ASM Election Slate
*Please note, this is not a voting site.
All eligible ASM members have the opportunity to help shape our Society and influence the future of microbial sciences by choosing our leaders during the annual election. Your vote determines who will represent and guide ASM priorities.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15, all ASM voting members will receive a message from Intelliscan with a personalized voting link. You will have the ability to review all candidate biographies through the Intelliscan voting website, as well as in the pull down menus below.
Why should I vote?
- I want my profession to witness a positive impact.
- My science and my area of practice need to be represented.
- My leaders need to respond actively and quickly.
- It is my right to choose the next ASM candidate.
- My voice should be heard and represented.
Which positions are up for election?
- National Officers.
- President-elect. (1 position).
- Board of Directors (BOD).
- At-Large Board Director.
- Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS).
- Vice Chair. (1 position).
- COMS-Elected Board Director.
Please send any questions regarding the election to Governance@asmusa.org.
President Elect: One-year term (2023-2024)
Professor and Chair, Dept. of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, McGovern Medical School, Univ. of Texas - Houston
- Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Students (ABRCMS), Student Travel Award Review Task Group, Reviewer, 2017.
- American Academy of Microbiology Fellow, elected 2008.
- ASM Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Meeting, Co-Chair, 2008–2010.
- ASM Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Meeting, Program Committee, 2006-2007.
- Reviewer, Book Proposals for American Society for Microbiology Press.
ASM is my scientific home. My lab at NIH uses genomics to characterize the human
I invest in approaches to ensure all individuals feel they belong in science and
- Board of Directors Programmatic Committee (BDPC), Member, July-Dec. 2021.
- ASM Board of Directors, At-large Member, 2020-2023.
- American Academy of Microbiology Fellow, elected 2015.
Secretary: Three-year term (2023-2026)
Elizabeth P. and Robert E. Allen Professor of Individualized Medicine, Mayo Clinic
- Governance Committee, Chair, 2022-2023.
- American Academy of Microbiology—Sub-Committee on Elections, Member, 2021-2025.
- ASM Council of Past Presidents, Member, 2020-2030.
- ASM Finance Committee, 2020-2023.
- Nominating Committee, Chair, 2020-2021.
- ASM President, 2019-2020.
- Governance Committee, Chair, 2019-2020.
- Appointments Committee, Chair, 2018-2019.
- Meetings Board, Member, 2017-2018.
- Microbe Program Committee, Member 2016-2018.
- American Academy of Microbiology Fellow, elected 2012.
- Editor, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 2009-2019.
Second Secretary, Ministry for Primary Industries
I am grateful for being able to give back to the community that has given me so
- Governance Committee, Member, 2019-2025.
- Nominating Committee, Member, 2019-2021.
- ASM Board of Directors, At-large Member, 2018-2024.
Treasurer: Three-year term (2023-2026)
, Michigan State University
Candidate StatementIt is a privilege to run for ASM Treasurer. This is an extraordinary time in our field
and for our Society, with new challenges and opportunities that we must confront
and adapt to, as they will impact ASM finances and thus our ability to achieve our
simple, profound mission of promoting and advancing microbial science. Our
venerable Society can do anything, but cannot do everything, so we must set and
communicate priorities. Working with the Board, ASM membership, and our
professional staff, these are major functions of Treasurer. Service as ASM Treasurer
also benefits from broad and deep knowledge of the Society, which I bring through
previous service as an Editor for 2 of our journals, Membership Board Chair,
COMS Chair and COMS-elected Board Member, interim inaugural member of the
IDEAA committee and President. Further, as a department Chair my job heavily
involves working with budgets and setting financial priorities.
- ASM Council of Past Presidents, Member 2021–2031.
- ASM Inclusive Diversity with Equity, Access and Accountability (IDEAA) Committee, Interim Member, 2021.
- Governance Committee, 2021-2025.
- Nominating Committee, Chair, 2021-2022.
- ASM President, 2020-2021.
- Scientific Writing and Publishing Course Task Group, Member, 2018-2019.
- ASM Board of Directors, 2017-2021.
- Appointments Committee, Member, 2017-2020.
- Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS), At-large Member, 2017-2020.
- Microbe Program Committee, 2016-2020.
- ASM Conferences Committee, Member, 2012-2016.
- ASM Membership Board, Chair, 2012 – 2016.
- ASM Microbe Planning Committee, Host-Microbe Biology Track Hub, Chair, 2016.
- ASM Professions of Microbiology Committee, Member, 2015.
- ASM Microbe meeting Steering Committee, Member, 2015.
Chief Scientific Officer and Professor, Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation
- ASM Finance Committee, Member 2021-2024.
- ASM Audit Committee, Chair, 2017-2020.
- Editor, mSphere, 2015-2023.
