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.

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

A new mSystems issue gives early-career scientists a platform to share their ideas for the future of systems microbial sciences.

Ilaria Capua talks about running an internationally renowned animal influenza lab, and her time spent in the Italian Parliament. 

What are the basic requirements for life? This question and others will be answered by defining the essential genes of the model organism, E. coli. A recent mBio report identified E. coli essential genes using transposon insertion mutagenesis and sequencing technologies. 

Friday, 23 February 2018 18:40

How does influenza jump between species?

Understanding how influenza can jump into a new species, and how it adapts once inside its new host, may help scientists better predict pandemic strains. Three recent Journal of Virology reports discuss aspects of influenza A virus host adaptation.

Friday, 16 February 2018 17:01

A whale of a microbiome tale

A new Applied and Environmental Microbiology study found that the whale skin microbiome varies throughout the feeding season. Studying whale health may be a good indicator of ocean health.

Vaughn Cooper tells us what bacterial biofilms are, why biofilms differ from test tube environments, and how long-term evolution experiments combined with population genomics are teaching us how bacteria really work.

Historians and futurists have a lot to learn from each other. This was apparent during an ASM Biothreats panel where a disaster historian teamed with a disaster preparedness expert to discuss influenza. What are the lessons from the 1918 influenza pandemic, and how can we apply these lessons to be better prepared for future pandemics? 

Will decreasing antibiotics given to our livestock halt the spread of drug-resistant bacteria? A new Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy report offers a grim outlook. 

How do immune cells talk to each other? A new Infection and Immunity report describes how infected macrophages send signals to uninfected macrophages: via exosomes.

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