The Department of Microbiology, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Office of Research and Engagement are sponsoring an online workshop on Wednesday, September 9 from 2:15 p.m.-4 p.m. to help students prepare National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) applications. Continue reading
Seed Funding Helps Researchers Win $2.5M NIH Award
It lives naturally inside some of us, but under the right circumstances it can grow out of control and cause systemic fungal infections. Systemic infections can be life-threatening with up to a 40 percent mortality rate, especially among immune-compromised individuals.
Graduate Student Spotlight: Brittany Zepernick
Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, Brittany Zepernick was captivated by the tapestry of underwater seascapes that exist in exotic tropical oceans. Visions of colorful coral reefs and tropical fish originally peaked her interest in aquatic ecosystems. As she got older, however, it was a drinking water crisis that ultimately focused her interests on the freshwater systems in her own backyard.
Parker Named 2020 Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences
Benjamin Parker, an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology, is a member of the 2020 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences. Parker was selected from among 191 nominations submitted by leading US academic and research institutions to receive four years of funding to invest in exploratory research.
The 2020 Pew Scholars are undertaking groundbreaking research projects aimed at advancing human health, from development and aging to better detection, prevention, and defense against cancer.
Parker’s research uses an insect (the pea aphid) and the beneficial and harmful microbes that inhabit it as a model system to study host-microbe interactions, and his lab uses genomic, molecular, and experimental techniques.
Read more at micro.utk.edu.
UT Genomics Core Mini Grant Winners Announced
Last month, four researchers were selected to have samples analyzed by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Genomics Core and Illumina, a company that helps analyze genetic variation and biological function using the NovaSeq 6000 Next-Gen sequencing platform. Data from these experiments are expected to provide a foundation for current and upcoming research projects and funding opportunities.