*Please note, this is not a voting site.

All eligible ASM members have the opportunity to help shape our Society and influence the future of microbial sciences by choosing our leaders during the annual election. Your vote determines who will represent and guide ASM priorities.

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, all ASM voting members will receive a message from Intelliscan with a personalized voting link. You will have the ability to review all candidate biographies through the Intelliscan voting website, as well as in the pull down menus below.

Why should I vote?

  • I want my profession to witness a positive impact.
  • My science and my area of practice need to be represented.
  • My leaders need to respond actively and quickly.
  • It is my right to choose the next ASM candidate.
  • My voice should be heard and represented.

Which positions are up for election?

Please send any questions regarding the election to Governance@asmusa.org.


National Officers

President Elect: One-year term (2023-2024)

Theresa Koehler
Theresa M. Koehler, Ph.D.

Theresa M. Koehler, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Dept. of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, McGovern Medical School, Univ. of Texas - Houston

Candidate Statement

I have honed my administrative skills as chair of a medical school microbiology
department and as a leader in multiple professional groups at national and
international levels. As President-elect, I will apply my leadership experience and
passion for microbiology to promote the microbial sciences across a large arena. I
am enthused by strategies of the current ASM leadership to support the diverse
activities of the society. I will work to (1) strengthen public confidence in our ability
to improve the human condition through the advancement of scientific knowledge,
(2) employ creative approaches to enhance and embrace membership of diverse
backgrounds, and (3) capitalize on increased interest in infectious disease to
engage scientists who are not formally trained in microbiology to join in our efforts
to respond to emerging threats. My goal is to continue our trajectory toward
making the ASM the most impactful professional organization for scientists in the
country.
 

ASM-Related Activities

  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Students (ABRCMS), Student Travel Award Review Task Group, Reviewer, 2017.
  • American Academy of Microbiology Fellow, elected 2008.
  • ASM Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Meeting, Co-Chair, 2008–2010.
  • ASM Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Meeting, Program Committee, 2006-2007.
  • Reviewer, Book Proposals for American Society for Microbiology Press.
View the nominee's details.


Julia Segre
Julia Segre, Ph.D.

Julia Segre, Ph.D.

Bethesda, Md.

Candidate Statement

I would be honored to serve as American Society of Microbiology (ASM)’s President.
Three years ago, I joined the ASM Board of Directors to advance innovative ways to
connect with and serve members. I now want to amplify implementation of ASM’s
commitments to equity, diversity, access, inclusion and accountability.

ASM is my scientific home. My lab at NIH uses genomics to characterize the human
skin microbiome (bacteria, fungi, viruses) and track hospital outbreaks. In addition,
I recently served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to
coordinate federal priorities for pandemic readiness. I bring experience nurturing
interactions between clinical and basic scientists, developing policies for
antimicrobial stewardship and engaging in effective public outreach. I am an
elected member of American Academy Microbiology, National Academy Medicine,
National Academy Sciences.
I invest in approaches to ensure all individuals feel they belong in science and
institutions work toward their success.

ASM-Related Activities

  • Board of Directors Programmatic Committee (BDPC), Member, July-Dec. 2021.
  • ASM Board of Directors, At-large Member, 2020-2023.
  • American Academy of Microbiology Fellow, elected 2015.
View the nominee's details.


Secretary: Three-year term (2023-2026)

Robin Patel
Robin Patel, M.D.

Robin Patel, M.D.

Elizabeth P. and Robert E. Allen Professor of Individualized Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Candidate Statement

As an ASM member for 3 decades, I have participated in and contributed to
ASM’s journals (author, reviewer, associate editor), meetings (member and vice
chair/co-chair of the ICAAC and ASM Microbe planning committees) and leadership
[member and chair of the Board of Directors; ASM president (2019-2020)]. I am a
fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM), am currently chairing
ASM's Governance Committee and serving on ASM's Finance Committee and the
AAM Subcommittee on Elections. My goal in running for the position of Secretary is
to continue to give back to ASM by providing leadership, mentorship, oversight and
direction to the Society, assisting the President, and serving as a member of the
Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. I value responsiveness and
transparency in leadership. ASM has a unique position among microbiology
societies and one that must be nurtured to best support its members in a changing
world.

