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.

Sept 30, 2020

Black in X Addresses Long-Standing Inequity in STEM

In a year of racial tumult, Black scientists are uniting for visibility and action. 

Lisa Winter Nov 16, 2020

TWiV 672: Black in Microbiology with Ari Kozik and Kishana Taylor

Ari and Kishana, two of the founders of Black in Microbiology, join TWiV to discuss the goals of the organization, then we review pauses of J&J and Lilly COVID-19 vaccine trials, preclinical studies of Regeneron’s SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibody cocktail, reinfection of a patient in Nevada, and listener questions.

October 15, 2020

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

#BlackInX Twitter movement creates visibility for Black scientists

By Martina G. Efeyini February 05, 2021

Scientists speak up for diversity

The world under a microscope: #BlackInMicro hosts Real Scientists

Real Scientists is thrilled to welcome #BlackInMicro/#BlackInMicrobiology (@BlackInMicro) to the big, comfy science chair for a week of very small science.

Microbiologists For Diversity

October 22, 2020

AWIS-UM’s Dr. Kozik leads #BlackInMicro week

“It was time to create the community we’ve been missing.”

Ari Kozik

September 30, 2020