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.

Jennifer Gardy talks about whole-genome sequencing as a technique to address public health issues using genomic epidemiology. 

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:51

Scientific Highlights of ASM Microbe 2018

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.

Julie Pfeiffer tells the story of how she serendipitously found a role for the gut microbiota during polio virus infection, and how she and her lab discovered an important role for bacterial glycans in viral biology.

Dietary fiber plays an important role in gut health, but new research from mSphere shows that not all sources play the same role: researchers found that specific starches select for different microbial communities.

Global health is a complex problem requiring collaborations between local, national and international groups. ASM is happy to celebrate its recent accomplishments achieved through the hard work of many collaborative efforts.

How bacteria can communicate based on cell density, a phenomenon he helped name quorum sensing.

Charlie Rice gives the history of learning to grow hepatitis C virus in culture, from pitfalls to hurdles and successes along the 20-year journey. He also talks about yellow fever virus, its vaccine, and the importance of curiosity-driven research.

Does eating more diverse foods increase fitness? The ability to use ethanolamine, a common molecule found in our gut, helps bacterial pathogens like Salmonella to colonize and cause infection. A new mBio report suggests the opposite is true in the commensal bacterium Enterococcus faecalis

What's hot in the microbial sciences? ASM summarizes microbiology news and reports in Microbial Minutes, a biweekly news roundup. Watch the YouTube session for summaries and major findings, and read the reports and news stories for yourself below. 

Small amounts of antibiotics used in farm animals may be present in animal manure, which is used as crop fertilizer. A new Applied and Environmental Microbiology report shows these antibiotics can affect the soil microbiome composition, potentially influencing crop growth.

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