Amanda L. Lewis, Ph.D. was a trainee at UC San Diego, 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 she is 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, in 2020, Amanda returned to UC San Diego as a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences. Her research program continues 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.