Holly Ahern is a professor of microbiology at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury. With over 25 years of teaching and research experience, she is the author of laboratory textbooks and articles published in both the scholarly and trade journals. Ahern is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and the SUNY Adirondack President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was named a National Science Foundation American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Biology Scholar in 2008, completing the Biology Scholar Transitions Residency program in 2011. By deploying classical microbiology methods in new ways and engaging her community college students in research, Ahern and her student research team investigate novel ways to both observe and destroy stealth pathogens such as those responsible for tick-borne diseases.