Rachel Fearns was awarded an Individual Biomedical Research Award from the The Hartwell Foundation for her research proposal entitled “Treating Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection by Targeting the Viral Polymerase.” This competitive award is to fund early-stage, innovative, and cutting-edge biomedical research to benefit children. Bravo, Rachel.
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Microbiology Trainee Travel Awards!
1stPlace: Munir Mosaheb (graduate student, Wetzler Lab) who will attend the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Fundamental Immunology and Its Therapeutic Potential, in Cold Spring Harbor, NY, from April 14-18, 2015.
2ndPlace: Michelle Fleury (graduate student, Dooms Lab) who will attend the Federation of Clinical Immunological Societies Meeting, in San Diego, CA, from June 24-27, 2015.
2ndPlace: Suzanne Geer Kijewski (graduate student, Gummuluru lab) who attended the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, in Seattle, WA, from February 23-26, 2015.
Dr. Elke Mühlberger, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Director of the Biomolecule Production Core at the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories, was interviewed about Ebola transmission on WBUR’s CommonHealth on October 22, 2014.
Findings from a new study led by Dr. Thomas Kepler and colleagues at Boston University School of Medicine, in collaboration with researchers at Duke University School of Medicine, has significant implications for an HIV vaccine: http://bit.ly/1oM5Pid
John Connor is researching ways to quickly detect diseases and viruses using portable devices and LED lights. They are currently awaiting federal approval to test this method on Ebola. You can read more about this in the USAToday article featuring Dr. Connor’s work here: http://usat.ly/1t2VzBw
Kristie Hilliard won the first place prize for the Microbiology Department at the 20th Annual Henry I. Russek Student Achievement Day Friday May 2, 2014 for a presentation entitled “The Lung-Liver Axis Facilitates Innate Immunity and Survival During Pneumonia.”
Munir Mosaheb from Lee Wetzler’s lab was selected to receive a FASEB MARC Program Poster/Oral Presentation Travel Award, the Microbiology Department Travel Award, and the AAI 2014 Abstract Award to attend and present at Immunology 2014, The American Association of Immunologiests annual meeting from May 2-6, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA. Munir will be presenting a talk entitled “Examination of the Role of Dendritic Cells, Macrophages, and B Cells as a Function of Vaccine Adjuvants”. Munir will also be presenting two posters at the conference.