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Microbiology at Miami

Graduate Research in Microbiology

3-minute thesis finalists

Steven Distelhorst wins Three Minute Thesis competition Three Minute Thesis is a research communication competition that challenges graduate students to present a semester's worth of research and study in a three-minute oral presentation with language appropriate for a nonspecialist audience. Pictured with Steven (front row - second from left) were top ten finalists Chris Sedlacek (second row - left) and Wei Li (second row - second from left).

These are some of the recent accomplishments and recognitions our graduate students have received for their research efforts.

Graduate student publications

  • Kuster D.W., S. Govindan, T.I. Springer, J.L. Martin, N.L. Finley, and S. Sadayappan. A hypertrophic cardiomyopathy-associated MYBPC3 mutation common in populations of South Asian descent causes contractile dysfunction. J. Bio.l Chem. 2015 Jan 12. pii: jbc.M114.607911. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Cuperman T.I., and N.L. Finley. Cardiac myosin binding protein-C: a structurally dynamic regulator of myocardial contractility. 2014. Pfugers Arch. 466:433-438.
  • Jacobs, A., M. Thompson, C. Black, J. Kessler, L. Clark, C. McQueary, H. Gancz, J. Moon, Y. Si, M. Owen, J. Hallock, Y. Kwak, A. Summers, C. Li, D. Rasko, W. Penwell, C. Honnold, M. Wise, P. Waterman, E. Lesho, R. Stewart, L. A. Actis, T. Palys, D. Craft and D. Zurawski. 2014. AB5075, a highly virulent isolate of Acinetobacter baumannii, as a model strain for the evaluation of pathogenesis and antimicrobial treatments. mBio, 5, e01076-14.
  • Kong, W., W. Li, O. Prášil, I. Romancova, and R. M. Morgan-Kiss. 2014. An integrated study of photochemical function and expression of a key photochemical gene (psbA) in photosynthetic communities of Lake Bonney (McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica). FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 89:293-302.
  • Pritchard, R.E., A.J. Prassinos, J.D. Osborne, Z. Raviv, and M.F. Balish. 2014. Reduction of hydrogen peroxide accumulation and toxicity by a catalase from Mycoplasma iowae. PLoS ONE. 9:e105188.
  • Springer, T.I., E. Goebel, D. Hararaju, and N.L. Finley.  2014.  Mutation in the β-hairpin of the Bordetella pertussis adenylate cyclase toxin modulates N-lobe conformation in calmodulin.  Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 453(1):43-48.
  • Ticak, T., D. Kuntz, K. Girosky, J.A. Krzycki, and D.J. Ferguson Jr. 2014. A nonpyrrolysine member of the widely distributed trimethylamine methyltransferase family is a glycine betaine methyltransferase. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 111(43):E4668–E4676.
  • Ticak, T., D. Hariraju, M. Bayron, B.A. Arivett, S.E. Fiester, and D.J. Ferguson Jr. 2014. Isolation and characterization of a tetramethylammonium-degrading Methanococcoides strain and a novel glycine betaine-utilizing Methanolobus strain. Arch. Microbiol. Epub Oct 16.
  • Bollmann, A., C.J. Sedlacek, J. Norton, H.J. Laanbroek, Y. Suwa, L.Y. Stein, M.G. Klotz, D. Arp, L. Sayavedra-Soto, M. Lu, D. Bruce, C. Detter, R. Tapia, J. Han, T. Woyke, S.M. Lucas, S. Pitluck, L. Pennacchio, M. Nolan, M.L. Land, M. Huntemann, S. Deshpande, C. Han, A. Chen, N. Kyrpides, K. Mavromatis, V. Markowitz, E. Szeto, N. Ivanova, N. Mikhailova, I. Pagani, A. Pati, L. Peters, G. Ovchinnikova, & L.A. Goodwin (2013) Genome sequence of Nitrosomonas sp. Is79 - an ammonia-oxidizing bacterium adapted to low ammonium concentrations. Standards in Genomic Sciences 7: 469-482.

Graduate research awards

Orton K. Stark Awardees - 2014-2015

The The Orton K. Stark Award is given "in Recognition of Academic Achievement of the Highest Order and Efforts and Talents Reflecting the Learning Traditions of the Department of Microbiology." Recent recipients include:

2015

  • Wei Li

2014

  • Amber G. Teufel
  • Sarah E. Stahl
Susan R. Rockwood Awardees - 2014-2015

The Susan W. Rockwood Award is given "in Recognition of Excellence in Teaching and Research by a Woman in Graduate Study." Recent recipients include:

2015

  • Emily J. Ohneck
  • Sarah R. Steimer

2014

  • Tzvia I. Cuperman
  • Nicole Marotta
  • Sarah E. Stahl
Donald C. Cox Travel Award Recipients - 2013-2014

Donald C. Cox Graduate Travel Awards were established in honor of Donald Cox, dedicated professor and former chair of the Department of Microbiology. The award provides $400 to help fund either travel to a national or international meeting for a research presentation, or attendance at a workshop beneficial to the graduate student's research. Recent recipients include:

2014

  • Steven Distelhorst
    Congress of the International Organization
    for Mycoplasmology
  • Ryann Brzoska
    ASM 2014 General Meeting
  • Nicole Marotta
    ASM 2014 General Meeting
  • Chris Sedlacek
    ASM 2014 General Meeting
  • Emily Ohneck
    ASM 2014 General Meeting
  • Tzvia Cuperman
    58th Annual Biophysical Society Meeting
  • Heather Beck
    Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages Meeting

2013

  • Ryann Brzoska
    Gordon Research Conference
  • Chris Sedlacek
    International Conference on Nitrification
  • Wei Li
    Polar and Alpine Microbiology Meeting
  • Amber Teufel
    Polar and Alpine Microbiology Meeting
  • Jenna Dolhi
    Polar and Alpine Microbiology Meeting
  • Nicholas Ketchum
    Polar and Alpine Microbiology Meeting
  • Sarah Stahl
    Polar and Alpine Microbiology Meeting
  • Tyler Garretson
    Annual Meeting of American Society for Virology
  • Rachel Pritchard
    ASM 2013 General Meeting
  • Tzvia Cuperman
    57th Annual Biophysical Society Meeting
Other  Award Recipients - 2014-2015

Graduate students can receive travel awards from the host scientific organizations, based on for the quality of their research presentations. Recent recipients include:

2015

  • Amber Teufel
    Travel Award - Association for the Science of Limnology and Oceanography Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Granada, Spain
  • Amber Teufel
    Outstanding Student Presentation Award - Association for the Science of Limnology and Oceanography Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Granada, Spain

2014

  • Steven Distelhorst
    Student Travel Award, Division G, American Society for Microbiology
    Travel Award, International Organization for Mycoplasmology