- American Academy of Microbiology Fellow, elected 2018.
At-Large Directors: Three-year term (2023-2026)
Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Pfizer, Incorporated
Dr. Annaliesa Anderson has over 30 years of pharmaceutical experience resulting in several licensed and authorized vaccines and therapeutics. She is currently the Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer for Vaccine Research & Development at Pfizer. In this role, she leads a large organization with a science first philosophy and is responsible for the execution of Pfizer's Vaccine Research and Development strategy. She is passionate about microbiology and the nurturing of both current and future microbiologists who have a role to play in the public health, environmental sciences and biotechnology arenas, in addition to those pursuing academic pathways. By being elected to the American Society for Microbiology board as a director at large, she would leverage her experience to provide input into the Society’s future directives to maintain support and identify ways to engage and mentor more diverse microbiologists for the future.
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, Brown University
Candidate StatementI am currently an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and serve as Co-Director of
the Weiss Center for Orthopaedic Trauma Research, Co-Chair of my department’s
Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee and Director for the Center for
Student Belonging at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. I’ve had the
unique privilege of being a first generation immigrant, first generation in college,
grad school, only historically underrepresented (HUG) graduate student in the
department and only HUG PI in my department. As member of the ASM IDEAA
Committee, I’ve introduced the concept of diversity as an equitable asset for
researchers, trainees and the institution, and identified areas to increase capital to
fund our DEI initiatives. As a member of the ASM Board, I’ll bring my experience of
having successfully mentored over 300 students and models of diversity, equity
and inclusion that will make ASM the leader in DEI.
I’ve been mentoring students in microbiology for almost 2 decades and have
used said mentoring as a pathway to guide hundreds of undergraduates, graduate,
post-doc and medical students to access and attend ASM Microbe, Biofilms and
- Inclusive diversity with equity, access and accountability (IDEAA), Member 2021-2024.
Chief Scientific Officer, Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Massachusetts General Brigham
This is a time of change for ASM. As a microbiologist, the focus of my interest is on multidrug resistant gram positive pathogens enterococci, staphylococci and streptococci. Our work uses genetic and genomic tools to understand these microbes through their ecology, pathogenesis and evolution, with a view toward devising new ways to treat and prevent infection.
As Co-Director of the Harvard University-wide Microbial Sciences Initiative, I encounter students and microbiologists in fields ranging from engineering to origins of life, and work with them to build a synergistic community. This is a microcosm of what ASM leadership does, and this experience may be of value. As former chair of NIH study sections and review panels, I also have experience working toward consensus, often from disparate starting points.
With imagination and creativity, I believe ASM can evolve as new means for communication and collaboration develop, and continue to play an important role in the career development of the next generation of microbiologists. I would be happy to contribute what I can to achieve that. Michael S. Gilmore, PhD; Sir William Osler Professor, Harvard Medical School; Co-Director, Microbial Sciences Initiative Harvard University; Chief Scientific Officer, Mass Eye and Ear/Mass General Brigham.
- Editor, mBio, 2013-Present.
- ASM Division D (Microbes of Medical Importance), Chair, 2008-2009.
- American Academy of Microbiology Fellow, elected 1998.
, U.S. Geological Survey
- American Academy of Microbiology Fellow, elected 2021.
- ASM Communications Committee Strategic Planning Retreat, 2014.
- ASM Finance Committee, Member, 2013–2016.
- Council Policy Committee, At-Large Branch Representative, 2011–2017.
- ASM Florida Branch, Officer (Councilor, Secretary, President-elect, President, National Councilor), 2001–2011.
At-Large COMS Councilors (2023-2026)
Professor, George Washington University
I have not had any formal position at ASM before, due to multiple other commitments, so I was getting the benefits of membership without giving back. Lately, my administrative responsibilities at GWU have been reduced, and I have more time for activities I really enjoy—science and interaction with collaborators. I believe serving at ASM Committee would allow me to pay back my debt to ASM, while engaging in science-related activities I love.
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Research Scientist, USDA Agricultural Research Service
- ASM Future Leaders Mentoring Fellowship mentor, 2022-2024.
- Microbiology Spectrum Data Policy Working Group, 2022.
- Editor, Microbiology Spectrum, 2021-2024.
- Editorial Board, AEM, 2019-2024.
- ABRCMS abstract reviewer, 2019, 2022.
- ABRCMS judge, 2019, 2022.
Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Editor, Microbiology Spectrum, 2022-2025.
- Editorial Board, Infection and Immunity, 2021-2023.
Staff Microbiologist, National Institute of Health
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Professor, Columbia University
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Associate Professor of Medicine and Pathology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
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Professor, St. Petersburg College
- Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS), At-large Member, 2020-2023.
- ASM Florida Branch, Board Member, 2019 - present.
