Microbiology

three undergraduates sitting in research facility

UI undergrads tackle pressing health problems

In UI research labs, students learn life lessons and contribute to scientific discovery
Researchers at the UI’s Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building are working to eradicate diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s—and they rely on undergraduates for help. As early as their first year, UI undergrads get hands-on research experience and make important contributions to their fields.
analyzing viral genetics in blood samples

NPR-Morning Edition Could this virus be good for you?

Jack Stapleton, UI professor of internal medicine and microbiology, discusses recent research showing that patients with ebola who are co-infected with another virus called GBV-C have better survival rates. His research has previously shown that co-infection with GBV-C is also associated with better survival in patients with HIV.

flesh-eating bacteria binds to human cell

The Verge Schlievert comments on new bacterial genome study

Patrick Schlievert, a UI microbiologist who first described flesh-eating bacteria in 1987, said a new study pinpointing the four mutations that changed the harmless organisms into gruesome infectious pathogens shows that future mutations will depend on gene movement.

Mike Apicella in his lab

Influenced by great mentors, Apicella passes it on

Apicella to receive the 2012 UI Carver College of Medicine’s Distinguished Mentor Award
Mike Apicella really knows how to bring out the best in his fellow scientists. On Thursday, Oct. 4, Apicella, senior associate dean for scientific affairs and professor of microbiology, will be honored for his exceptional mentoring skills with the 2012 UI Carver College of Medicine’s Distinguished Mentor Award.