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Lennemann successfully defends PhD thesis

Nicholas J. Lennemann successfully defended his PhD thesis, "Biochemical characterization of Ebola virus GP," on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Lennemann is pictured here with his mentor, Wendy Maury, PhD...

Weiss successfully defends PhD thesis

Kayla Weiss, a student in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Immunology, successfully defended her PhD thesis, "The induction and regulation of CD4 T cells following respiratory syncytial virus...

Murphy successfully defends PhD thesis

Caitlin Murphy successfully defended her PhD thesis, "The role of cyclic di-GMP in regulating type 3 fimbriae - a colonization factor of Klebsiella pneumoniae," on Monday, April 7, 2014. Murphy is pic...

The Immortal HeLa at Iowa

What does Henrietta Lacks, a woman who died in 1951 from cervical cancer in Baltimore, have to do with the University of Iowa? Much more than you might think.

Microbiology PhD Students Participate in Spring Semester STEM Programs

Four Microbiology graduate students recently participated in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Program events organized by University of Iowa Health Care.

New Vaccine Provides Sterilizing Immunity Against Staph, Trials Find

A vaccine combating staphylococcus bacteria, even methicillin-resistant strains, may be available on the market in just a handful of years.

Prickly protein - Large surface protein prevents bacteria from forming clumps, reduces their ability to cause disease

A genetic mechanism that controls the production of a large spike-like protein on the surface of Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria alters the ability of the bacteria to form clumps and to cause d...

Staph stoppers: New vaccine from University of Iowa protects against lethal pneumonia caused by staph bacteria

University of Iowa researchers have developed a new vaccine that protects against lethal pneumonia caused by Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria, including drug-resistant strains like MRSA.

REU Participants Attend ABRCMS; Two Receive Awards

The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) brings together over 2000 undergraduate students from across the nation, who meet to share the fruits of their research and lea...

King successfully defends PhD thesis

Jessica King successfully defended her PhD thesis, "Defining the Interaction of ExsA And LcrF with Type III Secretion System Gene Promoters," on Thursday, November 21, 2013. King is pictured here with...

Steven Clegg Honored at Medical Education Celebration Day Breakfast

Steven Clegg, PhD, pictured here with Patrick Schlievert, PhD, and Carver College of Medicine Dean Debra Schwinn, MD, was presented with an Award for Outstanding Educators at the eighth annual Medical...

Bacteria and fat: a 'perfect storm' for inflammation

Bacterial toxins activate fat cells producing chronic inflammation, which in turn boosts risk of developing diabetes

Jorgenson earns best poster award

Matt Jorgenson, a Genetics Program graduate student in Dr. David Weiss' lab, was awarded the prize of best poster at the annual Genetics Program retreat on October 11, 2013. Matt studies cell wall met...

REU student Lauren Gentles awarded undergraduate research grant at home institution

Lauren Gentles, a senior at the University of Arkansas, is performing research this summer in Dr. Chioma Okeoma's laboratory in the Department of Microbiology at The University of Iowa. She is a parti...

Mootz successfully defends PhD thesis

Joe Mootz successfully defended his PhD thesis, "Regulation and function of Staphylococcus aureus secreted proteases on biofilm integrity," on Thursday, July 18, 2013.  Mootz is pictured here with his...

Pérez Morales successfully defends PhD thesis

Tiara Pérez Morales successfully defended her PhD thesis, "Production of and response to the cannibalism peptide SDP in Bacillus subtilis," on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.  Pérez Morales is pictured here...

Jennifer Walker successfully defends PhD thesis

Jennifer Walker successfully defended her PhD thesis, "The Two-Component System, ArlRS, Regulates Agglutination and Pathogenesis," on Thursday, June 20, 2013.  Walker is pictured here with her mentor,...

Ryan Smith named 2013 Allen J. Markovetz Award winner

Ryan P. Smith has been named the 2013 Allen J. Markovetz Award winner for the best undergraduate student poster presentation. Ryan's poster will be displayed in the Department of Microbiology through ...

Ashley Yoder selected to receive Ernest R. Johnson Memorial Prize

Ashley Yoder, an undergraduate Microbiology major, has been selected to receive the 1st place Ernest R. Johnson Memorial Prize, in recognition of her outstanding academic record. Ms. Yoder will be rec...

