January 2017
Vol. 14 | No. 1

MIP Struts its Stuff at the 2017 CVMBS Research Day

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Congratulations to the following Micro Undergraduates who performed at a stellar level this past semester:

Chissum, Daniela N.
Cox, Madeline B.
Daum, Joshua I.
Donaghy, Dillon L.
Ehrhart, Tess L.
Gaevert, Jessica A.
Griffin, Thomas N.
Hagan, Cassidy E.
Handgen, Paige M.
Harman, Madison R.
Kady, Thomas S.
Kendall, Edward C.
Koh, Tim M.
Krieger, Kirsten D.
Laurie, Kaelin M.
Layman, Jessica C.
Lian, Elena
Lynn-Barbe, Jamie K.
McMahon, Stephanie L.
Mills, Cole D.
Nowak, Kacy D.
Philbrick, Alesa H.
Powers, Jordan A.
Rempe, Sydney
Robb, Lucy L.
Samaras, Demetrios L.
Santistevan, Marissa G.
Shuff, Julia M.
Smith, McKenzie L.
Suinn, Stephanie S.
Sy, Tracy L.
Tosetti, Trey E.

Megan Kosovski

Megan Kosovski recently joined the MIP academic advising team at CSU as an Academic Success Coordinator.  Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communication and a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.   Megan’s passion for higher education began with her career as an advisor and instructor at the University of Illinois and now continues in the MIP Department at CSU.  She is thrilled to be a part of a department that is truly invested in making a difference in the lives of its students and the communities in which they live, study, and thrive.  When she is not advising or missing the cornfields of Illinois, Megan can be found baking, hanging out with friends, playing poker, and exploring Fort Collins with her husband Jason, and their dogs, Vegas and Domino. 

Transient In Vivo Resistance Mechanisms of Burkholderia pseudomallei to Ceftazidime and Molecular markers for Monitoring Treatment Response

Jason Cummings and Ric Slayden
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, January 12, 2017

At some point in their lives, every member of the academic research community has probably heard the question ‘when are you going to get out of a university and enter the REAL world’?   After reading this month’s MIPub of the Month®, we think we finally figured out what they mean.  They aren’t referring to an academic scientist’s employment and life experience, they are actually suggesting that we stop studying bacteria grown on artificial media in plastic dishes in a lab and start studying bacterial growth in REAL hosts like mammals. 

Burkholderia pseudomallei, the causative agent of a nasty disease called meliodosis, contains a large genome arranged in two separate chromosomes.  This huge amount of genetic coding capacity suggests that the bacteria may be capable of adapting to environmental stresses – including antibiotic treatment - in a variety of ways.  Therefore ‘Berk’ (not in the derogatory British sense of the word but rather short for Burkholderia) may respond very differently to antibiotics like the first line drug ceftazidime when its grown on synthetic media in a lab versus when it encounters the drug while infecting live tissue.

Jason and Ric set out to test this hypothesis by firing up the Ion Proton Next Gen Sequencer and characterizing the transcripts made by the bacteria when it is grown on plates vs. replicating in BALB/c mice with or without ceftazidime treatment.  Then they took out the Bowtie and Cufflinks (after all, Ric is one snazzy dresser….) and analyzed the data.  What they found was that for 1,234 mRNAs, expression was the same whether they analyzed Burkholderia grown in plates or from mouse lung.  More interesting was the fact that while 112 genes were uniquely expressed in bacteria grown in lab media, over 1500 genes were uniquely expressed only when the bacteria was growing inside mice.  If that difference doesn’t make you put down your pipetman and take notice, 591 genes were uniquely activated by antibiotic treatment only in bacteria that were growing in infected animals.  Clearly these data support the idea that molecularly speaking, not all bacterial growth is created equal.  The data also identify ten unique  RNA markers of bacterial growth in animals as well as 184 RNAs that are over expressed more than 100X in ceftazidime-treated mice.  This latter set of transcripts might serve as powerful molecular markers for antibiotic treatment success.

