Tuesday, 29 May 2018 17:27

In Memoriam: Stanley Falkow

Stanley Falkow, a world-renowned microbiologist widely regarded as the “father” of the field of microbial pathogenesis, passed away May 5, 2018 at the age of 84.  He is best known for applying genetic techniques to pathogenic bacteria to identify molecules responsible for disease.  His "Molecular Koch's Postulates" laid out the approach he used to identify bacterial virulence factors.  He also made significant contributions to studies of antibiotic resistance mechanisms, ecology and enterotoxins.  Falkow was a long-time member of the American Society for Microbiology and served as its President in 1998.


Tuesday, 29 May 2018 16:19

In Memoriam: Dr. Michael R. Smith

Dr. Michael R. Smith, a retired microbiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service at the Western Regional Research Center in Albany, California, passed away on December 19, 2017, at the age of 72, in Pasco, Washington.  He was a long-time member of ASM.  Early in his career, he isolated and characterized an acetate-fermenting strain of Methanosarcina (strain 227), and showed for the first time that acetate could be converted directly into methane and CO2 without the addition of external sources of H2. His further studies showed that acetate was the sole carbon and energy source for this microorganism, and he worked to elucidate the electron transport mechanisms involved in this conversion. 


Friday, 20 April 2018 16:41

In Memoriam: Richard Courtney

Dr. Richard Courtney, former chair of the Penn State University College of Medicine Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Distinguished Educator and Professor Emeritus, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018.   A virologist, Courtney was most well-known for studying the herpes simplex virus, particularly the proteins found on the outside of the virus.

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 17:20

In Memoriam: Charles Yanofsky

Charles Yanofsky, one of the world’s most influential geneticists, passed away March 16, 2018 at age 92. Over the course of his career at Stanford University, Yanofsky made numerous groundbreaking discoveries that became the foundations of molecular microbiology. His contributions spanned 50+ years and had a direct and lasting impact on diverse areas of microbiology. Yanofsky, long-time member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), received the Albert Lasker Award in Basic Medical Research and the Genetics Society of America Medal, among many other awards, including ASM’s Eli Lilly Award in Bacteriology and Immunology in 1959 and the Abbott-ASM Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.



Thursday, 22 March 2018 17:19

In Memoriam: Louise Slaughter

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, a champion for public health and one of the most powerful and unique figures in the House of Representatives, died March 16, 2018. She was 88 and the oldest sitting member of Congress. Slaughter was the first woman to serve as chair of the Committee on Rules.  As the only microbiologist in Congress, she was an advocate for addressing the growing threat of antibiotic resistance,




Thursday, 22 March 2018 16:19

In Memoriam: Dan Stinchcomb

Dan Stinchcomb, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer for IDRI (Infectious Disease Research Institute) a Seattle-based global health nonprofit biotech, passed away Feb. 21, 2018, after a brief illness. Stinchcomb is well known for his expertise in flaviviruses and influenza, having developed a vaccine against Dengue and leading projects at IDRI to develop novel RNA-based vaccines.



Thursday, 22 March 2018 13:37

In Memoriam: Raymond Clark Bartlett

Raymond Clark Bartlett, M.D., prominent clinical microbiologist, with an international reputation for innovative teaching of microbiology laboratory practices focusing on cost containment and quality control, died on January 23, 2018 at the age of 87 in Avon, Connecticut. Bartlett was a long-time member of ASM, as well as a fellow of The College of American Pathologists, The American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP), and The American Academy of Microbiology.  In recognition of his many contributions to clinical microbiology ASM awarded him the Alex Sonnenwirth award in 1990 and the Becton Dickinson Award in 1994. 




Tuesday, 20 March 2018 15:46

In Memoriam: Mathilde Krim

Mathilde Krim, a geneticist and virologist who researched acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), and whose scientific work inspired her efforts in public advocacy to address the stigma associated with AIDS, died January 15, 2018 at the age of 91. Krim, an ASM member, co-founded the AIDS Medical Foundation in New York in 1983, which merged with a similar California-based group two years later to form Amfar, the American Foundation for AIDS Research. Krim advocated on behalf of AIDS patients and led efforts to increase federal funding for research into the disease and expand access to experimental drugs. 


Tuesday, 20 March 2018 14:34

In Memoriam: Richard C. Tilton

Dr. Richard C. Tilton, past Director of Clinical Microbiology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and past editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, died November 28, 2017. Tilton served in many leadership roles throughout his career in microbiology.  In addition, he was the first-ever recipient of the Abbott Laboratories Award in the Rapid Diagnosis of Human Diseases.

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Saturday, 18 November 2017 14:53

In Memoriam: Milton J. Schlesinger

Milton J. Schlesinger, Ph.D., long-time member of ASM, and Professor Emeritus of Molecular Mcrobiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, died on Friday, October 27, 2017, at his home in Berkeley, California.  Schlesinger was an eminent virologist, having authored nearly 200 papers and books, including key studies on heat shock proteins and protein modification. Among his most noted discoveries, he identified the first examples in vertebrate cells of heat-shock proteins, which cells produce when their normal proteins unfold as a result of high temperature or other stressful conditions. Heat-shock proteins refold the damaged proteins, helping the cell survive.  


Wednesday, 01 November 2017 14:32

In Memoriam: Leonard Mortenson

Leonard (Len) E. Mortenson enjoyed a long career doing pioneering research on bacterial nitrogen-fixation as well as educating students and postdoctoral associates, both in academia and in industrial laboratories.  Len passed away peacefully at his home in Willow Street, PA on October 30, 2017. He was 89. 


Wednesday, 06 September 2017 11:38

In Memoriam: C.C. Wang

Molecular parasitologist and founding Editor-in-Chief of the ASM journal Eukaryotic Cell