Peggy Cotter Elected as 2017-18 President of the American Society for Microbiology

The election places Cotter, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, at the head of the oldest and largest single life sciences membership organization in the world.

Peggy Cotter Elected as 2017-18 President of the American Society for Microbiology click to enlarge Peggy Cotter, PhD

Peggy Cotter, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology at the UNC School of Medicine, has been elected the 2017-18 president of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

“I am deeply honored and absolutely thrilled to have this opportunity to serve the ASM and the microbial sciences community. It’s an exciting time to be a microbiologist and an exciting time for the ASM,” says Cotter.

First founded in 1899 as the Society of American Bacteriologists, the ASM currently includes more than 40,000 members, half of which are located outside the United States.

The ASM’s mission is to advance the microbiological sciences by supporting education and training programs for microbiologists, publishing books and journals, advocating on public policy issues, and convening meetings and conferences.

Cotter’s research at UNC is focused on understanding how bacteria cause respiratory tract infections. She has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, the honorific leadership group within the ASM, since 2013.

Cotter says she is looking forward implementing the ASM’s Futures Project. “The goal of this project is to make the ASM a truly global, modern, connected society that meets the needs of all of its members, current and future, domestic and international. I am especially interested in continuing to expand ASM’s career development resources so they are pertinent, timely, valuable, and available to all microbiologists.”

Cotter will begin her tenure as president-elect this July 1st, succeeding the current President-elect Susan Sharp, PhD, director of Kaiser Permanente's Northwest Region Laboratories and will assume the ASM presidency in July of 2017.