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. Teresa Bergholz will be awarded an Agricultural Products Utilization Commission grant to study the "Validation of Vacuum-Steam Pasteurization for Low-Moisture Foods." The APUC aims to advance the development and use of North Dakota agricultural products through basic and applied research, marketing and utilization, farm diversification, and ag prototype development.
Dr. McEvoy and PhD candidate, Brianna Stenger, have contributed a chapter to the new book, Cryptosporidium: parasite and disease, which is currently available from Springer eBooks. The book provides timely information on all aspects of the parasite and cryptosporidiosis (the disease it causes), including host-parasite interaction, diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology, and molecular biology. The chapter that McEvoy and Stenger wrote focuses on the evolution of crypto species that infect vertebrates other than humans and livestock. Image: EPA/H.D.A. Lindquist.
Two VMS faculty were recently awarded State Board of Agricultural Research and Education (SBARE) grants. Dr. Gibbs will be studying the phenotypic and genotypic epidemiology of pink eye due to Moraxella bovis and M. bovoculi across North Dakota. And Dr. Ramamoorthy will be developing a diagnostic test for the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). Image: PD-USGOV-HHS-CDC.
Micro in the News
Syphilis: then and now
A feature in this month's The Scientist magazine focuses on syphilis and the new approach scientists are taking to understand the origin and evolution of the disease. Syphilis is caused by a corkscrew-shaped bacterium called Treponema pallidum. Although it was first identified in 1905 and antibiotics have effectively controlled the spread of the disease in developed countries, 12 million people are diagnosed with syphilis each year, and in poor countries, this disease is still a major public health concern. Image: CDC/Dr. David Cox.
Happy birthday crystallography! 100, wow!
Nature, an international science journal, recently released a special online issue full of news & views, podcasts, and feature articles celebrating 100 years of crystallography. Crystallographers grow molecules into large crystals and expose them to X-rays. As the radiation passes through the crystals, it scatters and forms a diffraction pattern that can be used to determine the structure of the molecule. X-ray crystallography has influenced all areas of science from chemistry to microbiology, from the structure of lysozyme, DNA, and ribosomes to the structure of HIV. Nature’s online feature includes a multimedia history of crystallography, a feature about new powerful x-ray lasers, views on women in crystallography, an argument about the structure of HIV’s anchor molecule (which has implications for vaccine development), and much, much more. Image: Jeff Dahl.