade-aldous@uiowa.edu
Topic: Careers in Government
Current Employer: State Hygenic Laboratory at the U of Iowa
Career Path: PhD in Microbiology. 20 years in the Army as a microbiologist in the medical service corps. Retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Spent 2 years doing a CPEP fellowship while in the Army at the U of Utah/ARUP labs and became an ABMM diplomate. Now serving as CLIA director for State Hygienic Lab.

Heather Allen                                    Table #:  6
heather.allen@ars.usda.gov
Topic: Careers in Government
Current Employer: USDA
Career Path: BA/MA degree in Microbiology from U Iowa. PhD in Microbiology from U Wisconsin-Madison. Postdoctoral fellowship at the USDA's National Animal Disease Center (NADC). Permanent scientist position at the NADC. Became an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Vet Micro Department at Iowa State U. Appointed Lead Scientist of the research team on alternatives to antibiotics in animal agriculture in 2015.

Len M. Archer                                   Table #:  3
len.archer@adu.edu
Topic: Bench Research to Administration
Current Employer: Adventist U of Health Sciences
Career Path: PhD in Microbiology before teaching at a two-year Associate degree college specializing in health sciences. Appointed department chair and later Associate VP for Academic Administration as the college obtained U status.

David Aronoff                                   Table #:  3
d.aronoff@vanderbilt.edu
Topic: Bench Research to Administration
Current Employer: Vanderbilt U School of Medicine
Career Path: College to med school to residency to clinical and research fellowship to research post-doc to junior then senior faculty to division director.

Adrienne Bambach                        Table #:  9
hpadrean@gmail.com
Topic: Careers in Industry
Current Employer: Nanosphere, Inc.
Career Path: PhD in microbiology and immunology. CPEP fellowship in clinical microbiology at U of Rochester Medical Center. Field application scientist for Focus Diagnostics. Manager of Scientific Affairs and Acting Director of Clincial Affairs at Nanosphere. D (ABMM).

Ravi Barabote                                   Table #:  17
barabote@uark.edu
Topic: Graduate to Postdoctoral Study
Current Employer: U of Arkansas
Career Path: Tenure-track Assistant Professor at a public University.

Junia Jean-Gilles Beaubrun       Table #:  5
junia.jean-gillesbeaubrun@fda.hhs.gov
Topic: Careers in Government
Current Employer: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Career Path: Research Micro. at FDA/CFSAN/OARSA/DVA.
BA in Biology at Rollins College, MA in  Biology, and PhD from the Biology Department with an emphasis on Microbiology at Howard U.  Served as a microbiologist reviewer for new drug applications at CDER, FDA, then as fellowship contractor at the FDA, CFSAN, Division of Molecular Biology (DMB). Became the Microbiology supervisor for the DCPublic Health Lab.

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April Bobenchik                              Table #:  11
aboben@gmail.com
Topic: Clinical Career Track Transitions
Current Employer: Lifespan Academic Medical Center
Career Path: Medical Technologist, Research Tech, Grad student (MS and PhD), CPEP Fellow, Assoc. Director of Clinical Microbiology

Brian Brunelle                                  Table #:  4
brian.brunelle@ars.usda.gov
Topic: Careers in Government
Current Employer: National Animal Disease Center
Career Path: BS in Biochemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, PhD in Infectious Diseases from the U.of California, Berkeley. Post-doctoral appointment in the government (USDA). Full time Microbiology position in a government food safety research lab (USDA) and has been studying Salmonella for the past 7 years.

Randall Dimond                              Table #:  9
randy.dimond@promega.com
Topic: Careers in Industry
Current Employer: Promega
Career Path: Educated at the U. of Utah, UCSD, and MIT. Teaches at  U. of Wisconsin, Madison and works for Promega.

Wm. Michael Dunne, Jr., Ph.D.                Table #:  8
william.dunne@biomerieux.com
Topic: Careers in Industry
Current Employer
: Biomerieux
Career Path: Board-certified clinical microbiologist from 1982 to 2011 at 4 major medical centers.  Transitioned to industry in 2011 as head of North American R&D for bioMerieux, Inc.

Marina Eremeeva                            Table #:  18
meremeeva@georgiasouthern.edu
Topic: Graduate to Postdoctoral Study
Current Employer: Georgia Southern U
Career Path: MD, Ph and DSc from France and Russia, worked in government and academic institutions in 3 countries; currently an Associate Professor teaching graduate program at the regional U.

Lorraine Findlay                              Table #:  1
lorraine.findlay@ncc.edu
Topic:  Alternative Career Tracks
Current Employer:  Nassau County Community College
Career Path:  Worked in research, then clinically, then director of pharmaceutical microbiology. Now an academic but also clinical.

