May 2012
Vol. 9 | No. 4

CSU Promotion and Tenure

Congratulations to the following faculty on their upcoming promotion and/or tenure actions which become effective July:

Lora BallweberLora Ballweber
Andrea BohnAndrea Bohn
Associate Professor with Tenure
Dean CrickDean Crick
Tenure as Professor
Doreene HyattDoreene Hyatt
Anne LenaertsAnne Lenaerts
Tenure as Associate Professor

Outstanding Graduating Senior Erin Breland and RoxAnn Karkhoff-Schweizer

Each semester the MIP faculty recognize an outstanding graduating senior for academic excellence and/or service to the department or community. Erin Breland was the recipient of this award for the May 2012 graduating class.

Erin is certainly an outstanding student!  She graduated magna cum laude with a nearly perfect grade point average, which she earned completing not only the rigorous curriculum required for a degree in Microbiology, but also the requirements for a minor in Biomedical Sciences as well as the Honors Scholars Program.
But that is only part of the story.  Erin was also a Hughes Undergraduate Research Scholar, and as a freshman she began working on a research project under the direction of Dr. RoxAnn Karkhoff-Schweizer in the laboratory of Dr. Herbert Schweizer.  She continued working in the Schweizer lab for the next four years, and this experience honed Erin into quite an accomplished young researcher. In 2010, Erin was awarded an Undergraduate Research Fellowship by the American Society for Microbiology and she presented her research data at the national ASM meeting in New Orleans.  She is already a primary author on one scientific publication and a co-author on another.  Erin’s Honor’s thesis on the study of a temperature-sensitive plasmid replicon in Burkholderia bacteria rivals that of many a Masters’ degree thesis.
Somehow, in addition to being a full-time student and working in a research lab, Erin was also able to devote her time and talents to a variety of service activities.  These include CSUnity, Ram Welcome, and Odyssey of the Mind.  Erin has been an active member of the Microbiology Student Association for four years and served as president of that organization this year. 

Last year, Erin was awarded a Goldwater Scholarship.  These are prestigious awards, presented to no more than 300 students in the United States who are studying mathematics or science and who “demonstrate the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field and who will pursue an advanced degree.”  Erin certainly fits the bill!  Not surprisingly, Erin was admitted to all four graduate schools to which she applied, and she will enter a PhD program at Vanderbilt University this fall.

Congratulations, Erin, and good luck in your future endeavors!

Congratulations Graduates

Anwar Al Haider
Megan Baumgartner
Katrina Bearden
Heather Bender
Erin Breland (**)(***)
Gabrielle Bush-Johnson
Kathryn Cohen
Amanda Dudek
Jessica Edwards
Chad Foster
Irena Frenkel
Stephenie Fullaway
Shannon Harre
Brandon Hellbusch
Matthew Imlay
Lauren Kinner (***)(*)
Emily Knoll ***
Jessica Loring
Victoria Lucero
Alex Lulack
Jennifer Maple
Nicholas May
Rebecca McGill
Brittanie Mcpherson
Jill Miller
Michelle Moore ***
Emily Novak
Lauren O'Hearn
Gregor Rafal
Leah Smith
Gregory Tighe
Briana Whalen
Keira Wood
Yi Zhou *

*cum laude candidate
** magna cum laude candidate
***University Honors Program

Spring Microbiology Graduates

Check out the Graduation Photo Gallery

Pete Justice

Congratulations to Pete Justice for receiving a 2012 CVMBS Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award!

AIV Young Scientist

Kristy PabiloniaCongratulations to Kristy Pabilonia for receiving a third place Young Scientist Award for her presentation at the 8th International Avian Influenza Symposium held at the University of London, April 1-5. Kristy's presentation was entitled, "Avian Influenza Virus in Domestic Ducks in West Java, Indonesia"

ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Jessica HaugenCongratulations to Jessica Haugen for receiving a highly competitive 2012 American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Jessica is a Microbiology major working in Dr. Randy Basaraba's Laboratory. Jessica will receive a $2500 stipend for her summer research work, and up to $1000 for travel to the 2013 ASM General Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

Alex EmchKudos to Microbiology Major, Alex Emch of the Wilusz2 Lab for receiving recognition for having an "Outstanding Poster" at this year's Annual ASM Meeting.


