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Operating as usual

08/29/2023

IM Member Faith Rahic-Seggerman recently presented at the Exoticscon 2023 conference in Boston, MA.

Her talk was titled "Effect of Rabbit Gastrointestinal Stasis on the F***l Microbiota of Pet Rabbits." 🐇

08/24/2023

**IM Picnic Postponed Until Further Notice**

Stay Cool Everyone❄️

Photos from ISU Microbiology Graduate Program's post 08/04/2023

Multiple labs in the IM program had the rewarding opportunity to host a young scientist this summer.

Yesterday, the students had the opportunity to display their work at the ISU Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Thank you to all the labs who supported a student! 👩‍🔬

FISHing for Rickettsia in tardigrades: additional evidence for tardigrade endosymbionts 08/01/2023

New publication from current IM student Dylan Schultz and recent graduate Ben Tibbs-Cortes! 🌊🐻

They utilized fluorescent oligonucleotide probes combined with fluorescence microscopy to label and identify Rickettsia bacteria within the bodies of tardigrades (commonly called water bears).

This study provides additional evidence and some of the first microscopy data supporting the idea that these very hardy tiny animals harbor endosymbiotic bacteria such as Rickettsia.

FISHing for Rickettsia in tardigrades: additional evidence for tardigrade endosymbionts Abstract. Many ecdysozoans harbour endosymbiotic bacteria within their microbiota, and these endosymbionts can have a range of positive and negative effects on

Photos from ISU Microbiology Graduate Program's post 07/31/2023

ISU recently hosted the Legacy Camp for alumni and young cyclones, and this year, they got to explore the field of microbiology!

The little cyclones had the opportunity to look at fungi and bacteria and try out ice nucleation with bacterial cells!

Thank you to Claudia Lemper-Manahl, Marissa Roghair Stroud, Alexandra Starkey, Faith Rahic-Seggerman, Cole Andersen, and Katie Algaier for all your efforts in making this event a success!

07/03/2023

IM Chair Dr. Melha Mellata was recently awarded a USDA grant for her work with segmented filamentous bacteria (SFB).

Her lab found that chicks inoculated with SFB survive salmonella infections better than uninoculated chicks. 🐣

Read more here: https://researchnewsletter.cals.iastate.edu/

05/17/2023

Congratulations to IM Student Grace Carey for passing her prelims yesterday!!

05/15/2023

Two IM students recently received recognition for their excellence in the program. 🏆

Research Excellence Award:
Brandon Ruddell, PhD
Debarpan Dhar, PhD

Teaching Excellence Award:
Debarpan Dhar, PhD

Congratulations to all!

Using Collaborative Projects to Promote Active Learning of Microbial Skin Diseases and Their Impact on Everyday Lives 05/03/2023

How good is your clinical microbiology knowledge? 👩‍⚕️

Nancy Maroushek Boury recently developed and implemented a collaborative project to help students learn about microbial skin diseases.

Read more about this active learning method here:

Using Collaborative Projects to Promote Active Learning of Microbial Skin Diseases and Their Impact on Everyday Lives One of the most daunting aspects of introductory clinical microbiology is learning details about a vast number of different microbial diseases that can infect humans. Each of these diseases has different causative agents, diagnostic procedures, and optimal treatment options. Allied health profess...

Photos from ISU Microbiology Graduate Program's post 05/02/2023

Marissa Roghair Stroud recently presented at the First Annual Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences Symposium hosted at ISU. Her talk was titled “CRISPRi to identify Pseudomonas putida gene networks essential for rhizosphere microbiome assembly” and her presentation was awarded 2nd place!

Marissa also displayed four pieces of artwork in the “Creative Arts Showcase” at this symposium that highlighted the work of ISU graduate students who create science-themed art.

Exemplary Faculty Mentor Awardees Citations | Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost | Iowa State University 04/28/2023

Congratulations to Dr. Aubrey Mendoca and Dr. Byron Brehm-Stecher! 👏

These IM faculty members were recently awarded Exemplary Faculty Mentor awards from the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost.

The full list of awardess can be found here:

Exemplary Faculty Mentor Awardees Citations | Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost | Iowa State University Iowa State’s formal mentoring program for new faculty began as a project of the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost in the late 1990’s. The Exemplary Faculty Mentor Award recognizes faculty mentors who go above and beyond the formal expectations of Iowa State’s mentoring program. W...

Innovation at Work: Sustainable solutions for safer food, cleaner water • News Service • Iowa State University 04/26/2023

IM in the News!!!

Dr. Melha Mellatta and Dr. Byron Brehm-Stecher's work was highlighted in a recent Innovate @ Iowa State article.