ASM-Related Activities

  • Governance Committee, Chair, 2022-2023.
  • American Academy of Microbiology—Sub-Committee on Elections, Member, 2021-2025.
  • ASM Council of Past Presidents, Member, 2020-2030.
  • ASM Finance Committee, 2020-2023.
  • Nominating Committee, Chair, 2020-2021.
  • ASM President, 2019-2020.
  • Governance Committee, Chair, 2019-2020.
  • Appointments Committee, Chair, 2018-2019.
  • Meetings Board, Member, 2017-2018.
  • Microbe Program Committee, Member 2016-2018.
  • American Academy of Microbiology Fellow, elected 2012.
  • Editor, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 2009-2019.
View the nominee's details.


Ron Xavier
Ron Xavier, Ph.D.

Ron Xavier, Ph.D.

Second Secretary, Ministry for Primary Industries

Candidate Statement

A scientist turned diplomat. ASM has been integral to my career development from
bench scientist to diplomatic science counsellor.
As a contributor of science policy and facilitator of science collaboration, I am
attuned to the diverse needs of the scientific communities, and the society’s
perception and expectation of scientists. I am passionate about bringing
perspectives and cultures together to work toward common goals.
A supporter of ASM’s inclusivity, diversity with equity, access and accountability
(IDEAA) initiatives; I bring to the ASM Secretary role the knowledge of ASM’s
mission and operation, an understanding of ASM’s bylaws and procedures and
experience working as part of the ASM Board.

I am grateful for being able to give back to the community that has given me so
much. I look forward to more opportunities to support ASM and its members
advance and promote the microbial sciences in the post-COVID era in an inclusive way.

ASM-Related Activities

  • Governance Committee, Member, 2019-2025.
  • Nominating Committee, Member, 2019-2021.
  • ASM Board of Directors, At-large Member, 2018-2024.
View the nominee's details.


Treasurer: Three-year term (2023-2026)

Victor DiRita
Victor DiRita, Ph.D.

Victor DiRita, Ph.D.

, Michigan State University

Candidate Statement

It is a privilege to run for ASM Treasurer. This is an extraordinary time in our field
and for our Society, with new challenges and opportunities that we must confront
and adapt to, as they will impact ASM finances and thus our ability to achieve our
simple, profound mission of promoting and advancing microbial science. Our
venerable Society can do anything, but cannot do everything, so we must set and
communicate priorities. Working with the Board, ASM membership, and our
professional staff, these are major functions of Treasurer. Service as ASM Treasurer
also benefits from broad and deep knowledge of the Society, which I bring through
previous service as an Editor for 2 of our journals, Membership Board Chair,
COMS Chair and COMS-elected Board Member, interim inaugural member of the
IDEAA committee and President. Further, as a department Chair my job heavily
involves working with budgets and setting financial priorities.

ASM-Related Activities

  • ASM Council of Past Presidents, Member 2021–2031.
  • ASM Inclusive Diversity with Equity, Access and Accountability (IDEAA) Committee, Interim Member, 2021.
  • Governance Committee, 2021-2025.
  • Nominating Committee, Chair, 2021-2022.
  • ASM President, 2020-2021.
  • Scientific Writing and Publishing Course Task Group, Member, 2018-2019.
  • ASM Board of Directors, 2017-2021.
  • Appointments Committee, Member, 2017-2020.
  • Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS), At-large Member, 2017-2020.
  • Microbe Program Committee, 2016-2020.
  • ASM Conferences Committee, Member, 2012-2016.
  • ASM Membership Board, Chair, 2012 – 2016.
  • ASM Microbe Planning Committee, Host-Microbe Biology Track Hub, Chair, 2016.
  • ASM Professions of Microbiology Committee, Member, 2015.
  • ASM Microbe meeting Steering Committee, Member, 2015.
View the nominee's details.


David Perlin
David S. Perlin, Ph.D.

David S. Perlin, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer and Professor, Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation

Candidate Statement

I have 3 decades of academic senior leadership experience and a track record of
creating successful not-for-profit organizations that achieve their mission with a
strong financial base. I have served on numerous not-for-profit and for-profit
Boards, including ASM where I chaired the Audit Committee for 4 years and now
serve on the Finance Committee. This experience provides me with a strong
knowledge of the organization, and its current and future challenges. I am a strong
believer that a successful organization must have a solid financial plan that is
responsive to the organizational goals. In this context, close interactions with ASM
leadership and Board members are critical. Furthermore, as an active researcher
leading 5 NIH funded programs, including two national centers of excellence, I have
a humbling perspective of life on the ground in science. I am confident that I can
effectively represent ASM and the broader microbiology community it serves.