So why did we pick this study as out coveted MIPub of the Month® to kick off the Era of the Trump Presidency?  First, it’s a great application of deep sequencing to provide a foundation for future valuable insights into our understanding of Burkholderia pathogenesis and virulence.  Next, most of the differentially expressed genes uncovered in the study contain hypothetical ORFs with no known function.  Thus the study serves as great motivation for the field to get to work and better understand the function(s) of the plethora of genes encoded by this little Gram-negative beast.  Finally, for a transcriptomics study that involves sequencing over 6 million reads per sample, we were surprised that the amazing/awesome/ incredible/delightful term ‘RNA’ was not used once in the title or abstract.  What was probably more surprising is that a guy named Wilusz actually still read the paper……

MIP Publications January 2017

Susta L, He Y, Hutcheson JM, Lu Y, West FD, Stice SL, Yu P, Abdo Z, Afonso CL.  Derivation of chicken induced pluripotent stem cells tolerant to Newcastle disease virus-induced lysis through multiple rounds of infection.  Virol J. 2016 Dec 5;13(1):205.

Silva CA, Webb K, Andre BG, Marques MA, de Carvalho FM, de Macedo CS, Pinheiro RO, Sarno EN, Pessolani MC, Belisle JT.  Type 1 reaction in leprosy patients corresponds with a decrease in pro-resolving and an increase in pro-inflammatory lipid mediators.  J Infect Dis. 2016 Dec 8. pii: jiw541.

Martin-Park A, Gomez-Govea MA, Lopez-Monroy B, Treviño-Alvarado VM, Torres-Sepúlveda MD, López-Uriarte GA, Villanueva-Segura OK, Ruiz-Herrera MD, Martinez-Fierro ML, Delgado-Enciso I, Flores-Suárez AE, White GS, Martínez de Villarreal LE, Ponce-Garcia G, Black WC 4th, Rodríguez-Sanchez IP.  Profiles of Amino Acids and Acylcarnitines Related with Insecticide Exposure in Culex quinquefasciatus (Say).  PLoS One. 2017 Jan 13;12(1):e0169514. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0169514.

Dickson LB, Campbell CL, Juneja P, Jiggins FM, Sylla M, Black WC 4th.  Exon Enriched Libraries Reveal Large Genic Differences Between Aedes aegypti from Senegal, West Africa and Populations Outside Africa.  G3 (Bethesda). 2016 Dec 22. pii: g3.116.036053. doi: 10.1534/g3.116.036053.

Bohn AA, De Morais HA.  A Quick Reference on Chloride.  Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2016 Dec 19. pii: S0195-5616(16)30126-7. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2016.10.008.

Bielefeldt-Ohmann H, Bosco-Lauth A, Hartwig AE, Uddin MJ, Barcelon J, Suen WW, Wang W, Hall RA, Bowen RA.  Characterization of non-lethal West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in horses: Subclinical pathology and innate immune response.  Microb Pathog. 2016 Dec 21;103:71-79. doi: 10.1016/j.micpath.2016.12.018.

Laurentius LB, Crawford AC, Mulvihill TS, Granger JH, Robinson R, Spencer JS, Chatterjee D, Hanson KE, Porter MD.  Importance of specimen pretreatment for the low-level detection of mycobacterial lipoarabinomannan in human serum.  Analyst. 2016 Dec 19;142(1):177-185.

Crawford AC, Laurentius LB, Mulvihill TS, Granger JH, Spencer JS, Chatterjee D, Hanson KE, Porter MD.  Detection of the tuberculosis antigenic marker mannose-capped lipoarabinomannan in pretreated serum by surface-enhanced Raman scattering.  Analyst. 2016 Dec 19;142(1):186-196.

Colbath AC, Dow SW, Phillips JN, McIlwraith CW, Goodrich LR.  Autologous and Allogeneic Equine Mesenchymal Stem Cells Exhibit Equivalent Immunomodulatory Properties In Vitro.  Stem Cells Dev. 2017 Jan 12. doi: 10.1089/scd.2016.0266.

Alout H, Foy BD.  Ivermectin: a complimentary weapon against the spread of malaria?  Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther. 2016 Dec 29:1-10. doi: 10.1080/14787210.2017.1271713.

Yang Y, Noviana E, Nguyen MP, Geiss BJ, Dandy DS, Henry CS.  Paper-Based Microfluidic Devices: Emerging Themes and Applications.  Anal Chem. 2016 Dec 12.

Kirman JR, Henao-Tamayo MI, Agger EM.  The Memory Immune Response to Tuberculosis.  Microbiol Spectr. 2016 Dec;4(6). doi: 10.1128/microbiolspec.TBTB2-0009-2016.

Angala SK, McNeil MR, Shi L, Joe M, Pham H, Zuberogoitia S, Nigou J, Boot CM, Lowary TL, Gilleron M, Jackson M.  Biosynthesis of the methylthioxylose capping motif of lipoarabinomannan in Mycobacterium tuberculosis.  ACS Chem Biol. 2017 Jan 11.

