Scientific Highlights of ASM Microbe 2018

June 13, 2018

We’ve compared ASM Microbe to Las Vegas and a multistage concert, in part because there are so many amazing scientific sessions occurring simultaneously that attendees must prioritize the sessions in their schedule. We’ve aggregated some of the best social media summaries of scientific presentations from the 2018 Microbe sessions.

A live presentation of the highlights will be held online in the June 18th Microbial Minutes YouTube session. The session will be archived online if you aren’t able to attend the live presentation.

Microbial Minutes: Microbiology Stories from ASM Microbe

Monday June 18th

12:15p.m. EST

Each link below will lead you to a Twitter feed that summarizes main points made by the speaker. Unfortunately, we can’t capture each presentation but we’ve collected a large number from the dozens of talks given over the five-day event.

Thursday June 7 2018

ASM Microbe Opening Session

Sharon Peacock: A Topsy-Turvy World Where Pathogen Sequencing Leads Infection Control

Beronda Montgomery: Seeing the Light and Shaping Up:

Microbe-Prakash-6-13-18.pngManu Prakash described how scientific discoveries and communication can use his inexpensive Foldscope microscope. Source

Color Vision and Developmental Acclimation in Cyanobacteria

Manu Prakash: Magnifying Curiosity


Friday June 8 2018

Meet the Experts: Strategies to Promote Student and Faculty Success at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs)

Aimee Hollander: Creating Faculty and Student Success Initiatives at a PUI

Microbe-Thomas-6-13-18.pngMisty Thomas discussed how to find room for student research in a busy teaching schedule.

Misty Thomas: Strategies for Overcoming Challenges in Teaching and Research at a PUI 

Morning Plenary: Bowels to Behavior: The Gut-Brain Axis

Melissa Ellermann: Endocannabinoid Modulation of Host-Pathogen Interactions

John Rawls: Nutritional and Microbial Reguation of Enteroendocrine Cell Activity

James Versalovic: Microbial Amino Acid Metabolism and Gut-Brain Signaling

Steven Blanke: Extending the Gut-Brain Axis:  Unexpected Consequences of Chronic Gastric Infection with Helicobacter pylori


Saturday June 9 2018

Meet the Experts: Spatial Dynamics of Microbial Ecology and Evolution 

William Ratcliff: An Overview of Spatial Dynamics of Microbial Ecology and Evolution

Session: New and Emerging Pathogens from Bushmeat

Joram Buza: Select Agents Detected in Bushmeat Sold in Communities around the Ruaha, Selous, and Serengeti Ecosystems in Tanzania

Robab Katani: Global Health Risks Associated with Bushmeat Consumption in Tanzania

Rudovick Kazwala: Zoonotic Disease Risks Associated with Bushmeat Handling and Consumption Practices in Ruaha Ecosystem, Tanzania

Ernest Eblate: Investigation of Bacillus anthracis Outbreaks in Humans, Wildlife, and Livestock in Tanzania

Niranjana Sahoo: PCR-Based Identification of Bacterial Pathogens from Elephant Carcasses in Odisha, India: A Wakeup Call

Andrea Olvera-Ramierez: Occurrence ofSalmonella spp. In Urban Wildlife in Central Mexico


Microbe-Schuchat-6-13-18.pngCDC Deputy Director Anne Schuchat gave a keynote address that highlighted the importance of global solutions to global health problems.

ASM Microbe Keynote Address

Anne Schuchat: Keynote Address


Sunday June 10 2018

Meet-the-Experts: Creative Effective Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs in and out of Hospitals

Lauri Hicks: National Approaches to Antimicrobial Stewardship

Kirsty Buising: Antimicrobial Stewardship in Non-Hospital Settings

Morning Plenary: Change is in the Air: Climate, Microbes, and Disease

Rebecca Vega Thurber: Marine Microbiome Dysbiosis and the Age of Climate Change

Aimee Classen: From Mountains to Microbes: Exploring Microbes in a Global Change Framework

Christine Foreman: Microbes, Carbon, and Climate: Exploring the Impacts of a Changing Cryosphere

Virginia Pitzer: Microbial Forecasting: How do We Predict the Impacts of Climate Change in Infectious Diseases? 

