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Major Erin Almand

Basic Sciences Division Executive Officer & Assistant Professor of Biology

Department of Biology

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(719) 333-6029

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Bio

Major Erin A. Almand is the Executive Officer, Basic Sciences Division and Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO. She instructs cadets in Core Biology and Microbiology, in addition to mentoring several individual research projects and the USAFA International Genetically Engineered Machine Team.

Education

PhD in Microbiology, Minor in Biotechnology; North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (2016)

MS in Microbiology and Cell Science, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2010)

BS in Biology, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado (2009)

Professional Experience

Basic Sciences Division Executive Officer, US Air Force Academy, CO (May 2020 – Present)

Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, US Air Force Academy, CO (Dec 2018-Present)

Assistant Director of Operations, 724th Special Operations Support Squadron, Pope Army Airfield, NC (May 2018-Dec 2018)

Executive Officer, 724th Special Tactics Group, Pope Army Airfield, NC (May 2017 – May 2018)

Test Director, Combat Development Directorate, 724th Operations Support Squadron, Pope Army Airfield, NC (July 2016 – May 2017)

Research Assistant, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (Aug 2013 – June 2016)

Operations Analyst, AF Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Detachment 2, Eglin AFB, FL (Dec 2010 – Aug 2013)

Research Assistant, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (Aug 2009 – Dec 2010)

Honors & Awards

USAFA Team of Year (2019)
American Society for Microbiology Outstanding Student Abstract (2016)
American Society for Microbiology Travel Award Recipient (2016)
Thoyd Melton Award for Outstanding Oral Presentation – American Society for Microbiology (2015)
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (2014)
SAF/AQ AFIT T&E Learning Certificate Scholarship (2011)
International Conference on Gram-Positive Pathogens Student Travel Award Recipient (2010)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
AF Outstanding Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster
AF Organizational Excellence Award with one oak leaf cluster

Research and Scholarly Interests

Microbial ecology, environmental microbiology, food safety, biofilms

Publications

Steel, J. J., Sitko, J. C., Adkins, M. G., Hasstedt, S. C., Rohrer, J. W., & Almand, E. A. (2020). Empowering academic labs and scientists to test for COVID-19.

Almand, E. A., Moore, M. D., & Jaykus, L. A. Characterization of human norovirus binding to gut-associated bacterial ligands. BMC research notes 12.1 (2019):1-6.

Almand, E. A., Moore, M. D., & Jaykus, L. A. (2017).  Norovirus Binding to Ligands Beyond Histo-Blood Group Antigens. Frontiers in microbiology, 8.

Almand, E. A., Moore, M. D., & Jaykus, L. A. (2017). Virus-Bacteria Interactions: An Emerging Topic in Human Infection. Viruses, 9(3), 58.

Almand, E. A., Moore, M. D., Outlaw, J., & Jaykus, L. A. (2017). Human norovirus binding to select bacteria representative of the human gut microbiota. PloS one, 12(3), e0173124.

Almand, E. A., Goulter, R. M., & Jaykus, L. A. (2016). Capture and concentration of viral and bacterial foodborne pathogens using apolipoprotein H. Journal of microbiological methods, 128, 88-95.

Sapp, A. M., Mogen, A. B., Almand, E. A., Rivera, F. E., Shaw, L. N., Richardson, A. R., & Rice, K. C. (2014). Contribution of the nos-pdt operon to virulence phenotypes in methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus. PloS one, 9(10), e108868.