Committee on Microbiology News
Scott Biering, a COM student in the lab of Dr. Seungmin Hwang, was the 2017 recipient of the Robert E. Priest Fellowship Award. The Department of Pathology established the award in 2001 to support outstanding research by a graduate student working in a pathology lab in his/her final 12-18 months of their program. The $5,000 award is to be used for academic enrichment.
Tristan Jordan, COM student in the lab of Glenn Randall, has published a study describing a signaling mechanism that regulates dengue virus manipulation of lipid metabolism in the host cell. Tristan is currently a postdoc in the tenOever lab at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Jordan TX, Randall G. 2017. Dengue virus activates the AMP kinase-mTOR axis to stimulate a proviral lipophagy. J Virol. doi: 10.1128/JVI.02020-16.
Jordan TX, Randall G. 2016. Flavivirus modulation of cellular metabolism. Curr Opin Virol. 19: 7-10.
Michael Gebhardt, COM student in the lab of Howard Shuman, defended his thesis and published a study outlining his discovery of a stress adaptation and antibiotic resistance system in Acinetobacter baumanii. This discovery of the genes encoding this system emerged from Mike’s tn-Seq analysis of A. baumanii. Mike is currently a postdoc in the Dove lab at Harvard Medical School.
Gebhardt MJ, Shuman HA. 2017. GigA and GigB are Master Regulators of Antibiotic Resistance, Stress Responses and Virulence in Acinetobacter baumannii. J Bacteriol. 2017 doi: 10.1128/JB.00066-17.
Gebhardt MJ, Gallagher LA, Jacobson RK, Usacheva EA, Peterson LR, Zurawski DV, Shuman HA. 2015.Joint Transcriptional Control of Virulence and Resistance to Antibiotic and Environmental Stress in Acinetobacter baumannii. MBio. 6:e01660-15. doi: 10.1128/mBio.01660-15.
COM student Ryan Ohr of the Missiakas Lab defended his thesis and published his studies of the secreted Staphylococcus aureus EssD nuclease, which modulates immune signaling in the host to support S. aureus pathogenesis.
Ohr RJ, Anderson M, Shi M, Schneewind O, Missiakas D. 2016. EssD, a Nuclease Effector of the Staphylococcus aureus ESS Pathway. J Bacteriol. e00528-16.
Alyson Yee, MSTP/COM student in Jack Gilbert’s lab, has recently published a perspective piece in Science that synthesizes recent studies on the effects of the antibacterial molecule triclosan on the microbiome.
Yee AL, Gilbert J. 2016. Is triclosan harming your microbiome? Science 353:348-9. doi: 10.1126/science.aag2698.
Nicholas Heaton (PhD, 2012) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University School of Medicine.
Luciano Marraffini (PhD, 2007), Assistant Professor at Rockefeller University, was recently named a finalist for the Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists. Luciano has received several awards since starting his lab at Rockefeller including Cell “40 Under 40”, Rita Allen Foundation Scholar, NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, and Searle Scholar.