ASM-Related Activities

  • ASM Finance Committee, Member 2021-2024.
  • ASM Audit Committee, Chair, 2017-2020.
  • Editor, mSphere, 2015-2023.
  • American Academy of Microbiology Fellow, elected 2018.
View the nominee's details.
 

Board of Directors 

At-Large Directors: Three-year term (2023-2026)

Annaleisa Anderson
Annaliesa Anderson, Ph.D.

Annaliesa Anderson, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Pfizer, Incorporated

Candidate Statement

Dr. Annaliesa Anderson has over 30 years of pharmaceutical experience resulting in several licensed and authorized vaccines and therapeutics. She is currently the Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer for Vaccine Research & Development at Pfizer. In this role, she leads a large organization with a science first philosophy and is responsible for the execution of Pfizer's Vaccine Research and Development strategy. She is passionate about microbiology and the nurturing of both current and future microbiologists who have a role to play in the public health, environmental sciences and biotechnology arenas, in addition to those pursuing academic pathways. By being elected to the American Society for Microbiology board as a director at large, she would leverage her experience to provide input into the Society’s future directives to maintain support and identify ways to engage and mentor more diverse microbiologists for the future.

View the nominee's details.


Dioscaris Garcia
Dioscaris R. Garcia, Ph.D.

Dioscaris R. Garcia, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, Brown University

Candidate Statement

I am currently an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and serve as Co-Director of
the Weiss Center for Orthopaedic Trauma Research, Co-Chair of my department’s
Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee and Director for the Center for
Student Belonging at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. I’ve had the
unique privilege of being a first generation immigrant, first generation in college,
grad school, only historically underrepresented (HUG) graduate student in the
department and only HUG PI in my department. As member of the ASM IDEAA
Committee, I’ve introduced the concept of diversity as an equitable asset for
researchers, trainees and the institution, and identified areas to increase capital to
fund our DEI initiatives. As a member of the ASM Board, I’ll bring my experience of
having successfully mentored over 300 students and models of diversity, equity
and inclusion that will make ASM the leader in DEI.

I’ve been mentoring students in microbiology for almost 2 decades and have
used said mentoring as a pathway to guide hundreds of undergraduates, graduate,
post-doc and medical students to access and attend ASM Microbe, Biofilms and
ABRCMS.

ASM-Related Activities
  • Inclusive diversity with equity, access and accountability (IDEAA), Member 2021-2024.
View the nominee's details.


Michael Gilmore
Michael S. Gilmore, Ph.D.

Michael S. Gilmore, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer, Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Massachusetts General Brigham

Candidate Statement

What is the future of ASM? Since my days as a graduate student, ASM has played an important role in broadening my horizons and building a wonderful network of connections. How we can best do this for the next generation of microbiologists is the central question. Since starting out as an assistant professor of microbiology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, through leadership positions in the Harvard Medical School, Harvard University and Mass General Brigham systems, I have helped steer departments and institutions through good times, challenging times and changes.

This is a time of change for ASM. As a microbiologist, the focus of my interest is on multidrug resistant gram positive pathogens enterococci, staphylococci and streptococci. Our work uses genetic and genomic tools to understand these microbes through their ecology, pathogenesis and evolution, with a view toward devising new ways to treat and prevent infection.

As Co-Director of the Harvard University-wide Microbial Sciences Initiative, I encounter students and microbiologists in fields ranging from engineering to origins of life, and work with them to build a synergistic community. This is a microcosm of what ASM leadership does, and this experience may be of value. As former chair of NIH study sections and review panels, I also have experience working toward consensus, often from disparate starting points.

With imagination and creativity, I believe ASM can evolve as new means for communication and collaboration develop, and continue to play an important role in the career development of the next generation of microbiologists. I would be happy to contribute what I can to achieve that. Michael S. Gilmore, PhD; Sir William Osler Professor, Harvard Medical School; Co-Director, Microbial Sciences Initiative Harvard University; Chief Scientific Officer, Mass Eye and Ear/Mass General Brigham.

ASM-Related Activities

  • Editor, mBio, 2013-Present.
  • ASM Division D (Microbes of Medical Importance), Chair, 2008-2009.
  • American Academy of Microbiology Fellow, elected 1998.
View the nominee's details.


Christina Kellogg
Christina Kellogg, Ph.D.

