Undergrad Kino Maravillas receives research funding

by Nicole Gerardo

Kino received a grant from Emory to fund his collaborative research with postdoc Erika Diaz-Almeyda on how milpa agriculture (the planting of corn, beans and squash together) shapes the soil microbial community. The planting experiments were carried out at Oxford Farm, near Emory’s Oxford campus. We are so grateful for their support.

College for Life Sciences Fellowship from the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

by Nicole Gerardo

Postdoc Hassan Salem has officially left us for a journey to Berlin. He will continue his work while getting an opportunity to interact with leaders in the fields of symbiosis and evolutionary biology, including Nancy Moran, Joan Strassmann, Koos Boomsma, Howard Ochman and Dave Queller. Right now, it appears that they are helping him perfect his basic drawing skills. 

Ecological Immunology 2017

By Nicole Gerardo

In September 2017, Erica Harris and I were fortunate to be able to attend a wonderful symposium in Blossin, Germany on Ecological Immunology that was organized by Oliver Otti, Paul Schmid-Hempel and Jens Rolff. It was practically half immunology and half symbiosis, so I felt right at home. Invigorating science all around… oh, and a nice swim in the lake. Here’s a picture of the group.

A leader in the lab learns more about being a leader in the science community

by Nicole Gerardo

Postdoc Miguel Reyes headed to Washington DC earlier this week to participate in in the Linton-Poodry SACNAS Leadership Institute. This is a well-deserved honor, and an exciting opportunity for Miguel. Only one problem: he has to wear a suit… in the summer… in Washington, DC!

Here is a description of the program: “The Linton-Poodry SACNAS Leadership Institute (LPSLI) provides premier training for motivated underrepresented minority (URM) scientists, laying the foundation for them to lead institutional transformation. In collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the LPSLI is an intensive five-day course featuring small group exercises, keynote speakers, leadership development planning, networking opportunities, and extensive community building among selected participants.”


Mellon Mays Award to Erica!

Congratulations to Erica Harris. She received a MMUF Dissertation Grant from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. This will support her work on the rols of the monarch butterfly microbiome in disease resistance. Woot!