Medical Microbiology and Immunology

2017 News and Awards


December 7, 2017
Congratulations to Claire Meikle on her article in The Blade, "Researchers study link between lung cancer, thrombosis".

Dr. Wooten's latest accomplishments in November and December
Served on two National Insitutes of Health Study sections:
NIH/NIAID study section, Parasite-Vectors and Fungi [ZRG1 IDM-M(02)], November 2017
NIH/NIAID study section, Topics in Mechanisms of Bacterial Virulence and Pathogenesis [ZRG1 IDM-V (02)M], November 2017

Served as Chairman of the Department of Defense study section:
Department of Defense study section, 2017 Tick-Borne Disease Research Program, Diagnosis and Pathogenesis, December 2017

Blatt Ferreira
December 2017
Congratulations to Dr. Ferreira and Adam Blatt (Alumnus) for their recent article, "Factor H C-Terminal Domains Are Critical for Regulation of Platelet/Granulocyte Aggregate Formation" in the Frontiers in Immunology for publication.

Congratulations to Dr. Chattopadhyay whose collaborated manuscript entitled, "Bioinformatic Analysis Reveals New Determinants of Antigenic 14-3-3 Proteinsand A Novel Antifungal Strategy" was accepted for publication in PLOS ONE!

Congratulations to Briana Zellner and Caroline Lambert for being 2 of 5 selected by the COMLS Graduate Program to attend the 2018 COBI Advance Leadership Academy Program!

October 11, 2017
Congratulations Dr. Matson on your new publication!

Dr. Matson's most recent publication “A putative Vibrio cholera two-component system controls a conserved periplasmic protein in response to the antimicrobial peptide polymyxin B” has been published in PLOS one. 
Check it out here:   



 Congratulations to Dr. Huntley!
Dr. Jason Huntley has been serving on the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Biothreats Conference Program Committee for the past two years. Dr. Huntley was recently selected as Track Leader for the High Consequence Pathogens Track of the ASM Biothreats Conference.
ASM Conference

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Kayla Uveges!
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Lab Coat Ceremony
August 25, 2017



Congratulations to Dr. Worth on his award and new promotion!


Congratulations to Dr. Taylor and Briana Zellner selected to present at the 2017 Midwest Microbial Pathogenesis Conference at the University of Notre Dame s on August 25-27.

Congratulations to Dr. Viviana P. Ferreira!
Dr. Ferreira has been elected to serve on the American Association of Immunologists Program Committee. 

Program Committee

Six members of the Program Committee are elected by the membership of AAI, and six members are appointed by Council. Committee members serve a three-year terms. Members are to be chosen to represent different institutions and areas of the country. The Committee is charged with the responsibility for planning and implementing the scientific program presented at each annual meeting of the AAI, subject to approval by Council.

Congratulations Neeti  Galwankar!
Neeti is the recipient of the 2017 Student Scholarship in Cardiovascular Disease from The American Heart Association.
This scholarship supports students conducting research projects related to cardiovascular disease, stroke and basic sciences during pre-doctoral training.

Ada Award
Congratulations Adaeze Izuogu!
Adaeze ia a recipient of a 2017 travel award from the Lyme Disease Association, Inc.
The scholarship is to the LDN/Columbia University conference "Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: What Clinicians Need to Know about an Expanding Epidemic," Sept. 23 & 24 in Philadelphia, PA.

Lad Kennedy
August 6, 2017

Dr. Steven Haller, Dr. Jason Huntley, Dr. David Kennedy, and Apurva Lad, a Ph.D. candidate on your recent article with the Blade:
Toledo researchers look into impact of toxic algae


August 1, 2017

Dr. Mark Wooten speaks on Lyme Disease


New parking system launches for fall semester, registration begins Aug. 5
Parking Permit information for students, staff, and faculty
See link for further information:
To register for parking, log in to the myUT portal or visit beginning Aug. 5 and follow the prompts. If needed, step-by-step instructions also will be available on the web page.

July 28, 2017
Congratulations to Briana Zellner!
Briana is a recipient of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) travel Award!

June 13, 2017

Congratulations to Caitlin Baum of the Stepkowski Lab who successfully defended her dissertation titled, "The Role of Interleukin-21 in the Chronic Rejection of Transplant Allografts and the Development of Type 1 Diabetes".



