Microbiology News

Postdoctoral Scientists Numbers Declining

Justement square photoThe quality and quantity of biomedical research may be negatively affected if the number of postdoctoral fellows in the biomedical field continues to decline. According to microbiology professor Louis Justement, Ph.D., co-author of “Biomedical science postdocs: an end to the era of expansion” (Oct. 6, 2015, FASEB Journal online), the number of early-career scientists choosing to become postdocs has declined for three years in a row.
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Federal Funding Important to UAB and Birmingham’s Economy

looking through microscope“Support for research at the federal level is an important issue for Birmingham and the state of Alabama,” explains microbiology professor Louis B. Justement, Ph.D. Read more ...

$7.5 Million Awarded by Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics to Discover New Therapies for CF Patients

purple ribbon Research begun by microbiology professor David Bedwell, Ph.D., identifying nonsense mutations in Cystic Fibrosis patients, has led to a collaboration between UAB and Southern Research with the goal of developing novel drugs for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patients with rare genetic mutations. Read more ...

UAB Microbiology #25, Immunology #27 in 2016 Best Global Universities Ranking

internationalrankingUAB was ranked 200th in the world and landed in the top 75 U.S. universities.

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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.