Congratulations to the following MIP undergraduate students who ranked in the top tier of the over 243 student posters at CSU's 2012 Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase.

Highest Honors

Keifer Walsh
"Ursolic Acid Inhibits the Formation of ADF/Cofilin-Actin Rods Associated with Oxidative Stress and Inflammation"
Mentor: Dr. James Bamburg

College Honors

Lauren Kinner
"Association of Distinct PECAM-1 Alleles and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis"
Mentor: Dr. Alan Schenkel

Check out photos of the participants and their posters in the
CURC Photo Gallery

Society of Toxicology Pathology

Congratulations to Charles Halsey for receiving the Society of Toxicologic Pathology (STP) Student Travel Award for the 2012 Annual Symposium taking place June 24-28, 2012, in Boston, MA. The travel award will provide Charles with a complimentary meeting registration, $1,000 in travel/lodging stipend, and a complimentary student membership to the STP for the following year.

50 years ASM

Donald Klein Congratulations to Donald Klein on 50 years of continuous membership to the American Society for Microbiology. ASM was founded to "promote the microbiological sciences and their applications for the common good".

Spring 2012 Dean's List

Katherine Amsden
Heather Bender
Erin Breland
Kevin Cassell
Bianca Christensen
Kathryn Cohen
Brooke Delaney
Steven Denham
Kelly Edgcomb
Jessica Edwards
Tyler Harth
Samantha Hauke
Lauren Kinner
Ryan Knodle
Emily Knoll
Caitlin Lozano
Edward Lyon
Misty Menard
Matthew Pickett
Gregor Rafal
Rachelle Reneau
Jonathan Seaman
Leah Smith
Pamela Spicciati
Andrew Zilavy
Lauren Gould
Steven Bruckbauer
Hannah Atkins
Melissa Karres
Jessica Haugen
Alexandra Kumor
Christina Kruk
Suzanne Williams
Matthew Spencer
Lauren Bombardier
Kendra Jones
Jennie Zhou

2012-2013 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the following Microbiology Majors on their 2012-2013 Scholarship Awards:

Laura Heiberger
Beulah and Doyle Blair Memorial Scholarship

Hannah Laurence
Pamela Hill Griffith Memorial Scholarship

Melissa Karres
F. Bing Johnson, M.D. Scholarship in Microbiology

Steven Bruckbauer
Microbiology Undergraduate Scholarship

Madison Condon
Microbiology Undergraduate Scholarship

Kira Sniff
Microbiology Undergraduate Scholarship

Victoria Frank
Sumner M. Morrison Memorial Scholarship

Jonathan Seaman
Delano F. Scott Scholarship

Bianca Christensen
Students First Scholarship

Ryan Knodle
Microbiology Student Association Officer Scholarship

ASM Logo Congratulations to Madeline Breer, Bianca Christensen, and Jennifer Taylor for the selection of their article entitled, "Models in Movies: Teaching Abstract Concepts in Concrete Models" to be published in Volume 13, Issue 1, of the ASM Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE). Madeline and Bianca produced this manuscript as part of their honors project.

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Retroviral Cyclin Enhances Cyclin-Dependent Kinase-8 Activity

Joel Rovnak, Connie Brewster and Sandy Quackenbush

J. Virol  86:  5742-5751, May 2012

‘Cancer Sucks’ according to the CSU Relay for Life signs posted around campus over the last month (as well as anyone who has had to deal with this sometimes devastating disease).  Understanding fundamental mechanisms that underlie cancerous phenotypes can lead to solid leads for new drug strategies.  Following this mantra, Joel, Connie and Q decided to go ‘fishing’ for new insights into fundamental cancer mechanisms by studying a protein (rv-cyclin) made by Walleye Dermal Sarcoma Virus (WDSV)   that contains both a transcriptional activation domain and a cyclin-like fold.


