New President and Leadership to Begin Their Terms

June 23, 2022

Washington, D.C. – June 23, 2022 – The American Society for Microbiology welcomes a new president,  president-elect and new members of the Board of Directors  and the  Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS), who begin serving their leadership terms  on  July 1, 2022. 


Colleen Kraft, ASM President
Colleen Kraft,  an associate professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Emory University Hospital,  will begin her term as ASM’s 2022-2023 President on July 1. 


Virginia Miller
Virginia Miller, a professor of Genetics and of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will serve as the President-Elect of the Board of Directors (BoD). She will start her term as president in July 2023. 


Joanna Goldberg was elected as an at-large director on the BoD and Nina Salama was elected to another term as at-large director. The Board of Directors provides strategic direction to the society, brings ASM’s mission to life and handles all legal, financial and governance matters.  
Thirteen new members were elected to ASM’s Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS), the dynamic governance structure that is the key connection between ASM’s members and ASM’s leaders. Vincent Young will serve as chair of COMS; Denise Akob will serve as vice chair; Paul Brown, Michelle Dziejman and Maria Zambrano will serve as at-large councilors;  Mark Fisher, Peter Girguis (Incumbent), Birthe Kjellerup, Eric Miller, Andrea Prinzi, Elizabeth Shank, Braden Tierney and Mark Willcox will serve as division interdisciplinary councilors.  Leaders of COMS will also begin their terms on July 1.



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, educational opportunities and advocacy efforts. 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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