Chairs

Denise M. Akob, Ph.D.

Chair

Heidi B. Kaplan, Ph.D.

Vice Chair

Ex Officio Members

Colleen Kraft, M.D., M.S.

Past President

Virginia L. Miller, Ph.D.

President

Theresa M. Koehler, Ph.D.

President-Elect

Robin Patel, M.D.

Secretary

Victor DiRita, Ph.D.

Treasurer

Stefano Bertuzzi, Ph.D., MPH

CEO, ASM

Vanessa Sperandio, Ph.D.

Governors Chair, American Academy of Microbiology

At-Large Councilors

Vaughn Cooper, Ph.D.

('26), COMS-Elected Board Director

Vincent Young, M.D., Ph.D.

('26), COMS-Elected Board Director

Lindsey Price Burbank, Ph.D.

('26)

Paul Brown, Ph.D.

('25)

Brian Conlon, Ph.D.

('26)

Amy Mathers, M.D., D(ABMM)

('26)

Shannon McQuaig Ulrich, Ph.D.

('26)

Michelle Dziejman, Ph.D.

('25)

Patricia Simner, Ph.D., D(ABMM)

('24), Early Career

Diana L. Vullo, Ph.D.

('24), International

Diana Elizabeth Waturangi, Ph.D.

('24), International

Maria Mercedes Zambrano, Ph.D.

('25)

Program Committee Chairs

Renée M. Tsolis, Ph.D.

('25), ASM Press

Linoj Samuel, Ph.D., D(ABMM)

('26), Clinical and Public Health Microbiology

Tara C. Smith, Ph.D.

('25), Communications

Shelley M. Payne, Ph.D., AAM

('25), Education

Patrick Schloss, Ph.D.

('26), Journals

Yvette S. McCarter, Ph.D., D(ABMM)

('26), Meetings Strategy

Peggy Cotter, Ph.D.

('26), Membership

Stacey Schultz-Cherry, Ph.D.

('25), Public and Scientific Affairs

Branch Councilors

Devin M. Drown, Ph.D.

Alaska ('25)

Jeffrey (Jeff) Newman, Ph.D.

Allegheny ('25)

Shazia Tabassum Hakim, Ph.D., SCCM(MLS)

Arizona/South Nevada ('24)

Lisa A. Cuchara, Ph.D.

Connecticut Valley ('24)

Kimberlee Musser, Ph.D.

Eastern New York ('26)

Joseph P. Zackular, Ph.D.

Eastern Pennsylvania ('24)

Terri Ellis, Ph.D.

Florida ('26)

Michael Lieberman, Ph.D.

Hawaii ('25)

Nicholas Moore, Ph.D., D(ABMM), MLS(ASCP)

Illinois ('26)

Becky Sparks-Thissen

Indiana ('25)

Todd Kelson, Ph.D.

Intermountain ('26)

Ryan Doster, M.D., Ph.D.

Kentucky-Tennessee ('24)

Silvia Pineiro

Maryland ('24)

Laura K. Harris, Ph.D.

Michigan ('25)

Melanie Mormile, Ph.D.

Missouri (’25)

Travis Bourret

Missouri Valley ('26)

Wendy Szymczak, Ph.D., D(ABMM), MLS(ASCP)

New York City ('26)

Erin Field, Ph.D.

North Carolina ('24)

Torey Looft, Ph.D.

North Central ('26)

Roger S. Greenwell Jr., Ph.D.

Northeast ('25)

Hamida Nusrat, Ph.D., P.H.M.(CDPH), S.M. (ASCP)CM

Northern California ('24)

Molly Matty, Ph.D.

Northwest ('26)

Jennifer Bennett, Ph.D.

Ohio ('26)

Jose Perez Jimenez

Puerto Rico ('24)

Jorge Cervantes, M.D., Ph.D.

Rio Grande ('25)

Dan Wall, Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain ('24)

Jennifer T. Grier, Ph.D.

South Carolina ('25)

Monica Cartelle Gestal, Ph.D.

South Central ('24)

Tanya Sysoeva, Ph.D.

Southeastern ('26)

Zaffar Hussain

Southern California ('26)

Heidi B. Kaplan, Ph.D.

Texas ('24)

Jeffrey M. Boyd, Ph.D.

Theobald Smith Society, NJ ('24)

Brian D. Badgley, Ph.D.

Virginia ('25)

Benjamin M. Liu, BMBS, Ph.D.

Washington, D.C. ('24)

Elaine Haase, Ph.D.

Western New York ('25)

Division Councilors

Maria Fernanda Mojica

Division A. Antimicrobial Chemotherapy ('24)

Paula Watnick, M.D. Ph.D.

Division B. Microbial Pathogens ('24)

Gregory J. Berry, Ph.D., D(ABMM)

Division C. Clinical Microbiology ('26)

K. Heran Darwin, Ph.D.

Division D. Microbe-Host Interactions ('25)

Sunny Shin

Division E. Immunology ('26)

Paul Fidel

Division F. Medical Mycology ('25)

Thirumalai R. Kannan, Ph.D.

Division G. Mycoplasmology ('25)

Gisela Storz, Ph.D.

Division H. Genetics and Molecular Biology ('24)

Kyle MacLea, Ph.D.

Division I. General Microbiology ('25)

Prahathees Eswara, M.S., Ph.D.

Division J. Cell and Structural Biology ('26)

Cecilia Martinez-Gomez

Division K. Microbial Physiology and Metabolism ('24)

Belinda Ostrowsky, M.D.

Division L. Healthcare Epidemiology ('26)

Asma Hatoum-Aslan, Ph.D.

Division M. Bacteriophage ('25)

Rachel Poretsky, Ph.D.

Division N. Microbial Ecology ('25)

Victor C. Ujor, Ph.D.

Division O. Fermentation and Biotechnology ('25)

Edward G. Dudley, Ph.D.

Division P. Food Microbiology ('26)

Joshua A. Steele, Ph.D.

Division Q. Environmental and General Applied Microbiology ('25)

Vaughn Cooper, Ph.D.

Division R. Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology ('24)

Blossom Damania, Ph.D.

Division S. DNA Viruses ('26)

Nancy Haigwood, Ph.D.

Division T. RNA Viruses ('26)

Sloan Siegrist, Ph.D.

Division U. Mycobacteriology ('24)

Yun F (Wayne) Wang, Ph.D.

Division V. Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology ('26)

Jennifer Herzog, M.S.

Division W. Microbiology Education ('24)

Edwin Kamau, Ph.D.

Division X. Molecular, Cellular and General Biology of Eukaryotes ('26)

Anthony (Tony) Tran, Dr.PH., M.P.H., D(ABMM), MT(ASCP)

Division Y. Public Health ('25)

Indira Kudva, Ph.D.

Division Z. Animal Health Microbiology ('26)

Zhicheng Dou

Division AA. Free-Living, Symbiotic and Parasitic Protists ('26)

Division Interdisciplinary Councilors

Mark A. Fisher, Ph.D., D(ABMM)

('25)

Peter Girguis, Ph.D.

('25)

Birthe Kjellerup, Ph.D.

('25)

Eric S. Miller, Ph.D.

('25)

Andrea Prinzi, Ph.D., MPH, SM(ASCP)

('25)

Elizabeth A. Shank, Ph.D.

('25)

Braden Tierney, Ph.D.

('25)

Mark Willcox, Ph.D.

('25)