 Using the now classic technique of yeast two hybrid screening, Joel et al used the WDSV protein RV-cyclin as bait and reeled in a regulatory subunit of Protein Phosphatase 2A (PP2A).  Curiously, PP2A is known to regulate the activity of CDK8 – a kinase that is a known oncogene in melanoma and colorectal cancer, and importantly for this study, a known substrate of the WDSV RV-cyclin protein itself.  The CDK8 protein is highly conserved over evolution and functions both as part of the Mediator complex in transcriptional regulation as well as an independent kinase activity that may work outside of the mediator module.  Notably, CDK8 is a highly attractive target for the development of new cancer drugs.  The paper by Joel et al makes several important points regarding this RV-cyclin-CDK8-PP2A ‘trifecta’ of an interaction.  First, they show using low concentrations of a phosphatase inhibitor and nuclear extracts that CDK8 kinase is naturally regulated by PP2A.  Second, the mechanism of PP2A-mediated regulation of CDK8 is likely by causing a specific de-phosphorylation event prior to the enzyme autophosphorylating itself.  Third, PP2A-based regulation of CDK8 helps to distinguish different activities of the enzyme – as histone H3 phosphorylation by CDK8 is not regulated by PP2A.  Collectively, these observations allowed our favorite fish retrovirologists to put together a highly detailed molecular model for how RV-cyclin takes over for cyclin C as part of the CDK8 module of the mediator complex and alters its functions. 

So why did we choose this paper as our coveted MIPublication® of the Month for May?  First and foremost, these data provide detailed insight into a major player in oncogenesis by helping to dissect the regulation of the CDK8 kinase.  Given the huge effect that CDK8 has on cancer cell proliferation and the high frequency of CDK8 gain of function mutations in major human cancers, this work could help refine searches for small molecule CDK8 inhibitors that have been challenging to date due to specificity concerns.  Second, the study serves as a reminder of the important work that the MIP Dept does in the cancer arena – something that might sometimes be overshadowed by our emphasis on infectious diseases.  Finally, with the weather warming up outside, we, like most of our readers, start to turn our attention to walleyes and ‘cyclin’.  Best wishes for a great summer break.

MIP Publications Late April / early May 2012

Palanisamy GS, Kirk NM, Ackart DF, Obregón-Henao A, Shanley CA, Orme IM, Basaraba RJ.  Uptake and Accumulation of Oxidized Low-Density Lipoprotein during Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection in Guinea Pigs. PLoS One. 2012;7(3):e34148.

Thibodeaux BA, Garbino NC, Liss NM, Piper J, Blair CD, Roehrig JT. A small animal peripheral challenge model of yellow fever using interferon-receptor deficient mice and the 17D-204 vaccine strain. Vaccine. 2012 May 2;30(21):3180-7.

Martins MV, Guimarães MM, Spencer JS, Hacker MA, Costa LS, Carvalho FM, Geluk A, van der Ploeg-van Schip JJ, Pontes MA, Gonçalves HS, de Morais JP, Bandeira TJ, Pessolani MC, Brennan PJ, Pereira GM. Pathogen-Specific Epitopes as Epidemiological Tools for Defining the Magnitude of Mycobacterium leprae Transmission in Areas Endemic for Leprosy. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2012 Apr;6(4):e1616.

Brennan PJ. A new TB vaccine blueprint. Tuberculosis (Edinb). 2012 Mar;92 Suppl 1:S1.

Lozano-Fuentes S, Saavedra-Rodriguez K, Black WC 4th, Eisen L. QCal: a software application for the calculation of dose-response curves in insecticide resistance bioassays. J Am Mosq Control Assoc. 2012 Mar;28(1):59-61.

