2012 Microbiology Research Retreat
The 21st Microbiology Research Retreat was held on November 9-11, 2012, at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Hotel LeCiel, Sandestin, Florida. The 111 attendees took advantage of the opportunity to share their diverse experiences and knowledge in the relaxing atmosphere of the Gulf Coast.
Pete Burrows, director of the Immunology Graduate Theme says, “The retreat provides an informal setting for students and postdocs to present their research and discuss it with the Microbiology faculty.”
The retreat began with a welcome speech from the new department chair, Dr. Frances Lund. Formerly at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, Lund brings with her a desire to broaden the Microbiology Department’s tradition of collaborative science.
The retreat schedule, filled with student and faculty presentations, also included an opportunity to honor a distinguished Microbiology Department alumnus, Sean Whelan. As a postdoc in Gail Wertz’s lab, Whelan focused on vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV). He is now a faculty member in the Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology at Harvard Medical School.
The three-day retreat concluded with the presentation of awards. Students receiving awards at the retreat include:
Jiri Vlach – Most Outstanding Oral Presentation – Postdoc
Kimberly Thomas – Most Outstanding Poster – Graduate Student
Brandon Hatcher – Outstanding Poster – Graduate Student
Allison Brady – Most Outstanding Poster – New Investigator
Tyler Stewart – Outstanding Poster – New Investigator
Haley Echlin – Most Outstanding Oral Presentation – Graduate Student
Jeffrey Vahrenkamp – Outstanding Oral Presentation – Graduate Student
Ashley Burg – Outstanding Oral Presentation – New Investigator
Gregory Bedwell – Outstanding Oral Presentation – New Investigator
Kathryn Doornbos – Outstanding Oral Presentation – New Investigator
Walter's Project a Perfect 10Mark Walter is a Co-PI on a NIH R01 grant that received a perfect score (10). This is an outstanding and very rare accomplishment. The project title is Prevention of Primary HCMV Infection by Vaccinating against HCMV-Encoded IL-10. Congratulations, Mark!
Graduate Student Leland Black Receives Award
Congratulations to Leland Black (graduate student in Janusz Kabarowski’s lab) who received 3rd prize for her poster presentation at the 23rd Annual UAB Vascular Biology & Hypertension Symposium (October 8-9, 2012). Leland’s poster, one of 34 presented by graduate students and postdocs at this symposium, was entitled “HDL-Mediated Modulation of Autoimmunity in Normolipidemic Lupus-prone mice”.