This is a tremendous, well-deserved honor. The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) was established in 1899 and is the world’s largest scientific society of individuals interested in the microbial sciences, boasting over 50,000 scientists and health professionals. ASM’s mission is to promote the understanding of the central role of microbes on our planet and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of global health and the environment.
Dr. Swanson’s primary research interest involves Legionella pneumophila growth in macrophages, and her lab is widely recognized as doing seminal work investigating the mechanisms that govern the innate and adaptive immune responses when macrophages ingest microbes. She received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, a master’s degree from Columbia and PhD from Harvard. She was a research fellow at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Tufts Medical School and the American Cancer Society. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Studies at the University of Michigan Medical School and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.
Congratulations, Dr. Swanson!