Deus KM, Saavedra-Rodriguez K, Butters MP, Black WC 4th, Foy BD. The effect of ivermectin in seven strains of Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) including a genetically diverse laboratory strain and three permethrin resistant strains. J Med Entomol. 2012 Mar;49(2):356-63.

Cho YS, Dobos KM, Prenni J, Yang H, Hess A, Rosenkrands I, Andersen P, Ryoo SW, Bai GH, Brennan MJ, Izzo A, Bielefeldt-Ohmann H, Belisle JT. Deciphering the proteome of the in vivo diagnostic reagent "purified protein derivative" from Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Proteomics. 2012 Apr;12(7):979-91. doi: 10.1002/pmic.201100544.

Calisher CH, Ellison JA. The other rabies viruses: The emergence and importance of lyssaviruses from bats and other vertebrates. Travel Med Infect Dis. 2012 Mar;10(2):69-79.

Cogswell-Hawkinson A, Bowen R, James S, Gardiner D, Calisher CH, Adams R, Schountz T. Tacaribe virus causes fatal infection of an ostensible reservoir host, the jamaican fruit bat. J Virol. 2012 May;86(10):5791-9.

Chavadi SS, Onwueme KC, Edupuganti UR, Jerome J, Chatterjee D, Soll CE, Quadri LE. The mycobacterial acyltransferase PapA5 is required for biosynthesis of cell wall-associated phenolic glycolipids. Microbiology. 2012 May;158(Pt 5):1379-87

Henao-Tamayo M, Obregón-Henao A, Ordway DJ, Shang S, Duncan CG, Orme IM. A mouse model of tuberculosis reinfection. Tuberculosis (Edinb). 2012 May;92(3):211-7.

Macalalad AR, Zody MC, Charlebois P, Lennon NJ, Newman RM, Malboeuf CM, Ryan EM, Boutwell CL, Power KA, Brackney DE, Pesko KN, Levin JZ, Ebel GD, Allen TM, Birren BW, Henn MR. Highly sensitive and specific detection of rare variants in mixed viral populations from massively parallel sequence data. PLoS Comput Biol. 2012 Mar;8(3):e1002417

Shrestha B, Austin SK, Dowd KA, Prasad AN, Youn S, Pierson TC, Fremont DH, Ebel GD, Diamond MS. Complex phenotypes in mosquitoes and mice associated with neutralization escape of a Dengue virus type 1 monoclonal antibody. Virology. 2012 Jun 5;427(2):127-34.

Salazar FV, Achee NL, Grieco JP, Prabaripai A, Eisen L, Shah P, Chareonviriyaphap T. Evaluation of a peridomestic mosquito trap for integration into an Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) push-pull control strategy. J Vector Ecol. 2012 Jun;37(1):8-19. doi: 10.1111/j.1948-7134.2012.00195.x.

Bolling BG, Olea-Popelka FJ, Eisen L, Moore CG, Blair CD. Transmission dynamics of an insect-specific flavivirus in a naturally infected Culex pipiens laboratory colony and effects of co-infection on vector competence for West Nile virus. Virology. 2012 Jun 5;427(2):90-7.

Haley NJ, Mathiason CK, Carver S, Telling GC, Zabel MD, Hoover EA. Sensitivity of protein misfolding cyclic amplification versus immunohistochemistry in ante-mortem detection of chronic wasting disease. J Gen Virol. 2012 May;93(Pt 5):1141-50.

Brennan MJ, Clagett B, Fitzgerald H, Chen V, Williams A, Izzo AA, Barker LF. Preclinical evidence for implementing a prime-boost vaccine strategy for tuberculosis. Vaccine. 2012 Apr 16;30(18):2811-23.

Kvitko BH, Bruckbauer S, Prucha J, McMillan I, Breland EJ, Lehman S, Mladinich K, Choi KH, Karkhoff-Schweizer R, Schweizer HP. A simple method for construction of pir+ Enterobacterial hosts for maintenance of R6K replicon plasmids. BMC Res Notes. 2012 Mar 20;5:157.

