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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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.