Christina Kellogg, Ph.D.

, U.S. Geological Survey

Candidate Statement

It would be my honor to serve you as an At-Large Director. I bring a decade of experience (2007-2017) in ASM leadership from a major transition period (onboarding new CEO and some director-level positions, first implementation of open-access publishing, roll out of new communication plan and online platform, restructuring of governance). This experience provides me with institutional knowledge and a deep appreciation for the many ASM programs. I see the Society positioned to innovate new tools and services that facilitate the changing world of open access publishing, data-sharing requirements and data infrastructure improvement. These key areas are critical to support a vast array of microbial sciences, both clinical and environmental. How available, accessible and cost-effective these processes become heavily influences the equitability of those activities for our global membership.

ASM-Related Activities

  • American Academy of Microbiology Fellow, elected 2021.
  • ASM Communications Committee Strategic Planning Retreat, 2014.
  • ASM Finance Committee, Member, 2013–2016.
  • Council Policy Committee, At-Large Branch Representative, 2011–2017.
  • ASM Florida Branch, Officer (Councilor, Secretary, President-elect, President, National Councilor), 2001–2011.
View the nominee's details.

Council on Microbial Sciences

At-Large COMS Councilors (2023-2026)

Michael Bukrinsky
Michael Bukrinsky, Ph.D.

Michael Bukrinsky, Ph.D.

Professor, George Washington University

Candidate Statement

I am professor of microbiology, immunology and tropical medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. After immigrating to U.S. from Russia in 1990, I was lucky to get outstanding mentors, Dr. Mario Stevenson and then Dr. Anthony Cerami, who became my dear friends and helped me throughout my career. My research interests lie in the field of virus-host interactions, with a focus on HIV. During my long academic career, I published over 170 peer-reviewed articles, mentored over 30 undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students, served on Editorial Boards of multiple journals and served on many NIH Study Sections, including as a chair. I also chaired the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and directed the Developmental Core at the D.C. CFAR. I would like to apply my extensive expertise to ASM COMS as an At-Large Councilor. I believe my experience qualifies me as a person capable of defining the most promising scientific directions requiring ASM support, as well as advising ASM on other scientific and mentoring issues.

I have not had any formal position at ASM before, due to multiple other commitments, so I was getting the benefits of membership without giving back. Lately, my administrative responsibilities at GWU have been reduced, and I have more time for activities I really enjoy—science and interaction with collaborators. I believe serving at ASM Committee would allow me to pay back my debt to ASM, while engaging in science-related activities I love.

View the nominee's details.


Lindsay Burbank
Lindsey Price Burbank, Ph.D.

Lindsey Price Burbank, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, USDA Agricultural Research Service

Candidate Statement

I bring expertise in plant pathogen microbiology and agriculture, areas essential for a sustainable food supply and to address the global challenges of changing climate. I hope to represent this important area of One Health, the health of our food crops and the microbes that influence them around the world. I aim to use my broader connections in plant pathology and agriculture to increase communication within ASM across these disciplines. As a scientist working in the government sector, I also bring my background in public service and my experience working with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds, within and outside of the scientific community. Topics such as antimicrobial stewardship and catastrophic pathogen spillover from natural environments apply to plant infectious disease as much as to human and animal disease. We can learn much by enhancing communication across these different scientific fields that will benefit our microbial science community.

ASM-Related Activities

  • ASM Future Leaders Mentoring Fellowship mentor, 2022-2024.
  • Microbiology Spectrum Data Policy Working Group, 2022.
  • Editor, Microbiology Spectrum, 2021-2024.
  • Editorial Board, AEM, 2019-2024.
  • ABRCMS abstract reviewer, 2019, 2022.
  • ABRCMS judge, 2019, 2022.
View the nominee's details.


Brian Conlon
Brian Conlon, Ph.D.

Brian Conlon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Candidate Statement

I am an associate professor of microbiology & immunology at UNC Chapel Hill. I am deeply committed to developing a better understanding of how antibiotics work in the infection microenvironment and using the resulting knowledge to develop new therapeutic strategies to improve antibiotic efficacy and curb the development and spread of antibiotic resistance. I am currently PI on multiple awards from NIAID, and I am a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease. My work bridges 2 of COMS communities, Antimicrobial Agents and Resistance (AAR) and Host-Microbe Biology (HMB). If elected to COMS, I will be proud to represent these communities and to help develop innovative ways to move these areas forward.