Liu J, Bruhn DF, Lee RB, Zheng Z, Janusic T, Scherbakov D, Scherman MS, Boshoff HI, Das S, Rakesh, Waidyarachchi SL, Brewer TA, Gracia B, Yang L, Bollinger J, Robertson GT, Meibohm B, Lenaerts AJ, Ainsa J, Böttger EC, Lee RE.  Structure-Activity Relationships of Spectinamide Antituberculosis Agents: A Dissection of Ribosomal Inhibition and Native Efflux Avoidance Contributions.  ACS Infect Dis. 2017 Jan 13;3(1):72-88. doi: 10.1021/acsinfecdis.6b00158.

Robertson GT, Scherman MS, Bruhn DF, Liu J, Hastings C, McNeil MR, Butler MM, Bowlin TL, Lee RB, Lee RE, Lenaerts AJ.  Spectinamides are effective partner agents for the treatment of tuberculosis in multiple mouse infection models.  J Antimicrob Chemother. 2016 Dec 20. pii: dkw467. doi: 10.1093/jac/dkw467.

Brighenti S, Ordway DJ.  Regulation of Immunity to Tuberculosis.  Microbiol Spectr. 2016 Dec;4(6). doi: 10.1128/microbiolspec.TBTB2-0006-2016.

Cummings JE, Slayden RA.  Transient In Vivo Resistance Mechanisms of Burkholderia pseudomallei to Ceftazidime and Molecular Markers for Monitoring Treatment Response.  PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017 Jan 12;11(1):e0005209. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005209.

Lee J, Malmberg JL, Wood BA, Hladky S, Troyer R, Roelke M, Cunningham M, McBride R, Vickers W, Boyce W, Boydston E, Serieys L, Riley S, Crooks K, VandeWoude S.  Feline immunodeficiency virus cross-species transmission: Implications for emergence of new lentiviral infections.  J Virol. 2016 Dec 21. pii: JVI.02134-16. doi: 10.1128/JVI.02134-16.

Wyckoff AC, Kane S, Lockwood K, Seligman J, Michel B, Hill D, Ortega A, Mangalea MR, Telling GC, Miller MW, Vercauteren K, Zabel MD.  Clay Components in Soil Dictate Environmental Stability and Bioavailability of Cervid Prions in Mice.  Front Microbiol. 2016 Nov 23;7:1885.

Chang L, Fu D, Stenglein MD, Hernandez JA, DeRisi JL, Jacobson ER.  Detection and prevalence of boid inclusion body disease in collections of boas and pythons using immunological assays.  Vet J. 2016 Dec;218:13-18. doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2016.10.006.

Waqas M, Lee HM, Kim J, Telling G, Kim JK, Kim DH, Ryou C.  Effect of poly-L-arginine in inhibiting scrapie prion protein of cultured cells.  Mol Cell Biochem. 2017 Jan 7. doi: 10.1007/s11010-016-2916-6.


3rd Annual Employee Recognition Event

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Award Recipients from the MIP Employee Recognition Event

Bev MeyerMVP Microbiology
Bev is the MIP Human Resource expert and works tirelessly to manage the plethora of human resources processes. Her efforts are appreciated by everyone who needs her sage advice. With over 495 employees, MIP is the single largest academic department on campus. Bev approaches her job efficiently and effectively. We appreciate Bev’s dedication and solid HR expertise!  Without Bev, no one would get hired, paid, or have benefits.  So we all appreciate Bev!

Lesley JonesMVP Pathology
Lesley provides support to keep things moving forward for the Promotion and Tenure Committee, the Advisory Committee, the Faculty Meetings, and a variety of other needs for MIP.  Lesley is always willing to help in whatever way she can and approaches all her work with a smile.  We appreciate your calm, friendly demeanor when things get hectic!  Lesley makes things happen and is always there when you need her.  Thank you for being the person we can always count on!

Donna WillardMVP Foothills
Donna Willard whole-heartedly deserves MVP at Foothills Campus.  Donna is so customer-focused that she barely needs her glasses.  Donna works diligently to make sure our research staff is taken care of; from supporting the PIs on pre-award, to unjamming the copy machine, to knocking on doors to get signatures.  She’s got a wicked swing with our mosquito killer racquets so she keeps us safe from bug invasions as well.  She is the backbone that holds the Foothills team together and with her steady support Foothills continues to thrive.  Thanks, Donna!

