Vol. 13 | No. 3
Two MIP Students Named to Inaugural Group of VPR Fellows
The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) recently created a Graduate Fellows Program at CSU to support excellence in graduate research and to promote interdisciplinary by bringing together outstanding students from across the institution. Fellows receive scholarship and travel support - as well as opportunities to engage in a variety of professional development workshops. We are thrilled to announce that two MIP students were named among the inaugural group of twelve VPR Fellows:
Watch her presentation here
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Congratulations to Lauren and Kristen!
Dr. Gregg Dean reappointed to a sceond term as MIP Dept head
Drs. Eckstein and Inamine Retire After 46 Combined Years of Service
A retirement reception was held on Monday March 28th to honor Torsten and Julia’s careers and many contributions to the Department’s mission over the decades. In addition to their research programs in the MRL, Julia’s undergraduate teaching contributions as well as her administrative work over the years will always be remembered. Torsten was instrumental in getting the Micro MS-B Program up and running and setting up a novel ongoing model of Johne’s disease in goats. They will both be sorely missed (except by the mycobacteria who – if you listen very hard - can be heard partying on their agar plates as they have two fewer scientists that they need to outwit). Best of luck in your adventures!
See more photos here.
Rose Lopez Retiring After 46 Years of Service
Rose Lopez, who dedicated 46 years of her working life to the Microbiology/MIP Depts, officially stopped working this month. Although she officially ‘retired’ some years ago, Rose elected to stay on as an hourly employee, and we are truly grateful! Thank you Rose for your amazing service to the MIP mission.
2016 CMB/BMB/MCIN Poster Symposium
Several of our students were winners at the 2016 poster symposium on Friday, February 26th:
Kristen Davenport: Novel In Vitro Assessments of Prion Disease Species Barriers, Advisor: Dr. Edward Hoover & Dr. Candace Mathiason, Award: High Honor
Mike Mangalea: Breaking Biofilms: Nitrate Inhibits Biofilm Formation in Burkholderia pseudomallei, Advisor: Dr. Brad Borlee, Award: High Honors
Shuang Hu: Transmission, Pathogenesis and a Novel Therapeutic Appraoch for HIV-2 Infection Using a Humanized Mouse Model, Advisor: Dr. Ramesh Akkina, Award: High Honors
Paige Charlins: Lentiviral Vector Mobilization for Treatment of HIV in Humanized Mice, Advisor: Dr. Ramesh Akkina, Award: Honors
Congratulations to the winners, their mentors and all of the hard-working MIP students who presented their research at the Symposium. It is truly impressive to walk down those aisles of posters and see what is being accomplished.
Metabolomics-Based Discovery of Small Molecule Biomarkers in Serum Associated with Dengue Virus Infections and Disease Outcomes
Natalia Voge, Rushika Perera, Seba Mahapatra, Lionel Gresh, Angel Balmaseda, Maria Lorono-Pino, Amber Hopf-Jannasch, John Belisle, Eva Harris, Carol Blair and Barry Beaty
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004449
Patients with Dengue fever, Dengue hemorrhagic fever or Dengue shock syndrome are like the whiteboards in CSU classrooms. You know that they must have markers associated with them, but the ones that are currently available to you just don’t work.
MIP Publications March 2016
Voge NV, Perera R, Mahapatra S, Gresh L, Balmaseda A, Loroño-Pino MA, Hopf-Jannasch AS, Belisle JT, Harris E, Blair CD, Beaty BJ. Metabolomics-Based Discovery of Small Molecule Biomarkers in Serum Associated with Dengue Virus Infections and Disease Outcomes. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2016 Feb 25;10(2):e0004449. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004449.