ASM-Related Activities

  • Editor, Microbiology Spectrum, 2022-2025.
  • Editorial Board, Infection and Immunity, 2021-2023.
View the nominee's details.


Sanchita Das
Sanchita Das, MBBS, M.D., D(ABMM)

Sanchita Das, MBBS, M.D., D(ABMM)

Staff Microbiologist, National Institute of Health

Candidate Statement

My introduction to ASM took my career in a completely new and fulfilling direction. As a foreign graduate, with little knowledge of training in the U.S., ASM was my sole support and offered resources that provided me the opportunity to expand my training and introduced me to excellent mentors. I attended the most inspiring education sessions at ASM conferences, where I participate and help organize. I have served as an editorial board member of Journal of Clinical Microbiology and reviewer of Antimicrobial Agents Chemotherapy. The American Board of Medical Microbiology has served as a professional connection to my peers and has provided me with support and assistance in clinical microbiology laboratory. I have significantly benefitted from ASM’s global presence and mission of inclusion and diversity, I am ready to give back to the community and continue the culture of support to all aspiring microbiologists while continuing to advance microbial sciences.

View the nominee's details.


Yiping Han

Yiping W. Han, Ph.D.

Yiping W. Han, Ph.D.

Professor, Columbia University

Candidate Statement

I have been an ASM member for over 3 decades, starting as a graduate student
in department of microbiology at University of Illinois—Urbana. I am honored to be
elected to AAM earlier this year and I have been serving as an editor of mBio since
July. As an At-Large COMS Councilor, I will promote diversity and inclusion, support
women and under-represented minorities, promote emerging areas of microbial
science research and advocate for "One-Health," by integrating different disciplines
and collaboration with other professional societies. I am a board member of Sino-
Micro Group and President-Elect of the Anaerobe Society of the Americas. I also
serve on the Committee of Anti-Racism at Columbia University Irving Medical
Center. As a microbiologist, I can't think of a better organization to contribute my
time and energy to and share my vision and expertise with my peers.

View the nominee's details.


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

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

Associate Professor of Medicine and Pathology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Candidate Statement

With an enduring passion for microbiology, as a physician-researcher, I would like to apply my training and skills to a key field which is going to be critically important to some of the bigger challenges facing the planet in the coming years. With a longstanding commitment to combating antimicrobial resistance, I believe that microbiology should be central to driving the science to address the antimicrobial resistance crisis. By listening to the membership, I will use my knowledge and training across several related fields to raise awareness and push for policies, programs and education to support microbial sciences. I am seeking solutions to improve the microbial workforce as well as address gaps in diversity and equity in microbiology training and access. I am committed to ensuring that the direction of scientific advancement are led and informed by experts and that voices of microbial science are heard.

View the nominee's details.


Shannon McQuaig Ulrich (Incumbent)
Shannon McQuaig Ulrich, Ph.D.

Shannon McQuaig Ulrich, Ph.D.

Professor, St. Petersburg College

Candidates Statement

It is my honor to be considered for this position. I am currently a full professor at
St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, FL. My research interests focus in
environmental microbiology and astrobiology. I believe my position at a community
college as a ‘teaching’ faculty member who has found time and resources to pursue
research may lend a helpful perspective. Community colleges are educational sites
for many first-generation students as well as minorities and/or low-income
students. I would like to advocate for increased accessibility to research projects at
these schools. Moreover, we are in a changing landscape of education, with
undergraduate institutions increasing online course offerings. I believe ASM should
lead discussions on the challenges of online education as it relates to students
developing tactile laboratory skills and provide guidance and recommendations for
online education. Inclusion of these topics in future planning discussions would be
my priority as a COMS member.

ASM-Related Activities

  • Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS), At-large Member, 2020-2023.
  • ASM Florida Branch, Board Member, 2019 - present.
  • ASM Florida Branch, President, 2017-2019.
  • ASM Florida Branch, Vice President, 2015-2017.
  • ASM Florida Branch, Secretary, 2013-2015.
View the nominee's details.


Kin Ming (Clement) Tsui
Kin-Ming (Clement) Tsui, Ph.D.

Kin-Ming (Clement) Tsui, Ph.D.

Principal Scientific Officer, National Centre for Infectious Diseases

Candidate Statement

Currently I am the principal scientific officer in National Centre for Infectious Diseases, Singapore. I have appointment as assistant professor in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and University of British Columbia, Canada. My work focuses on molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance and clinical metagenomics. My research interests include ecology, evolution and genomics of microbial pathogens to humans and plants.

