As a molecular biologist at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, she co-led the team that sequenced the 1918 flu virus—an effort that was hailed as "a watershed event for influenza researchers worldwide." She then served as a Senior Program Officer at the National Research Council's Board on Life Sciences for five years and then, most recently, as director of the American Academy of Microbiology. In both roles she oversaw major efforts aimed at communicating science to the public. And as its director, Reid oversaw all of the operations of the American Academy of Microbiology, from coordinating scientific research and publishing technical reports to communicating with the public and organizing dozens of scientific meetings.
"Ann is the consummate cat herder," says Margaret McFall-Ngai, Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at University of Wisconsin. "She's thoughtful, creative, and handles people with respect and finesse. But she's no pushover. She knows how to take charge, aided by her broad historic understanding of the issues and the science."
As a researcher and communicator, Reid has authored scores of peer-reviewed research papers, National Research Council reports, and FAQ documents, ranging from "Origin and Evolution of the 1918 'Spanish' Influenza Virus Hemagglutinin Gene" to the popular brochure If the Yeast Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy: The Microbiology of Beer.