Katherine Lontok


Dr. Katherine Lontok joined the American Society for Microbiology as the Public Outreach Manager in January 2016. At ASM, she works to bring the microbial sciences to adult and youth audiences, as well as enable ASM members to effectively engage in their own public outreach.

Latest from Katherine Lontok

Top 5 Agar Art Tips

  • Sept. 10, 2019
Our top tips to create contest-winning agar art? 5) Get creative with materials. 4) Look at what others have submitted to the contest. 3) Leave time for the unexpected. And more!

Inspiring High School Students' Creativity and Design Thinking with Agar Art

  • Aug. 28, 2019
Danek and Sweeney’s high-school microbiology unit culminates in a creative and unusual final project. Students have to design a living piece of “agar art” showcasing what they’ve learned.

Make Your Best Impression: What Not To Do when Applying for a Job

  • Nov. 1, 2017
We provide tips on what not to do when applying and interviewing for jobs.

Public Outreach in Science: The What, Why, and How

  • Feb. 14, 2017
A summary of how to do science outreach on your own and advice to get into the profession.

A Petri Dish is Worth 1000 Words: The Lasting Impact of ASM’s Agar Art Contest

Images used from ASM’s Agar Art contest in various publications amplify the impact of the contest and the message that microbes are beautiful.