ASM Announces New President-Elect and Leadership

Dec. 8, 2020

Washington, DC – December 8, 2020 – A new President-Elect, 2 members of the ASM Board of Directors and 3 members of the Council on Microbial Sciences have been elected to ASM leadership. Terms of all new members of ASM’s leadership will begin on July 1, 2021. 

Colleen Kraft
Colleen Kraft
Medical Director, Microbiology
Emory Medical Laboratories at Emory Healthcare

Board of Directors:
The ASM Board of Directors provides strategic direction to the society. It brings ASM’s mission to life and handles all legal, financial and governance matters.

Ron Xavier
At-Large, International:     
Ron Xavier (3-year term)
Ministry for Primary Industries

Kara Levinson
At-Large, Early Career:    
Kara Levinson (3-year term)
Deputy Director
Tennessee State Public Health Laboratory

Council on Microbial Sciences:
ASM’s Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS) is a new, dynamic governance structure representing the entire Society as we promote and advance the microbial sciences. It is the key connection between ASM’s members and ASM’s leaders.

Diana Vullo
At-Large, International:    
Diana Vullo (3-year term)
Professor, Environmental Biotechnology
Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento

Diana Waturangi
At-Large, International:    
Diana Waturangi (3-year term)
Professor, Microbiology
Faculty of Biotechnology Atma Jaya Catholic University, Indonesia         

Trish Simner
At-Large, Early Career:    
Trish Simner (3-year term)
Associate Professor, Pathology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, composed of more than 30,000 scientists and health professionals. ASM's mission is to promote and advance the microbial sciences.
ASM advances the microbial sciences through conferences, publications, certifications and educational opportunities. It enhances laboratory capacity around the globe through training and resources. It provides a network for scientists in academia, industry and clinical settings. Additionally, ASM promotes a deeper understanding of the microbial sciences to diverse audiences.

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