November 22, 2016

New Chair of ASM Journals Editorial Board- Patrick Schloss, Ph.D.

Note from the ASM Director: Stefano Bertuzzi

Dear ASM Leaders,

I am excited to announce that Patrick Schloss Ph.D., will be the new Chair of the ASM Journals Editorial Board starting July 2017.  Pat is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Michigan and is the Frederick G. Novy Collegiate Professor of Microbiome Research.

Pat has always been a champion for ASM journals. This is evident with his record of publishing in ASM journals—his paper describing mothur, published in Applied & Environmental Microbiology in 2009 has been cited more than 4,300 times, making it the second most cited paper in the journal's history.  He has additionally published nine other papers in AEM and also has had his work published in mBiomSpheremSystems Infection & Immunity and Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews.Additionally, he has reviewed manuscripts for Applied & Environmental Microbiology since 2005, was an editorial board member from 2007 to 2014, and has been an Editor since 2014.

Pat received his B.S. and Ph.D. from the Department of Biological & Environmental Engineering at Cornell University under the direction of Dr. Larry Walker. From there he did his postdoctoral training in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin under the mentorship of Dr. Jo Handelsman. During this time, he studied soil microbial ecology and became widely known for the development of bioinformatics tools that many have found useful for analyzing 16S rRNA gene sequence data.

Pat’s current research seeks to understand how intra- and inter-personal variation in the composition of the human microbiome affects health. Beyond his own research efforts, he is known for his training of researchers interested in using computational tools such as mothur and R to improve their analyses.

This is an exciting time for the ASM Journals. With the focus on rapid dissemination of science and rapid publishing, ASM Journals aim to be the most preferred place for authors to publish their research in the microbial sciences.

I also want to thank Tom Shenk for his leadership as Chair of the Journals Editorial Board since 2008. ASM Journals have held a strong place in the scientific publishing world, thanks to his guidance.  As an advocate for online, open-access science and publishing, Tom was instrumental in the launch of mBio, ASM’s first open–access journal.  We are so grateful for his leadership.


Stefano Bertuzzi