STUDENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

2020-2021

Awards and Fellowships

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) - Cydney Johnson
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) - Morgan Brown
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) - Haider Manzer
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) - Matthew Szucs
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship for Students at Institutions with Dual-Degree Training Programs (F30) - Frances Li
  • 2nd place for STEM Oral Presentation at the Research and Creative Activities Symposium (CU) - Haider Manzer
  • 1st place for Graduate Student Oral Presentation at the Rocky Mountain Branch ASM meeting - Haider Manzer
  • Gisela Mosig Award for Outstanding Bacteriophage Resaerch, ASM World Microbe - Joshua Kirsch
  • 2020 RNA Bioscience Initiative RNA Scholar Award- Matthew Szucs
  • ASM World Microbe Forum Student Travel Award - Haider Manzer
  • ASM Rocky Mountain Branch “National Presence” Travel Award - Haider Manzer
  • 2021 RNA Bioscience Initiative RNA Scholar Award - Cormac Lucas

Molecular Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases T32

2020

  • Morgan Brown
  • Haider Manzer
  • Brendan Monogue

2021

  • Joshua Kirsch
  • Laurie Lyon
  • Anna Burnet
  • Klara Keim

Thesis Defenses

  • Norhan Alhajjar - Doran
  • Ricardo Villarreal - Doran
  • Frank Santoriello - Pukatzki
  • Sarah Born - Voskuil
  • Zoe O'Donoghue - Kieft
  • Gabriela Samayoa-Reyes - Rochford
  • Christopher Covey - Voskuil
  • Ari Simenauer - Cota-Gomez

Publications

  • Carpentier KS, Sheridan RM, Lucas CJ, Davenport BJ, Li FS, Lucas ED, McCarthy MK, Reynoso GV, May NA, Tamburini BAJ, Hesselberth JR, et al. MARCO+ lymphatic endothelial cells sequester arthritogenic alphaviruses to limit viremia and viral dissemination. EMBO J. 2021. e108966
  • Akiyama BM, Graham ME, O′Donoghue Z, Beckham JD, Kieft JS. Three-dimensional structure of a flavivirus dumbbell RNA reveals molecular details of an RNA regulator of replication.  Nucleic Acids Res. 2021. 49 (12): 7122–7138
  • Stonedahl S, Clarke P, Tyler KL. The Role of Microglia during West Nile Virus Infection of the Central Nervous System. Vaccines (Basel). 2020. 8(3):485
  • Johnson CN, Sheriff EK, Duerkop BA, Chatterjee A. Let me upgrade you: Impact of mobile genetic elements on enterococcal adaption and evolution. J Bacteriol. 2021. In Press.
  • Szucs MJ, Nichols PJ, Jones RA, Vicens Q, Kieft JS. A new subclass of exoribonuclease-resistant RNA found in multiple genera of Flaviviridae. mBio. 2020. 11:e02352-20
  • Kirsch JM, Brzozowski RS, Faith D, Round JL, Secor PR, Duerkop BA. Bacteriophage-bacteria interactions in the gut - from invertebrates to mammals. Annu Rev Virol. 2021. 8:17.1–17.19
  • Canfield GS, Chatterjee A, Espinosa J, Mangalea MR, Sheriff EK, Keidan M, McBride SW, McCollister BD, Hang HC, Duerkop BA. Lytic bacteriophages facilitate antibiotic sensitization of Enterococcus faecium. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2021. 65:e00143-21.
  • Keeley R, Rodriguez-Gonzalez L, USF Genomics Class, Briggs G, Frazier V, Mancera P, Manzer HS, Ergas SJ, Scott K. Degenerate PCR Primers for Assays to Track Steps of Nitrogen Metabolism by Taxonomically Diverse Microorganisms in a Variety of Environments. J Microbiol Methods. 2020. 175:105990.
  • Manzer HS, Nobbs AH, Doran KS. The Multifaceted Nature of Streptococcal Antigen I/II Proteins in Colonization and Disease Pathogenesis. Front Microbiol. 2020. 11:602305
  • SalamAM, Porras G, Cho YSC, Brown MM, Lyles JT, Bacsa J, Horswill AR, Quave CL. Castaneroxy A from the leaves of Castanea sativa inhibits virulence in Staphylococcus aureus. Front Pharmacol. 2021. In Press.  
  • Brown MM, Horswill AR. Staphylococcus epidermidis – skin friend or foe?  PLoS Pathog. 2021. 16(11):e1009026
  • Brown MM, Kwiecinski J, Cruz L, Shahbandi A, Todd D, Cech N, Horswill AR. Novel peptide from commensal Staphylococcus simulans blocks MRSA quorum sensing and protects host skin from damage. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2020. 64:e00172-20. 
  • Tang H, Porras G, Brown MM, Lyles J, Bacsa J, Horswill AR, Quave CL. Triterpenoids isolated from Schinus terebinthifolia fruits reduces S. aureus capacity for virulence and pathogenesis. Sci Rep. 2020. 10:8046.
  • Hasenkrug KJ, Feldmann F, Myers L, Santiago ML, Guo K, Barrett BS, Mickens KL, Carmody A, Okumura A,  Rao D, Collins MM, et al. Recovery from acute SARS-CoV-2 infection and development of anamnestic immune responses in T cell-depleted rhesus macaques. mBio. 2021. e0150321.
  • Santoriello FJ, Michel L, Unterweger D, Pukatzki S. Pandemic Vibrio cholerae shuts down site-specific recombination to retain an interbacterial defence mechanism. Nat Commum. 2020. 11(1):6246.
  • Walter ND, Born SEM, Robertson GT, Reichlen M, Dide-Agossou C, Ektnitphong VA, Rossmassler K, Ramey ME, Bauman AA, Ozols V, et al. Mycobacterium tuberculosis precursor rRNA as a measure of treatment-shortening activity of drugs and regimens. Nat Commun. 2021. 12(1):2899.
  • Alhajjar N, Chatterjee A, Spencer BL, Burcham LR, Willett JLE, Dunny GM, Duerkop BA, Doran KS. Genome-wide mutagenesis identifies factors involved in Enterococcus faecalis vaginal adherence and persistence. Infect Immun. 2020. 88(10):e00270-20.
  • Knox AN, Mueller A, Medina EV, Clambey ET, van Dyk LF. Lytic infection with murine gammaherpesvirus 68 activates host and viral RNA polymerase III promoters and enhances noncoding RNA expression. J Virol. 2021. 95(14):e0007921.
  • Sparks HMonogue B, Akiyama B, Kieft J, Beckham JD. Disruption of Zika virus xrRNA1-dependent sfRNA1 production results in tissue-specific attenuated viral replication. Viruses. 2020. 12(10):1177.
  • Wiles TJ, Schlomann BH, Wall ES, Betancourt R, Parthasarathy R, Guillemin K. Swimming motility of a gut bacterial symbiont promotes resistance to intestinal expulsion and enhances inflammation. PLoS Biol. 2020. 18(3): e3000661.

