Briana Burton, an assistant professor in the Department of Bacteriology, is serving as an American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer (ASMDL). The program selects a scientifically diverse group of distinguished lecturers through a competitive nomination process to deliver lectures at ASM branch meetings throughout the country. In the last 20 years, ASM Distinguished Lecturers have provided over 500 lectures to thousands of branch meeting attendees. The ASMDL program emphasizes opportunities for lecturers to interact directly with students, postdocs and early career scientists in a variety of ways, including participating in informal discussions and judging presentations.
Burton, who was selected for the 2015-2017 term, has traveled to give keynotes and meet with students and faculty at six ASM branch meetings nationally over the last year and half, and has one more scheduled for this spring.
Burton’s research focuses on understanding the mechanisms underlying macromolecule transport at membrane barriers. Her lecture topics as part of the ASMDL program include the mechanisms of bacterial DNA uptake, motor proteins that mediate bacterial chromosome segregation and mechanisms of protein export.