Social Media Coverage of ASM Microbe 2019

June 25, 2019

MicrobeSummary1-6-25-19.pngWere you in San Francisco at ASM Microbe but couldn’t attend every talk you’d hoped? Were you feeling #ASMicrobeFOMO watching your social media feeds during #ASMicrobe
We’ve collected some of the social media coverage from the meeting – revisit your favorite events or see what you missed!

Opening Session

The Global IDseq Portal: A Genomic Platform for Infectious Disease Investigation
Joe DiRisi
Electron Cryotomography Contributes to our Understanding of Bacterial Interactions with Their Environment
Ariane Briegel
Innovation by Evolution: Bringing New Chemistry to Life
Frances Arnold
Frances Arnold speaking at the Opening Session at ASM Microbe 2019

What’s New in TB and Malaria Vaccines? 

RTS, S, and Beyond: New Malaria Candidate Vaccines in the Pipeline
Kirsten Lyke
Roadblocks and Progress in Developing New and Effective TB Vaccines
Hazel Dockrell

One Health Solutions for Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance

Moderators: Victor DiRita (@VictorDiRita) and Katie Flanagan
Use of Medically Important Antimicrobials in Food-Producing Animals: The Need for World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines
Scott McEwen
Livestock and AMR: What is Being Done to Reduce the Spread?
Shannon Manning
Enablers and Barriers to Antimicrobial Stewardship in Veterinary Practice
Jeff Bender
Tackling Global Water Supplies to Reduce the Spread of AMR
Amy Kirby

Microbiology Myths 

Hosts: Ada Hagan (@adahagan) and Michael Schmidt (@TWiMSchmidt)
Ada Hagan and Michael Schmidt use scientific studies to separate fact from fiction regarding a range of microbiology-related myths. Short video here, watch for the full video coming soon on
Michael Schmidt and Ada Hagan separate microbial myth from fact during ASM Microbe 2019.

Advocating for Better Diagnostic Testing in the United States 

Panel Discussion summary thread
Moderators: Melissa Miller (@melmillerphd) and Romney Humphries (@romneyinla)
Amanda Levy Brekenridge
Peter Kyriacopoulos (@kyriacopoulos)
Chris Doern (@RVAgRAMStain)

Epidemiology and Management of Multidrug-resistant Candida Species 

Candida auris – Epidemiology, Clinical Features, and Management
Anuradha Chowdhary
Diagnosis and Treatment of Multidrug-resistant Candida Species
Maiken Arendrup

Microbiology Researchers at the Front Lines of Infection Outbreaks

Panel discussion summary thread
Moderator: Christopher Woods
Christian Happi (@christian_happi)
George F. Gao
Jennifer Gardy (@jennifergardy)
Scott Teesdale (@ScottTees)

The UpGoer Five Thing: Simple Words for Tiny-life Studies

Tweets about the session

Once again, the people at the tiny-life get-together talked about their work using only the ten hundred most often-used words. One was even a song! It was fun, it was funny, and we hope to see this part continue to grow in coming years. 

Infectious Disease Diagnostics in 2019

Literature Review
Lars Westblade

President’s Forum: A Conversation between Scientists

Conversation summary thread 

Moderator: Vincent Racaniello
Carl Nathan
Daniel Portnoy
Victoria McGovern (@BWFPATH)
Vincent Racaniello speaks with (L to R) Carl Nathan, Daniel Portnoy, and Victoria McGovern at the President's Forum during ASM Microbe 2019


Stuck on You: Mucin-Microbe Interplay in Health and Disease 

Moderators: Ryan Hunter (@Hunter_Lab) and Robert Quinn (@Quinn_Labs)
Mucin-glycan Attenuation of Microbial Virulence
Katharina Ribbeck
Anaerobic Mucin Degradation as a Bacterial Phenotype Associated with Chronic Rhinosinusitis Pathogenesis
Sarah Lucas
Fortifying the Intestinal Mucus Layer Using Commensal Microbes
Melinda Engevik
Host ST6Gal-1 Expression Alters the Neonatal Gut Microbiome to Suppress Local and Systemic IL-17 Responses
Eric Irons
Bacteriophages and Mucosal Immunity
Jeremy Barr
Influenza A Virus Surface Proteins are Organized to Help Penetrate Host Mucus
Michael Vahey

Global Elimination of Infectious Disease 

Thread summary of all presenters
Moderators: Carmen Charlton and Estee Torok (@EsteeTorok)
Global Elimination of Infectious Diseases: A Historical Perspective
Jon K. Andrus
Global Elimination of Malaria
Nicholas Day
Global Elimination of TB
Ibrahim Abubakar

This Week in Microbiology: Live Taping 

Vincent Racaniello, joined by Michael Schmidt and Michele Swanson (@umichMichele), speak with Susanna Harris (@SusannaLHarris) about issues surrounding mental health and graduate education.
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Susanna Harris (L) is interviewed by (L to R) Michele Swanson, Michael Schmidt, and Vincent Racaniello during a live TWiM taping at ASM Microbe 2019.


New Issues in Flu

Influenza Diagnosis and Genetic Drift
Kathleen Stellrecht
Universal Influenza Vaccine
Lynda Coughlan

Molecular Insights from Experimental Evolution 

Moderators: Michael Baym (@Baym) and Celia Payen (@PayenCelia)
De novo Emergence of Adaptive Membrane Proteins from Thymine-Rich Intergenic Sequences
Anne-Ruxandra Carvunis
A Biophysical Trade-Off Governs Adsorption to Host Receptors in Bacteriophage Lambda
Joshua Borin
Using Experiments in the Lab to Understand Influenza Virus Evolution in Nature
Jesse Bloom
Progressive Adaptation of the Thermophillic Ammonia-Oxidizing Archaeon Nitrosocaldus yellowstonensis to Laboratory Culture Conditions
Elizabeth Winters
Viral Host-Range Evolution and Evolvability Facilitated by Receptor Binding Protein Bistability
Justin Mayer

Adapting to Your Neighbors

Moderators: Jennifer Martiny and Kevin Hockett
The Role of Bacteriocin-mediated Antagonistic Interactions between Bacteria and Plant Host Colonization
Kevin Hockett
Bacterial-Bacteriophage Coevolution in the Human Gut
Pauline Scanlan
Bacterial Partner Acts as toxin Sponge to Protect Environmental Fungus
Kurt Dahlstrom
Non-responder Phenotype Reveals Microbiome-wide Antibiotic Tolerance in the Murine Gut
Sean Gibbons

Metabolic Engineering and Biocatalysis

Thread summary of all talks
Moderator: Subba Rao Chaganti
Environmental Stress on Phenotype Plasticity: Is it Good or Bad or Worst for Natural and Engineered Ecosystems
ASM Award for Early Career Environmental Research Award Lecture
Subba Rao Chaganti
Multiomics Analysis of the Response to Oxygen in Zymomonas mobilis Reveals Engineering Strategies to Increase Isoprenoid Production
Julia Martien
Engineering Robust Microbial Cell Factories
Laura Jarboe
Pathfinding and Visualization of Diverse Biosynthetic Pathways Using Precomputed Pathway Tables between Metabolic Hub Compounds
Matthew I. Peña
Microbial Biocatalysis Development for Production of Fuels and Chemicals
ASM Award for Applied and Biotechnological Research Award Lecture
Keelnatham Shanmugam
Effects of Salt Perturbation on a Defined Dehalococcoides mccartyi-containing Dechlorination Consortium
Mohan Sun
We hope to see you next year at ASM Microbe 2020 in Chicago, IL!

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.