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On Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, the Academy Fellows in good standing will receive an email from the American Academy of Microbiology with the link to the voting site. If you do not receive this email, check your spam filter. You should ensure your ASM and Academy membership dues are current. Only fellows in good standing are eligible to vote. If you renew your 2024 membership after Jan. 16, 2024, and would like to submit your vote, please contact ASM Customer Service at service@asmusa.org for assistance.

As a fellow of the Academy, this is your opportunity to choose the next leadership positions for the Academy. We count on your vote to determine who will represent your interests as a fellow and lead the Academy in an exciting direction to help advance the microbial sciences at ASM and benefit the Society.

Why Should I Vote?

  • I want my profession to witness a positive impact.
  • My science and my area of practice need to be represented in the Academy.
  • My leaders need to respond actively and quickly.
  • It is my right to choose the next Academy Governors and members of the Subcommittee on Elections.
  • My voice should be heard and represented.

Which Positions Are up for Election?

Academy Governors

What Are the Main Responsibilities of the Elected Positions?

The Primary Responsibilities of the Governors
  • Set strategic direction for the Academy programs.
  • Establish new programs consistent with the ASM and the Academy’s mission and strategic plan.
  • Develop and approve scientific activities and colloquia topics.
  • Oversee the fellowship nomination and election process.
  • Review and ratify fellow election recommendations of the Subcommittee on Elections.
  • Oversee the Subcommittee on Awards and the ASM Awards Program.

The Primary Responsibilities of the Subcommittee on Elections Members
  • Participate in the annual review of Academy fellowship nominations (Oct.-Dec.).
  • Review thoroughly and providing comments and scores on the nominees.
  • Vote on the final recommendations of the nominees to the governors.
  • Provide feedback to the governors about the annual fellowship nomination and review process.

This is your decision, and we ask that you choose the candidates that you think will strongly support ASM and the Academy, help us recognize excellence and advance in the microbial sciences. The deadline to vote is March 1, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Please send questions and concerns regarding the Academy election to Nguyen Nguyen, Ph.D., Director, American Academy of Microbiology.


Governors

Candidates for Academy Governors Representing Division Group 1
Karen C. Carroll, M.D.

Karen C. Carroll, M.D.

Professor of Pathology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Candidate Statement

There are so many exciting advances in all areas of microbiological sciences, and with these advances will come challenges. As a member of the board of governors, I will work to ensure that our science is recognized and appreciated, not only by members within the society, but by external groups, through participation in meetings and conferences as assigned by the chair. I am excited to represent the discipline of clinical microbiology as we develop new programs, set the strategic agenda and participate in the election process for new members. The Academy is so vital to promoting and ensuring the scientific excellence of the American Society for Microbiology.

Over the years I have enjoyed working on 3 separate colloquia, and it will be a pleasure to be part of the esteemed group that works to develop topics and to review and approve those submitted by others. In my own practice I have often referred to the documents generated by these colloquia, and they continue to be a valuable resource. I look forward to serving by advancing the values and missions of the Academy as we continue to address microbiological issues of global importance. Our society is vital to continued focus on diverse topics impactful to the 3 components of One Health—people, animals and environment. I look forward to designing and implementing programs through the Academy that advance One Health initiatives. 


Tim Ford, Ph.D.

Tim Ford, Ph.D.

Research Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Candidate Statement

If elected to the position, my major focus would be on global health with the goal of building on ASM and the Academy’s roles as leaders in the areas of infectious disease diagnostics, surveillance and prediction. 

This speaks to Objective 2.4 in the Academy’s strategic plan in being able to provide timely and authoritative scientific information on specific topics in (applied) microbiology. Molecular diagnostics are constantly evolving to provide us with monitoring tools for both the environment and the clinical setting, and advances in hand-held portable devices have made molecular approaches much easier to deploy in low resource settings. My own group has been conducting metagenomics studies on Native American reservations, and we are currently adapting and optimizing the techniques as surveillance tools for Haiti. This is a rich field, and the academy should continue as a leader in developing these tools to address future global disease threats. 

