Laura MIke

2013 VICB Excellence in Chemical Biology Award:
"A Small Molecule that Stimulates Endogenous Heme Biosynthesis is Toxic to Fermenting Staphylococcus aureus". Oral Presentation, Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology Student Research Symposium


Presented both poster and oral presentations of her work entitled "Small molecule stimulator heme biosynthesis is toxic to Staphylococcus aureus” at the FASEB Conference on Molecular Pathogenesis: Mechanisms of Infectious Disease in Snowmass Village, CO.

Kyle Floyd

2013 VICB Excellence in Chemical Biology Award:
"Proteomic Analysis of Biofilm Development by Uropathogenic Bacteria: Location, Location, Location", Poster Presentation Award, Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology Student Research Symposium.

Megan Culler Freeman

Gave a "chalk-talk" at the annual MSTP retreat at Fall Creek Falls State Park.

Yin Guo

Attended the 36th Annual Conference on Shock in San Diego from June 1st-4th.

Ramya Chandrasekaran

Was awarded the American Heart Association's two-year predoctoral fellowship in 2013.

Mallori Burse

Was recently awarded an F31 NRSA Predoctoral Fellowhsip Award for her work studying HIV-1 Capsid-Host Interactions.

Alison Ashbrook

Received a Dissertation Enhancement Grant from the graduate school.

Caroline Lai

Traveled to the laboratory of Cristina Risco in Madrid, Spain to conduct EM studies of noncytolytic reovirus egress from endothelial cells.

Alison Ashbrook

Traveled to University of Colorado at Denver to perform pathogenesis studies in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas E. Morrison.


Lindsay Maxwell

Was appointed to the Virology training grant for the upcoming academic year and became a member of the American Society for Virology. 

Caroline Lai

Presented her work entitled “Directional Release of Reovirus from the Apical Surface of Polarized Endothelial Cells” at the Gordon Research Conference on Viruses and Cells in May.

Laura Mike

Was awarded the annual VICB prize in Chemical Biology and will be presenting her research at the VICB symposium on August 8th. She also attended the Inaugural Career Development Conference at the Chemical-Biology Interface, where she gave an oral presentation.

Jen Stencel

Presented her work entitled “A New Glycan Receptor for Serotype 1 Reovirus” at the Gordon Conference: Viruses and Cells in May.  


Maria Tamborski

Her research entitled “Diarrheagenic E. coli Emerging Pathogens in Colombia” was accepted for presentation at the National Clinical and Translational Sciences Predoctoral Meeting in May.

Whitney Gammill

She received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship from 2010 - 2013.

Laura Mike

Laura identified a small molecule that targets Staphylococcus aureus heme homeostasis and prevents the emergence of antibiotic resistance, enhances phagocyte killing, and reduces S. aureus pathogenesis in PNAS.

Sarah Collier

Sarah is a contributing author on a review of epigenetic activation and silencing of the gene that encodes IFN-γ that was recently accepted to Frontiers in Immunotherapies and Vaccines.

John Erickson

He reported in the Journal of Clinical Investigation the discovery of naturally processed CD8 T cell antigenic determinants as potential vaccine targets.

Desiree Benefield

In a recent issue of PNAS, Desiree Benefield reported the structure of botulinum neurotoxin progenitor complexes

Caroline Lai

She recently reported in mBio that when Reovirus infects human polarized endothelial cells, virus is exclusively released on the apical surface.

Nicole Sexton

Nicole recently reported in the Journal of Virology that filoviruses use glycosaminoglycans for their attachment to target cells.

John Erickson

John presented his work entitled  “Lung CD8+ T cell impairment during acute viral respiratory infection is associated with a unique gene expression profile” at the International Congress of Immunology in Milan, Italy.

Ernest Yufenyuy

In a recent issue of Retrovirology, Ernest Yufenyuy reported that the NTD-CTD interface of the HIV-1 capsid plays a critical role for capsid assembly and stabilization.