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Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease News

Luisa Hiller, PhD, presenting 'Deciphering the Pneumococcal Language'

"Deciphering the Pneumococcal Language"

On Wednesday, October 18, Garth Ehrlich, PhD, hosted Luisa Hiller, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Hiller presented her research, entitled "Deciphering the Pneumococcal Language." Her lab is interested in understanding the role of bacteria in both health and disease, particularly the commensal pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae.


Courtney Fesko and Kirsten Larson, PhD

CAMP Student Courtney Fesko Wins Discovery Day Prize

Courtney Fesko, a CAMP student in the Biochemistry master's degree program, received second place in the "Outstanding Junior Graduate Student Poster" category at Discovery Day 2017.

Fesko's poster was titled "Metabolite production of a probiotic E. coli strain." Her advisor is Joris Beld, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology.

Discovery Day, the College of Medicine's annual research day, was held on Thursday, October 12, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.


Dr. Ehrlich Honored at Graduate School Awards

Each year, faculty members of the Graduate School for Biomedical Science and Professional Studies are recognized for their outstanding research accomplishments and contributions to graduate education. Garth Ehrlich, PhD, received the Established Investigator Award during this year’s ceremony, held on May 11 at The Logan.

Graduate School Faculty Award winners including Garth Ehrlich, PhD
Recipients of the 2017 Graduate School Faculty Awards, including Garth Ehrlich, PhD (second from right)

Educational mobile app about HIV replication developed by the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease will released in Apple and Google Play stores on June 1

JUNE 1, 2017

CD4 Hunter, the first educational mobile game app developed by the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease is available. FREE download at Apple and Google Play App Stores. Watch the CD4 Hunter trailer.

CD4 HunterTM combines fast-paced game play with science learning to showcase the first step of the complex and dynamic replication cycle of the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1): binding and attachment. The app will be available for free download on Apple and Google Play app stores on June 1 and will be presented at Microbe 2017, the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) held in New Orleans, June 1-5, 2017. CD4 Hunter was developed “in house” by the Center for Business and Program Development of the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease (IMMID), at Drexel University College of Medicine. Learn more.


Dr. Krol at Zoonoses Conference

Dr. Jaroslaw Krol at Camp Funston
Dr. Jaroslaw Krol (center, facing camera), CAMP laboratory manager, tours Camp Funston, a U.S. Army training camp located on Fort Riley, southwest of Manhattan, Kansas. The tour was one of several social activities at the 8th International Conference on Emerging Zoonoses, where Dr. Krol presented a poster entitled “ RELA Inhibitors for Treatment of Chronic Bacterial Infections.”

Dr. Ehrlich Gives Keynote Address

Garth Ehrlich, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, presented the keynote lecture at the 8th International Conference on Emerging Zoonoses, Manhattan, Kansas, on May 8, 2017. His talk was titled "Toward Re-Potentiating Antibiotics Against Bacterial Biofilms and Persisters Through an Understanding of Bacterial Physiology."

Dr. Ehrlich presenting his keynote lecture
Dr. Ehrlich presenting his keynote lecture.


Sean F. Bradley, PhD, presents his research.

Sean F. Bradley, PhD, presents his research.

"Natural Products From Uncultured Bacteria"

On Wednesday, March 29, Joris Beld, PhD, hosted Sean F. Bradley, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Tri-Institutional Associate Professor, Head of the Laboratory of Genetically Encoded Small Molecules, The Rockefeller University. Dr. Brady’s research interests center on both the discovery and the functional characterization of new small molecules from previously inaccessible genetic sources. His presentation at the IMMID research seminar was called "Natural products from uncultured bacteria." Learn more about Dr. Brady and his lab.


Genomics Reveal How Bacteria Evolve in Cystic Fibrosis Patients

Scientists have made new headway in understanding how a deadly pathogen evolves during chronic lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients. "By looking at changes in the genome over time, we were able to see patterns — common themes that help us to better understand how this particular species evolves in its environment and how CF patients become chronically infected," said study co-corresponding author Joshua Chang Mell, PhD, an assistant professor at Drexel University College of Medicine. Drexel Now (March 21, 2017)


Mark Shirtliff, PhD, presents his research, 'Applying 'omics in the discovery of diagnosis and prevention strategies,' at the March 1 Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease research seminar.

Mark Shirtliff, PhD, presents "Applying 'omics in the discovery of diagnosis and prevention strategies" at the March 1 Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease research seminar.

"Applying 'omics in the discovery of diagnosis and prevention strategies"

On Wednesday, March 1, Garth Ehrlich, PhD, hosted Mark E. Shirtliff, PhD, professor, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis, Dental School of the University of Maryland. Dr. Shirtliff studies biofilms using both in vivo and in vitro systems. His presentation at the IMMID research seminar was called "Applying 'omics in the discovery of diagnosis and prevention strategies."


Jeffrey Lawrence, PhD, presents his research at the February 1 Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease research seminar

Jeffrey Lawrence, PhD, presents his research at the February 1 Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease research seminar.

