Kalai Mathee, a Malaysian professor and researcher from the Florida International University (FIU) is its first faculty member inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Of the two Malaysians ever inducted, she is the first woman. She is one of the 50 Fellows of Indian origin . An alumni of Universiti of Malaya, Kalai Mathee is among 68 new fellows selected by the Academy this year. Kalai Mathee’s field of research include alginate gene regulation; antimicrobial resistance; gut and lung metagenome and microbiome; alternate therapeutics; forensic science; comparative genomics; and bioinformatics.
NOTE: 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 fellows are voted-in through a highly selective peer-review process that focuses on their original contributions to advance science and microbiology.