STUDENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

2018-2019

Awards and Fellowships

  • Program Award for Research Excellence in Microbiology: Abigail Armstrong
  • 2018 Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Annual Retreat, Best Student Poster: Rachel Neve
  • 2018 Metabolism and Infectious Diseases Symposium, Student Travel Award: Rachel Neve
  • 2018 RMB-ASM, Student Travel Scholarship: Frank Santoriello
  • 2018 RMB-ASM (Fall), 1st Place PhD Best Poster: Norhan Alhajjar
  • 2018 RMB-ASM (Fall), 1st Place PhD Best Oral Presentation: Frank Santoriello
  • 2019 RMB-ASM (Spring), 1st Place PhD Best Oral Presentation: Frank Santoriello
  • 2019 RMB-ASM (Spring), Award winner PhD Oral Presentation: Abigail Armstrong
  • 2019 ASM Microbe, Student Travel Award: Rachel Neve

Thesis Defenses

  • Scott Seitz, Postdoctoral Fellow at Boston University, laboratory of John H. Connor, Ph.D.

Publications

  • Pharmacologic Depletion of Microglia Increases Viral Load in the Brain and Enhances Mortality in Murine Models of Flavivirus-Induced Encephalitis. Seitz S, Clarke P, Tyler KL. J Virol. 2018 Jul 31;92(16). pii: e00525-18.
  • Antibiotic Lethality and Membrane Bioenergetics. Voskuil MI, Covey CR, Walter ND. Adv Microb Physiol. 2018;73:77-122.
  • Gut microbiota from high-risk men who have sex with men drive immune activation in gnotobiotic mice and in vitro HIV infection. Li SX, Sen S, Schneider JM, Xiong KN, Nusbacher NM, Moreno-Huizar N, Shaffer M, Armstrong AJS, Severs E, Kuhn K, Neff CP, McCarter M, Campbell T, Lozupone CA, Palmer BE. PLoS Pathog. 2019 Apr 4;15(4):e1007611.
  • An exploration of Prevotella-rich microbiomes in HIV and men who have sex with men. Armstrong AJS, Shaffer M, Nusbacher NM, Griesmer C, Fiorillo S, Schneider JM, Preston Neff C, Li SX, Fontenot AP, Campbell T, Palmer BE, Lozupone CA. Microbiome. 2018 Nov 5;6(1):198.
  • Repression of Nrf2/ARE regulated antioxidant genes and dysregulation of the cellular redox environment by the HIV Transactivator of Transcription. Simenauer A, Assefa B, Rios-Ochoa J, Geraci K, Hybertson B, Gao B, McCord J, Elajaili H, Nozik-Grayck E, Cota-Gomez A. Free Radic Biol Med. 2019 Jun 22;141:244-252.
  • SODB1 is essential for Leishmania major infection of macrophages and pathogenesis in mice. Davenport BJ, Martin CG, Beverley SM, Orlicky DJ, Vazquez-Torres A, Morrison TE. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2018 Oct 29;12(10):e0006921.
  • Low diversity gut microbiota dysbiosis: drivers, functional implications and recovery. Kriss M, Hazleton KZ, Nusbacher NM, Martin CG, Lozupone CA. Curr Opin Microbiol. 2018 Aug;44:34-40.
  • Multidimensional analysis of Gammaherpesvirus RNA expression reveals unexpected heterogeneity of gene expression. Oko LM, Kimball AK, Kaspar RE, Knox AN, Coleman CB, Rochford R, Chang T, Alderete B, van Dyk LF, Clambey ET. PLoS Pathog. 2019 Jun 5;15(6):e1007849.
  • Commensal Staphylococci Influence Staphylococcus aureus Skin Colonization and Disease. Parlet CP, Brown MM, Horswill AR. Trends Microbiol. 2019 Jun;27(6):497-507.
  • Bacteriophage Resistance Alters Antibiotic-Mediated Intestinal Expansion of Enterococci. Chatterjee A, Johnson CN, Luong P, Hullahalli K, McBride SW, Schubert AM, Palmer KL, Carlson PE Jr, Duerkop BA. Infect Immun. 2019 May 21;87(6).
  • Activation of the endoplasmic reticulum stress response impacts the NOD1 signaling pathway. Mendez JM, Kolora LD, Lemon JS, Dupree SL, Keestra-Gounder AM. Infect Immun. 2019 May 20

Presentations

Posters Presentations

  • 1st Annual Front Range Microbiome Symposium: Abigail Armstrong
  • 2018 Rocky Mountain Branch-ASM: Norhan Alhajjar
  • 2018 Rocky Mountain Branch-ASM: Rachel Neve
  • 2018 Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Annual Retreat: Rachel Neve
  • Society for Investigative Dermatology 77th Annual Meeting: Morgan Brown
  • International Conference on Gram-Positive Pathogens: Morgan Brown
  • The 18th Rocky Mountain Virology Association Meeting: Sarah Stonedahl
  • 2019 Rocky Mountain Branch-ASM: Haider Manzer
  • 2019 Keystone Symposia-Host and Environment in IBD: Jonathan Mendez
  • 2019 Gordon Research Conference-Salmonella Biology and Pathogenesis: Jonathan Mendez
  • 2019 Keystone Symposia-Positive-Strand RNA Viruses (E2): Zoe O’Donoghue
  • 2019 Colorado Biological Mass Spectrometry Society Meeting: Rachel Neve
  • 2019 ASM Microbe: Frank Santoriello
  • 2019 ASM Microbe: Rachel Neve

Oral Presentations

  • The 18th Rocky Mountain Virology Association Meeting: Jennifer Berger
  • The 18th Rocky Mountain Virology Association Meeting: Sarah Stonedahl
  • Simons Foundation – 3rd Workshop on Statistical and Algorithmic Challenges in Microbiome Data Analysis: Abigail Armstrong
  • 2018 Rocky Mountain Branch-ASM: Haider Manzer
  • 2018 Rocky Mountain Branch-ASM: Frank Santoriello
  • 2018 Annual Colorado Immunology Conference: Sarah Born
  • 2018 MPID Symposium: Sarah Born
  • 2018 Metabolism and Infectious Diseases Symposium: Rachel Neve
  • 2019 Rocky Mountain Branch-ASM: Frank Santoriello
  • 2019 Rocky Mountain Branch ASM: Abigail Armstrong
  • 2019 Rocky Mountain Branch ASM: Katie Arnolds
  • 2019 Rocky Mountain Branch ASM: Rachel Neve
  • 2019 ASM Microbe Rapid Fire Talk: Rachel Neve
  • Calvin College Biology Seminar: Abigail Armstrong
  • UC School of Medicine Research Symposium: Hadrian Sparks
  • Wind River Conference on Prokaryotic Biology: Cydney Johnson

Comprehensive Exams Completed

  • Cydney Johnson
  • Norhan Alhajjar
  • Jonathan Mendez
  • Morgan Brown
  • Josh Frost
  • Brendan Monogue
  • Matthew Szucs
  • Monica Graham

New Thesis Laboratories

  • Haider Manzer – Kelly Doran
  • Hailey Kinsland – Vanessa Phelan