News

Summer 2017

We are grateful for the quorum sensing collaboration we’ve had with Craig Forst’s lab, which has culminated with the publication of Caitlin’s Biomicrofluidics paper.

Jacob and Samit’s mBio paper on horizontal gene transfer of Type VI genes is published in mBio.  Way to go!

We are fortunate to have REU student Roland Seim from UGA in our lab for the summer, and we are also graced by SMU undergtraduate volunteer Grace McKeehan who is with us for several weeks!

Brian is awarded a 1-yr pilot grant from the Moore Foundation at Scialog’s 2017 “Molecules Come to Life” conference in Tucson with his new collaborators Sri Iyer-Biswas from Perdue Univ. and Roy Dra from Univ. Illinois Urbana-Champaign!

As co-director of our NSF-funded REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) in Aquatic Chemicial Ecology, Brian takes the summer students to Georgia’s Sapelo Island for some fun in the field! See “pictures”.

Babies! – Congratulations to Jacob and his wife Anna who are new parents!  They welcomed baby Kavita on April 26! Go to our “pictures” tab to see Daddy Jacob’s most recent cloning success! Congratulations to Carol who is a new mommy!  Baby Misti was born on June 1!  Carol is amazing at cloing too!  Go to our “pictures” tab to see our newest lab member!

Michael, Cristian and Brian attend ASM Microbe 2017 in New Orleans, where Cristian gave a poster talk and Brian an invited oral presentation in a symposium on “Ecology of the Single Cell”!

Spring 2017

Jacob and Samit’s new study showing that V. cholerae strains exchange their T6SS weaponry by chitin-induced natural transformation is submitted to bioRxiv!

NSF’s “Discover Files” covers our phase separation work in an audio piece entitled “A Gut Reaction“.

Our Nat Commun paper is discussed on the American Society for Microbiology’s podcast “This Week in Microbiology” (TWim)!

Our paper Nature Communication paper with the Yunker, Ratcliff and Brown labs is published, and receives some press (see links)!

Fall 2016

Samit successfully defends his PhD in December, then heads to India for his wedding before returning to Boston in 2017 to join the lab of Wai-Leung Ng.  Way to go Samit!

Aroon completes his MS in bioinformatics and decides to stay in the Atlanta area to continue with his career at the Applied Bioinformatics Laboratory.

Brian’s gives a seminar for the Systems Biology group at Boston University and visits Wai-Leung Ng at Tufts School of Medicine.

Brian’s TEDx talk is available on youtube from the TEDx Douglasville event back in April!

At the biannual departmental retreat where Brian gave a talk, and Samit scoops up the award for best oral presentation!  Way to go Samit!

Science News article “for bacteria, assassination can breed cooperation” covers presentations by Brian and Will Ratcliff at the recent ASM meeting on Experimental Microbial Evolution in Washington DC!

Undergraduate Holly Nichols joins the lab along with Kenneth Williams, Carol Yu and Hanna Assefa who will all be returning. Michael Ng, is now in our department’s PhD program and will be rotating in our lab for the fall semester.

Brian and collaborator Malka Halpern are awarded funding from the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation!