A small contingent from the lab trekked to Harvard University to attend the Boston Bacterial Meeting on June15 & 16, 2017! Cecilia gave a great poster, and the Pioneer Valley was well represented with labs from Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges, as well as UMass-Amherst in attendance as well!
Our NSF grant in collaboration with Josh Sharp at Northern Michigan University has been funded! This will bring more opportunities for students to join the lab, a number of new and challenging projects with support from Kevin Griffith at UMass-Amherst and Mark Mandel at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the development of a course-based undergraduate research experience for Biol-271 Microbiology featuring the universally beloved Vibrio fischeri-Euprymna squid symbiosis! It will also support outreach efforts in our communities of the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, as well as the Amherst Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Peer Mentoring Program! An exciting few years for the lab ahead!
Our paper on the CrbS/R system in non-O1/non-O139 V. cholerae, as well as P. entomophila and P. aeruginosa is out in PLOS ONE here! Congrats to Anna Rasmussen '13, Paul Tyler '14, Mariah Servos '14, and Mariame Sylla '15, all of whom contributed data and V. cholerae strains to this manuscript!
Duy, Stephany, Jenny, Cecilia, Angelika and SabriAnan and I head over to UMass for the second annual Pioneer Valley Microbiology Symposium, held January 14, 2017. With three posters and a talk, the Purdy Lab was well represented!
And the Purdy Lab take a Selfie -- great pic everyone!!
The Purdy Lab gets out of the lab and heads to Oriental Flavors for a holiday lunch! A nice break over reading period...
Great poster by Cecilia and streaking for single colonies.... with icing! Thanks Cecilia for hosting!
The first paper from our lab, describing V. cholerae colonization of Musca domestica (house flies) in collaboration with John Stoffolano at UMass-Amherst and Ghada El-Bassiony at Cairo University, with contributions from Duy Nguyen '17 and Victoria Luizzi '17, is out in Medical and Veterinary Entomology! This was hard-fought, and we persevered through thick and thin to get this paper out the door! Good job everyone!
Kalle presenting her poster at the ASM Microbe 2016 meeting -- lots of folks stopped by, but we were too busy talking science to take pictures! Great job Kalle!
Awesome dinner out with Purdy lab alums (and honorary alums) Anna Rasmussen '13, Paul Tyler '14, and Caitlin Blank '14 in Harvard Square! Thanks guys for the awkward selfie :)