Microbiology Trainees Receive Graduate Student Research Days Awards


  
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. 

Micro Trainee Receives Sinkala Travel Award

Doornbos 2013Kathryn Doornbos, a graduate student in Dr. Michael Niederweis’s lab, is one of five graduate students to be awarded the 2013 Moses Sinkala Travel Scholarship.

“I'll be doing an 8-week collaboration with Wilbert Bitter at VU (Vrije Universiteit) in Amsterdam. Dr. Bitter has a well-established zebrafish embryo infection model for Mycobacterium marinum that enables detailed and rapid identification of phenotypes of mycobacterial mutants that would be difficult or impossible to observe in other animal models of mycobacterial diseases,” explains Doornbos.

Along with a monetary award, Doornbos will be honored at a luncheon on Monday, April 8th in UAB’s Edge of Chaos Atrium.

This prestigious travel award is presented by The Sparkman Center for Global Health to assist exemplary graduate and undergraduate students complete an international internship or research opportunity. To learn about the late Dr. Moses Sinkala, go to the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health website.

Obesity Is Topic for UAB Alumnus Speaker

Brian ParksDr. Brian Parks, Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, and graduate of the UAB Microbiology Department, will speak May 7, 2013 at Noon in the Learning Resource Center (1714 9th Ave South) Room 102.

Parks, a graduate student in Dr. Janusz Kabarowski’s lab from 2004 to 2009, is studying the genetic nature of obesity and weight gain at the University of California, Los Angeles. His recent study using a systems genetics approach in mice analyzed genetic and environmental interactions affecting obesity, metabolic syndrome and gut microbiota composition. The results indicated that body-fat responses and gut microbe changes to high-fat, high-sugar diets have a very strong genetic component. “We have identified several genetic factors potentially regulating these responses,” says Parks.

Read Dr. Parks’ most recent results, “Genetic Control of Obesity and Gut Microbiota Composition in Response to High-Fat, High-Sucrose Diet in Mice,” in the January 2013 issue of Cell Metabolism and a commentary at http://www.nih.gov/researchmatters/january2013/01282013weight.htm.

UAB Program in Immunology NIH Training Grant Scores a Perfect 10

The UAB Program in Immunology NIH Training Grant has been renewed with a perfect score of 10! Drs. Harry Schroeder and Laurie Harrington (Director and Co-Director of the Training Program and Grant) announced the good news February 26, 2013.

The UAB Program in Immunology has more than 69 members on the UAB campus including 14 Primary and 20 Secondary Faculty in the Department of Microbiology. As Drs. Schroeder and Harrington indicated in their announcement: "The training grant was judged on the quality of the written application, the qualifications of the Program Director and Co-Director, the track record of the previous and current trainees, the quality of the institution, and the track records and qualifications of the mentors. A score of 10 indicates that the committee viewed our program faculty and trainees very favorably."

Congratulations to all!

Microbiology PostDocs Win Awards

The Office of Postdoctoral Education and the UAB Postdoctoral Association announced the winners for the 2013 Postdoctoral Research Day. Three postdocs from the Microbiology Department received awards:

1st Place – Rakesh Bakshi
2nd Place – Davide Botta
3rd Place – Colin Reily

These outstanding trainees were among approximately 50 entrants from UAB and SRI (Southern Research Institute). Each submitted a 300-word abstract and presented a 12-minute talk about their research project. Research Day was divided into six sessions with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards for each session. Microbiology postdocs presented in session 4.

Infectious Diseases, Global Health and Vaccines Requests Applications

Travel Awards: Apply by March 15, 2013 for travel awards between UAB and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) in Durban, South Africa. Faculty, post-doctorates or senior students at both UAB and K-RITH with research interests related to tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, including prevention sciences, are eligible to apply.

Pilot Project Awards: Apply by August 1, 2013 for Pilot Project Awards to develop collaborative projects between the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) in Durban, South Africa. Faculty (at all levels) with research interests aligned with K-RITH investigators in the fields of tuberculosis or HIV/AIDS, including prevention sciences, are encouraged to apply.

Full instructions are available at the Infectious Diseases, Global Health and Vaccines Strategic Initiative website.