Miller AG, Dow S, Long L, Olver CS. Antiphospholipid antibodies in dogs with immune mediated hemolytic anemia, spontaneous thrombosis, and hyperadrenocorticism. J Vet Intern Med. 2012 May;26(3):614-23. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-1676.2012.00922.x.

McShane H, Jacobs WR, Fine PE, Reed SG, McMurray DN, Behr M, Williams A, Orme IM. BCG: Myths, realities, and the need for alternative vaccine strategies. Tuberculosis (Edinb). 2012 May;92(3):283-8.

Rovnak J, Brewster CD, Quackenbush SL. Retroviral cyclin enhances cyclin-dependent kinase-8 activity. J Virol. 2012 May;86(10):5742-51.

Pulford B, Spraker TR, Wyckoff AC, Meyerett C, Bender H, Ferguson A, Wyatt B, Lockwood K, Powers J, Telling GC, Wild MA, Zabel MD. DETECTION OF PrPCWD IN FECES FROM NATURALLY EXPOSED ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK (CERVUS ELAPHUS NELSONI) USING PROTEIN MISFOLDING CYCLIC AMPLIFICATION. J Wildl Dis. 2012 Apr;48(2):425-34.

Lee JS, Ruell EW, Boydston EE, Lyren LM, Alonso RS, Troyer JL, Crooks KR, Vandewoude S. Gene flow and pathogen transmission among bobcats (Lynx rufus) in a fragmented urban landscape. Mol Ecol. 2012 Apr;21(7):1617-31. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05493.x

Palusa S, Ndaluka C, Bowen RA, Wilusz CJ, Wilusz J. The 3' untranslated region of the rabies virus glycoprotein mRNA specifically interacts with cellular PCBP2 protein and promotes transcript stability. PLoS One. 2012;7(3):e33561.

In Memory of Kyle
MIP Spring Picnic

The Annual MIP Spring Picnic was held on a beautiful Friday afternoon, May 4th. MIP Students, Faculty and Staff gathered on the grassy knoll between Micro and Path for good food and great company. Barbeque was served by the Associate Department Heads and beer was poured by Gregg Dean. A good time was had by all.

Special thanks go to Ida Tieman, Corrine Lindstadt, and the students of the MSA and MIP-GSO for all your help in making sure the picnic was a success!

Picnic Fun

Check out the Amazing Picnic Photo Gallery

RMASM Spring Meeting

Congratulations to the following MIP'ers who received awards at this year's Spring Meeting

Graduate Oral Presentation Awards:

Abhishek Prasad
2nd Place

Nicole Podnecky
3rd Place

Poster Presentation Awards (A CSU sweep in the grad student category!):

Kara Mosovksy
1st Place

Kate Rhodes
2nd Place

Claire Birkenheuer
3rd Place

RMASM Spring 2012 Awardees

Back row (left to right): Shane Smithee, Abhishek Prasad, Kate Rhodes, Dr. Yousif Shamoo (keynote speaker), Kara Mosovsky, Ann Wyborny, Martin Lapel, Darshankumar Pathak
Front row (left to right): Piper Wedman, Nicole Podnecky, Claire Birkenheuer, Anesha Williams, Stephanie Gipson

Check out the RMASM Spring Mtg Photo Gallery

Seminar Title McNeil Retirement Seminar

On May 2nd, Dr. Mike McNeil presented a talk highlighting his research and future plans after retirement on June 30. (Mike will be returning to MIP on August 1 to work 40% time as a special faculty appt.)

