News

SUMMER 2018

Brian gives a presentation at the “Phage Meeting”. Brian talks about V. cholerae‘s Type VI Secretion system at the annual “Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages Meeting in Madison WI.

ASM Distinguished Lecturship for Brian. Brian is selected as 1 of 8 new members of the American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer Program, and will speak at at meetings of local ASM branches throuhgout the country.  See the College of Sciences news release for details.

GIFT Teacher Robert Quillen joins lab. Decatur High School AP Biology teacher Robert Quillen joins the Hammer lab through the Georgia Intern-Fellowship for Teachers program with funding from NSF.

REU student Brandy Njai joins the lab for the summer. The Hammer lab welcomes GSU Undergraduate Brandy Njai, who joins the lab as a participant in our summer Aquatic Chemical Ecology REU program. (see pictures).

Cell and Molecular Biology in France. Brian is fortunate to spend three weeks teachering Cell and Molecular Biology in Lyon France to Georgia Tech undergrads participating in the BEST Lyon summer abroad program.

The Hammer lab at Microbe 2018. Cristian, Michael and Vishnu and Brian attend Microbe 2018 in Atlanta. Cristian and Michael present posters, Vishnu gives an excellent talk on Type VI VgrG proteins, and Brian co-chairs a session with Peter Yunker on biofilm mechanics.

SPRING 2018

Zebrafish host V. cholerae. Our first paper with collaborators Joan Xavier and Raghu Parthasarathy is now published in PNAS! V. cholerae‘s T6 weapon induces dramatic peristalsis contractions in a zebrafish host that expel resident gut microbes.  Way to go Jacob!

The 2108 Suddath Symposium. It was a hit! Brian and co-chair Frank Stewart host the 2018 Suddath Symposium on the Chemical Ecology of Microbiome Interactions at Georgia Tech.  The 2 day event feature outstanding talks from Bonnie Bassler and other invitated researchers, as well as GT’s own Marvin Whiteley, Neha Garg, and JC Gumbart (see links and pictures).

Rotem Sela from the Halpern lab visits. PhD student Rotem Sela from Malka Halpern’s lab in Haifa Israel joins the Hammer lab for several weeks to learn some genetic techniuques and share her knowledge of Vibrio ecology and microbiomes (see pictures).

FALL 2017

Tobias and Carol graduate. Congratulations are in order!  Tobias (Toby) Hoffmann completed his MS in Biology and Tong (Carol) Yu her BS in Biology!  Yes! We wish Jacob Thomas success as he joins Steve Diggles’ lab in January 2018 as a Research Scientist II.

Cristian passes his quals. Cristian is now a doctoral candidate after passing his qualifying exams with flying colors!

The physics of biofilms. What great collaborators!  Our study led by Peter Yunker and his students Ben and David on the physics of Type VI killing in biofilms is published in Physical Review Letters!

The Hammer lab at ASM conferences. Cristian gives an excellent talk at ASM’s Cell-Cell Comunication in Bacteria meeting in Athens GA on novel Type VI Secretion effectors he is studying; and Brian speaks at ASM’s Vibrio 2017 in Chicago about the role of V. cholerae‘s Type VI in a zebrafish host.

Brian awarded the Cullen Peck Fellowship, Brian is recognized with a 2017 Cullen-Peck Fellowship Award from the College of Sciences (see link to press release).

Vishnu and Harshini join the Hammwr lab. The Hammer lab is delighted to have bioinformatics MS students Vishnu Raghuram and Hashini Chandrashekar join the group!

Brian visits the Halpern lab in Israel. The US-Israel Binational Science Foundation supports a collaboration between Brian and Malka Halpern.  Brian visits Israel in August to give a seminar, meet with Halpern lab members, visit sites where V. cholerae is isolated, and discuss current and future research plans.  (see pictures).

Talking to the neighbors. Brian has a great trip down the road where he presents the lab’s work at UGA in late August.