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Mitchell Balish

Mitchell Balish
Mitchell Balish has been granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of microbiology. He received his Ph.D. from Emory University in 1998. He joined Miami in 2004. Balish and his graduate and undergraduate students have been investigating various aspects of how the structural features of unusual bacteria called mycoplasmas contribute to these organisms’ ability to cause disease in humans and animals. This work, funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in peer-reviewed journals, has revealed considerable differences in these properties among different species of mycoplasmas. In 2008 Balish received the Derrick Edward Award from the International Organization for Mycoplasmology. He also was elected as that organization’s treasurer, having previously served as chair of Division G (Mycoplasmology) of the American Society for Microbiology. Balish has created an upper-level course, Bacterial Cellular and Developmental Biology, which emphasizes recent research in an active, growing area of microbiological research.

Date Published: 02/20/2010
Volume: 1   Number: 1

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