Microbiology Student Association

Newly Elected 2012-13 Officers of the Microbiology Student Association:

Ryan Knodle: President
Steven Bruckbauer and Becca Timmons: Co-Vice Presidents
Claire Bounds: Treasurer
Kaylan Campbell: Secretary
Sarah Born: Webmaster

Thank you CSEF Judges

Thanks to everyone in MIP who volunteered their time to help judge the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair on April 5th:

Alana Garner
Daniel April
Elijah Edmondson
Brian Geiss
Candace Mathiasaon
Ashley Neff
Erica Suchman
John Spencer
Wendy Sprague
Brian Kvitko
Gary Mason
Jennifer Maple
Crystal Meyerett Reid
Will Spaller
Nick Longo
Irena Frenkel
Bejan Saeedi
Jordan Steel
Jake Conant
Kelsey Rocklin
Hana Van Campen

MIP Streakers

The MIP Graduate Student Organization organized a recreational volleyball team this Spring. Their team name was the ‘Streakers’ and above is a photo of their team shirts.

MIP Roadtrip

MIP ROADTRIP to see the Rockies

LAST CALL!!- email Jeff Wilusz ASAP if you'd like to get one of the few remaining tickets to this 'can't-be-missed' Departmental outing.

MIP Goat Herders

Eckstein Lab personnel with Goats

The Eckstein Laboratory Goatherders and their Goats
(click on image for larger photo)

The Eckstein Laboratory recently acquired several goats as part of a study to the determine the time when a diagnostic test for Johne's disease will actually work before clinical signs start to appear. Now his laboratory staff have assumed the role of "goat herders", caring for the goats three times a day.

The goat herders include; Megan Vogt, Darcy Fletcher, Jessica Loring, Megan Baumgartner, Alyssa Malon, Madeline Hayes, Allison Genis, Angela Niebergall, Hannah Pirner, and Andrew Yourick.

MIP Honors Activities

MIP 400G/MIP300 Honors Students hosted high school student visits at CSU, and visited students at local schools, contacting over 1000 students total this semester… and there are only 10 Honors Students! Following are photos taken when Rocky High students visited CSU in April to learn about gram staining. The all-day visit of 80 students was entirely coordinated by the Microbiology Honors Students.

High school students visit CSU Microbiology Lab High school students visit CSU Microbiology Lab High school students visit CSU Microbiology Lab

MIP443-Microbial Physiology

MIP443 students were offered an opportunity to earn credit by researching a topic and then presenting it during the last week of class. The presentations were made using many different media, including YouTube, Wikipedia, FaceBook, Prezi, Jeopardy Game, etc. The presentations turned out great!

Lonely Lipid Raft

Matt Imlay wrote and produced a song entitled "The Lonely Lipid Raft" for his presentation. Listen to the song by clicking on the "PLAY" button, and follow along with the lyrics written below:

"The Lonely Lipid Raft"

When I first formed I knew,
Cholesterol, spheromyelin too,
By these saturated tails, I was different

And all the other lipid rafts laughed,
As trans-membrane proteins just passed me by,
We got different hydrophobicities but knowing it don't make it easier.

Want to endocytose, make a lysosome,
But this membrane refuses to fold.

Cuz when you are alone,
You just slide through the membrane,
When you are alone,
Just divide, there's no lectins to anchor you there,
Phase defined, may be somewhat localized,
But when you are alone,
I'm just waiting for something to come sliding my way.

Maybe the real problem is this influenza virus,
Am I the perfect match for hemagglutinin.

Want to endocytose, make a lysosome,
But this membrane refuses to fold.

Cuz when you are alone,
You just slide through the membrane,
When you are alone,
Just divide, there's no lectins to anchor you there,
Phase defined, may be somewhat localized,
But when you are alone,
I'm just waiting for something to come sliding my way.

(repeat chorus)

Front Range Relay Race

Three MIP Running Teams have been formed to participate in the upcoming Front Range Relay Race on June 10. The race is a 50-mile sprint relay from Fort Collins to Boulder. The team names and participates are as follows;

Team Antibodies
Gregg Dean
Steve Denham
Shanna Williams
EJ Ehrhart
Alexandria Burke

Team Gross Lesions
Rachel Flinkstrom
Bryna Fitzgerald
Kelly Walton
Jesse Bright
Scott Carver

Team #2 (Great name, eh?)
Jeff Wilusz
Ashley Neff
John Anderson
Jason Christianson
Mike Barnhart

Go MIP'ers!