Morning Plenary: Magic Bullets and Personalized Antimicrobials

Timothy Walker: Predicting M. tuberculosis Susceptibility: How Good is Whole Genome Sequencing?

Benjamin Chang: Therapeutic Application of Phage OMK01 in Two Cases of Antimicrobial Resistant P. aeruginosa

Libusha Kelly: You, Me, and a Handful of Blueberries: Predicting Individual Gut Metabolism of Food and Drugs

Alison Laufer Halpin: Making Resistance Futile: Investing in our Future by Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance

Morning Plenary: Ancient Infectious Diseases: Neglected Pathogens from Antiquity to Modern Times

Didier Raoult: Paleomicrobiology: Human Infections of Antiquity

Caitlin Pepperell: Evolution of Mycobacterium tuberculosis 

Anthony Capra: Phenotypic Legacy of Admixture between Modern Humans and Neanderthals

President’s Forum

Stefano Bertuzzi: ASM Update

Microbe-Reguera-6-13-18.pngGemma Reguera explained how her basic research questions had yielded new applications and new entrepreneurship opportunities for her trainees.

Gemma Reguera: Microbes to Power!

Jeff Miller: Accelerated Evolution by Diversity-Generating Retroelements


Monday June 11 2018

Meet-the-Experts: Ethical Issues in Laboratory Medicine

Ann Gronowski: Ethical Issues in Laboratory Medicine

Morning Plenary: Precision Microbiology 

Eran Elinav: The Therapeutic Potential of the Microbiome

Vincent Isabella: Therapeutic Programming of Synthetic Biotic Medicines

Chase Beisel: CRISPR-Based Antimicrobials

Patricia Simner: Metagenomic Approaches to Clinical Diagnostics 

Morning Plenary: One Health Approaches to Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Sheng-Yang He: Molecular Biology of Plant-Pathogen Interactions

Thomas Riley: Food, Animal, and Environmental Sources of Clostridium difficileInfection 

James Tiedje: Antimicrobial Resistance in the Environment

Morning Plenary: Global Challenges in Infectious Disease 

Christin Benn: The Global Challenge of Non-Targeted (Non-Specific) Effects of Vaccines on Morbidity and All-Cause Mortality: Looking toward the Future

Paula Fernandes: Capacity Building for Infectious Diseases Laboratories in Resource Poor Settings 

Vivek Kapur: Solutions to Bovine TB in Developing Countries

Session: Growing Your Data and Reaching More Students through Course-Based Research Experiences

Miriam Segura-Totten: Bringing Research into the Classroom: Benefits, Challenges, and Best Practices 

Sara Brownell: Balancing Pedagogical and Research Goals in the Context of a Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience

Brian Sato: Bringing the Lab into the Classroom through Authentic Research and Primary Literature

Microbe-Martin-6-13-18.pngMark Martin passed out microbial stickers, which he uses to foster excitement and enthusiasm in his students.

Mark Martin: Teaching Students to See through Microbial Eyes


POM Hub session: Science Communication A to T (Abstracts to Tweets)

Julie Wolf

ASM Studio Session: Global Challenges in Infectious Diseases

Amy Kullas, Len Peruski, Michele Parsons, Amanda MacDonald, and Chris Woods


Did we miss your favorite session? Share your highlights, or add links to other live-tweeted scientific sessions, in the comment section below! 

What do you want to see more of (or less of) at ASM Microbe 2019? Tell us what sessions you hope to see at ASM Microbe 2019 in San Fracisco, Ca.!

Author: Julie Wolf

Julie Wolf
Dr. Julie Wolf is in science communications at Indie Bio, and was a former ASM employee. Follow Julie on Twitter for more ASM and microbiology highlights at @JulieMarieWolf.