Microbiology News

Stealth pig cells may hold the key to treating diabetes in humans

harry shroederUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham researchers are exploring ways to wrap pig tissue with a protective coating to ultimately fight diabetes in humans. The nano-thin bilayers of protective material are meant to deter or prevent immune rejection.

The ultimate goal: transplant insulin-producing cell-clusters from pigs into humans to treat Type 1 diabetes.
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UAB Biomarker beats gold standard in detecting brain shunt infections

harry shroederIn a study of children with brain shunts at Children’s of Alabama, a University of Alabama at Birmingham investigational biomarker outperformed the current “gold standard” test for detecting bacterial infections in the shunts.
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Micro researchers involved in studies reporting a new quality-control checkpoint in developing B cells that may affect vaccine responses.

harry shroederMicro researchers involved in studies reporting a new quality-control checkpoint in developing B cells that may affect vaccine responses.




Checkpoint in B cell development discovered with possible implications on vaccine potency

Teaching metabolomics: a UAB outreach to researchers in sub-Saharan Africa


Janusz Kabarowski, Ph.D, is playing an important role in a metabolomics initiative.


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fernandezTimothy Fernandez, a Beckman Scholar in Dr. Jamil Saad’s lab, will give a 30-minute presentation on his research at the Beckman Foundation's Scholars Symposium to be held July 25-27 at the Beckman Center of the National Academy of Sciences and Engineering in Irvine, California.

A senior in the University Honors Program, Fernandez is one of UAB's three inaugural Beckman scholars. He is one of six students chosen from the nationwide pool of Beckman Scholars to present his research at the Beckman Symposium. Saad, who is representing the 15 Beckman UAB mentors at this year's symposium, will introduce Fernandez.

Fernandez has published three papers in professional journals. He is an author on two papers in the Journal of Biological Chemistry (2010 and 2011) and one paper in Frontiers of Virology (2012). Additionally, Timothy is first author on a paper under review at the Journal of Biological Chemistry. He has given presentations at more than 15 conferences, both on his research and other scholarly activities, at local (UAB EXPOs), state (Alabama Academy of Sciences; University of Alabama System Honors Research Conference), regional (Southern Regional Honors Council, the American Chemical Society Southeastern Undergraduate Research Conference), and national (National Conference on Undergraduate Research; American Chemical Society; and National Collegiate Honors Council) throughout his undergraduate career.