"Speciation Cascades in Bacterial Diversification"

On Wednesday, February 1, Garth Ehrlich hosted Jeffrey Lawrence, PhD, professor and chair of genome evolution at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Lawrence presented his research, directed toward elucidating the evolution of bacterial genomes, including their size, composition, variability and organization, at the IMMID research seminar. His talk was called "Speciation Cascades in Bacterial Diversification."


Rob Beiko, PhD, presents his research at the January 25 Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease research seminar

Rob Beiko, PhD, presents his research at the January 25 Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease research seminar.

"Identifying Key Temporal and Taxonomic Bacterial Clusters in the Aging Microbiome"

On Wednesday, January 25, Joshua Chang Mell, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, hosted Rob Beiko, PhD, professor of computer science at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. Dr. Beiko presented his research, focused on disease prevention and treatment through the implementation of bioinformatics at the IMMID research seminar. His talk was called "Identifying Key Temporal and Taxonomic Bacterial Clusters in the Aging Microbiome."


Rosie Redfield, PhD, presents her research at the January 11 Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease research seminar

Rosie Redfield, PhD, presents her research at the January 11 Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease research seminar.

"'Do Bacteria Have Sex?' And Other Questions We've Gotten Wrong"

On Wednesday, January 11, Garth Ehrlich, PhD, professor in the Departments of Microbiology & Immunology and Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, hosted Rosie Redfield, PhD, professor of zoology at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Redfield discussed her research, which focuses on natural competence, the ability of many bacteria to take up DNA from their surroundings, at the Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease’s research seminar. Her talk was titled "'Do Bacteria Have Sex?' And Other Questions We've Gotten Wrong."


Kevin Mason, PhD, from the Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, presents his research at the November 2nd Drexel University College of Medicine Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease's Research Seminar.

Kevin Mason, PhD, presents his research at the November 2 Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease research seminar.

"Nutritional Immunity Promotes Pathoadaptation and Persistence of Haemophilus influenzae"

On Wednesday, November 2, Garth Ehrlich, PhD, professor in the Departments of Microbiology & Immunology and Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, hosted Kevin M. Mason, PhD, principal investigator, Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and assistant professor of pediatrics, Center for Microbial Interface Biology, The Ohio State University. Dr. Mason presented a talk entitled “Nutritional Immunity Promotes Pathoadaptation and Persistence of Haemophilus influenzae” at the Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease’s weekly research seminar.


"Dating Species and Strain Origins"

On Wednesday, October 26, Garth Ehrlich, PhD, professor in the Departments of Microbiology & Immunology and Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, hosted Sudhir Kumar, PhD, director of the Institute for Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine, and Carnell Professor of Biology at Temple University. Dr. Kumar presented his research, entitled “Dating Species and Strain Origins,” at that the Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease’s weekly research seminar.


Discovery Day 2016

The faculty and students of the Center for Advanced Microbial Processing showcased their original research at Drexel University College of Medicine’s annual Discovery Day on Thursday, October 20. Held for the first year at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Discovery Day is a venue for students and scientists to present their research in a professional setting to faculty and colleagues from Drexel University and its neighboring institutions.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, Gabrielle Rose Beam, presents her poster to Joris Beld, PhD, an assistant professor at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Summer undergraduate research fellow Gabrielle Rose Beam presents her poster to Joris Beld, PhD, an assistant professor at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Joris Beld, PhD, Assistant Professor at Drexel University College of Medicine (left), with his lab's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, Gabrielle Rose Beam (middle), and undergraduate volunteer, Rachael Wilson (right), at Discovery Day 2016.

Joris Beld, PhD, with SURF student Gabrielle Rose Beam (middle) and undergraduate volunteer, Rachael Wilson (right), at Discovery Day 2016.


"Knowledge-Guided Integration of Biological Datasets to Increase Experimental Power"

On Wednesday, October 12, Garth Ehrlich, PhD, professor in the Departments of Microbiology & Immunology and Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, hosted Bernie J. Daigle Jr., PhD, assistant professor of the Departments of Biological Sciences and Computer Science at the University of Memphis. Dr. Daigle presented a talk entitled “Knowledge-Guided Integration of Biological Datasets to Increase Experimental Power” at the Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease’s weekly research seminar.


Suresh G. Joshi, MD, PhD, Is Recognized and Elected as Fellow to Infectious Diseases Society

The nation’s leading infectious diseases professional society, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), recognizes the distinguished physicians and scientists from the United States and around the world, and the board of directors elects them as fellows to IDSA. This fellowship honors those nationals and internationals that have achieved professional excellence and provided significant service to the profession through practice, education, mentoring and research in infectious diseases, medical microbiology and public health. On August 10, 2016, Dr. Joshi’s contribution over the past 28 years and the services rendered in this field has been recognized by IDSA. Dr. Joshi is director of the Center for Surgical Infection & Biofilm at the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and he is an adjunct professor at the A.J. Drexel Plasma Institute, as well as Drexel's School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems.

 
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Students walking down the hall at the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease at Drexel University College of Medicine.