Ashley McGrewMVP South Campus
Ashley is an outstanding teacher, and enthusiastically organizes several courses in MIP. She is truly dedicated to her students' learning, and puts much effort into employing teaching techniques and tools that clearly convey the material and make learning fun and interesting for her students.  In addition to these responsibilities, Ashley heads up the Parasitology section of the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, and manages a research program on marine parasitology.  She is truly an MVP given her tireless and invaluable efforts in all of these areas!

Alex GendernalikMVP Undergrad Lab Employee
In addition to his other responsibilities and accomplishments, Alex also provides valuable and much-appreciated assistance with insectary duties for experiments being conducted by the Kading and Ebel labs.  Alex is an MVP because of his hard work and the breadth of his expertise.  He has a broad background that combines entomology, field work and engineering.  He has been highly valuable to many of the ongoing studies at AIDL that require someone to know something about insects, be willing to work under difficult conditions in the field and troubleshoot mechanical problems on the fly.  We can always count on Alex to be available when we need him and to take the initiative on difficult problems.  The best example of this is a paper that is soon to be published that looks at the ability of local Aedes mosquitoes to transmit Zika virus.  You’ll have to read the paper to find out the results!

Reyes MurrietaMVP Graduate Student
Reyes Murrieta not only knocks it out of the park on the softball field but was recently named a GAUSSI fellow.  He has represented CSU with Mark Zabel at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.  He also does a lot of interesting and impressive work on virus genomics in the Ebel lab.  Reyes is a GSO member who facilitates student-invited speaker seminars. He also drives a really sweet truck if you ever need a 4 wheel drive adventure.   Thank you for your service to MIP!  Keep up the good work!

Kristen DavenportMVP DVM Student
Kristen Davenport is an example of an exemplary student in the DVM/PhD program and well deserving of the title MVP.  She has had a lead role in MIP-GSO over the past few years, helping the group to facilitate the many events they sponsor for graduate students in the department and college, from social to professional development.  She has also served as a student representative on GEC for the past 2 years, filling that important role for a combine program student.  She’s also very involved in the DVM/PhD group, including the recruitment and interview process for that program.  She does all of this on top of the rigorous curriculum and demands of the DVM/PhD program.  Whether working in the lab, with other students, or administrative staff, she is always a joy to work with and never hesitates to help out if needed.  Thank you for your contributions to MIP!

Alex ByasMVP Vet Resident
Alex Byas is a true Vet Residency MVP.  In a rigorous program that demands a lot from each resident, she standout as a hard worker.  She excels at everything path related, from necropsy to biopsy, and shows a real interest in neuropathology.  More than anything, her positivity shines through and everyone she encounters would agree that she is a pleasure to work with.  After joining Dr. Eel’s lab this year for her PhD project, we’re sure those qualities will transfer over to the lab!

Julie MorenoMVP Postdoctoral Fellow
Julie defines the description of Overall Standout Postdoctoral Fellow for MIP.  She is a very determined researcher and a great lab leader.  She’s been a terrific addition to the Telling lab and very helpful to the MIP Admin team.  She has an impressive publication record and was willing and able to step into a didactic teaching role when called upon by the department last spring.  Thank you, Julie, and congratulations!

Vicki Cox-JonesMVP Research Associate or Research Scientist
In addition to being an outstanding RA and lab manager, taking care of the daily operations of the Jackson lab, training students and post-docs and running her own research projects, Vicki has taken on a number of responsibilities in the MRL.  She runs and trains MRL users on the GC/MS instrument housed at the CIF (Central Instrumentation Facility) in the Dept of Chemistry. She spends countless hours assisting with the organization of outreach events such as World TB Day 2013, 2014 and 2016 and the upcoming 2017 event, and the International Mycobacteria conferences held at CSU in June 2013 and June 2016. She regularly coordinates the efforts of some 50+ MRL volunteers at these events.  All of this work and responsibility are obviously beyond Vicki's job duties as an RA and lab manager in the Jackson lab. The MRL depends on dedicated and talented team builders like Vicki for successful outreach and development and the MRL and MIP owe her a big thanks!

Jennifer Kahrs -Behind- the-Scenes Playmaker
Jennifer works across all the DMIP facilities coordinating lab clean-outs and upgrades, faculty computer purchases, equipment inventories and a variety of other departmental needs. We appreciate Jennifer’s quiet demeanor and ability to calm potentially volatile situations. Jennifer is forward thinking and takes the initiative to address facility issues proactively. Her colleagues enjoy her stories and keen sense of humor. Thank you for keeping our stairwells clutter free, our vacated lab spaces hazard free and helping to make our department a better place!

