Clinical and Public Health Microbiology Mentors

Oct. 25, 2021

Contact one of the clinical microbiologists for clinical or public health microbiology career advice:

J. Kristie Johnson, Ph.D., D(ABMM)

J. Kristie Johnson, Ph.D., D(ABMM)

Professor of Pathology and Medical Director of Clinical Microbiology , University of Maryland School of Medicine

Personal Statement

J. Kristie Johnson, Ph.D., D(ABMM), M(ASCP), is currently the medical director of microbiology for the University of Maryland Medical Center in downtown Baltimore. Johnson has a passion for microbiology that spans the greater part of 2 decades. She would like to expound her knowledge and presence through mentorship spanning the microbiology spectrum, from high school students, undergraduates, to medical laboratory scientists and Ph.D./M.D. laboratory directors. Her goal is to inform others about the field of clinical microbiology and to help others progress and succeed in the field.


La'Tonzia L. Adams, M.D., M.S., FASCP, FCAP, CLT

La'Tonzia L. Adams, M.D., M.S., FASCP, FCAP, CLT

Staff Pathologist and Medical Director: Microbiology/Chemistry/Support Services, VA Portland Health Care System

Personal Statement

La'Tonzia L. Adams, M.D., M.S., FASCP, FCAP, CLT prides herself as being one of those pathologists who has decided to step from behind the microscope and out of the laboratory. It has been her goal to bring awareness and understanding of what the laboratory’s actual role is through interdepartmental talks/in-services, serving on facility-wide committees and using clinical consultations as educational opportunities. In addition, she believes that there needs to be more exposure to clinical laboratory sciences. Adams speaks at various elementary schools, high schools and colleges in the community on the field of pathology and clinical laboratory sciences.

In her spare time, Adams enjoys playing the piano and bringing advocacy and awareness to Lipedema and other subcutaneous adipose tissue diseases.


Patricia Cernoch, MT(ASCP)SM, SV

Patricia Cernoch, MT(ASCP)SM, SV

Manager, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, Houston Methodist Hospital

Personal Statement

Pat Cernoch's term as a member of the Clinical Microbiology Mentoring Subcommittee runs through 2023. Her complete biography will be posted on this page soon.


Nicole M. Green, Ph.D., D(ABMM), PHM, M(ASCP)CM

Nicole M. Green, Ph.D., D(ABMM), PHM, M(ASCP)CM

Director of Public Health Laboratories, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Personal Statement

Nicole M. Green, Ph.D., D(ABMM), PHM, M(ASCP)CM loves chihuahuas, cooking and collecting old postcards. She is passionate about training new microbiologists and teaching others about public health and clinical microbiology.
 


Neil Greene, Ph.D.

Neil Greene, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor and Director, Medical Laboratory Science Program, University of Rhode Island

Personal Statement

Neil Greene, Ph.D. enjoys sharing his passion for clinical microbiology with others and strives to increase awareness of the medical laboratory science profession. When he isn't teaching, Greene likes to explore the outdoors, cook and watch movies.


Mondraya Howard, Ph.D.

Mondraya Howard, Ph.D.

Departmental Fellow in Clinical Microbiology, University of Rochester School of Medicine

Personal Statement

Mondraya Howard, Ph.D. conducts applied research, strengthened by the collaboration between the laboratory and healthcare professionals, to improve patient diagnostic testing. She seeks to foster an environment that supports professional development and career advancement of bench-level scientists. Howard is also passionate about exposing the public to public health and clinical laboratory sciences through outreach and educational opportunities. In her spare time she enjoys reading (sci-fi and fantasy), knitting and going on walks. 


Ester Knobloch, MLS(ASCP)CM

Ester Knobloch, MLS(ASCP)CM

Microbiology Supervisor, Infection Preventionist, Newman Regional Health, Emporia, KS

Personal Statement

Ester Knobloch, MLS(ASCP)CM  has a heart for bench-level clinical microbiologists serving patients in rural America and wants to help them grow in the profession. Knobloch enjoys hiking and kayaking in National Parks.


Perceus Mody, MLS(ASCP)CM

Perceus Mody, MLS(ASCP)CM

Medical Laboratory Scientist, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Personal Statement

Perceus Mody, MLS(ASCP)CM is passionate about furthering fellow clinical microbiologists’ careers, finding the right fit for them and raising awareness about the field. Mody believes the diverse field of clinical microbiology has a lot to offer to young scientific minds graduating from college with an undergraduate, master’s or Ph.D. degree.

Mody likes reading books (recommends Germ Theory by Robert Gaynes) and listening to ASM podcasts, while driving to work and playing soccer. 


Debra Myers, M.S.

Debra Myers, M.S.

Microbiology Chief Technologist, Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Personal Statement

Debra Myers, M.S. would like to give others exposure to what is going on in the world of clinical microbiology outside of their own laboratories. Participating in ASM activities (meetings, webinars and listservs) will enable microbiologists to connect with leaders in the field and develop a network of peers.
Myers plays tennis and golf.

She also enjoys ski and beach vacations.


Phyu M. Thwe, Ph.D., D(ABMM), MLS (ASCP)CM

Phyu M. Thwe, Ph.D., D(ABMM), MLS (ASCP)CM

Microbiology Technical Director, Allina Health System

Personal Statement

Phyu M. Thwe, Ph.D., D(ABMM), MLS (ASCP)CM loves teaching young microbiologists, pathology and infectious disease residents. She regularly writes case studies with trainees and young microbiologists for ASCP Labmedicine blog to provide continuing education. Thwe’s also passionate in raising awareness about the field. Thwe loves hanging out with her birdies and kitties, kayaking, hiking, biking and volunteering at bird shelters.