Martha Folmsbee                            Table #:  10
martha_folmsbee@pall.com
Topic: Careers in Industry
Current Employer: Pall Corporation
Career Path: Undergrad degree before raising kids for a few years prior to going back to School for Masters and later PhD.  Post doc at the U of OK, an ASM/NCID fellowship and working in industry.

Shilpa Gadwal                                  Table #:  2
SGADWAL@Asmusa.org
Topic: Alternative Career Tracks
Current Employer: American Society for Microbiology
Career Path: BA in Biology from UMBC. PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the U Michigan. Currently the Career Advancement Fellow at American Society for Microbiology.

Omai Garner                                      Table #:  12
ogarner@mednet.ucla.edu
Topic: Clinical Career Track Transitions
Current Employer: UCLA
Career Path:  Undergrad degree in Bacteriology from UW Madison PhD in biomedical sciences from UCSD. Completed a CPEP training program in Clinical Microbiology has served as the Assoc. Director of Clinical Microbiology for the UCLA Health System from 2012 - present. Also the Director of the UCLA CPEP program

Elena Grigorenko                            Table #:  10
elena.grigorenko@diatherix.com
Topic: Careers in Industry
Current Employer: Diatherix Laboratories, Inc.
Career Path:  Assistant Professor to Industry scientist through product/technology development path to executive position in diagnostic company

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Peera Hemarajata                            Table #:  11
phemarajata@mednet.ucla.edu
Topic: Clinical Career Track Transitions
Current Employer: David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
Career Path: CPEP fellow at UCLA and pursuing a career in medical microbiology as a laboratory director.

Jim Hong                                            Table #:  12
james.w.hong@verizon.net
Topic: Clinical Career Track Transitions
Current Employer: Carolinas Healthcare System
Career Path: Clinical and Industry. From small community hospitals to large academic medical centers.

Theresa Koehler                              Table #:  18
theresa.m.koehler@uth.tmc.edu
Topic: Graduate to Postdoctoral Study
Current Employer: U of Texas Health Science Center
Career Path: BS in Biology to PhD in Microbiology to Postdoc Microbiology to Asst Prof, Assoc Prof, Full Prof, Chair.

Indira T. Kudva                                                Table #:  6
indira.kudva@ars.usda.gov
Topic: Careers in Government
Current Employer: Agricultural Research Service/ United States Department of Agriculture
Career Path: Research Microbiologist at the National Animal Disease Center, USDA, Ames, Iowa.  Working on food safety and enteric pathogens related research.

M Hope Lee                                       Table #:  20
hope.lee@pnnl.gov
Topic: Undergraduate to Graduate
Current Employer: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Career Path: Postdoc with the Dept of Energy lab, then set up and ran mentor’s lab. Hired as an environmental consultant in Idaho as the technical lead for the Remediation Technologies Division. Worked as Dept of Energy employee. In 2012 began directing the soil and groundwater program for Pacific Northwest National Lab.

Tiffany MacKenzie                          Table #:  8
tiffany.mackenzie@diasorin.com
Topic: Careers in Industry
Current Employer: DiaSorin Inc
Career Path: Scientific Affairs Manager of Infectious Disease in the diagnostics industry. Manages Key Opinion Leader relationships and maintains collaborations to publish abstracts, posters and papers featuring how company’s diagnostic assays improve patient care.

Luis R. Martinez                              Table #:  16
lmarti13@nyit.edu
Topic: Graduate to Postdoctoral Study
Current Employer: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine
Career Path: BS in Industrial Microbiology at the UPR-Mayaguez, MS in Microbiology at LIU-Brooklyn, PhD in Micro & Immuno at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Post-doctoral studies at Einstein and performed research at the MBL in Woods Hole, MA and Cold Spring Harbor Labs in NY. Currently, an associate professor at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Joan Mecsas                                     Table #:  17
joan.mecsas@tufts.edu
Topic: Graduate to Postdoctoral Study
Current Employer: Tufts U School of Miedicine
Career Path: Grad school at UW-Madison, Post-doc at Stanford University and Faculty Member at Tufts U School of Medicine.

Joanna Mott                                       Table #:  15
mottjb@jmu.edu
Topic: Graduate Student to Tenure Track
Current Employer: James Madison U
Career Path:  PhD to Research Associate to tenure track. Department Head at 2 institutions, one for 6 years, current for 4 years.

Alison O'Brien                                 Table #:  15
alison.obrien@usuhs.edu
Topic: Graduate Student to Tenure Track
Current Employer: Uniformed Services University
Career Path: Undergraduate, medical technologist trainee, worked 2 years, doctorate,  post-doc, tenure track faculty at a medical school, and finally chair. Has hired  many faculty members.