Sandra QuackenbushMagnificent Multitasker
Q is the definition of a Magnificent Multitasker.  Juggling the many pieces of her role as Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs takes true talent, but adding in her teaching and research responsibilities is something almost no one else could accomplish.  Her hard work and perseverance benefits everyone in the department, as well as the whole college.  Her passion for academics and students is visible in all she does.  Q, we can’t decide how to close your ‘thank you speech’ because you do so many things.  So we will just end this by saying, you are the best!

Erica Suchman - Outside-the-Box Thinker
Erica is a passionate champion for the undergraduate program in MIP. She constantly thinks about creative ways to improve and promote undergraduate success. Erica was instrumental in establishing the Undergraduate Research Fellowships and justifying an additional undergraduate coordinator position to support MIP undergraduate students. She has also been an advocate for increasing the Teaching Assistant funding for the Life Courses taught by MIP faculty. Erica engages in collaborations with other CVMBS academic departments to expand the undergraduate programs. Thank you for your visionary efforts!

Rebekah KadingRookie of the Year
Calling Rebekah a “rookie” almost isn’t fair because she came to us after a highly productive stretch at CDC and at Genesis Labs. Since coming to CSU, she has been an integral part of our work to respond to Zika virus and to communicate our efforts, progress and concerns to the public through her radio, print and online interactions with the media.  She has also been part of our developing focus on bat-borne disease. Her teaching efforts, her early success in obtaining extramural funding and the range of new collaborations that she has fostered across DMIP and beyond are incredibly impressive. Rebekah has been an outstanding new colleague at AIDL and we are extremely fortunate to have her as part of our group.  Welcome to the department and thank you for everything you bring!

Jeff Wilusz - Head Cheerleader
Jeff is engaged in multiple activities across the scientific community in addition to focusing on his own research and serving as the Director and creator of the Masters Plan B in Microbiology. Jeff still finds time to coordinate and edit the monthly MIP Newsletter, including much appreciated humor. This facilitates collaboration and communication across the department. Jeff is always looking for ways to bring the department together and celebrate the wins. Thank you for your endless enthusiasm!

Deryl KeneyLifetime Achievement
It is safe to say that the Microbiology teaching labs are the most efficient, effective, and well-organized labs in our college due to Deryl’s role as our Media Prep Room supervisor and manager.  Our hats are off to this outstanding individual who has contributed to the success of our undergraduate teaching program for 43 years!  Besides always having the normal things needed for labs, Deryl is an amazing person who is willing and able to help whenever a unique request arises. She can find the perfect thing to address any need and always has a cheerful attitude. It is wonderful to have someone so calm and  helpful when the craziness of lab seems to get out of control. In other words, a true one of a kind!  She truly is indispensable to the MIP teaching faculty, and has played a hidden, yet vital role, in the instruction of thousands of undergraduates!  Deryl, thank you for your years of dedicated service!

Can’t get enough microbiology?  Of course you can’t!  A new Microbiology journal club will be held on Wednesdays at 4 PM at Black Bottle Brewing located off of Prospect and College. Contact Anna Fagre for more information.

2nd International Symposium on

Infectious Diseases of Bats Coming to CSU

Can’t wait for Spring Training to start?  Well there are other types of bats that you can root for – and they are pretty darn interesting critters from a microbiology perspective. The 2nd International Symposium on Bat Infectious Diseases will be held June 29-July 1 at the University Center for the Arts. For additional information, see http://www.batid.org/ or contact Tony Schountz (tony.schountz@colostate.edu)

Spring 2017 Rocky Mountain ASM Branch Meeting

The Spring 2017 Rocky Mountain ASM Branch Meeting will be held at AlloSource in Centennial Colorado on April 15th.  Be sure to check out the newly updated Rocky Mountain Branch ASM website at https://sites.google.com/site/asmrmb/ for more information. 

Mark your Calendar! Rocky Mountain Virology Club- 17th Annual Meeting

The annual Rocky Mountain Virology Club Meeting is scheduled for September 22-24th at Pingree Park. Information on the meeting, including the 9 invited speakers, can be found here.


It is time again for food, fun, drink and a little competition! Please consider presenting a poster for the Annual Cell & Molecular Biology/Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Neurosciences/Biochemistry Poster Symposium.

The Symposium will be held Friday, February 24, 2017 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, judging will start at 3:30 pm.

 Submission Deadline is February 10th, 2017 by 5PM!

