October 25, 2013 Laura Filkins, a PhD student in our program, was awarded a travel grant by the ALTA California Eye Research Foundation to travel to Africa to use molecular approaches to characterize the microbial communities associated with trachoma, an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. Congratulations!
October 3, 2013 Josh Obar, a graduate of the MCB Program at Dartmouth and a former member of Ed Usherwood's lab in our program, is now a faculty member at Montana State University. He was recently awarded the prestigious 2013 ICAAC Young Investigator Award from ASM. Congratulations! Check out more information here.
August 29, 2013 A recent paper headed by Anda Zhang and Larry Myers (below), was cited as an Article of Significant Interest in Eucaryotic Cell. This work focuses on White-Opaque switching in the fungal pathogen Candida albicans. Check it out here.
June 19, 2013 Nora Grahl, a psot-doc in the Hogan lab, was recently awarded the Life Sciences Research Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship (LSRF) on her project entitled "Mechanisms by which bacterial phenazines modulate eukaryotic growth programs". Her research interests focus on links between metabolism and signaling across eukaryotes. In the fungal pathogen Candida albicans, Nora is studying how microbially-produced small molecules impact biofilm formation through effects on metabolically responsive signaling pathways.
May 28, 2013 Katie Price, a post-doc in the O'Toole lab, recently received a post-doc fellowship award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She has been named the Basbaum Fellow as the highest-scoring post-doctoral fellowship applicant.
Deb Hogan, a professor in the program, was recently interviewed on Vermont Public Radio where she discussed the human microbiome. Check it out here
March 25, 2013 Dr. Amy Piispanen, a graduate of our PhD program who trained in the laboratory of Deborah Hogan, will be starting as Assistant Professor of Microbiology/Genetics next fall at Franklin Pierce University. Amy has been teaching at FPU since her graduation. For her PhD studies, Amy worked on Candida aliicans morphogenesis and Ras signaling.
March 25, 2013
Sabrina Ceeraz, Ph.D., a post-doc in the Noelle lab, was awarded a trainee/abstract award for the American Association of Immunologists Annual Meeting to be held in Hawaii later this Spring. Two PhD students in the Immunology Program, Eleanor Clancy-Thompson, (David Mullins lab) and Shannon Steinberg (Mary Jo Turk lab), also received these awards.
March 21, 2013
David Bzik was recently awarded a new NIH grant to examine parasite manipulation of host response mediated by secreted parasite proteins. This new project has evolved from the the thesis work of current student Leah Rommereim who is a past trainee on the M2P2 training grant, and a member of the M2P2 program.
March 10, 2013
Two postdoctoral fellows from our program, Yun Luo and Nora Grahl were accepted into the Quantitative Fluorescent Microscopy course offered by the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory.
March 7, 2013
The Hogan lab recently published two papers headed up by Ph.D. students.
The first paper, titled "Control of Candida albicans Metabolism and Biofilm Formation by Pseudomonas aeruginosa Phenazines", with Diana Morales as lead author and additional contributions by Nora Grahl, was published in mBio. Nick Jacobs, an emeritis professor in M/I made significant contributions to this work, which also included a collaborative effort by the Dietrich lab at Columbia.
A second paper titled "Farnesol and cyclic AMP signaling effects on the hypha-to-yeast transition in Candida albicans" was published in in Eukaryotic Cell and was a joint effort by Hogan lab members Allia Lindsay, Aurélie Deveau and Amy Piispanen. Aurélie Deveau recently started her own group in France.
March 6, 2013
Edward Usherwood, a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, was recently named an Editor of the Journal of Immunology. His term starts January 1, 2014.
March 5, 2013
As part of the Graduate Studies workshop series called "Becoming a Faculty Member", George O'Toole gave a talk on lab management and how this aspect of training (not typically formalized in graduate programs) is a critical part of your job as a faculty member. Check out this link to see a story on the Grad Studies web page that gives an overview of this presentation.