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Congratulations to John Kearney, Department of Microbiology, named UAB's 50th Distinguished Faculty Lecturer

Oliver MelissaCongratulations to Melissa Oliver for being the first Microbiology Theme student to complete her PhD program!

Microbiology Trainees Receive Graduate Student Research Days Awards

Amber Buel (mentors: Patrizia De Sarno, Ph.D. and Chander Raman, Ph.D.) and Jocelyn Hauser (mentor: Janet Yother) were honored on Friday, March 8, 2013, at the UAB Graduate School Awards Lunch-eon in the Bartow Arena Green and Gold Room. Buel’s presenta-tion, "Lithium Controls Central Nervous System Autoimmunity through Modulation of IFN-γ Signal-ing," received third place in Session 14, and Hauser’s presentation, "Modulation of Capsule Production in Streptococcus pneumoniae by SpxB and Hydrogen peroxide," received third place in Session 11.

The annual UAB Graduate Student Research Day competition is open to all degree-seeking UAB graduate students enrolled during the semester in which the compe-tition is held. Each participant is limited to 12 minutes for their presentation, with 3 additional minutes for questions from the judg-ing panel. Judges include faculty and post-doctoral fellows, repre-senting a diverse group of scholars.


Microbiology Theme Student Awarded Moses Sinkala Travel Scholarship

Doornbos_KathrynKathryn Doornbos has been awarded the Moses Sinkala Travel Scholarship and will be honored at a luncheon on Monday, April 18th, from 11:30 – 1:00 in the Edge of Chaos. Kathryn will use her award when she travels to Amsterdam to collaborate with Dr. Wilbert Bitter at Vrije Universiteit (VU) in May, 2013.  Dr. Bitter has a well-established zebrafish embryo infection model for Mycobacterium marinum which enables detailed and rapid identification of phenotypes of mycobacterial mutants which would be difficult or impossible to observe in other animal models of mycobacterial diseases.

Jocelyn Hauser Awarded ASM Richard and Mary Finkelstein Grant

Graduate student Jocelyn Hauser (a member of Dr. Janet Yother’s lab) is one of only six students nationally to receive the prestigious 2013 Richard and Mary Finkelstein Student Travel Grant. In addition to funding Hauser’s travel to the 113th General Meeting of the American Society of Microbiology, the grant also qualifies her to present a poster and give a short presentation of her abstract, “Modulation of Capsule Production in Streptococcus pneumoniae by SpxB and Hydrogen Peroxide,” during the Division B and D Business Meeting.

The 113th General Meeting of the American Society of Microbiology will be in Denver, Colorado, on May 18-21, 2013.

Micro_Imm_students_in_Mercedes_Marathon_webStudents participate in Birmingham's Mercedes Marathon

Pictured left to right: Aimee Franklin, Beth Walters, Emily Stefanov, Sarah Mollo, and Kim Thomas. These GBS women participated in the relay races at the Mercedes Marathon on Sunday, February 17, 2013, placing 10th out of 73 women teams. Way to go Ladies!



Yother Is SOM Diversity Nominee

Dr. Janet Yother has been selected as the School of Medicine faculty nominee for the UAB Diversity award. This award was established to recognize the significant achievements of faculty, staff and students who have worked to develop a more culturally diverse, competent and inclusive university community.

Yother was nominated by her students, both past and present, as the faculty member who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to promote diversity within the department, graduate school and university.

Yother was then selected by a panel convened by the Dean to be the nominee from the School of Medicine. Yother's application packet included a complete description of the significance and impact of her work to promote diversity in science education and training. The letters of support that her students provided were outstanding and speak volumes to her ability to both welcome minorities into science and mentor them to become successful scientists in their own right.

The UAB Diversity Awards Selection committee will pick from the finalists across the entire university and the award recipients will be announced at a public ceremony during UAB Community Week in January.


PreveligePrevelige Discusses Research in February 2013 BioTechniques


UAB Microbiology Professor Peter Prevelige, Ph.D., is noted for his research into viral capsid  assembly and his contributions to the field of nano-biotechnology. In an interview in the February 2013 issue BioTechniques Dr. Prevelige discusses his research focus and the potential impact of his current projects.