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Kies, Paige

Address:
Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
5156 Biomedical Physical Sciences
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 884-5344
kiespaig@msu.edu

 

 


Biography:

Paige Kies is a Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Ph.D. student in the Hammer Lab where she studies how sulfur-related metabolic processes affect virulence of Staphylococcus aureus. Paige has a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Iowa where she conducted undergraduate research in two labs. She contributed to work on interspecies interactions between two soil microbes as well as defining the function of an anti-sigma factor. Time spent in these labs allowed her to develop skills in predator-prey relations, microscopy, proteomic data analysis, bacterial genetics, molecular biology and protein work. These techniques were applied to three bacterial species: Myxococcus xanthus, Bacillus subtilis, and Escherichia coli. In general Paige is interested in most anything related to bacteria, especially how they function on a molecular level.

Publications:

  • Lincoln T. Lewerke1, Paige J. Kies1, Ute Müh1, Craig D. Ellermeier1,2*. “Bacterial sensing: A putative amphipathic helix in RsiV is the switch for activating sV in response to lysozyme”

Presentations:

  • 2017   University of Iowa’s Fall Undergraduate Research Festival: Sensing Extracellular Stress: Key Features of the Anti-Sigma Factor RsiV in Sensing Lysozyme
  • 2016   CBB Microbial Factories and Biocatalytic Science Conference: Specialized Metabolites Affecting the Interspecies Interactions Between Bacillus subtilis and Myxococcus xanthus
  • 2016   Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages Meeting Conference: Specialized Metabolites Affecting the Interspecies Interactions Between Bacillus subtilis and Myxococcus xanthus