This highly prestigious ASM fellowship supports doctoral graduate students interested in the microbial sciences and who seek mentorship in navigating their career trajectory. Barbarino and Alqarihi were selected from a pool of thousands of applicants for this esteemed ASM Fellowship. They will be mentored for the year by seven highly accomplished mentors in various areas of microbiology.

Investigator(s): Denise Al Alam, PhD

Dr. Al Alam received this award as a recognition for her numerous contributions to pediatric pulmonary research, mentorship and advocacy. Her research focuses on understanding how progenitor cells of the human lung decide what mature cell type to become and when; and how these decisions are affected by congenital anomalies and prematurity. She is a pioneer in the field of human lung development and made seminal discoveries describing a novel progenitor cell population in the human developing lung.