Microbiology News

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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UAB Biomarker beats gold standard in detecting brain shunt infections

harry shroederIn a study of children with brain shunts at Children’s of Alabama, a University of Alabama at Birmingham investigational biomarker outperformed the current “gold standard” test for detecting bacterial infections in the shunts.
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Micro researchers involved in studies reporting a new quality-control checkpoint in developing B cells that may affect vaccine responses.

harry shroederMicro researchers involved in studies reporting a new quality-control checkpoint in developing B cells that may affect vaccine responses.




Checkpoint in B cell development discovered with possible implications on vaccine potency

Teaching metabolomics: a UAB outreach to researchers in sub-Saharan Africa


Janusz Kabarowski, Ph.D, is playing an important role in a metabolomics initiative.


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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.