NSABB Recommendations for the Evaluation and Oversight of Proposed GOF Research

The ASM sent an advisory to ASM members regarding the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) recommendations for the evaluation and oversight of proposed Gain of Function Research of Concern (GOFROC)

ASM Thanks Senate Subcommittee for NIH $2 Billion Budget Increase

The ASM sent letters to Senators Roy Blunt and Patty Murray thanking the Senate Labor/HHS Subcommittee for proposing a $2 Billion budget increase for the National Institutes of Health.

December 18, 2015 - Statement of the ASM on the FY 2016 Congressional Funding Increases for Research

Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending package on December 18 that funds federal agencies for fiscal year 2016.  The omnibus appropriations bill (HR 2029) provides $32 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a $2 billion increase and nearly 7 percent over FY 2015.

May 24, 2016 - ASM Letter on DOE FY 2017 Appropriations

The ASM sent a letter to all members of the House of Representatives regarding DOE Provisions in House Amendment to S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016.

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week

President Obama has proclaimed Nov. 16-22 “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week.” Get Smart Week builds on the momentum generated at the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship, where more than 150 organizations pledged to improve antibiotic use and slow the spread of antibiotic resistance.

ASM Members Meet with Senate Appropriations Chair

ASM volunteer leaders have on been Capitol Hill advocating for funding for the microbial sciences and their messages have accelerated congressional action on funding to address the Zika threat.

Members of the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities on Capitol Hill

In November members of the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities participated in a Hill Day.  They met with their Senators and Representatives and discussed issues related to the microbial sciences and underrepresented minority scientists.

ASM Acts to Counter Zika Virus Outbreak

A key role of a scientific association is to make the voices of its many individual members heard as a unified whole. Speaking on behalf of its 47,000 members worldwide, ASM has acted quickly to make the case to policy makers that we must take immediate and aggressive action against the emerging threat of Zika virus infection.

ASM General Meeting Minority Travel Award Winners for 2015

ASM Celebrates Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

ASM is a supporter of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW) April 24-30, 2016 and salutes the more than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals around the country who perform and interpret more than 10 billion laboratory tests in the United States every year.

October 29, 2015 - White House Releases New Memorandum on Biosafety and Biosecurity Measures

The White House released a memorandum on the next steps to enhance biosafety and biosecurity in the United States. The memo highlights the conduct of parallel federal and broad stakeholder reviews to generate specific recommendations to strengthen the U.S. government's biosafety and biosecurity practices and oversight system.

April 11, 2016 - Soliciting Stakeholder Input for the BMBL Revision

The ASM sent a bulk e-mail to members soliciting input for the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) Revision.

Karyna Rosario, Ph.D.

RosarioUniversity of South Florida, College of Marine Science, Genomics Laboratory

Dr. Karyna Rosario earned her B.S. in Industrial Microbiology at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus and her M.S. in Soil, Water, and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona. Dr. Rosario then completed her Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography with an emphasis on environmental virology at the University of South Florida (USF).  Dr. Rosario continues to do research as research associate at the Genomics Laboratory at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science where she completed her Ph.D. and postdoc.  Throughout her career Dr. Rosario has employed metagenomic approaches to describe viral diversity in different environments and organisms.  Notable work includes the incorporation of viral metagenomics into virus surveillance efforts (both clinical and water quality control programs) to enhance traditional virus detection methods, the identification of a novel bioindicator (Pepper mild mottle virus) that may improve health risk assessments associated with viral pathogens in different environments impacted by wastewater contamination, the discovery of circular single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) viruses in invertebrates, the use of top insect predators to investigate the diversity of ssDNA viruses circulating in insect populations, and the use of insect vectors to expand the known diversity and biogeographical range of plant viral pathogens.  Her current research focuses on investigating novel ssDNA viruses in insects and fungi and their evolutionary relationships to vertebrate and plant ssDNA viruses.  In addition to her own research, Dr. Rosario oversees undergraduate and graduate student projects in the lab and enjoys participating in outreach activities to teach the general public and K-12 students about environmental microbiology.

Bulk analyses of viral genomes (i.e., viral metagenomics) present in different environmental samples have revealed the ubiquitous and diverse nature of single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) viruses that encode a conserved replication initiator protein (Rep) in the marine environment. However, few studies have isolated ssDNA viruses directly from organisms.  Although eukaryotic circular Rep-encoding ssDNA (CRESS-DNA) viruses include animal and plant pathogens of economic importance, this type of viruses has only been recently detected in invertebrates.  The present study [Front. Microbiol. 6:696. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00696 (2015)] contributes to efforts exploring the diversity of eukaryotic circular Rep-encoding ssDNA (CRESS-DNA) in the marine environment by surveying CRESS-DNA viruses in various marine invertebrate species.  Twenty-seven novel and highly divergent CRESS-DNA genomes were recovered from 21 invertebrate species, including species for which viruses have not been previously reported.  Approximately one third of the marine invertebrate associated viruses identified here formed a distinct clade of CRESS-DNA viruses that may represent a novel family.  In addition, putative structural proteins encoded within CRESS-DNA viral genomes where investigated for the presence of predicted intrinsically disordered regions (IDRs).  The IDR analysis revealed conserved patterns of disorder that may be used to complement similarity-based searches to identify divergent structural proteins within novel genomes. Overall, this study expands our knowledge of CRESS-DNA viruses associated with invertebrates and explores a new tool to evaluate divergent structural proteins encoded by these viruses.

Watch the 2016 State of the Union with ASM

2016 State of the Union

July 24, 2015 - Request for Comments on NIH Strategic Plan Framework

The ASM has been asked to submit comments on the framework for the new National Institutes of Health strategic plan framework.