VMS at NDSU
As a department, our main concerns are exploring novel research and sharing with students our fascination and knowledge of dynamic disciplines in microbiology, including: bacteriology, epidemiology, fungal biology, immunology, molecular biology, parasitology, and virology. We work to achieve excellence in these areas by creating a student-centered environment that values diversity and encourages discovery, ingenuity, integrity, and collegiality.
VMS Research Highlights
Dr. Sheela Ramamoorthy has been awarded an Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) grant to develop a novel, first-generation vaccine against the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. The APUC grant program was established to develop new and expanded uses of ND agricultural products.
Dr. Peter Bergholz just learned that his project called "Dyamics of Listeria monocytogenes populations in environmental reservoirs in the preharvest environment of fresh fruits and vegetables" was awarded a nearly $148,000 grant from the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The project was 1 of 35 to be funded; the aim of this project is to ultimately help to develop on-farm practices that prevent contamination of fresh fruits and veggies.
COBRE grants...and more
Dr. Ramamoorthy and Dr. Teresa Bergholz have been awarded pilot project grants through COBRE (Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence). Dr. Ramamoorthy's research will build "Tools for Torque Teno Virus Research," while Dr. T. Bergholz will study the "Role of Cell Envelope Stress Responses in L. monocytogenes transmission." In separate news, Dr. Birgit Pruess and Dr. T. Bergholz have been awarded an NDSU Development Foundation grant, and Dr. Pruess has also been invited to review NIH grant proposals.
Micro in the News
Rising vaccine costs
Really interesting New York Times article about rising vaccine costs and the financial strain this is putting on independent doctors. Will they continue to provide this incredibly important preventive care? Find the answer here. Image: CDC/Melissa Brower.
The American Society for Microbiology recently capped its 114th General Meeting. You can watch the opening session, Microbes in Symbiosis, Signaling, and at Sea, for free here. You can also click on that link to sign-up for access to all full-length presentations, slides, and audio recordings. Image: Hans Hillewaert; License.