Bedwell 2013Congratulations to micro’s David Bedwell, Ph.D., who was named interim department chair for the department of Biochemistry. He is a long-time faculty member and leader at UAB, joining the faculty in 1988. “I am confident he will be an outstanding department leader and strong member of the School of Medicine leadership, working closely with other department chairs and members of my senior leadership team,” said Dr. Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., F.A.C.S., Senior Vice President and Dean of SOM.


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.”

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.

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.

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.