2008-2009 Lecturers and Topics

  The American Society for Microbiology Branch Lectureships Program's 2008-2009 roster is now available online.


For detailed descriptions of topics, contact and biographical information, please click on speaker's name.   (Or click here for a printable pdf list)
Lecturers with an ('09) after their name are available to deliver ASMBL lectures from July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009.

Lecturers with an ('10) after their name are available to deliver ASMBL lectures from July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2010.

  • Joan Barenfanger. M.D., A.B.M.M. (’09)
    • Improving Clinical Usefulness of Microbiology Data
    • Decreasing Clinically Irrelevant Testing from the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
    • Detection and Prevention of Errors
    • Reviving and Standardizing the Art of Interpretation of Gram Stains
    • Identification of Yeasts and Fungi from Direct Microscopic Observation
  • Joanne Bartkus ('09)
    • Microbial CSI – Using DNA Fingerprinting to Identify the Source of Disease Outbreaks
    • Everybody Knows Viruses Don’t Cause Food Poisoning…Or Do They?
    • Emerging Diseases/Emerging Responses: The Changing Face of Public Health Microbiology

  • Daniel R. Bond (’09)
    • Understanding Extracellular Electron Flow via Microbial Film Voltammetry
    • Why Do Microbial Fuel Cells Work?

  • Arturo Casadevall (’10)
    • The Origin of Virulence in Pathogenic Microbes
    • The Weapon Potential of a Microbe
    • New Concepts on Antibody-mediated Immunity
      Cryptococcus neoformans – Ecology, Pathogenesis and Virulence  
  • Philip R. Cunningham (’10)
  • Smart Weapons in the Fight Against Bioterrorism and Antibiotic Resistance
  • Genetic Analysis of Ribosome Function

  • Alix G. Darden, Ph.D. (’09)
    • The Intersection of Research and Teaching: Creating Conditions that Lead to Change in a Learner’s Brain
    • Active Learning for Classes Large and Small: Research and Techniques
    • The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning as Applied to Microbiology Education

  • Mark Goulian (’10)
    • Perturbing, Imaging, Modeling, and Evolving Regulatory Circuits in E. coli
    • Signal Strength, Fidelity, and the Phosphorylation Cycle in Bacterial Two-component Signaling

  • Joseph Heitman, M.D., Ph.D. (’09)
    • Sex in Fungi: Evolution and Virulence
    • How Model and Pathogenic Fungi Sense the Environment and the Host
    • Pigeons, Cryptococcus, and a Fungal Meningitis Outbreak
    • Evolution of Gene Clusters: The Mating Type Locus Paradigm
    • Antifungal Drug Action and the Elucidation of Gene Targets in Fungi

  • Marian Johnson-Thompson (’09)
    • Emerging Infectious Agents of Environmental Import
    • The Role of Microbiology Research and Training in Addressing Health Disparities
    • Contributions of U.S. Born Blacks to Microbiology and to ASM

  • Jay K. Kolls (’09)
    • Th17 Cells and Mucosal Immunity
    • Interleukin-17 Family Members and Lung Inflammation
    • Host Defense and Vaccine Strategies Against Pneumocystis

  • Laura D. Kramer (’09)
    • Dynamics of Virus-Vector-Vertebrate Interactions
    • West Nile Virus: A New Perspective on an Old Virus
    • Evolutionary Dynamics of Two Flaviviruses
    • The Mosquito and the Virus: An Unbalanced Relationship?
    • History of Women in Science with a Focus on Arbovirology

  • Eugene L. Madsen (’09)
    • Aerobic Naphthalene Biodegradation: Physiology, Toxicity, and Insights from the Genome of Polaromonas naphthalenivorans
    • Molecular Microbial Ecology of a Shallow Contaminated Aquifer: Biogeochemistry and Stable Isotope Probing
    • Bioremediation Demystified: What Can Microbial Processes Accomplish and How Do We Know?
    • Emergent Biogeochemical Processes Revealed by Dynamic Microbial Biomarkers in a Contaminated Aquifer

  • Lenore Pereira (’09)
    • Human Cytomegalovirus Infection at the Maternal-Fetal Interface: Role of the Placenta in Virus Transmission and Intrauterine Growth Restriction
    • Congenital Cytomegalovirus Infection: Placental Pathology and Adaptation After Maternal Treatment with Hyperimmunegobulin

  • Michael W. Russell (’10)
    • Immunity Where It Matters Most – The Mucosal Frontier
    • Mucosal Vaccine Challenges: Down in the Mouth or Down Below!
    • IgA, the Most Abundant Yet Most Overlooked Immunoglobulin
    • Toxins and Tolls: Exploiting Enterotoxins as Adjuvants for Mucosal Vaccines

  • Michael J. Sadowsky (’10)
    • The Beach is Closed! –  Sources and Sinks of Pathogens and Other Fecal Bacteria in the Environment
    • New Surprises in Nitrogen-Fixing Plant-Microbe Symbioses – We Are Not Done Learning Yet!
    • The Rapid Evolution of Bacterial Genes and Pathways for Biodegradation of Synthetic Organic Compound

  • Olaf Schneewind (’10)
    • Assembly of the Envelope of Gram-positive Bacteria   
    • Vaccines to Prevent Staphylococcal Infections
    • Development of Plague Vaccine
    • Substrate Selection by Type III Machine of Yersiniae
    • Pathogenesis of Anthrax Infections

  • Lynn L. Silver, Ph.D. (’09)
    • Meeting the Challenges of Antibacterial Discovery
    • Rethinking Antibacterial Targets
    • Phenotypic Screening for Novel Antibacterials
    • Natural Product Screening for Antibacterial Agents
    • The Antibacterial Pipeline: Nonexistent or Merely Sparse?

  • J. Walton Tomford, M.D. (’09)
    • History of Tuberculosis and other Mycobacterial Diseases
    • Update on Epidemiology, Diagnosis and Treatment of M. tuberculosis Disease
    • Update on Epidemiology, Diagnosis and Treatment of Granulomatous Diseases
    • Case Presentations in Mycobacterial, Nocardial and Fungal Diseases

  • Hua Helen Wang (’10)
    • The Impact of Foodborne Commensal Bacteria on Antibiotic Resistance (AR) Transmission
    • Foodborne Microbes: Shaping the Host Ecosystems

  • Joanne M. Willey (’10)
    • When is an Antibiotic Not an Antibiotic?
    • Intercellular Communication Amongst Soil Bacteria
    • Microbiology Education: So Much Cool Stuff to Teach in So Little Time!



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