Deadline: March 20th at 5PM

Attention MIP Faculty:  Don’t forget to review the FY17 CRC Call for Proposals and take full advantage of this internal funding competition designed to provide seed money for future external grant proposals. 

The American Society for Microbiology is currently accepting applications for their ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The deadline is February 15th!

The Department Seminar Series is in full swing.

The weekly Graduate Student Seminar has also started.

Check out the graduate seminar series schedule here.

Joe Russo Picks up the 7-10 split!

Congratulations to postdoctoral fellow Joe Russo for picking up the nearly impossible 7-10 split at Chippers Lanes on Jan. 23rd in the CSU Monday Night Bowling League...oh yeah and Joe also was lead author on a paper that was published that same week.

All of the Stars Aren't in Hollywood

A few cool shots of various nebulae in the Orion region, along with the Pleiades star cluster. 

Michael Scherman has pulled out his trusty telescope and shot these photos on his SV102T apo 102mm refractor with a cooled ASI1600MM camera.   

…and we thought microbiologists only used microscopes.  Maybe we should start calling Mike our resident ‘Telebiologist’.


















MIP Bits

“Don’t confuse me with the facts”

- Earl Landgrebe, US Congressman at the Watergate Hearings

Choose your Caption

The Cirque du Soleil show ‘Ovo’recently performed at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland

Alternative Captions:

1. Haven't seen an egg that big laid around here since that Wilusz guy tried telling a string of jokes in a recent grad class

2. Imagine all of the influenza virus Kristy could grow in that...

3. Egg-Cellent photo, wouldn't you say?

4. Now you can find an egg on MIP webpages in another place other than GrEGG Dean.

5. Submit your own..

The MIP 'Head Cheerleader' recieves his award in his typical understated and highly professional fashion.

Alternative Captions:

1. Channeling the Newton Artwork outside the Micro Bldg, Dr. Wilusz demonstrates that one is truly able to see farther when on the shoulders of giants.

2. Due to rusty techinical skills, many postdocs can claim to 'hold' their PI's hand in the lab every now and then. How many of them can say that they had to hold their PI’s feet?

3. Somebody might have had one too many glasses of 'cheer' at the reception...

4. Submit your own.

Microbiology-Themed Trinkets Steal the Show at the 2nd Floor Prion Research Center Christmas Tree Ornament Contest

Members of the Mathiason and Hoover Laboratories enjoy the smell of fresh pine.

1st place:  This ZIKV-infected creature was found buzzing the Christmas tree

2nd place:  The Gingerbread Bead Man brought 'mixers' to the celebration

3rd place:  So… this is really what the inside of a TSE-infected brain looks like… caffeine vacuoles. 

21st Century Cures Act Passes Congress In December Congress authorized spending $4.7 billion new dollars to fund several large research initiatives, including the Cancer Moonshot, regenerative medicine and brain research. To learn more about these research opportunities see here .

New Font Guidelines for NIH Grants
As of January 25th, NIH recommends using only Arial, Georgia, Helvetica, or Palatino Linotype fonts in grant applications and has removed text color restrictions.  For more info, check out https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-17-030.html

New Grant Awards

John Belisle, "BMAC CSU Core Facility Mass Spectrometry Services," HHS-CDC-Centers for Disease Control. "Biology and Biosignatures of Anti-Tuberculosis Treatment Response," HHS-NIH-NIAID-Allergy and Infect Diseases.

William Black, "Assessing the Genetic Basis of Arboviral Salivary Gland Escape Barriers in Aedes aegypti," HHS-NIH-NIAID-Allergy and Infect Diseases.

Brian Foy, "Zika Virus Urogenital Tropism, Pathogenesis and Sexual Transmission," HHS-NIH-NIAID-Allergy and Infect Diseases.

Ed Hoover, "Biomedical Research Training for Veterinarians," HHS-NIH-National Institutes of Health.

Anne Lenaerts, "TB Drug Accelerator: TB Mouse in vivo Models," Global Alliance for Tuberculosis Drug Development.

Kenneth Olson, "Task Order Request C03: "Efficacy Study for Nootkatone as Insecticidal Agent against Mosquitoes Harboring Arboviruses (including ZIKV)," HHS-NIH-NIAID-Allergy and Infect Diseases.

Greg Robertson, "Broad Institute-CSoft TB Therapeutic Effort," The Broad Institute.

John Spencer, "Immunological and Molecular Signatures of Leprosy: Tracking Transmission and Disease Progression in Brazil," The New York Community Trust.

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