CEE Professor Martin Polz will receive the American Society for Microbiology’s Elanco Award

March 20, 2013

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) announced recently that Professor Martin Polz of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is recipient of the Eli Lilly and Company-Elanco Research Award, ASM's oldest and most prestigious prize. 

Prof. Martin Polz — whose work could predict and prevent outbreaks of pathogenic microbes — studies the bacterium responsible for cholera, a disease that still affects millions around the world.
Prof. Martin Polz — whose work could predict and prevent outbreaks of pathogenic microbes — studies the bacterium responsible for cholera, a disease that still affects millions around the world. Photo/ Len Rubenstein

Polz, a microbiologist whose research explores the relationships between structure and function in microbial communities in the wild, is the first ecologist to be selected in the 77-year history of the award, which rewards fundamental research in microbiology or immunology by a scientist not yet 45 years old. Polz will receive the award and give the Eli Lilly Award Lecture during the ASM’s 113th General Meeting to be held in Denver in