American Society for Microbiology

Florida Branch

2014 Upcoming Meeting:

The Southeastern Microbiology Summit (100th General Meeting of the Southeastern Branch of ASM and Florida Branch of ASM) will take place on September 5-7, 2014 in Ponte Vedra Beach Sawgrass Marriott Resort.  Ponte Vedra Beach is a suburb of Jacksonville. Most of the events will take place on Friday and Saturday, with only a morning mentoring session on Sunday.


Chris Marx and John Anthony Vanchiere will be our keynote speakers, with presentations titled "The math of metabolism: mutations that don't like each other (and species that do)" and “Emergence of Human Polyomavirus Disease among Immune Compromised Patients”, respectively.


To register for the conference, please follow the instructions on the registration form. The registration fee includes a social, a working lunch and morning coffee.  To make reservations at the hotel, please go to the Sawgrass Marriot Golf Resort & Spa website or call 800-457-4653 (please don’t forget to mention that you are part of the group).


Early registration: ends June 28th, 2014. Those who complete the on-line registration will receive detailed instructions on abstract submission.  Please note that the abstract submission can take place any time after the registration before the Abstract Submission Deadline.

Abstract submission for students to be considered for travel grants: August 15, 2014.


Registration and abstract submission end on August 21, 2014.  We will not be able to accept on-site registration fees.  To take advantage of the discounted hotel rates, all bookings must be completed by August 21, 2014.


For students, we plan to have a limited number of travel grants, so please make sure your students apply.  The application will be pretty straightforward: they just need to check the eligibility box on their application, and we'll select them based on the abstract.  To be considered for travel grants, students must register and submit the abstract before August 15th.

Kurt Schesser, Jamie Foster, Shannon McQuaig and Mya Breitbart

Branch Officers, Florida ASM Branch


Max Teplitski

President, Southeastern ASM Branch

The Florida Branch of the American Society for Microbiology is where microbiologists (from high school students to senior researchers) meet.  Our branch includes people from academia, industry, government, and non-profit organizations.  Our backgrounds and areas of interest cover a wide range of fields including public health, oceanography, molecular mechanisms, genetics, genomics, biodefense, biodiversity, and more! Our mission is to promote microbiology within the State of Florida and bring together people interested in this field. This goal is achieved through annual branch meetings, sponsored seminars, and information provided through this web site and our Facebook group.











The Florida Branch of the American Society for Microbiology recently lost an integral member of its organization.

Dr. William "Bill" Safranek was the long time treasurer of the FLASM who helped promote scientific research and education amongst Florida's next generation of scientists.


Bill was also an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences where he received multiple teaching awards including the 2010 UCF Teaching Incentive Award and in the 2013 College of Medicine's Founders' Day honoree for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.


Bill was an outstanding scientist, educator, mentor and friend.  Bill will be missed.


If you would like to contribute to the William Safranek Endowed Scholarship Fund please go to the following link:


William Safranek

June 16, 1953 - February 17, 2014

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