Vasconcelos PF, Calisher CH. Emergence of Human Arboviral Diseases in the Americas, 2000-2016. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2016 Mar 18. [Epub ahead of print]
Calisher CH. The taxonomy of viruses should include viruses. Arch Virol. 2016 Feb 25. [Epub ahead of print]
Nieto R LM, Mehaffy C, Dobos KM. Comparative proteomics between isogenic strains of Beijing genotype of Mycobacterium tuberculosis after acquisition of Isoniazid resistance. Proteomics. 2016 Mar 1. doi: 10.1002/pmic.201500403. [Epub ahead of print]
McConnel CS, Stenkamp-Strahm CM, Rao S, Linke LM, Magnuson RJ, Hyatt DR. Antimicrobial Resistance Profiles in Escherichia coli O157 Isolates from Northern Colorado Dairies. J Food Prot. 2016 Mar;79(3):484-7.
Albesa-Jové D, Svetlíková Z, Tersa M, Sancho-Vaello E, Carreras-González A, Bonnet P, Arrasate P, Eguskiza A, Angala SK, Cifuente JO, Korduláková J, Jackson M, Mikušová K, Guerin ME. Structural basis for selective recognition of acyl chains by the membrane-associated acyltransferase PatA. Nat Commun. 2016 Mar 11;7:10906. doi: 10.1038/ncomms10906.
Yoo SH, Venn E, Sullivan LA, Olver CS. Thromboelastographic evidence of inhibition of fibrinolysis after ε-aminocaproic acid administration in a dog with suspected acute traumatic coagulopathy. J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio). 2016 Mar 18. doi: 10.1111/vec.12467. [Epub ahead of print]
Santangelo KS, Radakovich LB, Fouts J, Foster MT. Pathophysiology of obesity on knee joint homeostasis: contributions of the infrapatellar fat pad. Horm Mol Biol Clin Investig. 2016 Jan 22. pii: /j/hmbci.ahead-of-print/hmbci-2015-0067/hmbci-2015-0067.xml. doi: 10.1515/hmbci-2015-0067. [Epub ahead of print]
Linke LM, Wilusz J, Pabilonia KL, Fruehauf J, Magnuson R, Olea-Popelka F, Triantis J, Landolt G, Salman M. Inhibiting avian influenza virus shedding using a novel RNAi antiviral vector technology: proof of concept in an avian cell model. AMB Express. 6(1):16. doi: 10.1186/s13568-016-0187-y. Epub 2016 Feb 24.
March TB Madness!
CSU’s MRL includes a sweet sixteen bracket of research labs, working together to address the final four: Vaccines, Drugs, Diagnostics, and Epidemiology in an effort to Cure TB, Prevent new cases of TB, and the end game: STOP TB. The MRL hosted an outreach event, to engage local high school students, and demonstrate what it is like in the “day of the life of a TB researcher” to commemorate World TB Day on March 24th. The day would not have been successful without the great team that organized this from the MRL—Nicole, Vicki, and Keri, the MRL labs, BSO, IDRC facilities, and cooperation with the CVMBS and OVPR communications teams. For more on the story, please read the Source article here.
See the photos here.
MIP Outreach Efforts have officially hit a new high for impact score. This program is run by the Denver Natural History Museum to introduce young girls to women scientists and the career paths they have followed. The overall goal is to increase girls in the STEM disciplines. MIP students enrolled in MIP400G and MIP303 honors partnered with faculty from MIP and the Dept of Clinical Sciences from the VTH to present a "Pet Detectives" Club House and introduce the girls to veterinary medicine. The girls used microscopes and microbiology skills to diagnose disease. In addition, they had lots of X-rays to interpret and bones for the kids to touch. Thanks to the MIP students, MIP faculty (Erica Suchman, Christie Mayo, and Deana Daily) and Clin Sci faculty (Kristi Dowers and Tracy Webb) who helped out.
Check out these photos of kids who attended the Girls in Science exhibit. An estimated 10,500 visited the Pet Detective Club House that day (which is more than attended some Colorado Rockies baseball games last season……). The team also set up the Club House at Rice Elementary Science Night and entertained ~200 visitors. Congratulations and a big THANK YOU to all involved.
Pictured are Nia Iberg and Juliette Dean.
