Microbiology News

Leon and Lund Discuss Current Research Online

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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

Researchers identify previously unknown step in the pathway that leads to asthma

Andre Ballesteros Tato Beatriz Leon RuizA 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 ...

Kearney Receives AAI-BioLegend Herzenberg Award

john kearney 2013The American Association of Immunologists (AAI) has named microbiology professor John Kearney, Ph.D., the 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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24th Annual Microbiology Research Retreat

Written by Peter Burrows, Ph.D.
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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.
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Speaker: Roy Curtiss, III, Ph.D.
March 15, 2016 | Noon
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Jennifer RowlandJennifer RowlandJennifer Rowland, graduate student in the Department of Microbiology, and Nicholas Eustace, first year MD/PHD program student, were selected for the prestigious K-RITH summer internship program. Jennifer, a student in the lab of Michael Niederweis, Ph.D., and Nicholas will work with Adrie Steyn, Ph.D., a UAB Microbiology faculty member who splits his time between K-RITH and UAB.

The global health initiative K-RITH (KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV) is an innovative collaboration between the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), with public sector support through LifeLabs, the biotechnology investment arm of the South African government.

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ally based in a region with a high volume of TB and HIV cases, K-RITH’s state-of-the-art laboratories enables scientists to address the crises of TB and HIV at the heart of the epidemic. The international program draws young scientists with a variety of expertise. Additionally, K-RITH is increasing regional science education opportunities and strengthening the research capabilities of scientists throughout Africa.

Jennifer and Nicholas will spend 8 to 12 weeks at K-RITH in Durban, South Africa, this coming summer. They, along with other students chosen from programs at Johns Hopkins University and Harvard, will have an opportunity to participate in HIV and TB-related research in the new state-of-the-art research facility at K-RITH. The K-RITH internship, awarded to Jennifer and Nicholas, is sponsored by the UAB Global Health and Vaccines Initiative, which received funds from the Dean of the School of Medicine at UAB for this important outreach. UAB is excited to partner with K-RITH in this exchange program and is looking forward to additional opportunities to foster cross-institutional collaborations.

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