I would also focus on education for individuals and communities from low and middle income countries (LMIC) to maintain and protect their own environments. This is a particularly acute problem due to climate change, but has always been an issue—failure to maintain standpipes is just 1 example. Provision of sustainable technologies and mitigation strategies is critical for any progress in infectious disease reduction, AMR and the many other microbial challenges in LMIC. I have written extensively about the problem of basic hygiene and sanitation and our failed attempts at mitigation, due to a lack of community engagement and cultural context. 


Melissa Miller, Ph.D., D(ABMM), FAAM

Melissa Miller, Ph.D., D(ABMM), FAAM

Director of the Clinical Microbiology and Molecular Microbiology Laboratories, University of North Carolina Medical Center

Candidate Statement

The Academy’s role as a “think tank” within ASM is, in my opinion, underutilized. The Academy represents a wide range of talented, dedicated microbiologists representing different, yet overlapping, sectors of the microbial sciences. I have had the honor of reviewing AAM nominees for 4 years on the Subcommittee on Elections. During these reviews, I have not only been impressed by the scientific prowess of the elected fellows, but also their dedication to “giving back” through mentoring, teaching, community education and professional service. From my perspective, the Academy is more than an honorific fellowship. While there are certainly Academy activities that tap into the talents of fellows, we could do more. In a world of ever-increasing disbelief in the sciences, our fellows can and should be the voice for authoritative information on microbial sciences. Collectively, our voice should be used to educate other scientists, federal agencies, media outlets and the community. 

The core values of the Academy are excellence, collaboration and impact. Election to the Academy represents excellence in the microbial sciences, but the core values do not end there. We should draw upon the expertise and passion of our fellows to collaborate on targeted goals in the microbial sciences to make a lasting impact.  

From the day I was elected to the Academy, I committed to supporting the Academy though service. I hope to continue serving the Academy whether it be through the Academy Governors or continued service opportunities.  


Melvin P. Weinstein, M.D.

Melvin P. Weinstein, M.D.

Emeritus Professor, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Candidate Statement

The Academy’s core values of excellence, collaboration and impact and its primary goals exemplify my personal and professional values and standards. I had a wonderful professional mentor who taught me to strive for personal and scientific excellence and, at the same time, to be inclusive and collaborative, not only in my personal life, but also in my scientific endeavors.

Throughout my career, I have recruited and mentored trainees from diverse backgrounds and helped promote their research and subsequent careers.  I believe that my work, which focused on the clinical and prognostic importance of bloodstream infections and on refining and improving blood culture systems and methods, helped translate science into clinical practice and emphasized the importance of clinical microbiology and the clinical laboratory in medical practice and patient care.  As co-editor for the Medical Microbiology section of Clinical Infectious Diseases for 20 years, I focused on educating and updating ID clinicians, as well as microbiologists, on microbiologic diagnosis, the appropriate utilization of new and emerging testing methods and the technical and interpretive nuances of antimicrobial susceptibility testing. If elected governor, I will urge the Academy and ASM to enhance the education of scientists and non-scientists alike about the importance of microbial sciences, not only in clinical medicine, but also in daily life. Moving forward, I hope that the Academy and ASM can foster and enhance collaborations between the microbial sciences community and governmental agencies to improve patient care and, thereby, reduce the morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases. 


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Candidates for Academy Governors Representing Division Group 3
Patrick Schloss, Ph.D.

Patrick Schloss, Ph.D.

