Microbiology News

Three UAB faculty members selected as fellows by world’s largest general scientific society

Briles.AAASFaculty members from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s College of Arts and Sciences and School of Medicine have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The AAAS is the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society and a leading publisher of cutting-edge research through its Science family of journals.

Charles Amsler, Ph.D., professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Biology, Steven Austad, Ph.D., distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Biology, and David Briles, Ph.D., professor in the School of Medicine’s Department of Microbiology and Department of Pediatrics, are UAB’s three representatives in the 2016 class of AAAS fellows. Read more ...

Vaccination of newborn mice with bacteria suppresses asthma as adults

Kahan2The hygiene hypothesis proposes that a 20th century surge in allergies and asthma is because people are living in increasingly hygienic environments. Rather than the rural farm life of the agricultural 19th century, families live in urban and suburban communities, have fewer children who can exchange infections, bathe and wash their hands more frequently, and use antibiotics excessively. This all means reduced infant exposure to microbes that would have tempered excessive immune reactions, such as asthma, later in life. Read more ...

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 ...

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Travel assistance for Microbiology graduate students to attend meetings, workshops, and advanced courses offered by scientific societies and organizations is available through the Raymond N. Hiramoto Endowment. All Microbiology departmental graduate students in good standing are eligible to apply.

Applications are due no later than midnight, July 1, 2013.

Submit all application materials:
  • a completed application form
  • curriculum vitae
  • recommendation/approval from the student’s mentor
  • a meeting abstract or a brief justification for attending the meeting/course (if attending a course, include a description of the course and how attending would benefit you)
in electronic format to Ashley Rouss (ashleyrouss@uab.edu).

Applications are evaluated by the Microbiology graduate committee, and awards are based on the student’s research accomplishments or potential for research. Preference is given to students who will be presenting their research findings at the meeting. Award recipients will be announced within three weeks of the deadline dates. Students not funded may reapply for the next award cycle. Awardees are eligible to reapply after two years of receipt of an award.
     The endowment fund was established in 2002 in honor of Dr. Ray Hiramoto, a noted immunologist who served more than 35 years on the faculty of the UAB Department of Microbiology.