Muhammed Saad Moledina on your recent article in the Blade:
"UT Researchers Aim to Outsmart Lyme Disease"
June 5, 2017

Wooten 2017

May 30, 2017
Check out our very own Dr. Wooten featured on WTOL

VIDEO - Dr. Wooten on the prevalence of ticks in 2017

Graduation 2017

College of Medicine and Life Sciences Graduation 2017 Video

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences held its annual commencement ceremony at the Stranahan Theater on Friday, May 26, 2017

Congratulations 2017 graduates:

Xiaojun "Wilma" Wu
Neeti  Galwankar
Adaeze  Izuogu
Afnan  Malebari
Jennifer Ohtola
Jennifer Ohtola




May 17, 2017

Congratulations Adaeze Izuogu!
Adaeze of the Taylor Lab who successfully defended her dissertation, "Restriction of Tick-Borne Flaviviruses in the White-Footed Mouse".




 Congratulations  to Brian Youseff awarded this year's Freimer M.D./Ph.D. award. The award is an endowed fund that helps support M.D./Ph.D. students carrying out their research in the Medical Microbiology and Immunology Track.




60th Annual International Association of Great Lakes Research
 Alison Brandel will present a talk titled “Isolation and Characterization of Lake Erie Bacteria That Degrade the Microcystin Toxin MC-LR” Friday, May 19, at 10:40 a.m. during the session titled “Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiatives: Field to Faucet and Beyond.”
View complete IAGLR Abstracts 2017 





Congratulations to Dr. Viviana Ferreira, Dr. Mark, Wooten, Dr. Jason Huntley, and Dr. Randall Worth for being awarded the President's Award for Excellence in Grantsmanship.  The awards were given at a small reception at President Gaber's house. The criteria for receiving the award having grant funding totaling over 1 million dollars within the past three years (i.e. 2014-present).



Congratulations, Brian! 


Brian Youseff has earned the 2017 Robert R. Buell Memorial Achievement Award.  Presented to a graduate student in any college who best exemplifies scholarly excellence in the physical and biological sciences, has maintained a genuine interest in the social sciences and the humanities, and plans a career in education.


2017 Twine Line Winter/Spring Edition

(See pg. 15)

Check out Dr. Jason Huntley's feature - "Using Lake Erie Bacteria to Remove Microcystin from Drinking Water".


2017 Graduate Research Forum
March 22 - 24, 2017


Congratulations to our GRF 2017 winners Cara DeAngelis (Matson Lab), Claire Meikle (Worth Lab), Saad Moledina (Wooten Lab), and Briana Zellner (Huntley Lab) !!!!

Oral presentations:

1st Place : Claire Meikle
2nd Place : Briana Zellner
3rd Place : Cara DeAngelis

Poster presentation:
1st Place : Saad Moledina



March 17, 2017

Congratulations Dr. Jennifer Ohtola!
Dr. Ohtola was recently matched to her first choice Cleveland Clinic.


March 15, 2017


AAI Annual Meeting – IMMUNOLOGY 2017TM – held May 12-16, in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Saurabh Chattopadhyay
is a recipient of a 2017 AAI Early Career Faculty Travel Grant!



2017 Health Science Campus Artist Showcase at Mulford Library
Caroline Lambert's piece, "Fat Cockerel" on oil canvas is on display until April 7th. 

Cara DeAngelis on your recent article in the Blade:
UT researchers take new approach in cholera prevention

Caroline Lambert on her 4th place finish at the MAC Championships!
(Caroline Lambert (far right) on the 3000m podium)

New Publication
February 1, 2017
NAR Cover
Congratulations Dr. Blumenthal on your recent cover article, Methyl-dependent and spatial-specific DNA recognition by the orthologous transcription factors human AP-1 and Epstein-Barr virus Zta
Authors: Samuel Hong, Dongxue Wang, John R. Horton, Xing Zhang, Samuel H. Speck, Robert M. Blumenthal, Xiaodong Cheng.

January 9, 2017
Congratulations Dulat Bekbolsynov on your article in the Blade!
Better matches of kidney donors, recipients studied
Last Updated: 7/15/24