Read how their research is developing sustainable solutions for a safer food industry:

Innovation at Work: Sustainable solutions for safer food, cleaner water • News Service • Iowa State University Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology Melha Mellata, right, and Ph.D. student Jared Meinin-Jochum candle an egg to check embryo development. Larger image. Photos by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University.

04/12/2023

Olusoji Adeyosoye is a visiting scholar from Nigeria who is currently being hosted by the GERMS lab in the IM program.

His research interests include isolating ruminant organisms from cannulated cows.

If you see Soji, be sure to say Hi! 👋

04/11/2023

IM Member Zach Burton recently presented at the ACS Spring 2023 conference in Indianapolis, IN.

His talk was titled "Exploring the Relationship Between Environmental Biofilms and the Corrosion of Metal Surfaces".

Photos from ISU Microbiology Graduate Program's post 04/07/2023

Congratulations to Dr. Dhar! ✨

This week, Debarpan Dhar successfully defended his thesis titled "Understanding genome packaging and the function of vimentin during mammalian orthoreovirus infection".

Photos from ISU Microbiology Graduate Program's post 03/22/2023

The 2023 Interdepartmental Microbiology Spring Retreat was a great success!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered and to everyone who attended.

Congratulations to the poster session winners:
Jared Meinen-Jochum
Faith Rahic-Seggerman

& the people's choice award!:
Grace Carey

Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Microbiology) 03/06/2023

Recent (or soon to be) Graduates!!!

A great entry-level position at the USDA is available.

A description of the job can be found here: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/710672800?fbclid=IwAR3n-5Q8i00GiUQ2xqFSpWHQtrGyYGYJn98n2NkPYAxO1_EolkHeNCeIjko

Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Microbiology) As a Biological Science Laboratory Technician you are responsible for organizing and managing a wide variety of standard techniques in performing diagnostic tests, reagent production, developmental studies, and training assignments related to animal pathogens using appropriate precautions to pr...

02/23/2023

Meet 2023 GRAM Recipient:
Marissa Roghair Stroud

Her GRAM project will use CRISPRi to identify essential and conditionally essential genes in Pseudomonas putida, a model maize rhizosphere colonist. 🌽

Marissa is an active member in the IM program, serving as MGSO president and contributing to a wide range of outreach activities.

Read more about her role in the IM program here!: https://www.micrograd.iastate.edu/news/2023/meet-2023-gram-recipient-marissa-roghair-stroud

02/23/2023

Congratulations to the 2023 Graduate Research Award in Microbiology (GRAM) recipients!

Marissa Roghair Stroud Marissa Roghair Stroud
Akhil Anilkumar Vinithakumari
Dylan Schultz
Zachary Burton

The purpose of the GRAM is to encourage and recognize independent, creative thinking and planning toward important research that promises to generate significant new knowledge.

Future posts to come highlighting their amazing work at ISU!

Sign up to present at the IM Retreat 2023 02/20/2023

✨Microbiology-Related Research Posters Wanted✨

Present your poster at the IM retreat and win cash prizes!

The IM Retreat will be held on Tuesday, March 21st from 2-7 pm in the Memorial Union.

Sign up here:

Sign up to present at the IM Retreat 2023 Please submit the following information if you are interested in presenting a poster or giving an oral presentation at the IM retreat. The IM retreat will be held on March 21st, 2023 from 2-7 PM. It will be held in the Memorial Union in the South Ballroom (talks) and Campanille Room (posters). The p...

Photos from ISU Microbiology Graduate Program's post 02/07/2023

MGSO members have been hard at work volunteering at ISU concession stands this year.

It's one of the most reliable means of fundraising to support MGSO and all its activities.

Thank you to all members who have taken the time to volunteer this year! 👏🍦

02/07/2023

Attention Women in Science 📣👩‍🔬

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01/04/2021

Oral Treatment With Ileal Spores Triggers Immunometabolic Shifts in Chicken Gut

Congratulations to Dr. Melha Mellata and her IM graduate students, Graham Redweik and Jared Jochum, on their recent publications in Frontiers in Veterinary Science!

"Live Bacterial Prophylactics in Modern Poultry." https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2020.592312/full

"Oral Treatment With Ileal Spores Triggers Immunometabolic Shifts in Chicken Gut."
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2020.00629/full

frontiersin.org The animal gut is a major site affecting productivity via its role in mediating functions like food conversion and pathogen colonization. Live microorganisms like probiotics are widely used to improve poultry productivity. However, given that chicks receive their microbiota from the environment at-h...

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