NIH during the decade of her leadership. She obtained her B.S. from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and in 1993 was selected by that institution as one of the top 31 female graduates of the 20th century. She obtained her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and was selected as its 2003 Distinguished Alumnus. She is a past President of the American Society for Microbiology (the oldest and single largest life sciences organization with a membership of more than 42,000). She was named to the original Board of Scientific Councilors of the Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC, and served as Chair of the Board. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Director of NIH, the Director of CDC, the Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Council of Public Health Preparedness, and the FDA Science Board: Advisory to the Commissioner. Currently she is a member of the NIH Science Management Board, the newly appointed NIH Board of Trustees, and the Advisory Council of the Fogarty International Center of NIH. Since 1996 she has been a member of the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Science Program responsible for advising the respective governments on joint research agendas (U.S. State Department/Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs). She has served on several editorial boards of scientific journals and has authored over 350 articles and book chapters. Dr. Cassell has received national and international awards for her research in infectious diseases, including two honorary degrees; the CDC Honor Award in Public Health for exceptional leadership and contributions in the development and implementation of the CDC’s Emerging Infectious Disease Plan 1997; a Citation from the FDA Commissioner for her role as Chair of the review of science and technology at FDA and the report FDA: Science and Mission at Risk in 2008; and the Emmy Klineberger-Nobel Award in 2008 by the International Organization for Mycoplasmology for outstanding and sustained research contributions to the field of mycoplasmology. She is a member of the IOM of the National Academy of Sciences and has recently completed a second 3-year term on the IOM Council, the governing board. She was elected in 2011 to membership on the U.S. Council of Foreign Relations. Dr. Cassell has been intimately involved in establishment of science policy and legislation related to biomedical research and public health. For 9 years she was chair of the Public and Scientific Affairs Board of the American Society for Microbiology; has served as an adviser on infectious diseases and indirect costs of research to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; and has been an invited participant in numerous congressional hearings and briefings related to infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, and biomedical research. She has served two terms on the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accrediting body for U.S. medical schools, as well as other national committees involved in establishing policies in training in the biomedical sciences. She is an Emeritus

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