Perlman elected as member of Association of American Physicians

Congratulations to Dr. Stanley Perlman, Professor of Microbiology and Pediatrics, for recently being elected as a member of the Association of American Physicians. The group is a nonprofit, profession...

Adam Spaulding successfully defends PhD thesis

Adam Spaulding successfully defended his PhD thesis, "Secreted Virulence Factors in Lethal Illness caused by Staphylococcus aureus," on Monday, April 29, 2013. Spaulding is pictured here with his ment...

Sarah Bahr named Usha Balakrishnan Prize winner

Sarah Bahr is the winner of the Usha Balakrishnan Prize for best Microbiology student poster presentation at Carver College of Medicine Research Week 2013. Sarah's poster will be displayed in the Depa...

Drew Fayram successfully defends MS thesis

Drew Fayram successfully defended his MS thesis, "Characterization of the neutrophil respiratory burst during infection with Francisella novicida," on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Drew is pictured here w...

Undergraduate honors student Huang presents poster at "Research in the Capitol 2013"

Chun-Sing (Kevin) Huang, an undergraduate doing research on bacterial cell division in David Weiss' lab, was one of 20 University of Iowa undergraduates selected to present a poster at "Research In th...

Microbiology faculty research featured on cover of Virology

The following publication is featured on the cover of the March 30, 2013, issue of Virology.  Drs. Maury, Roller, and Okeoma are faculty members in the Department of Microbiology. 

Matt Jorgenson receives first prize for talk at Genetics Retreat

Matt Jorgenson received first prize for his talk at the Genetics Retreat on November 26, 2012. His talk was titled: Toward Determining the Function of RlpA, a Cell Division Protein From Pseudomonas ae...

Mayumi Oakland successfully defends PhD thesis

Mayumi Oakland successfully defended her PhD thesis, "Improving Lentiviral Vector-Mediated Gene Transfer by Understanding Cellular Barriers," on Wednesday, January 9, 2013.  Oakland is pictured here w...

Timothy Yahr receives 2012 Jack Kenney Award for Outstanding Service

Microbiology faculty celebrate Mark Stinski's contributions to science and medicine

The faculty of the Department of Microbiology gathered on Saturday, December 1, 2012, to celebrate Mark Stinski's contributions to science and medicine. More than 60 people attended the celebration.  

Hillel Haim, MD, PhD, joins Department of Microbiology faculty

The Department of Microbiology is pleased to welcome Hillel Haim, MD, PhD, as a new Assistant Professor. Dr. Haim will participate in teaching virology to graduate students, professional students, and...

Jonathan Willett successfully defends PhD thesis

Jonathan Willett successfully defended his PhD thesis, "Bacterial Two-Component Systems Share a Common Mechanism to Regulate Signaling and Specificity," on Monday, November 19, 2012.

Megan Kiedrowski successfully defends PhD thesis

Megan R. Kiedrowski successfully defended her PhD thesis, "Characterization of Staphylococcus aureus extracellular nuclease activity," on Thursday, November 15, 2012.  Kiedrowski is pictured here with...

Wendy J. Maury, PhD, recipient of 2012 J.P. Long Award

Wendy J. Maury, PhD, is the recipient of the prestigious J.P. Long Award for Teaching in the Basic Sciences for 2012.

George V. Stauffer, PhD, recognized for his significant contribution to medical student education

George V. Stauffer, PhD, was recognized at the Carver College of Medicine's annual Medical Education Celebration Day on Thursday, November 8, 2012, for his significant contribution to medical student ...

Varga appointed to American Association of Immunologists Education Committee

Steven M. Varga, PhD, has been appointed to the American Association of Immunologists Education Committee. His term will run through 2015.

Michael A. Apicella, MD, Receives 2012 Distinguished Mentor Award

Michael A. Apicella, MD, is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Mentor Award.

Hai-Hui Xue, MD, PhD, Promoted

Hai-Hui (Howard) Xue, MD, PhD, was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure effective July 1, 2012. Dr. Xue joined The University of Iowa Department of Microbiology in August 2006.

Gail A. Bishop, PhD, has been elected as 2012-2013 President of the American Association of Immunologists