Branch Officers : mission, history and etc

Texas Branch ASM History

The Texas Branch was established in 1941.  This year the Texas Branch celebrates 73 years of rich history.  Early Texas microbiology pioneers are numerous and their legacy is strong.  The first President of the Texas Branch was I.M. Lewis, Professor of Botany (Bacteriology) at the University of Texas.  He was followed by S.W. Bohls who was followed by O.B. Williams.  Since those early days, numerous influential microbiologists have held the reins of the Branch and guided her well.

As it was written in a 1992 Texas Branch newsletter and still remains true today, “The Texas Branch is healthy, well adjusted, and capable of going into the next century with the spirit and strength to face the problems of that future time.  Its members are intelligent, strong, and capable of solving the problems that arise on unknown and unseen horizons.  It is confident in the future, since it has been tested by the passage of years.  It now awaits confidently” for its 75th anniversary in October 2016.

Updated for 2015-2017 Officers.

About Texas Branch ASM

Lee Hughes, President

Department of Biological Sciences
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #305220
Denton, TX 76208
Phone: 940-565-4137

Madhusudan Choudhary, President Elect

Department of Biological Sciences
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, Texas 77341-2116
Phone: 936-294-4850


Gregory Frederick, Treasurer

Department of Biology and Kinesiology
LeTourneau University
2100 S. Mobberly Avenue
Longview, TX 75602
Phone: 903-233-3354

Bob McLean, Councilor

Department of Biology
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: 512-245-3365

Gabriela Bowden

Gabriela Bowden, Secretary

Department of Natural Sciences
University of Houston-Downtown
Phone: 713-222-5313

Past Texas Branch ASM Presidents:

  • Ali Azghani (University of Texas at Tyler) 2015-21017
  • Kendra Rumbaugh (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center) 2013-2015
  • Todd Primm (Sam Houston State Univ) 2011-2013
  • Marvin Whiteley (UT Austin) 2009-2011
  • Poonam Gulati (UH Downtown) 2007-2009
  • Heidi Kaplan (UT Medical School at Houston) 2005-2007
  • Robert McLean (Texas State University at San Marcos) 2003-2005
  • Karl Klose (UT Health Science Center at San Antonio) 2001-2003
  • James Stewart 1999-2001


Advisory Board and Previous Branch Officers:

  • Millicent Goldschmidt, School of Dentistry, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • Lee Hughes, Department of Biological Sciences, University of North Texas
  • Madhusudan Choudhary, Department of Biological Sciences, Sam Houston State University
  • Michael Allen, Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics, Univ. of North Texas Health Science Center
  • Gary Aron, Biology Department, Texas State University
  • Tonyia Eaves-Pyles, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Poonam Gulati, Natural Sciences, University of Houston-Downtown
  • Robert McLean, Biology Department, Texas State University
  • Marvin Whiteley, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, University of Texas
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