News and Recognition
Faculty Research Activities and Recognition
Please join us in congratulating Microbiology doctoral student Stephanie Johnstone (firstname.lastname@example.org; S. Laster Lab, Biol Sci) in recognition of her $5,000 research award from the Comparative Medicine Institute-Emerging & Infectious Diseases Seed Grant program. Her project is titled "Alkylamides to treat postherpetic neuralgia".
Welcome Spring 2018 New MB Graduate Students
Nick Taylor (Kleiner Lab)
Lindsay Simmons (Sikes Lab)
Fall MGP Graduate Student - Faculty Social
Join new and continuing students, MGP faculty and new friends at -
Friday September 8, 2017
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Free food, beverage and friends!
RSVP to Stephanie Johnstone at email@example.com by September 1st.
Welcome Fall 2017 New MB Graduate Students (PhD, MS and MM)
David Brodsky (Laster Lab)
Phillip Brown (Kathariou Lab)
Mara Cuebas-Irizarry (Grunden Lab)
Alex Duryee (Hu Lab)
Kyle Griewisch (Pierce / Elfenbein Labs)
Rebekah Kendall (non-thesis; UNC Hospitals)
Madiha Nazir (Bruno-Barcena Lab)
Linda Salas Meza (Hyman Lab)
Zhongtian Zhang (Williams Lab)
We wish you all much success in the program!
Welcome New MGP Training Faculty
Department of Plant & Microbial Biology
Symbioses and microbiomes; metagenomics and metaproteomics
Department of Chemistry
Small molecule probes to identify antimicrobial targets and lead molecules for therapeutics
Department of Chemistry
Synthetic biology for the synthesis, diversification and discovery of natural products for drug development
2016 Kenneth R. Keller Awardee - Walter Sandoval -
Congratulations to Walter as the 2016 Kenneth R. Keller Award for excellence in doctoral dissertation research in agriculture and life sciences. One $2,500 award is provided each year to a CALS doctoral student, selected from nomination packages (letters, dissertation, publications, research significance, etc.) provided by the graduate program. The selection committee consists of members of the Academy of William Neal Reynolds Professors. Congratulations to Walter (reachable at the address below) and his research advisor Jose Bruno-Barcena!
Walter J. Sandoval, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow - Balskus Group
Chemistry & Chemical Biology
12 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Congratulations UGSA Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awardees
Kristen Bennett - doctoral candidate; Mike Hyman, Adviser (PMB)
Jennifer Greenstein - doctoral candidate; Paul Hamilton, Adviser (PMB)
Congratulations 2015 MGP graduates
Amy Ann Devlin - MB PHD; Scott Laster, Adviser (Biol Sci)
Dissertation title: Murine Host Response to Spirochetes and Their Ligands
Stephanie Lambeth Mathews - MB PHD; Amy Grunden, Adviser (PMB)
Dissertation title: Biodegradation and Bioconversion of Lignocellulosic Waste Streams by Paenibacillus glucanolyticus
Jennifer Lynn Stone - MB PHD; Michael Sikes, Adviser (Biol Sci)
Dissertation title: Feedback Control of Tcrb Gene Recombination
Jason Michael Whitham - MB PHD; Amy Grunden, Adviser (PMB)
Dissertation title: Identifying Genetic Targets and Growth Conditions for Higher Ethanol Production by the Synthesis Gas Fermenting Bacterium Clostridium ljungdahlii
Eleven 2015 MMB graduates- MB MMB; Paul Hamilton, Adviser (PMB) http://bit.ly/1Re4nE4
Shannon Reisdorf - MB MR; Eric Miller, Adviser (PMB); Non-thesis
Welcome New MGP Training Faculty
Molecular mechanisms for formation of biofilms and the persistence of bacterial communities in common (often household) environments, using metagenomics and high throughput sequencing. http://biotech.ncsu.edu/instructors
Microbial Ecology of Human Pathogen in Ag-environments.
Production of bio-based products, such as enzymes, biochemicals, and biofuels from agro-industrial residues and dedicated biomass crops. http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/people/faculty/mschinn/
Ilenys Muniz Perez-Diaz
Development of microbiology-based technologies for the improvement of the quality, safety, and value of the commercially available vegetable products.
Pathogenesis of the zoonotic pathogen Salmonella enterica and how this bacterium grows inside the intestine to colonize susceptible hosts. https://cvm.ncsu.edu/c/l/docs/personnel/elfenbein_johanna.html
Detection and diagnostics of antibiotic resistance and the epidemiology and ecology of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli. https://cvm.ncsu.edu/c/l/dphp/micro/jacob.html
Ecology and epidemiology of infectious diseases with focus on enteric and antimicrobial resistant pathogens. https://cvm.ncsu.edu/c/l/dphp/personnel/lanzas.html
Identifying the role of the gastrointestinal tract microbiome and metabolome in shaping colonization resistance against Clostridium difficile. https://cvm.ncsu.edu/c/l/dphp/personnel/theriot.html
UNC [advisory committee participation]
M. Andrea Azcarate-Peril
Molecular mechanisms involved in modulation of microbial populations and their environment by probiotics and prebiotics, and identification of molecular associations between components of the microbiome and specific gut cells or systems. http://www.med.unc.edu/microbiome/research
New Microbiomes and Complex Microbial Communities faculty cluster
Congratulations and many thanks to Chase Beisel (COE CBE) and Mike Hyman (CALS PMB) for spearheading a winning cluster proposal that will fund four new faculty positions in this area across campus. The hard work has begun and the search committee is moving forward with evaluating applications. We can anticipate that the MGP and other graduate programs on campus will benefit from graduate student participation in training opportunities provided by these new faculty.
Microbiology Graduate Program faculty Mike Hyman & Chase Beisel ("Microbiomes and Complex Microbial Communities"), Sid Thakur ("Targeted Drug Discovery and Development: The Battle against Multidrug Resistant Bacterial Pathogens"; and "The Exposome One Health Initiative"; co-lead on two proposals) and Francis de los Reyes ("Global WaSH [Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene])" advanced to the "final 13" of the current round of the Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program, or "cluster hires". Congratulations to them for these strong efforts, and all the best for a positive outcome! Microbiology faculty and our graduate students would have an opportunity to contribute to many of these cluster areas.
Brant Johnson (Microbiology Ph.D. candidate; Todd Klaenhammer lab; FBNS) and Stephanie Mathews (Microbiology Ph.D. candidate; Amy Grunden lab; PMB) won first place in the Life Sciences and the Agriculture Sciences & Natural Resources catgories, respectively, for their posters presented at the 2015 Graduate Research Symposium. Congratulations to these outstanding graduate student researchers!
Jennifer Stone (Microbiology Ph.D. candidate; M. Sikes Lab, Department of Biological Sciences), Mani Kotipalli and Nicholas Taylor (both Masters of Microbial Biotechnology) won NC State UGSA 2015 "Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards. Congratulations to these outstanding teaching assistants!
Susan Gardner (Microbiology PhD candidate; Department of Biological Sciences J. Olson laboratory) won the NC State UGSA 2014 "Award for Mentorship and Dedication to Teaching", one of two top awards for campus graduate student teaching. It comes with a $500 monetary prize as well!
Dr. Amy Grunden was named a Univeristy Faculty Scholar by the NCSU Provost. She was among 24 faculty members named to the inaugural 2012 - 2013 class. The complete announcement can be viewed here.