Mathee elected to American Academy of Microbiology

A biomolecular faculty member and professor in the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine is the first Florida International University faculty member inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

Kalai Mathee

For Kalai Mathee, the honor is personal. She becomes the first female scientist from Malaysia and the second overall from her country to join the academy this year.

The academy is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, one of the oldest and largest life science societies in the world. The academy aims to recognize scientists for outstanding contributions to microbiology and provide microbiological expertise in the service of science and public. The fellows are voted in through a highly selective peer-review process that focuses on their original contributions to advance science and microbiology.

Mathee has published more than 120 articles and several book chapters in the fields of alginate gene regulation, antimicrobial resistance, gut and lung metagenome and microbiome, alternate therapeutics, forensic science, comparative genomics, and bioinformatics. She has four patents to her credit. Along with Norman Fry of Public Health England, Mathee serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medical Microbiology, first international editor in its 50-year history.

Professor Kalai Mathee contributed to the story.