Mariana Castanheira Elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology

Washington, D.C. – February 15, 2023 – The American Academy of Microbiology (Academy) has elected Mariana Castanheira of JMI Laboratories and 64 peers to the Class of 2023. Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology, an honorific leadership group and a think tank within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. The Academy received 148 nominations this year, electing 65 into the 2023 Fellowship Class.

“Academy Fellowship represents a prestigious honor, and it is my pleasure to congratulate and welcome Mariana Castanheira to the 2023 Class. Fellows are an exceptional group of scientists whose contributions have moved the field forward and whose expertise serves science and society,” said Arturo Casadevall, M.D. Ph.D., Chair of the Academy Governors.

Andrew Fuhrmeister, the CEO of JMI Laboratories, added, “We congratulate Dr. Mariana Castanheira on this well-earned recognition as voted on by her peers. Mariana is an exceptional scientist and leader for our organization. Her dedication to the field of antimicrobial resistance and describing mechanisms of resistance, especially as it relates to beta-lactamases, has produced dozens of publications that have influenced drug development leading to better clinical patient care. Her volunteer efforts working with the microbiology and infectious disease societies and guidance setting organizations have also positively impacted this field.”

Among the 2023 fellows in the U.S., 34% are women and 35% are from historically underrepresented ethnic groups. In addition, fellows hail from all around the globe. The Class of 2023 represents fellows from 11 different countries, including Argentina, Australia, Canada, China (Mainland), France, Germany, India, Israel, Singapore, the U.K. and the U.S.

Learn about the 2023 Fellowship Class here.

The American Society for Microbiology is one of the largest professional societies dedicated to the life sciences and is composed of 30,000 scientists and health practitioners. ASM’s mission is to promote and advance the microbial sciences.

ASM advances the microbial sciences through conferences, publications, certifications and educational opportunities. 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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