Professor of Microbiome Research, University of Michigan

Candidate Statement

If I am elected to serve the AAM I will continue to support the ASM and the Academy’s Strategic Plan by several means. Frist, as the Chair of the ASM Journals’ Committee, my election will bring even stronger connections with AAM, which will be especially important as mBio is about to undergo a change in EIC. This connection will also be important to help provide a venue for the AAM to help shape the scope of ASM’s journals and science through their impactful reports. Second, I am committed to supporting and mentoring junior scientists and those who come from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in AAM and microbiology in general. I have demonstrated this commitment as Chair of the Journals Committee and through publishing IDEAA-related commentaries and research articles. Finally, my research is highly interdisciplinary, spanning multiple environments from natural to engineered to host-associated using microbiome research approaches to bioinformatic techniques. This interdisciplinary mindset helps to represent the breadth of microbiology and to think about the complex problems that AAM is interested in addressing. I am captivated by the vision of AAM as the “think tank” of ASM. I believe that I have a strong background to help accomplish the 4 objectives laid out in the AAM’s 2021-2025 strategic plan. 


Paul Turner, Ph.D.

Paul Turner, Ph.D.

Rachel Carson Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University

Candidate Statement

I am highly motivated to assist AAM’s mission in advancing the 4 Goals of the Strategic Plan. In my 7 years as department chair and 1.5 years as interim dean of science, I led efforts to broaden faculty diversity by assuring fair, equitable and unbiased promotion evaluations, and established best practices for improving recruitment, admissions and matriculation of grad student applicants, which should be valuable in advancing IDEAA (Goal 1). Like many microbiologists I have witnessed increased interest in my subfield. Phage-bacteria interactions are historically significant in elucidating fundamentals of biology, but recent interest in phages is exploding alongside better tools to understand their roles in nature and to develop phages as solutions to applied problems. Here I am excited to assist in exploring such new frontiers (Goal 2) particularly through an evolutionary lens. I have benefited from a diverse set of mentors in my career, and I will excitedly engage in AAM efforts to broaden the activities of fellows to serve as mentors for younger scientists, and to be exemplary role models that our community should be proud to emulate (Goal 3). Last, I am additionally keen to help AAM in terms of advancing new policies, and aligning our efforts to conduct rigorous multi-year studies that identify short- and long-term strategies and solutions (Goal 4). In essence, the Academy Strategic Plan is highly consistent with my career experiences and achievements to date, and I hope to valuably participate in advancing these goals if I were elected.  


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Candidates for Academy Governors Representing Division Group 4
Sean Crosson, Ph.D.

Sean Crosson, Ph.D.

Professor, Michigan State University

Candidate Statement

If elected, I will work to advance open science principles to ensure that our all of our community can access the latest research. I will also continue to advocate for publication in our society’s journals, which have presented fundamental microbial science discoveries for over a century. A goal of the AAM is to explore frontiers in microbiology. There are new opportunities for ASM members and AAM fellows to leverage our journals to review and discuss innovative research and present new ideas in microbial science; we should continue to be forward thinking on ways to engage the microbiology research community through our journals. A strategic objective of the AAM is to create a roadmap for fellows to mentor early career microbiologists. As an advisor to undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral trainees, I understand the importance of supportive mentorship in advancing one’s career. ASM conferences, meetings and workshops have provided me with many helpful professional and scholarly connections over the years. ASM currently has formal mentorship programs in place, such as the future leaders mentorship program, which provide a great opportunity for AAM fellows to engage the next generation of microbiologists. As a governor, I will promote increased engagement of the AAM with these and other mentoring programs. 


Gerald L. Hazelbauer, Ph.D.

Gerald L. Hazelbauer, Ph.D.

Curators’ Distinguished Professor and Chair Emeritus , University of Missouri

Candidate Statement

As a member of the AAM Board of Governors, I would utilize my 50 years of experience as a microbiological researcher, academic administrator and scientific society board member to pursue goals identified in the AAM Vision Statement. For instance: The Academy as a think tank. A fundamental theme in my research and administrative careers has been interdisciplinary collaboration. I would bring that orientation to my service on the board of governors, particularly in its role as a think tank. Promote inclusive diversity. As the director of an NIH-funded biotechnology graduate training program involving 6 graduate programs in 4 colleges, I had central responsibility for championing inclusive diversity and cross-disciplinary collaboration in all its aspects. This experience would serve me well in helping to pursue the AAM Strategic Goal to promote inclusive diversity. Elevate the awards program. As an officer in the Protein Society, I was charged with developing the criteria for a newly funded award and was involved assessing the development of new awards, as well as identifying award winners. I would use that experience to assist in pursuing the goals of maintaining the high selection standard for Academy fellowship and particularly in assisting to elevate the awards program. Engage fellows as mentors. As the newly arrived Chair of Biochemistry at Missouri, I established a faculty mentor program for our pre-tenure faculty members that was flexible, relatively informal yet effective. Using that experience, I would contribute to development of a roadmap for fellows to mentor early and mid-career microbiologists. 


