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Fall 2016

New MICaB students for 2016-2017:
Thanks to all of the MIcaB faculty and students who participate in the recruiting activities this past year. Your participation is essential to the successful recruitment of outstanding students to our program. The following students started the program fall semester 2016:

Ph.D. Students: Upasana Arvindam (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities), Matthew Jarvis (University of Minnesota, Morris), Julia Nikrad (St. Catherine University, St. Paul), Emily Pomeroy(Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI), Serina Robinson (St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN), Anna Rogers (Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS), Frances Sjaastad (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities).

M.D./Ph.D. Students: Emily Chiu, (Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY), Carlos Santos Perez (University of Puerto Rico, Cayey, PR), Christopher Tucker (University of Oregon, Eugene, OR), Sathi Wijeyesinghe (University of Marylalng, College Park, MD)

Please welcome these students to the MICaB program!

Faculty Awards:

Bruce Blazar, MD and Kristin Hogquist, PhD, received the University of Minnesota Medical School 2016 Distinguished Research Lectureship award.

Daniel Bond, PhD, is a 2016 Medical School Wall of Scholarship honoree.

David Masopust, PhD,
has been named to the inaugural class of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Faculty Scholars, recognizing his dedication to creative and innovative solutions in science. The Faculty Scholars program is a new initiative led by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Simons Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program targets early career researchers, with 4-10 years of experience running their own labs, to provide flexible funding resources allowing the Faculty Scholars to take chances and follow interesting and creative research leads. 84 scholars were selected for this inaugural class, out of more than 1,400 applicants

The July 15, 2016 issue of The New York Times features work being done by Alexander Khoruts, MD, Medical Director of the University of Minnesota Microbiota Therapeutics Program. The article talks about the use of fecal transplants, and how the procedure has proved remarkably effective against potentially fatal infections of bacteria known as Clostridium difficile.

Bryce Binstadt, MD, PhD, has received a Pilot Grant award from the Rheumatology Research Foundation for his research project titled “Targeting inflammatory joint pain with ultra-potent analgesics”.

Steve Jameson, PhD, was awarded a five-year $1.25M (direct costs) R01 from NIAID, a renewal of his long-term research grant that was recently supported through an NIH MERIT award. The award supports studies in mice using novel gene expression manipulation techniques -- including the CRISPR/Cas 9 genome editing system (see Science: The CRISPR Revolution) -- to explore the factors that dictate whether memory T cells will become resident in tissues or circulate around the body in experimental mice.


MICaB Travel Awards, Fall Semester 2016

Recipients for Fall Semester 2016 $1000 travel awards are: Nick Brady (Schwertfeger lab), Sarah Elliott (Tischler lab), Shannon Kordus (Baughn lab), and Ashley Mooneyham (Bazzaro lab). Congratulations!

Congratulations new MICaB Ph.D.s
MICaB students who have earned their Ph.D. degree (March 2016-present): Dr. Lucky Kalekar (Mueller lab), Dr. Alice Nomura (Saluja lab), Dr. Sakeen Kashem (Kaplan lab), Dr. Tarah Relgan Anderson (Lange lab), Dr. Juliet Crabtree (Peterson labs), Dr. Chen Yao (Kaplan lab), Dr. Tracy Marko (Largaespadal lab), Dr. Cameron McDonald-Hyman (Blazar lab), Dr. Elizabeth Steinert (Masopust lab), Dr. Estela Shabani (John lab), Dr. Mat Angelos (Kaufman lab), Dr. Michelle Smith(Blazar lab), Dr. Polly Chuntova (Schwertfeger lab).

2016-17 Student Representatives
Shannon Kordus (Baughn lab), and Josh Thiede (Baughn lab).

Email me (bresn013@umn.edu) or Louise Shand (shand@umn.edu) if you have news items for the MICaB newsletter.

Wade Bresnahan
Director of Graduate Studies
Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Ph.D. Graduate Program