Gilligan is a member of the school’s microbiology and immunology department and serves as director of clinical microbiology-immunology laboratories and phlebotomy services at UNC Hospitals.
The academy is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, the world’s oldest and largest life science organization. Gilligan is one of six new governors elected to the academy’s board, which sets the group’s strategic direction and establishes new programs and initiatives. His three-year term begins July 1.
In addition to serving on the board, Gilligan will serve as the dean of the American College of Microbiology. The college oversees the society’s certification and accreditation programs.
Gilligan recently co-wrote the society’s cystic fibrosis microbiology Cumitech, a series of practice guideline documents. He has also published over 125 articles, books and book chapters. His primary research interest is the detection and molecular epidemiology of emerging infectious diseases.