The 21st Microbiology Research Retreat was held on November 9-11, 2012, at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Hotel LeCiel, Sandestin, Florida. The 111 attendees took advantage of the opportunity to share their diverse experiences and knowledge in the relaxing atmosphere of the Gulf Coast.
Pete Burrows, director of the Immunology Graduate Theme says, “The retreat provides an informal setting for students and postdocs to present their research and discuss it with the Microbiology faculty.”
The retreat began with a welcome speech from the new department chair, Dr. Frances Lund. Formerly at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, Lund brings with her a desire to broaden the Microbiology Department’s tradition of collaborative science.
The retreat schedule, filled with student and faculty presentations, also included an opportunity to honor a distinguished Microbiology Department alumnus, Sean Whelan. As a postdoc in Gail Wertz’s lab, Whelan focused on vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV). He is now a faculty member in the Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology at Harvard Medical School.
The three-day retreat concluded with the presentation of awards. Students receiving awards at the retreat include:
Jiri Vlach – Most Outstanding Oral Presentation – Postdoc
Kimberly Thomas – Most Outstanding Poster – Graduate Student
Brandon Hatcher – Outstanding Poster – Graduate Student
Allison Brady – Most Outstanding Poster – New Investigator
Tyler Stewart – Outstanding Poster – New Investigator
Haley Echlin – Most Outstanding Oral Presentation – Graduate Student
Jeffrey Vahrenkamp – Outstanding Oral Presentation – Graduate Student
Ashley Burg – Outstanding Oral Presentation – New Investigator
Gregory Bedwell – Outstanding Oral Presentation – New Investigator
Kathryn Doornbos – Outstanding Oral Presentation – New Investigator
Microbiology’s Beatriz León, Ph.D., and Frances Lund, Ph.D., discuss how exposure to dust mites links to allergies and asthma in MD Magazine online.A team of UAB researchers including microbiology department assistant professor Beatriz León, Ph.D., and her husband, Andre Ballesteros-Tato, Ph.D., (Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology) have identified a previously unknown step in the pathway that leads to asthma. The results of their study are published online, ahead of print, in “T follicular helper cell plasticity shapes pathogenic T helper 2 cell-mediated immunity to inhaled house dust mite.” Read more ... 2016 AAI-BioLegend Herzenberg Award for his outstanding research contributions to the field of immunology in the area of B cell biology.
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Written by Peter Burrows, Ph.D.
November 13-15, 2015, UAB Microbiology Department faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and special guests gathered in Chattanooga at the Chattanoogan Hotel for our annual research retreat. This year’s retreat—number 24—was once more a wonderful opportunity for members of the department to focus on science and to establish new collaborations away from the distractions of everyday life.Read more ...
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Speaker: Roy Curtiss, III, Ph.D.
March 15, 2016 | Noon
Volker Hall LECTURE ROOM B
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