Microbiology News

Weinmann honored at promotion reception

Kahan2Faculty and staff from the School of Medicine gathered Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the promotion of 22 women faculty, 10 of whom had earned the title of full professor and 12 who attained the rank of associate professor...


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Microbiology postdoc recognized for excellence

Kahan2Shannon Kahan, a posdoc in in Dr. Allan Zajac’s lab and recent recipient of the state’s only American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellowship, knocked it out of the park during the Office of Postdoctoral Education and Postdoctoral Association celebration... Read more ...

Max D. Cooper Endowed Immunology Travel Award helping further the education and training of students focused in the field of immunology

preeyamDr. Preeyam Patel, a recipient of the 2015 Max D. Cooper Endowed Immunology Travel Award, presented at the International Congress of Immunology in Melbourne Australia last month on how antibodies to phospholipid epitopes can inhibit the interaction of house dust mite with phosphorylcholine-specific receptors on antigen-presenting cells in the lung. Read more ...

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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Garcia receives awardStephanie Garcia receives award from representative of Colgate-Palmolive CompanyStephanie Garcia (graduate student in Hui Wu’s lab) was one of only six students internationally to receive a 2013 IADR Colgate Research in Prevention travel award. The annual awards are divided regionally among North America (Canada, United States and Mexico), Latin America, Europe, Africa/Middle East, and Asian/Pacific region. This year’s awards were given to support young scientists’ attendance at the 91st General Session and Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research in Seattle, Washington.

Dr. Wu’s lab, including Stephanie, Fan Zhu, Katherine Taylor, and Dr. Qiong Zhang (a visiting scientist from China) attended the meeting in March. They were able to meet and share information with scientists in the fields of dental, oral, and craniofacial research.

With nearly 12,800 members worldwide, the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) works to improve oral health by supporting the oral health research community in advancing research and facilitating the communication and application of research findings.

The IADR meeting was held in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research and the 37th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research. The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is the largest Division of IADR, with nearly 3,500 members in the United States.