Microbiology News

2015 Susan Roberts Dubay Lecture

DubayLecture2015aOn September 1, 2015, faculty, staff, students and special guests, Dr. John Dubay and Dr. Eric Hunter, gathered at Volker Hall for the inaugural Susan Roberts Dubay Endowed Lecture. 
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Patel Receives Cooper Travel Award

Preeyam PatelPreeyam Patel (Kearney lab) is the winner of the 2015 Max D. Cooper Travel Award. She will use this award to help defray the cost of travel to attend the International Congress of Immunology meeting in Melbourne, Australia, in August 2016. Read more ...

Tuberculosis Necrotizing Toxin (TNT) Identified

Microbiology professor Dr. Michael Niederweis and colleagues identify the first known toxin of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, a pathogen that infects 9 million people a year and kills more than 1 million.
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Save the Date

24th Annual Microbiology Research Retreat
November 13 - 15, 2015
Keynote Speaker: Flavius Martin, M.D.
The Chattanoogan
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Bertram M. Marx Lecture
March 15, 2016
Speaker: Roy Curtiss, III, Ph.D.

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Brian ParksDr. Brian Parks, Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, and graduate of the UAB Microbiology Department, will speak May 7, 2013 at Noon in the Learning Resource Center (1714 9th Ave South) Room 102.

Parks, a graduate student in Dr. Janusz Kabarowski’s lab from 2004 to 2009, is studying the genetic nature of obesity and weight gain at the University of California, Los Angeles. His recent study using a systems genetics approach in mice analyzed genetic and environmental interactions affecting obesity, metabolic syndrome and gut microbiota composition. The results indicated that body-fat responses and gut microbe changes to high-fat, high-sugar diets have a very strong genetic component. “We have identified several genetic factors potentially regulating these responses,” says Parks.

Read Dr. Parks’ most recent results, “Genetic Control of Obesity and Gut Microbiota Composition in Response to High-Fat, High-Sucrose Diet in Mice,” in the January 2013 issue of Cell Metabolism and a commentary at http://www.nih.gov/researchmatters/january2013/01282013weight.htm.