In 2018-2021, I worked in Sidra Medicine and Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, where I was leading genomic projects on pathogens causing candidemia and multidrug-resistant bacteria. I completed a Ph.D. from University of Hong Kong. In 2003-2005, I was awarded the Croucher Fellowship to study fungal evolution in Vancouver. I performed postdoctoral research at Westmead Hospital, Australia and BCCDC Public Health Laboratory, Canada. I am on the editorial board of Fungal Genetics and Biology, Molecular Ecology and Molecular Ecology Resources.

If given an opportunity to be COMS At-Large Councilor, I would be glad to contribute my time and efforts in making the difference for the ASM and the community.

View the nominee's details.


COMS Vice Chair: One-year term (2023-2024) - Voted on exclusively by current COMS members.

Heidi Kaplan
Heidi B. Kaplan, Ph.D.

Heidi B. Kaplan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Candidate Statement

I am strongly committed to promoting the COMS and ASM missions, which include
supporting the microbial sciences and the ensuring the future of the society.
Throughout my academic career I have had extensive involvement with ASM and
the Texas Branch. My interest in serving as COMS Vice-Chair and then Chair is to
have an impact on the COMS mission by overseeing and facilitating the activities of
all 8 communities. I am especially interested in helping guide the subset of
communities that will prepare and hold their retreats and develop their
recommendations for the ASM Leadership in the next 2 years. I would like to
implement an on-boarding program for new COMS members, to enhance their
understanding of their role in COMS and the society before they attend their first
meeting. I am also interested in strengthening the COMS charge to serve as the
connection between ASM's members and ASM's leaders.

ASM-Related Activities

  • Council on Microbial Science (COMS), Texas Branch Councilor, 2021-2024.
  • Nominating Committee, 2021-2022 (Stepped down when nominated for COMS Vice-Chair).
  • Membership Committee, 2015-2021.
  • ASM Distinguished Lecturers Committee, Chair, 2015-2021.
  • Career Development Grants for Postdoctoral Women, Committee Member, 2014-2023.
  • ASM General Microbiology Division, National Chair, 1997-1998.
View the nominee's details.


COMS-Elected Board Directors: Three-year term (2023-2026) - Voted on exclusively by current COMS members.


Vaughn Cooper (Incumbent)
Vaughn Cooper, Ph.D.

Vaughn Cooper, Ph.D.

, The University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine

Candidate Statement

There’s never been a better time to be a microbiologist. We live in a microbial world
of continuously evolving microbiomes, relentlessly emerging pathogens and the
promise of microbial solutions to climate, food and health challenges. Microbial
sciences are today’s priorities. I would be thrilled to continue serving on the Board
to empower our leadership of these diverse fields and to help you advance your
contributions. I represent the breadth of our membership as an evolutionary
biologist and educator, having published research in all 8 scientific tracks in ASM
journals. I am focused on our transition to open access publishing and continue
advocating for focused, topical meetings that build communities and engage new
members. My experience as COMS Chair and on the Board provided practical
understanding of our financial landscape, history, and countless exciting
opportunities. I’m eager to help direct and provide stewardship for your society and
celebrate your discoveries.

ASM-Related Activities

  • American Academy of Microbiology Fellow, elected 2022.
  • Board of Directors Programmatic Committee (BDPC), Member, Nov.-Dec. 2021.
  • Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS), Division Councilor, 2021-2024.
  • ASM COVID-19 Research Registry, Assistant Curator-in-Chief, 2020-2022.
  • Editor, mBio, 2019-2025.
  • ASM Board of Directors, Council on Microbial Sciences, (COMS) Elected Board Director, 2019-2023.
  • Division R (Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology) Representative, Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS), 2018-2024.
  • Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS), Chair, 2018-2019.
View the nominee's details.


Alison Criss
Alison Criss, Ph.D.

Alison Criss, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Candidate Statement

I am honored to run for the position of COMS representative on the ASM Board of Directors. My knowledge of COMS stems from serving as At-Large Member the past 3 years and Community Leader in Host-Microbe Interactions this year. As COMS representative to the Board, I would be excited to share ideas and perspectives raised by COMS with the Board, to help establish new strategies and programs for ASM to implement. I seek to provide clear, effective communication between COMS and the Board that encourages interdisciplinary approaches to microbial sciences, which stems from my leadership experiences in global infectious diseases. I particularly seek to promote ASM support of early career microbiologists, those from historically excluded backgrounds and those entering microbiology from other fields. I welcome this opportunity to serve as COMS representative on the ASM Board and help ensure ASM remains the cornerstone—and future—of microbial sciences.

