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Research published in the journal Cell Reports and led by Carlos Orihuela, Ph.D., and David Briles, Ph.D., professor and professor emeritus in the UAB Department of Microbiology, shows that S. pneumoniae adheres to dying lung cells, worsening secondary infection following flu. Read more


Craig Maynard, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Pathology, and his team, including first author Ashley Landuyt, Ph.D., former student in the Immunology Theme of the GBS program and supported by the Immunology T32, were recently published in PNAS for their study “ICOS ligand and IL-10 synergize to promote host–microbiota mutualism.” Read more


UAB researchers, led by Frances E. Lund, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology, report additional preclinical evidence of the potency of a single-dose, intranasal COVID-19 vaccine candidate AdCOVID - created by Altimmune Inc., a Maryland-based clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. A single intranasal dose provided sterilizing immunity in the lungs of vaccinated animals. Read more


In their study published in the journal Gastroenterology, Charles O. Elson, III, MD and co-first authors Katie Alexander, Ph.D., and Qing Zhao, M.D. were first to report that Crohn’s disease patients have specific IgG antibodies to human bacterial flagellins. Read more


UAB lab led by Sixto Leal, MD, PhD tracks risky COVID-19 variants Read more


Jacob Files, a graduate student in the UAB M.D.-Ph.D., Medical Scientist Training Program, Assistant Professor Nathan Erdmann, MD, PhD and Professor Paul Goepfert, MD from the UAB Division of Infectious Disease, report sustained cellular immune dysregulation in individuals recovering from COVID-19. Read more


Research carried out by Charles O. Elson, III, MD, Professor of Medicine and colleagues in a mouse model, using immune-reactive T cells from patients with Crohn’s disease, may provide a potential preventive treatment for Crohn’s disease. Read more


Better tests, cheaper vaccines: Antibody expert Moon Nahm, MD, professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care and director of UAB's Bacterial Respiratory Pathogen Reference Laboratory and the World Health Organization Pneumococcal Reference Laboratory, turns to COVID-19. Read more


Ninecia Scott, PhD, UAB Postdoctoral Fellow supported by the Immunology training grant, is one of the founders of "Black in Microbiology". To find out more, click here to see her interviewed on a podcast of the American Society for Microbiology.

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