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Dec 2021

The Samuel lab has a new research paper published in PNAS, "Coxiella burnetii inhibits host immunity by a protein phosphatase adapted from glycolysis"

Nov 2021

Alexandra Powell, a PhD student in the Skare lab, is a co-author on a paper published in The Journal of Immunology.

May 2021

Yuanjiu “Abby” Lei, MS, a 5th year PhD student in the West lab is the first author on a paper published in Science Advances.

April 2021

Sylvia Torres Odio, MS, a 3rd year PhD student in the West lab, is the first author on a paper published in The Journal of Immunology.

Her photo of CLPP-knockout (KO) cells was used for the cover of the Journal of Immunology April 15, 2021; Volume 206,Issue 8.

June 2020

Dr. Samuel leads team testing COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates

June 2020

Dr. Jeff Cirillo leading a trial of TB and Polio vaccines against COVID-19

June 2020

Drs. Paul deFigueiredo and Arum Han receive a National Science Foundation grant to pursue the 'lab-on-a-chip' technology to rapidly identify antibodies for therapeutics to fight COVID-19.

April 2020

Dr. Jeff Cirillo awarded 2.5 million to fast-track COVID-19 Treatment

April 2019

Drs. Samuel, deFigueiredo and van Schaik awarded 14.2 million grant from DARPA

Sept 2018

Dr. Helene Andrews-Polymenis explores the undiscovered mechanics of Salmonella Infection

April 2018

Dr. Phillip West and Dr. Laura West work together to unlock the potential of Mitochondria

Aug 2018

Drs. Jon Skare, Magnus Hook and Sara Lawhon team up to investigate how Staphylococcus pseudintermedius causes infection

Feb 2018

Drs. Robert Alaniz and Arul Jayaraman explore the frontiers of medical engineering innovation

Dec 2017

Dr. Carolyn Cannon is engineering a better drug delivery system

Post Doc Awards

  • Oct 2020 - Dr. Marie Southerland wins second place poster at postdoctoral research symposium
  • Vanessa Ante, PhD, has been awarded a Career Development Award from the Department of Defense as part of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program for Tick-Borne Disease. This grant provides an opportunity for Dr. Ante to transition from Post-doctoral Research Associate in the laboratory of Dr. Jenny Hyde in the MPIM department to develop an independent research program for the pursuit of a future faculty position.

Student Awards

  • Aravindh Nagarjan, a graduate student in the Genetics program in the Andrews-Polymenis lab, won the best oral presentation award at the Texas Genetics Society meeting last week. Congratulations to Aravindh!
  • Yuanjiu "Abby" Lei, MS, a 5th year PhD student in the West lab, received an American Heart Association Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. The award will support her research to define how mitochondrial dysfunction and innate immunity contribute to chemotherapy-related heart dysfunction. Congrats Abby!
    Read the full article here: https://vitalrecord.tamhsc.edu/lei-awarded-american-heart-association-fellowship/
  • Sylvia Torres-Odio, a fourth year PhD student in the West Laboratory, received an NIH-F31 Diversity Award from the NIH NHLBI entitled: 'Investigating the role of CMPK2 in mitochondrial homeostasis and antiviral immunity." Congratulations Sylvia!
  • Haley Scott, Medical Sciences Ph.D. student, received a notice of award for an F31 NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship from the NIH. Haley is a student in Drs. Kristin Patrick and Robbie Watson’s labs in the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology. Congratulations, Haley!
  • Yuanjiu “Abby” Lei, MS, a 5th year PhD student in the West lab, received an American Heart Association Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. The award will support her research to define how mitochondrial dysfunction and innate immunity contribute to chemotherapy-related heart dysfunction. Congrats Abby!
  • Alexandra Powell, a 3rd year Ph.D. student in the Skare lab, was awarded 2nd place at the Texas A&M 2021 IBT GSO Symposium for her talk entitled “Classical Pathway Inhibition as an Immune Evasion and Survival Technique in Borrelia Species”. Congratulations Alex!