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Scientific Highlights of ASM Microbe 2018

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We’ve compared ASM Microbe to Las Vegas and a multistage concert, in part because there are so many amazing scientific sessions occurring simultaneously that attendees must prioritize the sessions in their schedule. We’ve aggregated some of the best social media summaries of scientific presentations from the 2018 Microbe sessions.


A live presentation of the highlights will be held online in the June 18th Microbial Minutes YouTube session. The session will be archived online if you aren’t able to attend the live presentation.


Microbial Minutes: Microbiology Stories from ASM Microbe

Monday June 18th

12:15p.m. EST


Each link below will lead you to a Twitter feed that summarizes main points made by the speaker. Unfortunately, we can’t capture each presentation but we’ve collected a large number from the dozens of talks given over the five-day event.


Thursday June 7 2018


ASM Microbe Opening Session


A Topsy-Turvy World Where Pathogen Sequencing Leads Infection Control

Sharon Peacock


Seeing the Light and Shaping Up:

Microbe Prakash 2Manu Prakash described how scientific discoveries and communication can use his inexpensive Foldscope microscope. Source

Color Vision and Developmental Acclimation in Cyanobacteria

Beronda Montgomery


Magnifying Curiosity

Manu Prakash


Friday June 8 2018


Meet the Experts: Strategies to Promote Student and Faculty Success at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs)


Creating Faculty and Student Success Initiatives at a PUI

Aimee Hollander

Microbe ThomasMisty Thomas discussed how to find room for student research in a busy teaching schedule.


Strategies for Overcoming Challenges in Teaching and Research at a PUI 

Misty Thomas


Morning Plenary: Bowels to Behavior: The Gut-Brain Axis


Endocannabinoid Modulation of Host-Pathogen Interactions

Melissa Ellermann


Nutritional and Microbial Reguation of Enteroendocrine Cell Activity

John Rawls


Microbial Amino Acid Metabolism and Gut-Brain Signaling

James Versalovic


Extending the Gut-Brain Axis:  Unexpected Consequences of Chronic Gastric Infection with Helicobacter pylori

Steven Blanke


Saturday June 9 2018


Meet the Experts: Spatial Dynamics of Microbial Ecology and Evolution 


An Overview of Spatial Dynamics of Microbial Ecology and Evolution

William Ratcliff


Session: New and Emerging Pathogens from Bushmeat


Select Agents Detected in Bushmeat Sold in Communities around the Ruaha, Selous, and Serengeti Ecosystems in Tanzania

Joram Buza


Global Health Risks Associated with Bushmeat Consumption in Tanzania

Robab Katani


Zoonotic Disease Risks Associated with Bushmeat Handling and Consumption Practices in Ruaha Ecosystem, Tanzania

Rudovick Kazwala


Investigation of Bacillus anthracisOutbreaks in Humans, Wildlife, and Livestock in Tanzania

Ernest Eblate


PCR-Based Identification of Bacterial Pathogens from Elephant Carcasses in Odisha, India: A Wakeup Call

Niranjana Sahoo


Occurrence ofSalmonellaspp. In Urban Wildlife in Central Mexico

Andrea Olvera-Ramierez


Microbe SchuchatCDC Deputy Director Anne Schuchat gave a keynote address that highlighted the importance of global solutions to global health problems.

ASM Microbe Keynote Address


Keynote Address

Anne Schuchat


Sunday June 10 2018


Meet-the-Experts: Creative Effective Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs in and out of Hospitals


National Approaches to Antimicrobial Stewardship

Lauri Hicks


Antimicrobial Stewardship in Non-Hospital Settings

Kirsty Buising


Morning Plenary: Change is in the Air: Climate, Microbes, and Disease


Marine Microbiome Dysbiosis and the Age of Climate Change

Rebecca Vega Thurber


From Mountains to Microbes: Exploring Microbes in a Global Change Framework

Aimee Classen


Microbes, Carbon, and Climate: Exploring the Impacts of a Changing Cryosphere

Christine Foreman


Microbial Forecasting: How do We Predict the Impacts of Climate Change in Infectious Diseases?

Virginia Pitzer


Morning Plenary: Magic Bullets and Personalized Antimicrobials


Predicting M. tuberculosisSusceptibility: How Good is Whole Genome Sequencing?

Timothy Walker


Therapeutic Application of Phage OMK01 in Two Cases of Antimicrobial Resistant P. aeruginosa

Benjamin Chang


You, Me, and a Handful of Blueberries: Predicting Individual Gut Metabolism of Food and Drugs

Libusha Kelly


Making Resistance Futile: Investing in our Future by Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance

Alison Laufer Halpin


Morning Plenary: Ancient Infectious Diseases: Neglected Pathogens from Antiquity to Modern Times


Paleomicrobiology: Human Infections of Antiquity

Didier Raoult


Evolution of Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Caitlin Pepperell


Phenotypic Legacy of Admixture between Modern Humans and Neanderthals

Anthony Capra


President’s Forum


ASM Update

Stefano Bertuzzi


Microbe PrakashGemma Reguera explained how her basic research questions had yielded new applications and new entrepreneurship opportunities for her trainees.

Microbes to Power!

Gemma Reguera


Accelerated Evolution by Diversity-Generating Retroelements

Jeff Miller


Monday June 11 2018


Meet-the-Experts: Ethical Issues in Laboratory Medicine


Ethical Issues in Laboratory Medicine

Ann Gronowski


Morning Plenary: Precision Microbiology


The Therapeutic Potential of the Microbiome

Eran Elinav


Therapeutic Programming of Synthetic Biotic Medicines

Vincent Isabella


CRISPR-Based Antimicrobials

Chase Beisel


Metagenomic Approaches to Clinical Diagnostics

Patricia Simner


Morning Plenary: One Health Approaches to Microbiology and Infectious Diseases


Molecular Biology of Plant-Pathogen Interactions

Sheng-Yang He


Food, Animal, and Environmental Sources of Clostridium difficileInfection

Thomas Riley


Antimicrobial Resistance in the Environment

James Tiedje


Morning Plenary: Global Challenges in Infectious Disease


The Global Challenge of Non-Targeted (Non-Specific) Effects of Vaccines on Morbidity and All-Cause Mortality: Looking toward the Future

Christin Benn


Capacity Building for Infectious Diseases Laboratories in Resource Poor Settings

Paula Fernandes


Solutions to Bovine TB in Developing Countries

Vivek Kapur


Session: Growing Your Data and Reaching More Students through Course-Based Research Experiences


Bringing Research into the Classroom: Benefits, Challenges, and Best Practices

Miriam Segura-Totten


Balancing Pedagogical and Research Goals in the Context of a Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience

Sara Brownell


Bringing the Lab into the Classroom through Authentic Research and Primary Literature

Brian Sato


Microbe MartinMark Martin passed out microbial stickers, which he uses to foster excitement and enthusiasm in his students.

Teaching Students to See through Microbial Eyes

Mark Martin




POM Hub session: Science Communication A to T (Abstracts to Tweets)

Julie Wolf


ASM Studio Session: Global Challenges in Infectious Diseases

Amy Kullas, Len Peruski, Michele Parsons, Amanda MacDonald, and Chris Woods



Did we miss your favorite session? Share your highlights, or add links to other live-tweeted scientific sessions, in the comment section below! 


What do you want to see more of (or less of) at ASM Microbe 2019? Tell us what sessions you hope to see at ASM Microbe 2019 in San Fracisco, Ca.!




Last modified on Thursday, 14 June 2018 12:00
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.