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The Bug Club is a journal club within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology organized for the discussion of bacteriology related topics. The club format provides an informal setting for interested students and faculty to discuss and to critically evaluate papers from the current literature. Bug Club discussions may deal with any aspect of bacteriology. Historically, these have included a broad range of topics including bacterial physiology, metabolism, genetics, molecular biology, antibiotic resistance, or pathogenesis.


Spring 2016

February 26, 2016
"Direct conversion of plant biomass to ethanol by engineered Caldicellulosiruptor bescii"
Hui Xu, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar, Microbiology & Immunology

March 18, 2016
"Respiratory syncytial virus infection enhances Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm growth through dysregulation of nutritional immunity"
Samantha Palethorpe, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

April 15, 2016
"Biogepgraphy of a human oral microbiome at the micron scale"
John Farrow, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Microbiology & Immunology

April 29, 2016
"Identification of novel activity against Borrelia burgdorferi persisters using an FDA approved drug library"
Priyanka Theophilus, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

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Fall 2015

October 16, 2015
"An efficient system for intracellular delivery of beta-lactam antibiotics to overcome bacterial resistance"
KiHwan Moon, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

October 30, 2015
"A self-lysis pathway that enhances the virulence of a pathogenic bacterium"
Ahmed Elhassanny, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

November 20, 2015 (note: 11:00 a.m.)
"Socially mediated induction and suppression of antibiosis during bacterial coexistence"
Shalaka Lotlikar, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Microbiology & Immunology

December 18, 2015 (rescheduled for January)
"TBA"
Hui Xu, Postdoctoral Scholar, Microbiology & Immunology

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Spring 2015

February 27, 2015
"Transferred interbacterial antagonism genes augment eukaryotic innateimmune function"
John Farrow, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

March 13, 2015
"Cyclic Di-GMP-Mediated Repression of Swarming Motility by Pseudomonasaeruginosa PA14 Requires the MotAB Stator"
KiHwan Moon, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

March 27, 2015
"Humangut microbes associated with obesity"
Janet Smith, Medical Student, Brody School of Medicine

April 24, 2015
"Evolutionary resurrection of flagellar motility via rewiring of the nitrogen regulation system"
Felipe Teixeira, Visiting Scholar, Microbiology & Immunology

May 8, 2015
"The type VI secretion system of Vibrio cholerae fosters horizontal gene transfer"
Matthew Addington-Hall, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

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Fall 2014

September 12, 2014
"Shewanella oneidensisMR-1 nanowires are outer membrane and periplasmic extensions of the extracellular electron transport components"
Michael Betteken, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

September 26, 2014
"Functional mapping of community-acquired respiratory distress syndrome (CARDS) toxin of Mycoplasma pneumoniae defines regions with ADP-ribosyltransferase, vacuolating and receptor-binding activities"
Akarsh Manne, Research Specialist, Microbiology & Immunology

October 10, 2014
"Evolutionary consequences of intra-patient phage predation on microbial populations"
Kyle Tipton, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

October 24, 2014
"Bacterial fight-and-flight responses enhance virulence in a polymicrobial infection"
Elizabeth Novak, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Microbiology & Immunology

November 14, 2014
"Metabolic niche of a prominent sulfate-reducing human gut bacterium"
Ivan Ndamukong, PhD, Research Instructor, Microbiology & Immunology

December 12, 2014
"RNA thermometer controls temperature-dependent virulence factor expression in Vibrio cholerae"
Ahmed Elhassanny, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

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