Julie Wolf

Julie Wolf

Julie Wolf is the ASM Science Communications Specialist. She contributes to the ASM social media and blog network and hosts the Meet the Microbiologist podcast. She also runs workshops at ASM conferences to help scientists improve their own communication skills. Follow Julie on Twitter for more ASM and microbiology highlights at @JulieMarieWolf.

Julie earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, focusing on medical mycology and infectious disease. Outside of her work at ASM, she maintains a strong commitment to scientific education and teaches molecular biology at the community biolab, Genspace. She lives in beautiful New York City.

How do you talk about complex scientific ideas to the general public? Barney Graham was one of several researchers who spoke at a Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History event in March, pulling on his decades of experiences. His tips? Stay away from jargon, and use lots of visual aids.

Friday, 13 April 2018 16:28

Can colistin resistance be reversed?

Colistin resistance is now a worldwide issue. New ASM Journal articles uncover the molecular mechanism of colistin resistance, and uncover a natural product that may act to reverse resistance and render colistin once more effective.

Veterinarian and epidemiologist Matthew Muturi tells how a Rift Valley Fever outbreak led to implementation of One Health-based policies.

The multiple simultaneous events at ASM Microbe mimic a multistage concert with many performing acts. This is exemplified by the Track Hubs, where interactive sessions are vying for your attention. Our Track Leaders talk about their favorite Hub events - which will you be attending?

What happens when uninfected cells meet several virus strains at once? A new Journal of Virology report asks this question using two different HPV strains. The report finds that some HPV strains are better at blocking superinfection with a second strain than others.

A new Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy study reports a novel mechanism of ciprofloxacin resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Scientists identified a gene that phosphorylates the drug, inactivating its antibacterial activities.

Using comparative bacterial genomics to find DNA sequences that influence virulence or antibiotic resistance.

An mBio report describes the first time an insect endosymbiont has been cultured in vitro. Culturing the Drosophila melanogaster endosymbiont bacteria, Spiroplasma poulsonii may allow the organisms to become the first genetically tractable insect-endosymbiont pair.

How do gut microbiomes provide different nutrients to their hosts? Researchers have learned a lot from experiments on the fruit fly, with two recent mBio studies demonstrating a role of microbiome in providing essential nutrients for fly development.

Developing mycobacterial genetic tools and using them to discover ways to shorten TB treatment.

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