Announcing the 2020 ASM Award Winners

May 4, 2020

Washington, DC - May 4, 2020 - The 2020 American Society for Microbiology awards in research, education, and leadership have now been announced. ASM would like to congratulate all award winners for their achievements. The American Academy of Microbiology is the honorific leadership group within the ASM, the world's oldest and largest life science organization. The mission of the Academy is to recognize scientists for outstanding contributions to microbiology and provide microbiological expertise in the service of science and the public. ASM appreciates the support of our Corporate Council, who sponsored these awards in part.


ASM Alice C. Evans Award for Advancement of Women
Caitilyn Allen, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Recognizes outstanding contributions toward the full participation and advancement of women in the microbial sciences. This award is given in memory of Alice C. Evans, the first woman to be elected ASM President (elected in 1928).


ASM Award for Applied and Biotechnological Research
Eleftherios (Terry) Papoutsakis, Ph.D.
University of Delaware
Reccognizes an outstanding scientist with distinguished research achievements in the development of products, processes and technologies that have advanced the microbial sciences.
ASM Award for Basic Research
Lora Hooper, Ph.D.
UT Southwestern

Recognizes an outstanding scientist whose discoveries have been fundamental to advancing our understanding of the microbial world.
ASM Award for Early Career Applied and Biotechnological Research
Michelle O'Malley, Ph.D.
University of California, Santa Barbara

Recognizes an early career investigator with distinguished research achievements in the development of products, processes and technologies that have advanced the microbial sciences.
ASM Award for Early Career Basic Research
Philip Kranzusch, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Recognizes an early career investigator with distinguished basic research achievements in the microbial sciences.
ASM Award for Early Career Environmental Research
Amy Apprill, Ph.D.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Recognizes an early career investigator with distinguished research achievements that have improved our understanding of microbes in the environment, including aquatic, terrestrial and atmospheric settings.
ASM Award for Education
Edith Porter, M.D.
California State University, Los Angeles

Recognizes general excellence in microbiology education. Education is broadly defined and meant to include any and all activities that inform and motivate students about the discipline of Microbiology.
ASM Award for Environmental Research
Ronald Oremland, Ph.D.
U.S. Geological Survey

Recognizes an outstanding scientist with distinguished research achievements that have improved our understanding of microbes in the environment, including aquatic, terrestrial and atmospheric settings.
ASM Award for Research and Leadership in Clinical Microbiology
Carey-Ann Burnham, Ph.D.
Washington University, St. Louis

Recognizes an outstanding scientist/clinical microbiologist with distinguished research achievements, and a record of innovation and advancement of the Clinical Microbiology profession.  This award represents the merging of the BD Research and Sonnenwirth Awards given annually since 1978 and 1986, respectively.
ASM Award for Service
Christina Kellogg, Ph.D.
U.S. Geological Survey

Recognizes outstanding contributions through service to the microbiological community.
ASM Carski Award
David Westenberg, Ph.D.
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Recognizes an educator for outstanding teaching of microbiology to undergraduate students and for encouraging them to subsequent achievement.
ASM D.C. White Award
Richard Lenski, Ph.D.
Michigan State University

Recognizes distinguished accomplishments in interdisciplinary research and mentoring in microbiology. This award honors D.C. White, who was known for his interdisciplinary scientific approach and for being a dedicated and inspiring mentor.
ASM Lifetime Achievement Award
Mary Estes, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine

ASM's premier award for sustained contributions to the microbiological sciences.
ASM Moselio Schaecter Award in Recognition of a Developing-Country Microbiologist
Armen Trchounian, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Yereven State University, Armenia

This award, named in honor of Professor Moselio Schaechter, former ASM President, recognizes a scientist who has shown exemplary leadership and commitment towards the substantial furthering of the profession of microbiology in research, education or technology in the developing world.
ASM Scherago-Rubin Award for Clinical Microbiology
Violeta Rekasius, B.S., M.T. (ASCAP)
Loyola University Medical Center

Recognizes an outstanding bench-level clinical microbiologist involved in routine diagnostic work that has distinguished her- or himself by excellent performance.  The award was established by the late Sally Jo Rubin, an active member of ASM's Clinical Microbiology Division, in honor of her grandfather, Professor Morris Scherago.
ASM William A. Hinton Award for Advancement of a Diverse Community of Microbiologists
Gladys Alexandre, Ph.D.
University of Tennessee

Recognizes outstanding contributions toward fostering the research training of minorities and in increasing diversity in microbiology. It is given in memory of William A. Hinton, a physician-research scientist, and one of the first African-Americans to join the ASM.