Shell game

Payroll Shenanigans for Hourly Employees

The bi-weekly payday that would regularly occur on Friday, June 29 will be delayed until Monday, July 2, a one business day delay. If you are paid once a month, your payday for work in June will be on Monday, July 2 – a one business day delay. Please plan accordingly.

Fortunately, due to recent governmental legislation, this will be the last year this will occur for bi-weekly employees. Starting in 2013, only monthly employees will be affected by the delayed payment.

Welcome New Employees

Corrine LindstadtCongratulations to Corrine Lindstadt on her recent appointment as a State Classified employee. Corrine has been the ‘Go To’ Front Desk person in Pathology for the past 3 years as a student employee. We are very happy Corrine can now earn the benefits she deserves for all her dedication and hard work.

MIP Bits

Quote of the Month

"Don’t waste clean thoughts on dirty enzymes"
~ Arthur Kornberg

Look who's come out of retirement to play for the Patriots at Coors' Field

Calisher playing for Patriots

An MIP'er recently attended semi-pro baseball game, Commanders vs. Patriots, and noticed a familiar name in the Patriots line-up...could Number 18 be our very own?

Questions for MIPuzzle #76
MIPuzzle #76 Answers
MIPuzzle 76

Hair on fire in Amsterdam

There have been unconfirmed reports of a certain notable microbiologist (Herbert Schweizer) with his hair on fire while cruising the canals in Amsterdam.  Could this perhaps have had something to do with sampling the local brews for new strains of Burkholderia?

Micro Prepairs

...Perhaps this is the reason we have so many problems in the Micro Bldg - they're aren't repairing things, they are ‘pepairing’ them.......

NIH Happenings
  • Ever consider asking for a supplement to your NIH grant?
  • This is a potential win-win opportunity that may allow you to add funds to your grant to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities, promote scientific diversity and help folks re-enter the biomedical work force. For more info, check out the NIH Research Supplements webpage.

  • Indo-US VAP Initiative on TB Research

    Applications are due on June 15th for this program to support joint teams of US and Indian scientists working on TB research. For more info, check out the CRDF Global website.

New Grant Awards

Anne Avery, "Reduction of Murine Malaria in Whole Blood Using the Mirasol PRT Process in an In Vivo Mouse Model", CaridianBCT Biotechnologies, LLC

Dean Crick, "HTS Assays for the Methylerythritol-4-Phosphate Pathway", NIAID

Delphi Chatterjee, "Modified DNA Aptamers and DNAzymes for Diagnosing TB in Resource-Poor Settings", University of Colorado

Greg Ebel, "Genomics-Enabled Sensor Platform for Rapid Detection of Viruses Related to Disease Outbreak", DOE-NNSA-Sandia National Laboratories

Greg Ebel, "Comparative Genomics of West Nile Virus: Genome Population Structure, Molecular Epidemiology, and Viral/Host Factor...", The Broad Institute

Sebabrata Mahapatra, "Metabolomic Profiling of Serum and Urine ", Farmak

Fiscal Year End Deadlines

All purchased items must be received and invoiced by June 30, 2012. To meet this requirement, the department has set the following deadlines for year end purchases:

PCard Purchases - June 20

Purchases <$10,000 - May 18

Purchaess >$10,000 - April 18

Please contact your accounting technician if you have any questions

MAY 2012
Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri
Graduate Seminar 12-noon RIC D100
Dept Seminar 9am Micro B120
Microscopy Seminar 8am DMC 101
3 4
Dept Seminar 9am Micro B120
PVM - 8am, Moby
Grad School - 3pm, Moby Arena
CVMBS -7:30pm, Main Ballroom
14 15


21 22
Dept Seminar 9am Micro B120
24 25
28 29
Dept Seminar 9am Path 103
30 31  


JUNE 2012
Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri
4 5 6 7 8
MIP Rockies Roadtrip!
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