- ASM Florida Branch, President, 2017-2019.
- ASM Florida Branch, Vice President, 2015-2017.
- ASM Florida Branch, Secretary, 2013-2015.
Principal Scientific Officer, National Centre for Infectious Diseases
In 2018-2021, I worked in Sidra Medicine and Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, where I was leading genomic projects on pathogens causing candidemia and multidrug-resistant bacteria. I completed a Ph.D. from University of Hong Kong. In 2003-2005, I was awarded the Croucher Fellowship to study fungal evolution in Vancouver. I performed postdoctoral research at Westmead Hospital, Australia and BCCDC Public Health Laboratory, Canada. I am on the editorial board of Fungal Genetics and Biology, Molecular Ecology and Molecular Ecology Resources.
If given an opportunity to be COMS At-Large Councilor, I would be glad to contribute my time and efforts in making the difference for the ASM and the community.
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COMS Vice Chair: One-year term (2023-2024) - Voted on exclusively by current COMS members.
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
- Council on Microbial Science (COMS), Texas Branch Councilor, 2021-2024.
- Nominating Committee, 2021-2022 (Stepped down when nominated for COMS Vice-Chair).
- Membership Committee, 2015-2021.
- ASM Distinguished Lecturers Committee, Chair, 2015-2021.
- Career Development Grants for Postdoctoral Women, Committee Member, 2014-2023.
- ASM General Microbiology Division, National Chair, 1997-1998.
COMS-Elected Board Directors: Three-year term (2023-2026) - Voted on exclusively by current COMS members.
, The University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine
- American Academy of Microbiology Fellow, elected 2022.
- Board of Directors Programmatic Committee (BDPC), Member, Nov.-Dec. 2021.
- Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS), Division Councilor, 2021-2024.
- ASM COVID-19 Research Registry, Assistant Curator-in-Chief, 2020-2022.
- Editor, mBio, 2019-2025.
- ASM Board of Directors, Council on Microbial Sciences, (COMS) Elected Board Director, 2019-2023.
- Division R (Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology) Representative, Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS), 2018-2024.
- Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS), Chair, 2018-2019.
Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology, University of Virginia School of Medicine
- Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS) Host-Microbe Biology Community Leader, 2022-2023.
- Council on Microbial Sciences, (COMS) At-large Member, 2020-2023.
- Editorial Board, Journal of Bacteriology, 2021-2023.
- Guest Editor, mBio, 2018.
- Editorial Board, Infection and Immunity, 2015-2023.
- ASM Virginia Branch Annual Meeting, Co-Chair, 2013.
Scientific Director and Head of R&D, Quest Diagnostics Infectious Diseases
1. Membership by developing key data resources in a convenient user-friendly manner that meets the needs of a data driven world.
2. Career development for new and early career microbiologist across divisions and sectors.
4. Expanding new and innovative ways to engage membership in an on-demand world that allows for both virtual and face to face interactions.
5. International partnerships to accelerate science, focus policies and global coordination, to address worldwide issues such as pandemic preparedness and the impact of global warming on society.
6. DEI within the microbial sciences.
- ASM Nominations Committee, 2021-2023 (Stepped down when nominated for COMS-Elected Board Director).
- ASM Elected Board of Directors, Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS) Representative, 2020-2023.
- ASM Elected Member, Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS), 2017-2020.
- Co-Chair ASM Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS), CPHM Advocacy Committee, 2017-2019.
- ASM/CDC Evidence Based Laboratory Medicine Best Pratices C. difficile Workgroup, 2014-2018.
- ASM Sonnenwirth Award for Leadership Selection Committee, 2013-2015.
- Southern California Branch of ASM (SCASM), President, 2013-2015.
- Southern California Branch of ASM (SCASM), President Elect, 2011-2013.
- ASM Division C, Nominating Committee, Chair, 2011.
- Southern California Branch of ASM (SCASM), Annual Meeting Committee, 2006-2016.
- American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) Part I Exam Committee, 2006-2012.
- Southern California Branch of ASM (SCASM), Elected Board Member, 2006-2009.
- Southern California Branch of ASM (SCASM), Spring Symposia Committee, 2002-2015.
William Henry Fitzbutler Collegiate Professor in Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases Division and Microbiology & Immunology, University of Michigan Medical School
- Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS), Chair, 2022-2023.
- Nominating Committee, 2021–2023 (stepped down when nominated for COMS-Elected Board Director).
- Senior Editor, mSphere, 2019-2024.
- Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS), Division Interdisciplinary Councilor, 2018-2022.
- American Academy of Microbiology Fellow, elected 2017.
- Associate Editor, Infection and Immunity, 2014-2019.
- Editorial Board, Infection and Immunity, 2011-2014.
- American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM), Committee Member, 2006-2009.