Vol. 11 | No. 5
Greetings! I am the newly hired computational biologist in MIP and I would like to share a little bit about myself.
Dr. Christie Mayo has accepted the Diagnostic Virologist faculty position. Her first day was be November 1, 2014. Christie did her Veterinary residency here at CSU so please welcome her back to the Department!
Merial Graduate Veterinary Scholar Award
The 2014 Merial–National Institutes of Health Veterinary Scholars Symposium was held July 31-Aug. 3 at Cornell University. This year’s theme was “One Health,” addressed through the perspective of four plenary sessions: sustainability, genetics, cancer, and infectious disease. Dr. Dan Regan was the recipient of the Merial Graduate Veterinary Scholar Award. He was recognized for his research investigating the role inflammatory monocytes play in the promotion of tumor metastasis as well as the regulation of tumor vaccine immunity. His recognition was highlighted in JAVMA online. Congratulations Dan!
Congratulations to the newly minted diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Pathology.
In the News...
Dr. Charlie Calisher, MIP Professor Emeritus, was recently interviewed on channel four news about the massive Ebola outbreak. Dr. Calisher worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 27 years and has written a book on the history of viruses. He believes the outbreak could be related to bats. Watch the full interview.
Ball Python Nidovirus: a Candidate Etiologic Agent for Severe Respiratory Disease in Python regius
Mark Stenglein, Elliot Jacobson, James Wellehan, Anne Kincaid, Marcus Gordon, Brian Porter, Wes Baumgartner, Scott Stahl, Karen Kelley, Jonathan Towner and Joseph DeRisi
MBio. 2014 Sep 9;5(5):e01484-14. doi: 10.1128/mBio.01484-14.
As Python et al. would say, and now for something completely different…. In the brief hissssssstory of the MIP Department, this is likely a first. Yes folks, we found a brand new virus. Not only that, but it appears that it may be a major cause for ‘ereptile dysfunction’.
MIP Publications August 2014
Bohn AA, Ferris RA, McCue PM. Comparison of equine endometrial cytology samples collected with uterine swab, uterine brush, and low-volume lavage from healthy mares. Vet Clin Pathol. 2014 Sep 10. doi: 10.1111/vcp.12194.
Kaur D, Angala SK, Wu SW, Khoo KH, Chatterjee D, Brennan PJ, Jackson M, McNeil MR. A Single Arabinan Chain Is Attached to the Phosphatidylinositol Mannosyl Core of the Major Immunomodulatory Mycobacterial Cell Envelope Glycoconjugate, Lipoarabinomannan. J Biol Chem. 2014 Sep 17. pii: jbc.M114.599415. [Epub ahead of print]
Trzil JE, Masseau I, Webb TL, Chang CH, Dodam JR, Cohn LA, Liu H, Quimby JM, Dow SW, Reinero CR. Long term evaluation of mesenchymal stem cell therapy in a feline model of chronic allergic asthma. Clin Exp Allergy. 2014 Sep 14. doi: 10.1111/cea.12411. [Epub ahead of print]
Yoshikawa H, Maranon DG, Battaglia CL, Ehrhart EJ, Charles JB, Bailey SM, LaRue SM. Predicting clinical outcome in feline oral squamous cell carcinoma: tumour initiating cells, telomeres and telomerase. Vet Comp Oncol. 2014 Sep 11. doi: 10.1111/vco.12117. [Epub ahead of print]
Gaur RL, Ren K, Blumenthal A, Bhamidi S, Gibbs S, Jackson M, Zare RN, Ehrt S, Ernst JD, Banaei N. LprG-Mediated Surface Expression of Lipoarabinomannan Is Essential for Virulence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. PLoS Pathog. 2014 Sep 18;10(9):e1004376. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1004376. eCollection 2014 Sep.
Kuzmina TA, Lyons ET, Spraker TR. Anisakids (Nematoda: Anisakidae) from stomachs of northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) on St. Paul Island, Alaska: parasitological and pathological analysis. Parasitol Res. 2014 Sep 14. [Epub ahead of print]
Hagge DA, Scollard DM, Ray NA, Marks VT, Deming AT, Spencer JS, Adams LB. IL-10 and NOS2 Modulate Antigen-Specific Reactivity and Nerve Infiltration by T Cells in Experimental Leprosy. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2014 Sep 11;8(9):e3149. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003149.
Stenglein MD, Jacobson ER, Wozniak EJ, Wellehan JF, Kincaid A, Gordon M, Porter BF, Baumgartner W, Stahl S, Kelley K, Towner JS, DeRisi JL. Ball Python Nidovirus: a Candidate Etiologic Agent for Severe Respiratory Disease in Python regius. MBio. 2014 Sep 9;5(5). pii: e01484-14. doi: 10.1128/mBio.01484-14.
