June 2021 Newsletter
Microbiology & Immunology Division Update

The Microbiology & Immunology Division has accomplished a great deal in the past year. Both our faculty and students have had tremendous success in awards, grants, and publications. In addition, the division anticipates a 118% increase in external grant funding, which is a testament to the incredible work being done within the division.

Active Searches

We are actively recruiting for the following positions:

  • Assistant Professor
  • Assistant Professor
  • Assistant Professor with HCI
  • Assistant Professor with HCI

Student Achievements

Congratulations to our many students with significant achievements over the past year! The following students received awards and honors this year:

Magali Ayala Kaylyn Bauer Krystal Charley Ty Chiaro
Krystal Chung Mike Faust Arevik Ghazaryan Lisa Gibbs
Erik Hughes Emily Innis Owen Jensen Jinze Li
Yong Lin Diego Lopez Franklin Maloba Becca Mellema
Morgan Nelson Michael Olson Stephanie Orozco Linda Sircy
William Tang Jake Thompson


In addition, the following students received grant awards:

Student Award Lab
William Tang F Award O'Connell Lab
Cindy Barba F Award O'Connell Lab
Beth Williams 3i Graduate Fellowhip Planelles Lab


Grants and Publications

The following faculty received notable grants and publications:

Grant recipients:

Faculty Award Type Title
Patrice Mimche R01 EphB/EphrinB signaling in Systemic Sclerosis
Keke Fairfax R01 Durable Schistosome induced metabolic alterations to the myeloid lineage
Keke Fairfax R21 Schistosome antigen induced modulation of metabolism
Baoyu Liu R03 On the plasticity of Beta-cell antigen recognition by diabetogenic CD8 T cells
Janis Weis R01 Borrelia burgdorferi mitogen in development of arthritis
Matt Mulvey T32 (Renewal)
Ryan O’Connell T32
June Round R01 Mechanisms of fungal involvement during intestinal disease
June Round R01 Bacteriophage pathobiology of inflammatory bowel disease


Publications:

Faculty

# Publications

Faculty

# Publications

Maria Bettini

7

Matt Mulvey

3

Matt Bettini

3

Ryan O'Connell

13

Allison Carey

2

Aaron Petrey

1

Brian Evavold

9

Vicente Planelles

12

Keke Fairfax

5

June Round

11 

Hans Haecker

1

Zac Stephens

2

Scott Hale

3

Dean Tantin

2

Elizabeth Kolawole

5

Warren Voth

1

Tracey Lamb

6

Diane Ward

9

Patrice Mimche

4

Matthew Williams

7

           

Increase in External Grant Funding for the Department and for the M&I Division:

2020

2021 (projected)

Increase

Department

15,601,429

17,171,858

110%

M&I Division

12,381,656

14,671,880

118%