amber buelAmber Buel Amber Buel (mentors: Patrizia De Sarno, Ph.D. and Chander Raman, Ph.D.) and Jocelyn Hauser (mentor: Janet Yother) were honored on Friday, March 8, 2013, at the UAB Graduate School Awards Luncheon in the Bartow Arena Green and Gold Room. Buel’s presentation, “Lithium Controls Central Nervous System Autoimmunity through Modulation of IFN-γ Signaling,” received third place in Session 14, and Hauser’s presentation, “Modulation of Capsule Production in Streptococcus pneumoniae by SpxB and Hydrogen peroxide,” received third place in Session 11.

                                             
HauserJocelyn Hauser The annual UAB Graduate Student Research Day competition is open to all degree-seeking UAB graduate students enrolled during the semester in which the competition is held. Each participant is limited to 12 minutes for their presentation, with 3 additional minutes for questions from the judging panel. Judges include faculty and post-doctoral fellows, representing a diverse group of scholars. 

Committed to the study of infectious and immune-mediated diseases

The UAB Department of Microbiology is consistently ranked amongst the best microbiology departments in the country, and faculty currently hold more than 50 grants and $13 million in extramural grant funding. We are a vibrant highly collaborative research community actively serving the university mission of excellence in research, service and teaching. 

It is an exciting time to be a scientist at UAB and in the Department of Microbiology. The department is actively recruiting new faculty members and with our existing cadre of investigators and the new faculty who join us, we plan to capitalize on the department’s strong foundation and heritage to build a scientifically rich environment that will allow us to meet our twin missions of carrying out cutting-edge, fundamental basic and translational research to improve human health and educating the next generation of scientists who will lead the fight against infectious and immune-mediated diseases.

Research

We are improving human health by carrying out cutting-edge, fundamental basic and translational research focusing on the bacteria, viruses and parasites that cause human disease. Faculty in the Department of Microbiology have research programs in five broad yet interconnected areas; Microbial Pathogenesis, Immunology, Virology, Structural Biology and Cancer.

Education

We are educating and training the next generation of scientists, educators and entrepreneurs who will lead the fight against infectious and immune-mediated diseases. Department of Microbiology faculty participate in teaching classes to undergraduate, graduate and medical students and serve as the organizers and course directors for a number of the graduate level classes.

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