ASM Announces New President-Elect and Leadership

Dec. 14, 2023

Washington, D.C.—Dec. 14, 2023— A new President-Elect and members of the ASM Board of Directors and 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, 2024.


Alexander McAdam
Alexander McAdam, M.D., Ph.D., D(ABMM)
Interim Chief and Medical Director of Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory, Department of Laboratory Medicine
Associate Professor of Pathology
Harvard Medical School


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.

At-Large Director

Suzanne Ishaq Pellegrini
Suzanne Ishaq Pellegrini, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
School of Food and Agriculture
University of Maine


At-Large Director

Alexander McAdam
Federico Bernardo Sisti, Ph.D.
Instituto de Biotecnología y Biología Molecular (IBBM)-CCT-CONICET-La Plata
Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas
Facultad de Ciencias Exactas
Universidad Nacional de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina

Council on Microbial Sciences:

The Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS) is ASM's governance structure that is the key connection between ASM’s members and ASM’s leaders. COMS keeps a pulse on new developments in microbial sciences and helps develop innovative ways to move the field and ASM forward.

At-Large Councilor

Cheryl Andam
Cheryl Andam, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
The RNA Institute
State University of New York at Albany


At-Large Councilor

Alison Criss
Alison Criss, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Director, UVA Global Infectious Diseases Institute

At-Large Councilor
Katherine Lemon
Katherine Lemon, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatric-Infectious Diseases
Baylor College of Medicine

Vice Chair
Michelle Dziejman
Michelle Dziejman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Rochester Medical Center




To learn more about ASM’s new leaders and read their candidate statements, visit the ASM Elections page.  


The American Society for Microbiology is one of the largest professional societies dedicated to the life sciences and is composed of 36,000 scientists and health practitioners. 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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