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Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics is pleased to welcome Dr. Nir Drayman from University of Chicago, an MIMG Faculty Recruitment Candidate in Virology. His Seminar titled: “Single Cell Virology and Drug Repurposing Efforts against SARS-CoV-2” will take place on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 in MN463 at 11:00 am. This seminar will also be live streamed via Zoom for those who wish to attend virtually: https://uky.zoom.us/j/83417117057

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 13, 2022) — The University of Kentucky is participating in a nationwide study that seeks to understand why some people have prolonged symptoms (long COVID) or develop new or returning symptoms after an acute bout of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

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Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics is pleased to welcome Dr. Jay Vornhagen from University of Michigan, an MIMG Faculty Recruitment Candidate in Microbiome. His Seminar titled Consternation over colonization: Klebsiella pneumoniae in the gut will take place on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 in MN263 at 10:00 am. This seminar will also be live streamed via Zoom for those who wish to attend virtually. https://uky.zoom.us/j/82543019076

Grant writing is a competitive process. Without the proper resources, staff, or expertise, faculty may struggle in gathering key funding that could benefit future research projects, and ultimately, promote innovative health discoveries.

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Dr. William Hudson from Emory University, an MIMG Faculty Recruitment Candidate in Tumor Immunology. Will be giving a Seminar, titled CD8 T cell exhaustion in human brain metastases on Wednesday December 1, 2021 at the Karpf Auditorium at 10am. This seminar will also be live streamed via Zoom for those who wish to attend virtually. https://uky.zoom.us/j/89949749015
MIMG hosted (via Zoom) the Fall 2021 meeting of the KY-TN American Society for Microbiology Branch on November 5-6, 2021. Assistant Professor Erin Garcia and Associate Professor Sarah D’Orazio served as Co-Directors of the virtual conference. The meeting featured Keynote Seminars by two American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturers. Dr. Kimberlee Musser (Lab Director, New York State Public Health Wadsworth Center David Axelrod Institute) gave a presentation entitled “Inside a Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak Investigation” and Dr.
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The University of Kentucky College of Medicine recently welcomed Ilhem Messaoudi, PhD, as the new chair of microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics. She shares more about her work to better understand viruses and the wide range of factors affecting the immune system. She also shares how her research career led her to UK.

Q: Why did you pursue a career in research?

Dr. Sarah D'Orazio received an Academy of Medical Educator Excellence in Medical Education Awards in Development as well as an Academy of Medical Educator Excellence in Medical Education Awards in Innovation. Dr. Brian Higgins received the First Year Distinguished Teaching Award (awarded by class of 2024) and the Second Year Distinguished Teaching Award (awarded by Class of 2023). Dr. Zach Porterfield and Dr. Subba Bondada were nominated by their trainees and recognized as Outstanding Mentors by the Office of Biomedical Education.
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The University of Kentucky College of Medicine has received the 2021 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

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Brian Higgins, PhD, has been named one of the few medical educators across the world selected for this year’s prestigious Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Health Professions.

Through the annual Harvard program, Dr. Higgins will learn evidence-based teaching strategies, tips for effective curriculum design, leadership styles, and other skills that will be useful not only for his own teaching, but for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine as a whole.

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Gabi Pugh in the Nikolajczyk Lab has received a 2-year training award from the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science TL1 Training Program. In addition to her graduate student stipend, the grant provides partial tuition and fees to offset the cost of Gabi's graduate studies and up to $1300 for travel expenses to the annual ACTS meeting. Congratulations on your accomplishment, Gabi!

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 20, 2021) — At a time when incidence of Lyme disease is rising across the U.S., a study led by University of Kentucky College of Medicine researcher Brian Stevenson, Ph.D., may provide a significant impact in the fight against the disease.

A new study will build upon Stevenson's three decades of research aimed at understanding Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.


As summer camp season wraps up and a new school year begins, this “Research Made Possible” podcast shares how University of Kentucky researchers across campus are targeting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. 

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During Beth Oates' fellowship with FASEB, she was the point-person who drafted, edited and fielded input from scientific societies regarding commercial airlines restrictions on animal transportation. The letter was sent to the Chief Science Officer, Robert Hampshire, PhD, and Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg in June and had over 90 signatures including various science organization like American Society for Microbiology, American Association of Immunologist as well as industry companies like Pfizer, Charles River Laboratories and The Jackson Laboratory.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 6, 2021) — When times are tough, a University of Kentucky alumnus can always be found helping others. In the case of Mosoka Fallah, Ph.D., it’s more than just a helping hand — it’s lifesaving work.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 6, 2021) — Findings from a University of Kentucky College of Medicine study could lead to a new way to combat the bacteria responsible for tooth decay.

The research led by Natalia Korotkova, assistant professor in the UK Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, identified a potential therapeutic target in Streptococcus mutans, bacteria that lives in the mouth and causes tooth decay.

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As stated by UK's International Center, the UK Alumni Global Impact Award "seeks to recognize alumni whose highly distinguished careers have featured significant work outside the United States that has resulted in outanding contributions to their communities or professions in global contexts, and/or who have exemplified ideals of global citizenship through the promotion of inter-cultural communication and mutual understanding, international peace and security, or responsible and sustainable international development." Dr. Mosoka P. Fallah graduated in 2011 from Dr.

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It is with excitement that after an extensive, nationwide search, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine will officially welcome Ilhem Messaoudi, PhD, to campus as the new chair of the department of microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics. This appointment will be effective Nov. 1. As chair Dr.
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Beth Garvy, PhD, and Sidney Whiteheart, PhD, originally planned to study blood clotting in HIV-positive patients when they first approached one another to establish a unified research team. Then COVID-19 emerged, and their focus shifted on the disease that started a global pandemic.

April 16-17, 2021, was the Spring meeting of the KY-TN Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (see attached program). It was hosted virtually by U of L. Dr. Erin Garcia was an invited speaker, and Jamila Tucker from Dr. Sarah D'Orazio's lab gave a 10 minute talk. Jamila's oral presentation entitled “Intracellular Replication Promotes Colonization of the MLN by Protecting Listeria monocytogenes from Phagocyte Clearance and Exogenous Lipoate Starvation” was awarded second place among graduate student presentations!