Laboratory Director/Doctoral


ASM Award in Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology 
Honors a distinguished scientist in clinical or diagnostic immunology for outstanding contributions to those fields.

BD Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology
Honors a distinguished clinical microbiologist for outstanding research accomplishments leading to or forming the foundation for important applications in clinical microbiology.

bioMerieux Sonnenwirth Award for Leadership in Clinical Microbiology 
Recognizes a distinguished microbiologist for the promotion of innovation in clinical laboratory science, dedication to ASM, and the advancement of clinical microbiology as a profession.

Hologic Joseph Public Health Award
Honors a distinguished microbiologist who has exhibited exemplary leadership and service in the field of public health.

Hardy Diagnostics ABMM/ABMLI Professional Recognition Award 
Recognizes an ABMM or ABMLI Diplomate for outstanding contributions to the professional recognition of clinical microbiologists and/or immunologists.

Maurice Hilleman Award
ASM’s premier award for major contributions to pathogenesis, vaccine discovery, vaccine development, and/or control of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Professional Certification

The American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) certifies the expertise of doctoral-level microbiologists seeking to direct public health or clinical microbiology laboratories. ABMM certification is recognized by federal and state governmental agencies as a significant component toward meeting licensure requirements to direct laboratories engaged in the microbiological diagnosis of human disease.

The ABMM is recognized under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 final rule and in all 12 states that require licensure: California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Application Deadline: April 1

American College of Microbiology
The American College of Microbiology (College), a governance unit within the ASM's Professional Practice Committee, has as its mission promoting the high quality and ethical practice of the microbiology and immunology professions for the benefit of human, animal, and environmental well-being. The College administers highly stringent certification examinations for clinical and industrial microbiologists and immunologists and accredits postdoctoral training programs in clinical microbiology and immunology.

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