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.


Prevelige Discusses Research in February 2013 BioTechniques

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UAB Microbiology Professor Peter Prevelige, Ph.D., is noted for his research into viral capsid  assembly and his contributions to the field of nano-biotechnology. In an interview in the February 2013 issue BioTechniques Dr. Prevelige discusses his research focus and the potential impact of his current projects.

2012 Microbiology Research Retreat

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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 10

Mark 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

Leland_Black_2012Congratulations 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”.