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.

Who develops disease and who doesn’t? In a new Journal of Virology report, scientists investigate why some young adults develop infectious mononucleosis when they contract Epstein-Barr virus and why some have an asymptomatic infection. 

“Each year, I ask myself, ‘How am I going to wow folks?’” says Irene Hulede, organizer of the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). Hulede has worked on ABRCMS from its conception through its annual reorganization, and each year she strives to improve on the last. Learn what inspires Hulede and how her career trajectory change has affected the more than 49,000 ABRCMS attendees over the years.

Tara C. Smith discusses her work uncovering ties between agriculture and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Drug resistance is a huge clinical problem, but our exposure to drug-resistant bacteria can come from everyday interactions - even in our food! Two reports from Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy describe new bacterial isolates carrying plasmid-borne drug resistance determinants. 

How does Plasmodium falciparum get into its host red blood cell? A new Infection and Immunity study reports the importance of a previously poorly-characterized receptor, glycophorin B (GPB), in the hierarchy of malaria invasion strategies. 

ASM is reintroducing its “Meet the Microbiologist” podcast--host Julie Wolf explains why she loves podcasts and describes the first two MtM episodes.

Scientists have many options for where to publish their microbiology research. A recent mBio editorial emphasizes the importance of publishing in society journals as a way to reinvest in the society and thus the scientific community. This post expands on the programs offered by scientific societies, which have their costs offset in part by their publications.

Raymond St. Leger describes his work on insect pathogenic fungi. Members of this diverse group of fungi can be found as part of the plant rhizosphere, where they provide nutrients to the plant, and can also be deployed as insect control agents. Raymond discusses his work with communities in Burkina Faso, where he works with officials to educate and gain consent for use of mosquito-killing fungi to control the spread of malaria.

The efforts of antibiotic stewardship campaigns are starting to show positive results in the clinic. These trends can serve as motivation to all to continue education campaigns for appropriate use of antibiotics.

Can the microbiome be used for forensic purposes? The skin microbiome is fairly stable, and a new Applied and Environmental Microbiology report assesses the use of genetic markers in the skin bacterium Proprionibacterium acnes for human identification purposes. 

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