Microbiology News

Stealth pig cells may hold the key to treating diabetes in humans

harry shroederUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham researchers are exploring ways to wrap pig tissue with a protective coating to ultimately fight diabetes in humans. The nano-thin bilayers of protective material are meant to deter or prevent immune rejection.

The ultimate goal: transplant insulin-producing cell-clusters from pigs into humans to treat Type 1 diabetes.
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UAB Biomarker beats gold standard in detecting brain shunt infections

harry shroederIn a study of children with brain shunts at Children’s of Alabama, a University of Alabama at Birmingham investigational biomarker outperformed the current “gold standard” test for detecting bacterial infections in the shunts.
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Micro researchers involved in studies reporting a new quality-control checkpoint in developing B cells that may affect vaccine responses.

harry shroederMicro researchers involved in studies reporting a new quality-control checkpoint in developing B cells that may affect vaccine responses.




Checkpoint in B cell development discovered with possible implications on vaccine potency

Teaching metabolomics: a UAB outreach to researchers in sub-Saharan Africa


Janusz Kabarowski, Ph.D, is playing an important role in a metabolomics initiative.


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Dr. Jan Novak’s laboratory welcomes four new members and says farewell to one.

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From left to right:

Hirouki Ueda, MD, PhD (visiting scientist since 4-2012)
Nicolas Maillard, MD (visiting scientist since 11-2012)
Koshi Yamada, MD, PhD (departing after spending almost four years at UAB)
Tyler Stewart (PhD student, jointly mentored by Drs. Renfrow and Novak since summer 2012)
Colin Reily, PhD (post-doctoral fellow since 10-2012)