ASM-Related Activities

  • Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS) Host-Microbe Biology Community Leader, 2022-2023.
  • Council on Microbial Sciences, (COMS) At-large Member, 2020-2023.
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Bacteriology, 2021-2023.
  • Guest Editor, mBio, 2018.
  • Editorial Board, Infection and Immunity, 2015-2023.
  • ASM Virginia Branch Annual Meeting, Co-Chair, 2013.
View the nominee's details.


Elizabeth Marlowe (Incumbent)
Elizabeth Marlowe, Ph.D., D(ABMM)

Elizabeth Marlowe, Ph.D., D(ABMM)

Scientific Director and Head of R&D, Quest Diagnostics Infectious Diseases

Candidate Statement

As a member of ASM I have a long history of serving the society both within my local branch and nationally. The BOD has been very rewarding experience and would be humbled to serve beyond a single term. ASM must continue to build and maintain an infrastructure which supports:

1. Membership by developing key data resources in a convenient user-friendly manner that meets the needs of a data driven world.
2. Career development for new and early career microbiologist across divisions and sectors.
3. Advocacy for key funding and legislation in the microbial sciences.
4. Expanding new and innovative ways to engage membership in an on-demand world that allows for both virtual and face to face interactions.
5. International partnerships to accelerate science, focus policies and global coordination, to address worldwide issues such as pandemic preparedness and the impact of global warming on society.
6. DEI within the microbial sciences.

ASM-Related Activities

  • ASM Nominations Committee, 2021-2023 (Stepped down when nominated for COMS-Elected Board Director).
  • ASM Elected Board of Directors, Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS) Representative, 2020-2023.
  • ASM Elected Member, Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS), 2017-2020.
  • Co-Chair ASM Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS), CPHM Advocacy Committee, 2017-2019.
  • ASM/CDC Evidence Based Laboratory Medicine Best Pratices C. difficile Workgroup, 2014-2018.
  • ASM Sonnenwirth Award for Leadership Selection Committee, 2013-2015.
  • Southern California Branch of ASM (SCASM), President, 2013-2015.
  • Southern California Branch of ASM (SCASM), President Elect, 2011-2013.
  • ASM Division C, Nominating Committee, Chair, 2011.
  • Southern California Branch of ASM (SCASM), Annual Meeting Committee, 2006-2016.
  • American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) Part I Exam Committee, 2006-2012.
  • Southern California Branch of ASM (SCASM), Elected Board Member, 2006-2009.
  • Southern California Branch of ASM (SCASM), Spring Symposia Committee, 2002-2015.


Vincent Young
Vincent Young, Ph.D.

Vincent Young, Ph.D.

William Henry Fitzbutler Collegiate Professor in Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases Division and Microbiology & Immunology, University of Michigan Medical School

Candidate Statement

It is my honor to be nominated as a candidate for the COMS-elected member of the
Board of Directors of ASM. As a physician-scientist studying host-microbe
interactions, the ASM played a key role in my training and development. My ASM related
activities, ranging from attending ASM Microbe, publishing in and reviewing
for ASM journals, traveling to branches as an ASM Distinguished Lecturer and as a
member of COMS have all fostered my career as an infectious diseases physician,
studying microbiology as it relates to human health and disease. As the “think tank”
for the Society, COMS helps shape the future of the ASM. Having served as a COMS
interdisciplinary counselor and now the chair of COMS, I am in the position to
represent the broad perspective of a significant portion of the Society as a member
of the Board. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve the ASM.

ASM-Related Activities

  • Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS), Chair, 2022-2023.
  • Nominating Committee, 2021–2023 (stepped down when nominated for COMS-Elected Board Director).
  • Senior Editor, mSphere, 2019-2024.
  • Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS), Division Interdisciplinary Councilor, 2018-2022.
  • American Academy of Microbiology Fellow, elected 2017.
  • Associate Editor, Infection and Immunity, 2014-2019.
  • Editorial Board, Infection and Immunity, 2011-2014.
  • American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM), Committee Member, 2006-2009.
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