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The following MIP employees are being recognized this year for their dedicated service to CSU as follows:
Lab Lines Newsletter
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Spring Rocky Mtn ASM Branch Meeting set for April 9th
The Spring meeting of the Rocky Mountain Branch of the ASM is set for Saturday, April 9th. The meeting will take place at Metropolitan State University of Denver and will be hosted by our long-time colleague and ASM branch representative Rebecca Ferrell. Three outstanding speakers will be featured at the event: Briana Burton, a bacterial cell biologist from Harvard University, will be the ASM sponsored Distinguished Lecturer. The keynote speaker will be Bob Mclean, a biofilms researcher from Texas State University. Finally, there will be shouldn’t-be-missed presentation from Dr. Jeffrey Beal on how online publishing and other changes at the level of publishers are changing the scientific profession, for better and worse.
The ASM-RMB meeting is a great place for undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers to present their work in a highly interactive and supportive environment.
For more on the meeting and registration info, click here.
Xplore Photo of the Week
Rapls photo: Stars over Wind Turbines, won the Xplore pohto of the week in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on March 6th.
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Dobos Lab Tours New Belgium Brewery
The Dobos lab spent a sunny afternoon at the Fort Collins New Belgium Brewery and received a behind the scenes tour of the labs.
See more photos here
Winter in Rocky Mountain National Park
A great photo of Rocky Mountain National Park courtesy of Dorreene Hyatt.
Congratulations to Abi and Ryan Norwood!
Abi and Ryan have moved out East (although we don’t believe they used the mode of transportation shown above). Congratulations are also in order for Abi on her acceptance to Georgetown University School of Medicine!
John and Jen Anderson welcomed their son Barrett Andrew Anderson, born on March 4th. He was 8lbs 12ozs and
"The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax."
Julie and Torsten enjoy their retirement reception Alternative Captions:
The new NIH ‘Forms-D’ submission packets are required for due dates on or after May 25, 2016
The bottom line, Forms-C is soooooooo 2015…..
The main NIH grants website is getting a makeover
As of March 25th, the NIH grants website has a new and improved look. Check it out at grants.nih.gov
Ever want to find out info on NIH grant award success rates and trends?
Check out the following websites in the NIH RePort system:
New Grant Awards
Brad Borlee, "Burkholderia Pseudomallei Library Copy Preparation", American Type Culture Collection.
Dean Crick, "Menaquinone Biosynthesis: A Drug Target in Gram-Positive Bacteria", HHS-NIH-NIAID-Allergy & Infect Diseases.
Edward Hoover, "PMCA Detection of CWD Infection in Cervid and Non-Cervid Species ", HHS-NIH-Neurological Disorders & Stroke.
Glenn Telling, "Identifying Susceptibility Factors for Prion Diseases", HHS-NIH-National Institutes of Health.
David Gregory, "Quasispecies Dynamics in Arbovirus Persistence Emergence and Fitness", HHS-NIH-NIAID-Allergy & Infect Diseases.
Ian Orme, "Novel Vaccine Boosting Candidates for Tuberculosis", HHS-NIH-NIAID-Allergy & Infect Diseases.
John Belisle, "BMAC CSU Core Facility Mass Spectrometry Services", HHS-CDC-Centers for Disease Control.
Karen Dobos, "Role of Gamma/Delta T Cells in Vaccine Induced Immunity", Saint Louis University.
Mark Zabel, "Liposome-siRNA-Peptide Complexes as Therapy to Cure Prion Diseases in Mouse Models", HHS-NIH-Neurological Disorders & Stroke.
Rushika Perera, "Metabolomics-Based Discovery of Small Molecule Biomarkers for Noninvasive Dengue", HHS-NIH-NIAID-Allergy & Infect Diseases.
Susan Vande Woude, "Impacts of Landscape Structure, Host Demography, and Management Interventions on Disease Dynamics", NSF - National Science Foundation.
Zaid Abdo, "Specific Cooperative Agreement with APHIS Scientists", USDA-APHIS-Animal Plant Health Insp Srvc.
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