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Randy Morgenstein Awarded NIH F32 Post-Doctoral Fellowship

October 15, 2014

Randy Morgenstein was awarded an NIH F32 Post-Doctoral Fellowship. He will investigate how the bacterial cytoskeletal protein, MreB regulated cell shape. To do this he developed a Bimolecular Fluorescence Complementation assay to study protein interactions in vivo.  It has been unknown if and how MreB regulates cell wall synthesis and his work will look to test if MreB or another protein involved in building the bacterial cell wall acts as a scaffold to assembly a larger complex. Randy has also shown that the protein RodZ is needed for MreB assembly and rotation Read more about Randy Morgenstein Awarded NIH F32 Post-Doctoral Fellowship

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Albert Siryaporn receives NIH K22 career development award

May 5, 2014

Albert SiryapornAlbert Siryaporn, a postdoctoral fellow in the Gitai lab, was awarded the NIH K22 career development award. He will investigate how bacteria sense mechanical cues from their surroundings and regulate cellular processes involved in infection and disease in responseBacteria encounter a variety of mechanical forces during the infection process. While much work in the field has been devoted towards exploring the role of chemical cues in infection, the role of mechanical stimulation in infection has been largely unexplored. His work will probe mechanosensory pathways in the Gram Read more about Albert Siryaporn receives NIH K22 career development award

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Kathrin Froehlich receives a Research Fellowship by DFG

May 1, 2014

Fellowship by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for her proposal “The mechanism and function of programmed cell death (PCD) in Caulobacter crescentus”. In the presence of severe DNA damage, the alpha-proteobacterium Caulobacter triggers the so-called SOS response, a program that arrests the cell cycle and promotes DNA repair. As unresolved DNA damage persists, Caulobacter induces a sequence-nonspecific endonuclease which fragments the bacterial genome and thus induces cell death. Using Caulobacter as a model system, the project aims to provide more detailed insight in the regulation and Read more about Kathrin Froehlich receives a Research Fellowship by DFG