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Subcommittee on Elections

Candidates for Academy Subcommittee on Elections Representing Division 1
Richard L. Hodinka, Ph.D.

Richard L. Hodinka, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Candidate Statement

It would be an honor and privilege to serve as a member of the American Academy for Microbiology’s Subcommittee on Elections in support of the mission of ASM and the Academy. If elected, I will do my utmost to appropriately evaluate the qualifications of candidates for advancement to fellow in the Academy and to select scientists who have actively served the microbiology community and whose achievements have contributed significantly to the field. I will strive to identify qualified individuals who will promote the values of the microbial sciences, provide timely and authoritative scientific information and encourage and mentor early and mid-career microbiologists to pursue scientific excellence. During the selection process, I will uphold the values of inclusion, diversity, equity, respect and cultural humility in my review and election recommendations to the Academy Governors. 


Gary W. Procop, M.D., M.S., M.Ed.

Gary W. Procop, M.D., M.S., M.Ed.

CEO/Staff Pathologist , American Board of Pathology / Moffitt Cancer Center

Candidate Statement

It is my intention to bring all of my experience from more than 25 years of practice as a clinical microbiologist and leadership skills from a variety of positions to ASM to assist in any way that I can and to help bring about the fulfillment of the strategic plan of the Academy.  

I accomplish required tasks in a timely, thoughtful and competent manner, and work well with colleagues and staff.  


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Candidates for Academy Subcommittee on Elections Representing Division 2
Nisha Garg, Ph.D.

Nisha Garg, Ph.D.

Professor of Microbiology , University of Texas Medical Branch

Candidate Statement

I have experience and interest in policies that impact global health. Being at an academic institution, I am actively involved in the development of trainees and early-stage faculty investigators and the implementation of programs to increase the visibility and recognition of our faculty. Using my experience, I would like to be involved in advancing the partnership among the academic, private and government sectors to advance the access to STEM at early stages of education and to all segments of the community. As a research integrity officer for several years, I gained first-hand experience in seeing how the careers and trust are destroyed by a lack of scientific integrity in our community. I would like to be involved in promoting the interactions between community, researchers and policy makers. Increased communication will allow a) the scientists to understand the needs in the healthcare system; b) build trust among the involved entities and c) drive the best use of tax dollars for addressing the questions of utmost importance, be it infectious or non-infectious diseases affecting the human health.    


Cammie Lesser, M.D., Ph.D.

Cammie Lesser, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor Medicine (Microbiology), Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Candidate Statement

I would be honored to serve as a member of AAM's Subcommittee on Elections (SOE). Beyond electing fellows based on their excellent scientific pursuits and achievements, it is important to recognize outstanding mentors and educators, paying forward those who have shaped our careers. I am committed to ensuring the election of fellows from diverse backgrounds and those working actively within their institutions and communities to promote inclusive diversity with equitable access. If chosen to serve as a member of the AAM leadership, I would be interested in implementing ways to enhance our ability to attract young, diverse students to the exciting world of microbiology.

During the summer, many of us enjoy mentoring college and high school students, including young women and others from underrepresented groups, who often have minimal background in microbiology. I propose that the ASM establish a series of online seminars and interactive discussions geared toward these students. These talks would provide a platform to educate as well as showcase the ASM community's strength and inclusivity. 


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Candidates for Academy Subcommittee on Elections Representing Division 3
Rodolphe Barrangou, Ph.D.

