Julie Wolf

Julie Wolf

ASM Communications Social Media Specialist Julie Wolf spent her research career focused on medical mycology and infectious disease. Broadly interested in microbiology and scientific communication, she has taught at Long Island University and the community biolab Genspace and has written for the Scientista Foundation and Scholastic’s Science World magazine. Follow her on Twitter for more ASM and Microbiology highlights at @JulieMarieWolf.

After absorbing research on manipulation of the human microbiome, the impact of waterway and agricultural microbiomes, antibiotic resistance spread and the potential of stewardship guard against it, and potential antimicrobial therapies of the future, we have yet to cover an important research theme seen in many sessions at Microbe: emerging infectious disease.

Many (though not all) of the microbes that present challenges in antimicrobial treatment are microbial species that have caused disease for generations. The other end of the spectrum involves microbes that are new or changing, and therefore effective therapies aren’t yet available. These will be covered as part of the final Special ASM Microbe Edition themed blog on emerging infectious viruses. 

Sunday, 19 June 2016 00:07

Dispatches from ASM Microbe: Sunday

We’ve had a whirlwind of amazing talks, poster sessions, and networking sessions so far at ASM Microbe 2016. In our previous two Dispatches from ASM Microbe, we’ve covered microbiomes, for which research ranges from extremely basic (Which microbes are present? How do we quantify them?) to clinical applications (What microbiome characteristics are associated with health? How do we engineer a particular microbiome function?). Similarly, today’s focus on antimicrobial resistance has both extremely basic and widely applicable research arms represented at ASM Microbe.


Saturday, 18 June 2016 00:51

Dispatches from ASM Microbe: Saturday

Welcome back to Dispatches from ASM Microbe! Today we’ll continue Microbe 2016 highlights of the microbiome, focusing on the non-human microbiome research being presented during the conference.


As mentioned Friday, commencement of the National Microbiome Initiative was met with great excitement by ASM. We are not only excited to delve deeper into the role of the human microbiome on health impacts, but also to learn more about the numerous microbial communities that exist apart from people. Some of these microbiomes impact us through interaction with our urban environments or agriculture, while others may appear to impact us less directly but still play important global and local roles.

Friday, 17 June 2016 00:25

Dispatches from ASM Microbe: Friday

ASM Microbe is the new conference that merges the former General Meeting with the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) to make one microbial sciences-packed meeting with something for everyone. Why institute one new meeting instead of maintaining two separate ones? Says David Hooper, Chair of the ASM Meetings Board, “This inaugural ASM Microbe meeting will, for the first time, integrate the full spectrum of the microbial sciences from basic science to translational and clinical applications, highlighting the broad transdisciplinary nature of microbiology and offering the newest information in the field.”


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