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WiPS Schedule - Fall 2023

Work in Progress Seminars (WiPS) for Fall 2023

All WiPS seminars are at 12:00 P.M., MONDAY, in BPS Room 1425.
Seminar Coordinator: Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan

Please use this QR code to access the WiPS Evaluation form:

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WiPS Fall Schedule 2023
Date Speaker Title Faculty evaluators
Sept. 4 Labor Day - University Closed
Sept. 11 Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan, Zack Blount RCR to R3 Graduate Science Education; Lessons in Responsible Conduct of Research and the Nature of Science from the Story of Ignaz Semmelweis N/A
Sept. 18 Ife Eke, Abramovitch Lab Characterization of a new nitro scaffold that is active against  Mycobacterium abscessus Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan
Imani Pascoe, Bonito/Lebeis Labs Examining microbial influence on root morphology and phytohormones Edward Walker

Sept. 25


Tshego Ngwaga, Shames Lab How a Legionella effector protein augments host defense and bacterial growth restriction within macrophages Andrew Olive
Adam Kibiloski, Abramovitch Lab Phosphate restricts growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis on lactate at acidic pH Shannon Manning
Oct. 2 Esther Chen, Crosson Lab Exploring known and novel two-component regulatory systems in Brucella ovis through a system-level analysis. Neal Hammer
Doug Guzior, Quinn Lab Developmental dynamics of the infant fecal environment Scott Sherrill-Mix
Oct. 9 Natasha George, Orlando Lab Dissecting mechanisms of coregulation in a histidine kinase-ABC transporter complex mediating antimicrobial peptide resistance Robert Hausinger
Morgen Clark, Reguera Lab Nanowires versus outer membrane vesicles for metal detoxification Cindy Arvidson
Oct. 16 Sam Barnett, Postdoc, Shade Lab Functional resilience in the soil microbiome under long term anthropogenic disturbance: Insights from the seven-decade-old Centralia coal mine fire Victor DiRita
Hunter North, Crosson Lab Caulobacter NtrC: An unconventional bacterial enhancer binding protein Stephanie Shames
Oct. 23 Fall Break - No WiPS
Oct. 30 Rose Kithan, Sundin Lab Microbial succession of the apple carposphere during fruit development Linda Mansfield
Sergio Hernandez-Ortiz, Crosson Lab Elucidating the role of a pair of co-conserved genes involved in iron acquisition in Caulobacter crescentus Jonathan Hardy
Nov. 6 Marcela Tabares-Ruiz, Reguera Lab Microbiome Composition and Agrichemical Remediation in Woodchip Bioreactors Christoph Adami
Kaylee Wilburn, Waters Lab Bacteriophage may evolve to mask their genomes from methyl-directed mismatch repair Kirstin Parkin
Nov. 13 Haleigh Gilliland, Olive Lab

Defining key macrophage mechanisms used to restrict intracellular Mycobacterium abscessus during infection

Robert Abramovitch
Joelis Lama-Diaz, Hammer Lab Staphylococcus aureus targets host cysteine and cysteine synthesis intermediates to satisfies the nutrient sulfur requirement Dohun Pyeon
Nov. 20 Thanksgiving Week - No WiPS
Nov. 27 Heather Murdoch, Abramovitch Lab Understanding the role of propionate metabolism in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis  Sarah Lebeis
Ritam Sinha, PostDoc, DiRita Lab Effect of gut microbiota derived indole from C.jejuni physiology

Yu Zhang