Audrey Odom                                   Table #:  20
odom_a@kids.wustl.edu
Topic: Undergraduate to Graduate
Current Employer: Washington U School of Medicine
Career Path: Undergraduate at Duke U, with 4 years of research experience. MD-PhD at Duke, did clinical training in Pediatrics & Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the U Washington (Seattle). Current faculty member in Pediatrics at Washington U (St. Louis), where >80% of time is devoted to basic research on the biology of the malaria parasite.

Ricardo Rajsbaum                         Table #:  19
rirajsba@utmb.edu
Topic:  Graduate to Postdoctoral Study
Current Employer:  U of Texas Medical Branch
Career Path:  Technician and research associate for 5 years at the CBR Institute, Harvard Medical School. Did BSc studies at UNAM. Obtained MSc degree at the Weizmann Institute of Science.  Post-doctoral fellow Mount Sinai School of Medicine. PhD studies at the National Institute for Medical Research studying the role of TRIMs in different cells of the immune system.

Carol A. Rauch                                                Table #:  13
carol.a.rauch@vanderbilt.edu
Topic: Clinical Career Track Transitions
Current Employer: Vanderbilt U Medical Center
Career Path:  MD-PhD, pathology training, clinical microbiology fellowship, micro lab director, medical lab director, teach medical students and pathology residents.

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Elyse Rodgers-Vieira                    Table #:  7
elyse.rodgers-vieira@bayer.com
Topic: Careers in Industry
Current Employer: Bayer Crop Science
Career Path:  Joined Bayer CropScience in 2014 as a Scientist in trait discovery working in the areas of molecular biology, bioinformatics, and IT project management.

Ratul Saha                                         Table #:  7
ratul.saha@bms.com
Topic: Careers in Industry
Current Employer: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Career Path: After PhD worked for a Public Health and Safety Company (NSF International) as a Research Scientist in the Microbiology and Molecular Biology Division. With NSF for about 5 years. Presently working for Bristol-Myers Squibb Company as a Senior Microbiologist.

Hank Seifert                                       Table #:  14
h-seifert@northwestern.edu
Topic: Graduate Student to Tenure Track
Current Employer:  Northwestern University-Feinberg School of Medicine
Career Path: BS in Chemistry, Patent Office, PhD Molecular Biology, postdoc in bacterial pathogenesis, Assist Prof 6 years, Assoc Prof 4 years, Prof 17 years.

Erin Strome                                       Table #:  14
stromee1@nku.edu
Topic: Graduate Student to Tenure Track
Current Employer: Northern Kentucky U
Career Path: Undergrad at Miami U, to grad school at Baylor College of Medicine, then post doc at Duke U, to current tenure-track position.

Julie Swanson                                  Table #:  4
jmsswanson@gmail.com
Topic: Careers in Government
Current Employer: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Career Path: After receiving a BA degree, worked for two years as a tech in industry. Returned to school for MA, then worked in a U clinical setting for 6 years.  Finally, received PhD, took a two-year postdoc appointment in government, and was then hired on as a staff member. 

Tracey Taylor                                    Table #:  1
tataylor2@oakland.edu
Topic: Alternative Career Tracks
Current Employer: OUWB: Oakland U William Beaumont School of Medicine in Rochester, Michigan.
Career Path:  After completing a PDF, hired as an assistant professor at a private medical school to teach microbiology. For 8 of the 9 years, ran a small research lab, working primarily with medical students.

Floyd L. Wormley Jr., Ph.D.      Table #:  19
floyd.wormley@utsa.edu
Topic: Graduate to Postdoctoral Study
Current Employer: U of Texas at San Antonio
Career Path: BS in Cell & Molecular Bio at Tulane U, MS and Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at LSUHSCNO, Post-Doc in Infectious Diseases at DUMC, Assistant Professor at UTSA, Associate Professor at UTSA, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at UTSA,  and Full Professor at UTSA

Dr. Hassan Zaraket                         Table #:  16
hz34@aub.edu.lb
Topic: Graduate to Postdoctoral Study
Current Employer: American U of Beirut
Career Path:  Pharmacist by training. Upon finishing PhD joined St Jude Children's Research Hospital to do postdoc for 4 years. Started a biologics company and helped secure $1.5 million in investor funding. Moved to Lebanon as an assistant professor for the Amercian U of Beirut.

Julie Zilles                                         Table #:  15
jlz@alum.mit.edu
Topic: Graduate Student to Tenure Track
Current Employer: U of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Career Path:  BS biology, PhD bacteriology, postdoc environmental engineering, academic/professor in environmental engineering since 2002

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