Rodolphe Barrangou, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor , North Carolina State University

Candidate Statement

As a proud member of the American Academy of Microbiology, I am most keen to serve on the Academy’s Subcommittee on Elections to assess the credentials of nominees to fellowship and examine their credentials with our peers to make election recommendations to the governors. I am familiar with a broad range of microbial sciences (from basic to applied microbiology, across diverse phylogenetic branches), and I look forward to working with a diverse group of microbiologists with various interests and specialties to comprehensively, fairly and openly examine the contributions of nominees, building consensus.  


Anwar Huq, Ph.D

Anwar Huq, Ph.D

Research Professor, University of Maryland

Candidate Statement

ASM is the largest microbiology society in the world, and it is known everywhere in the world. I came to know about ASM in the late 60’s and early 70’s when I was studying microbiology for my undergraduate degree, as ASM journals were frequently cited in all microbiology books. I still remember the day when the first hard copy of an Applied and Environmental Microbiology journal I received in the mail, after becoming a member in 1980. The excitement was similar or maybe greater than the one I had when I received my first copy of National Geographic magazine when I was in the 6th grade. I felt so lucky.   

Since 1980, I have been attending ASM general meetings, except for a few, and I put on my calendar as soon as the date is announced. My personal perspective about ASM broadened as I started traveling to other countries and realized how important ASM had been to them. Attending and presenting at the ASM meeting is a dream for most microbiologists in the world. Then, becoming a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology is perhaps the highest level of recognition a microbiologist can have, which is a dream of the established microbiologists around the world as soon as they become familiar. So, one of my agenda items will be to find ways to make this more familiar to all microbiologists internationally and give the brightest ones an opportunity to be recognized and help them contribute to the Academy. 


Rup Lal, Ph.D.

Rup Lal, Ph.D.

INSA Senior Scientist, Acharya Narendra Dev College, University of Delhi, New Delhi

Candidate Statement

During recent years microbiology has gained much more significance in maintaining human health, protecting our environment and even for global peace (https://doi.org/10.1111/1751-7915.14224). Thus, there is an urgent need to propagate microbial literacy among children and society. If elected, I will do the following, along with the young team of my colleagues:  

  1. Write teaching framework and editorials in microbiology to create awareness of microbiology among children, scientists and society.
  2. Organize outreach programs, workshops and conferences to propagate microbiology in both rural and urban areas of India.
  3. Deliver lectures on microbiology at school and college level and make society microbiology literate. 


Gemma Reguera, Ph.D.

Gemma Reguera, Ph.D.

Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics , Michigan State University

Candidate Statement

I bring to the Academy scholarly excellence in broad areas of applied and environmental microbiology, an extensive record of service to the scientific community and leadership in initiatives needed to improve opportunities and remove access barriers to all members of the microbiology community. These credentials, and a genuine commitment to and successful record leading inclusive practices, are key to achieve the Academy’s Strategic goals to 1) promote inclusive diversity with equity access and accountability (IDEAA) as a role model and leader in the microbial science community, 2) promote excellence in microbial sciences through concrete actions, 3) engage fellows in the role as mentors and educators and 4) deliver long term scientific impacts through the focused scientific portfolio(s). 


Christopher Rensing, Ph.D.

Christopher Rensing, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor , Fujian Agriculture & Forestry University

Candidate Statement

I’m dedicated to promoting and advancing microbial sciences around the world:

I have lived and worked in 3 different continents, Asia, Europe and North America. This helped me to gain insights into different perspectives regarding teaching, doing effective research and fostering a collaborative atmosphere especially for young scientists. 

I have encouraged the next generation of microbiologists and contributed to the resolution of the most pressing global health challenges:

I have mentored numerous postdocs, doctoral students, master students and undergraduates. Many have gone on to successful careers in academia and industry. For example, Yang Zhang is the owner and founder of Wuhan Hongren Biomedicine Co., Ltd., employing more than 500 people. Others have become faculty members at Skidmore College, University of Arkansas, Huazhong Agricultural University and Bundeswehr Hochschule in Germany to name a few.  

