Black In Microbiology A vibrant celebration of Black Microbiologists

New York Times | Black Microbiologists Push for Visibility Amid a Pandemic

A week of talks, panels and discussions seeks to counter an impression “that this talent pool just does not exist.” By Katherine J. Wu,Sept. 28, 2020, 5:00 a.m. ET

CMU College of Engineering | Celebrating Black in Microbiology Week

To help tackle the lack of diversity and representation in science, Chemical Engineering’s Kishana Taylor and her co-organizers are hosting the first Black in Microbiology week, a unique program highlighting Black scientists and their contributions to the field of microbiology. By Adam Dove, Sept 29, 2020

Afrotech | The Black In Micro Conference Aims to Highlight the Contributions of Black Scientists in Microbiology

The Black In Micro conference starts Sept. 28 and runs until Oct. 4, 2020. Black In Micro is a virtual event that “seeks to highlight the contributions of Black scientists to microbiology-related fields across all career stages—from undergraduates to tenured faculty and industry professionals,” explains one of the conference’s leaders, Chelsey Spriggs, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan. By Colleen Williams, Sept 29,2020

mSphere of Influence: That’s Racist—COVID-19, Biological Determinism, and the Limits of Hypotheses

Kishana Taylor works in the field of virology. In this mSphere of Influence article, she reflects on the personal impact of “Racial health disparities and COVID-19 – caution and context” by Merlin Chowkwanyun and Adolph L. Reed, Jr. (N Engl J Med 383:201–203, 2020, and “A hypothesis is a liability” by Itai Yanai and Martin Lercher (Genome Biol 21:231, 2020, and how it became part of the mission for Black In Microbiology Week. By Kishana Taylor, Sept 30, 2020

Mercy Adjunct Professor Featured in New York Times for Organizing Black in Microbiology Week

Dr. Kishana Taylor, Mercy College adjunct professor, was featured in a recent New York Times article for her leadership in organizing Black in Microbiology Week, which runs through Sunday, October 4.

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mSphere of Influence: Frameshift—a Vision for Human Microbiome Research

Ariangela J. Kozik studies the respiratory microbiome as it relates to asthma. In this mSphere of Influence article, she reflects on how two papers, “Time’s up to adopt a biopsychosocial model to address racial and ethnic disparities in asthma outcomes” (E. C. Matsui, A. S. Adamson, and R. D. Peng, Allergy Clin Immunol 143:2024–2025, 2019, and “Health disparities and the microbiome” (K. Findley, D. R. Williams, E. A. Grice, and V. L. Bonham, Trends Microbiol 24:847–850, 2016,, shape her approach to human microbiome research. By Ariangela J. Kozik, Sept 30, 2020