Clinical and Public Health Microbiology Mentors
Contact one of the clinical microbiologists for clinical or public health microbiology career advice:
Professor of Pathology and Medical Director of Clinical Microbiology , University of Maryland School of Medicine
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.
Staff Pathologist and Medical Director: Microbiology/Chemistry/Support Services, VA Portland Health Care System
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.
Chief, Microbial Diseases Laboratory Program, California Department of Public Health
Zenda Berrada, Ph.D., D(ABMM), is a member of the Clinical Microbiology Mentoring Subcommittee and her runs through 2025. Her complete biography will be posted on this page soon.
Manager, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, Houston Methodist Hospital
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.
Director of Public Health Laboratories, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
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.
Clinical Assistant Professor and Director, Medical Laboratory Science Program, University of Rhode Island
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.
Departmental Fellow in Clinical Microbiology, University of Rochester School of Medicine
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.
Medical Laboratory Scientist, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
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.
Microbiology Chief Technologist, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
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.
Microbiology Technical Director, Allina Health System
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.