Amanda L. Lewis, Ph.D. was a trainee at UCSD, where she received her doctorate and did postdoctoral training at the interface of microbiology and glycobiology. She started her own lab in 2009 and spent the past 10+ years at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where sheis currently an Associate Professor, striking out in new research directions to connect glycobiology and women’s health. Her research program seeks to understand the roles of sialic acids and sialidases in infectious disease and with a particular focus on the vaginal microbiome and urogenital pathogenesis. Her accomplishments have been recognized by faculty career awards from the American Heart Foundation, the March of Dimes, the International Glycoconjugate Organization and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Most recently, she was recognized as a Distinguished Investigator by Washington University. A native of California, Amanda will return to UCSD in July as a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences. Her research program will continue to unravel how microbial characteristics unique to the human reproductive tract conspire to cause diseases that threaten the health and lives of women and their offspring.