Presentations

Posters Presentations

  • 2020 Molecular Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases Symposium - Monica Graham
  • 35th Annual University of Colorado School of Medicine Student Research Forum - Cydney Johnson
  • ASM World Microbe Forum -Cydney Johnson
  • ASM World Microbe Forum - Joshua Kirsch
  • ASM World Microbe Forum - Haider Manzer
  • FASEB Microbial Pathogenesis Conference: Mechanisms of Infectious Disease - Cydney Johnson
  • 6th Annual St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Future Fellows Research Conference - Cydney Johnson
  • 2021 Wind River Conference on Prokaryotic Biology - Haider Manzer

Oral Presentations

  • 20th Annual Rocky Mountain Virology Association Meeting - Monica Graham
  • 20th Annual Rocky Mountain Virology Association Meeting - Sarah Stonedahl
  • 39th Annual American Society for Virology Meeting - Sarah Stonedahl
  • 40th Annual American Society for Virology Meeting - Sarah Stonedahl
  • 40th Annual American Society for Virology Meeting - Monica Graham
  • ASM World Microbe Forum, Division M Meeting - Joshua Kirsch
  • World Enterococcus Day - Emma Sheriff
  • 2020 Molecular Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases Symposium - Emma Sheriff
  • 2020 Molecular Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases Symposium - Haider Manzer
  • 2021 CU Research and Creative Activities Symposium - Haider Manzer
  • 2021 Rocky Mountain Branch American Society for Microbiology Meeting - Haider Manzer

Comprehensive Exams Completed

  • Joshua Kirsch
  • Emma Sheriff
  • Cormac Lucas
  • Francis Li
  • Krista Mills
  • Klara Keim
  • Anna Burnet
  • Laurie Lyon

New Thesis Laboratories

  • Kaylee Mickens - Santiago/Wilson
  • Julie Raab - Russo
  • Elizabeth Spear - Kieft
  • Madeline Akbari - Doran