The goal of our research is to broadly understand how bacteria stimulate animal development, expanding our fundamental knowledge of how bacteria benefit animals and potentially yielding new methods to manipulate microbes for beneficial purposes.
We discovered that bacteria produce tiny syringe-like structures that inject a toxin into animal cells, opening the possibility for using them as novel drug delivery systems. Now in CellReports!
Here's a news brief on our paper in the San Diego Union Tribune.
Our latest Preprint hits the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric! Bacterial Phage Tail-Like Structure Kills Eukaryotic Cells by Injecting a Nuclease Effector.
Recent MS graduate, Charles Ericson, was accepted into the PhD program at ETH Zurich--a top University for Molecular Biology and Biophysics in Europe. Go Chip!
May 16, 2018
We celebrated the Viral Information Institute's first all-day meeting with ~15 labs sharing their passion for science!
April 3 & 6, 2018
Iara Rocchi and Chip Ericson both rock their MS thesis defenses. #ProudPI
March 3, 2018
MS candidate, Chip Ericson, wins a Provost's Award for his presentation at SDSU's Student Research Symposium.
June 5, 2017
Our ScienceGlass YouTube Channel is officially online. Its intent is to connect real scientists with real people. Check it out!
March 17, 2017
PhD candidate, Amanda Alker, was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Go, Amanda!
February 21, 2017
Nick was selected as a 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Ocean Sciences.
August 22, 2016
How do bacteria stimulate tubeworm metamorphosis? Check out our new paper in PNAS to find out!
June 28, 2016
Our lab is part of the Viral Information Institute (VII) at SDSU! Read about our combined superpowers here:
April 15, 2016
Our work was featured on NPR's 90-Second Naturalist podcast
February 2, 2016
Our work was featured on This Week In Microbiology Podcast #120.
May 1, 2015
Scientific American blogs about our work!
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