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Van Alst, Andrew (Ted)

Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
5105 Biomedical Physical Sciences
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 884-5330



Andrew “Ted” Van Alst is a Ph.D. candidate in the lab of Dr. Victor DiRita. Ted’s research interests are in studying bacterial pathogenesis and mechanisms of disease. Ted’s research focuses on understanding Vibrio cholerae pathogenesis and the mechanisms that promote population expansion during infection. In pursuit of a career in academia, Ted has participated in two teaching fellowship programs, the Scholarship of Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship program and the Future Academic Scholars in Teaching Fellowship program, developing teaching as research projects aimed at improving undergraduate education.


  1. ASM Microbe, June 2019 – Poster Presentation – Metabolism of Host Mucin Contributes to Vibrio cholerae Colonization and Proliferation During Infection.
  2. Microbes and Mucosal Surfaces, June 2018 – Oral and Poster Presentation – Host mucin as a substrate and signal molecule for Vibrio cholerae.
  3. Midwest Vibrio Summit, May 2018 – Oral Presentation – Host mucin as a substrate molecule for Vibrio cholerae.
  4. Michigan State University Genetics Research Symposium, May 2018 – Poster Presentation – Food security: A human pathogen perspective.
  5. ASM Microbe, June 2017 - Uncovering molecular mechanisms that facilitate Vibrio cholerae mucin degradation and metabolism promoting intestinal colonization during infection.
  6. Midwest Microbial Pathogenesis Conference, September 2016 – Poster Presentation – Identification of genes required for mucin utilization and promoting intestinal colonization in Vibrio cholerae.