Charley PA, Wilusz J. Sponging of cellular proteins by viral RNAs. Curr Opin Virol. 2014 Sep 15;9C:14-18. doi: 10.1016/j.coviro.2014.09.001. [Epub ahead of print]
On October 14th members of MIP and CVMBS gathered to celebrate the accomplishments and career of Dr. Carol Blair. Carol's long and prestigious career at CSU began in 1975 when she was one of the first female Assistant Professors hired in the Microbiology Department. Carol went on to serve in several Administrative positions including Assistant Dean for Biomedical Sciences, Microbiology Department Head, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Interim MIP Department Head. Carol has also mantained a successful research program at the Arthropod-borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory (AIDL). Carol's contributions to the department and CSU have been enormous! Following in the footsteps of Dr. Barry Beaty and Dr. Patrick Brennan, Carol is entering "partial retirement" and will still be active in the department!
Check out the photo gallery from the reception.
On the afternoon of Tuesday, September 16 members of the MIP Family gathered in the Pathology Glover Gallery to celebrate and honor Glenda Taton-Allen's 33 plus years of service to CSU. Glenda co-taught Parasitology, first with Dr. John Cheney and then with Dr. Bill Black. Glenda will be remembered for her wonderful laugh and passion for parasites. Check out the photo gallery from the reception.
After 13 years of dedicated service, Dr. Hana Van Campen retired from CSU on September 30th. Hana was responsible for supervising the virology, virology/serology and molecular diagnostic sections of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. She also participated in field investigations of suspected viral diseases and in extension activities. Hana was honored and recognized at the Diagnostic Lab picnic earlier this summer. Enjoy your retirement Hana!
December 5, 2014
A one-day conference for ALL CSU Graduate Students to:
When: Wednesday February 25, 2015
Where: Lory Student Center Ballroom
On Friday October, 24th members of MIP gathered to celebrate Dr. Herbert Schweizer's career at CSU and to wish him well on his future at the University of Florida. Herbert has been a distinguished member and researcher of MIP for 19 years. At the University of Florida, Herbert will assume the positions of Preeminence Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, College of Medicine, and Director of Emerging Pathogens Institute BSL 3 facilities. Good luck Herbert! We wish you the very best!
Check out the photo gallery from the farewell reception.
A recent study by NIAID and Colorado State University scientists suggests dromedary camels are the primary carrier of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Researchers speculate vaccinating camels would prevent the transmisstion of MERS-CoV to humans and other camels. Read more about the study.
New Bus Route to VTH & Foothills Campus
CSU and Transfort, the Fort Collins bus service, have expanded routes from main campus to the Foothills campus and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. CSU employees and students can ride Transfort for free with a RamCard. Please note that employees need a RamCard containing a smart chip to ride Transfort for free. Faculty and staff can stop by the RamCard Office to trade in their current RamCard for a free upgraded chip card. The RamCard Office is located in Room 203 of Morgan Library. Student RamCards are already equipped with the smart chip technology, and do not need to be replaced.
Promotion, Tenure and Reappointment Committee
Chair: Jeff Wilusz **
Graduate Education Committee
Chair: Sandra Quackenbush
Undergraduate Education Committee
Chair: Susan Deines
CAM the Ram has New Duds
Thanks to MIP Research Coordinator, Jenny Harding, CAM the Ram celebrated CSU AG Day in style! Jenny and her friend Marci Stille have been making CAM jackets for several years. This time they went retro and made CAM an orange Aggies jersey that he wore on October 4th when CSU defeated Tulsa. Check out pictures and CAM's fitting on the K99 website.
Dr. John Spencer and colleagues Drs. Claudio Salgado and Josafá Barreto published an article in the WHO Goodwill Ambassador's August Newsletter. The article is about the work they are doing to diagnose and prevent Leprosy in the Amazon region of Brazil. Check out the full article.
Dr. Carol Wilusz may still have a British accent and a dry sense of humor but she is no longer a British citizen. Over the summer she became a citizen of the United States! Jolly good work Carol!
Pamela Eppler, Administrative Assistant for the Micro facility, has taken a position with the Division of University Advancement. This opportunity allows Pamela to pursue her passion with not-for-profits and aligns with her career goals. Pamela's last day in MIP was October 17, 2014. We will miss you Pamela. Best of luck in your new position!
New Grant Awards
Mercedes Gonzalez-Juarrero, "Effect of TLR-2 and CD14 Gene Silencing in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection", Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon
Ramesh Akkina, "In Vivo Gene Therapy for HIV using Aptamers that Target Reverse Transcriptase", University of Missouri
Tony Schountz, "Deer Mice as Tools for Infectious Disease Research", University of Northern Colorado
Remember to contribute any loose change to the DMIPWSFERE (Department of Microbiology Immunology and Pathology Winter Strategic Forum and Employee Recognition Event) fund. Collection receptacles can be found in Departmental offices!
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