I have strived to make the microbial sciences the most diverse field in STEM:

My own experiences as a disabled scientist from a racially diverse family have given me the opportunity to appreciate the necessity for diversity in the workplace. It is my hope that due to my background I will present fresh experiences and viewpoints, while simultaneously promoting broad inclusion of those with experiences different than mine. Therefore, building up trusting and encouraging relationship as a mentor is also vital for future success in microbiology for my students. I believe this is an important steppingstone to decrease bias and inequality in microbial sciences. 


Lisa Y. Stein, Ph.D.

Lisa Y. Stein, Ph.D.

Professor & Canada Research Chair in Climate Change Microbiology , University of Alberta, Canada

Candidate Statement

My plan for serving on the Subcommittee on Elections is to attend and contribute to the required meetings and provide an unbiased evaluation of whether nominees should be considered for election to Academy fellowship as well as communicate recommendations to the Academy Board of Governors. I will uphold the values of the AAM to maintain and promote high standards of excellence in microbial sciences. The selection of high quality AAM fellows is first and foremost towards achieving the goals of the Academy strategic plan. 



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Candidates for Academy Subcommittee on Elections representing Division 4
Shan-Lu Liu, M.D., Ph.D.

Shan-Lu Liu, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor and Program Co-director , The Ohio State University

Candidate Statement

If elected, I will align the vision and plans of ASM’s strategic plan and the needs and goals of our members. First, I will advance research and education by prioritizing initiatives that promote microbiological research and education; this includes supporting grants and scholarships for researchers and students and organizing conferences and workshops to facilitate knowledge exchange. Second, I will advocate the importance of microbiology in various aspects of society, especially public health and global pandemic preparedness, by engaging with policymakers and the public to raise awareness. Third, I will promote collaborations and partnerships by building collaborations with other scientific organizations, universities and industry partners to help ASM achieve its goals more effectively. Fourth, I will work with ASM's leadership to refine and implement the organization's strategic plan, ensuring that goals and objectives are met, and that the society remains adaptable and responsive to emerging challenges in the field. Fifth, I will strength membership engagement by seeking feedback from members, hosting events and creating opportunities for networking and professional development. Sixth, I will promote communication and outreach to ensure that the society maintains strong communication channels with its members, the scientific community and the public; this includes using social media, publications and online platforms to share research findings and relevant news. Last but not least, I will promote inclusivity and diversity by supporting programs that promote underrepresented groups in microbiology and ensure that the ASM's leadership and activities reflect a diverse community. 


Vinayaka R. Prasad, Ph.D.  

Vinayaka R. Prasad, Ph.D.  

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology , Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Candidate Statement

I have 2 goals that are close to my heart and that fall within the mission of AAM. One is to contribute to communicating microbial sciences to the public, the urgency of which has been highlighted by the post-pandemic anti-vaxer/anti-science movements. Two, to enhance diversity in the microbiology community. AAM is already aware of the need for fair representation of women and minorities as leaders and as conference speakers. However, deep-rooted divisions everywhere require fresh perspectives and diverse approaches. Therefore, achieving a meaningful representation requires more work. As a member of SoE, I bring >35 years of experience as a virologist to the table. I bring the values of an immigrant with leadership experience in building research capacity in the developing world (and who is also married to a woman virologist). 

I will continue to contribute to diversity in the microbiology community through my current work. As one of the founding editors of mBio, and as mBio minireviews editor, I choose diverse sets of individuals to serve as reviewers. As PI of a 29-years old institutional HIV T32 training grant and as the developmental core director of a center for AIDS research for 17 years, I am charged with promoting diversity among trainees and ESIs. Furthermore, 6 of 11 Ph.D. students mentored by me are members of underrepresented minorities and 5 are women. If elected as a SoE member, I can be able to work towards these goals in the AAM. 


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