Summer ACE REU program: COVID led to a cancellation of the 2020 Research Experience for Undergraduate program in Aquatic Chemical Ecology, but we are back this summer with a cohort of 9 students on campus!  and in-person! The exciting summer program includes trips to Zoo Atl (see pictures) and the GA Aquarium.

New lab members: GT Biology major Emma Cooper joins the Hammer lab with prior coursework under her belt including Intro Microbiology and also Brian’s Molecular Microbiology and Cell & Molecular Biology! Kameron Smith joins the lab for the summer as a member of the 2021 ACE REU cohort!

Returning to normal at GT: We are optimistic that lab activites begin to return to normal as GT modifies its COVID restrictions.


Graduation Day: Ashey, Daniel and Kate complete their BS in Biology degrees and walk in commencement on a beautiful Saturday morning at Bobby Dodd stadium on May-8. Each has future plans in the life sciences fields! Way to go!

Cristian defends his PhD: Congratulations to Cristian for successfully defending his PhD on March 24 to a packed virtual audience! Cristian will move across Atlanta to the lab of Joanna Goldberg at Emory University for his postdoc.

Teaching Assistant Awards: Sophia Wiesenfeld and Cristian are both recognized by the School of Biological Sciences for their teaching: Cristian as our department’s Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, and Sophia as our Outstanding Undergraduate Student Instructor (see pictures)! Cristian is also the recipient of Georgia Tech’s Center for Teaching and Learning’s Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year Award!

New paper published: Our paper describing glucose-mediated resisitance to contact killing was accepted for publication in Nature’s Scientific Reports! This beautiful story by Cristian and Sophia W, with invaluable help from Gabi and Peter, was started by former lab member Holly Nichols now at UW-Madison. Excellent job!

2021 Suddath Award: Cristian is the recipient of GT’s 2021 Suddath Award for his “significant research achievement in the field of biology, biochemistry or biomedical engineering.” Cristian will be presented with an award, have his name engraved on a plaque in IBB, and gives a special research talk at the Suddath Symposium on January 28 2021! Way to go!

SUMMER and FALL 2020

The Hammer lab works remotely during later spring and early summer during the COVID crisis. But with PPE, testing and social distancing in place at GT, bench work in the Hammer lab resumes again for the fall semester.

Graduate Research support: Cristian is awarded research support from Georgia Tech to complete his dissertation in Spring 2021!

President’s Undergraduate Research Award: Ashley is awarded a PURA to conduct her senior research project in Spring 2021!

CMDI seminar series: Sophia Wiesenfeld, Katie and Michael all give virtual talks on their research for the Fall CMDI seminar series.

NSF grant: Brian, Peter Yunker and Steve Diggle are awarded funding by the NSF to study the biomaterial propoerties of bacterial biofilms!

New graduate student: QBioS PhD student Katie MacGillivray joins the Hammer lab, co-mentored by Will Ratcliff!

Student-invited speaker: Brian gives a virtual seminar as the student-invited speaker for Microbiology at UT-Knoxville.

Paper published: Congratulations to Gabi from the Yunker lab. Her publication on bacterial “corpse boundaries”, which includes Michael, Cristian and Brian as co-authors, was accepted for publication in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface!