Pohlschroder Lab

Prokaryotic Cell Surface Biogenesis

News

September 2019

For the second time, Michiyah Collins presents her summer research at the Annual CURF Research Expo. Her project was selected for a presentation at the upcoming family weekend – congratulations Michiyah!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2019

We keep the tradition going Рthis summer we have two high school students from Carver Engineering and Science РTaylor Bui as well as David Kouassi Рhelp out in the lab. Taylor, one of the 2019 LENS  students will also continue working with us this Fall!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2019

Lunch at Cierra Green to celebrate the end of the semester and welcome Heather Schiller (right) a first-year Biology Ph.D. student, to the lab – looks like her presence even moves the clouds ūüôā

April 2019

Georgio’s work “Limited Cross-Complementation Between Haloferax volcanii PilB1-C1 and PilB3-C3 Paralogs” was just published. These¬†in vivo data complement¬†in silico studies by¬†Makanrova et al.

Congratulations to Evan Yang who will leave Penn for Harvard. Enjoy grad school in Cambridge and please stay in touch!!!!!!

Congratulations to Michiyah who received not one but two fellowships to work in the lab this summer, the Pincus Magaziner Family Research Award and the College Alumni Society Grant. Looking forward to having you in the lab this summer!!!!

March 2019

Congratulations to Sarah for being a semi-finalist at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and earning 4th place at the Carver Science Fair

November 2018

Haloferax volcanii is Trends in Microbiology’sMicrobe of the Month“!!!!

H. volcanii has emerged as an important archaeal model system. An extensive repertoire of genetic, molecular biological, and biochemical tools has been developed for this fast-growing, easily cultivated haloarchaeon, including expression vectors and gene-deletion strategies, including CRISPR. Its low mutation rate and ability to grow on defined media allow straightforward application of methods such as metabolic labeling, and the sequenced genome laid the foundation for transcriptomics and proteomics studies.

September 2018

Anthony Dilucido joined the lab as a Research Technician – welcome!

 

The FEMS Microbiology Reviews Thematic Issue on Archaea co-edited by Sonja Albers and Mecky, including our review on Archaeal Cell Surface Biogenesis is now published.

 

Bienfait received yet another award, the Seltzer Family Digital Media Award 2018 Рfelicitation encore une fois Bienfait!

Bienfait and Michiyah both presented posters about their summer work at the CURF Research Expo.

Zuha Mutan, an incoming freshman in the College joined the lab and right away helped Michiyah sort over 150 microscopes donated by Alpha and Omega Microscope Service in Maryland (thanks Peter Potter for delivering them on Saturday) for distribution to Philly teachers at our next Biology High School Professional Development session.

 

August 2018

           

Sarah Sawda, a rising senior from George Washington Carver Engineering and Science joined the lab for the summer as part of the LENS program. We are looking forward to having her in the lab this Fall as she is continuing the characterization of her hyper motile H. volcanii transposon mutants.

June 2018

Bienfait Igiraneza received the Pincus-Magaziner Family Undergraduate Research and Travel Fund from the College Alumni Society Рfelicitation Bienfait!

May 2018

Vagelos student, David Yang,  joined the lab just after finishing his sophomore year Рwelcome David!

April 2018

   

Interested in how Mecky Pohlschroder’s career path from a small German farm via UMass and Harvard to UPenn? Check out this month’s Omnia article.


  

Simi and our halophiles are featured in “The Power of Penn” and “We Grow Inclusion” videos.

 


 

 

 

Anjana Sundarrajan was invited to attend the GapSummit.

 


Bienfait Iriganeza received the Pincus Magaziner Family Undergraduate Research Fellowship.


March 2018

Simi Afolayan was accepted into the Summer Research Internship Program at the CHOP Pediatric Center of Excellence in Nephrology.


Michiyah Collins received a Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program Fellowship from the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.


February 2018

Farid Abdul-Halim’s characterization of the ArtA active site was published in Molecular Microbiology.


January 2018

Stefan was awarded a Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft postdoctoral fellwoship Рcongratulations Stefan!


December 2017

Lisa Valenti is moving on to her next rotation – thanks Lisa for great science AND art contributions ūüôā


October 2017

It’s been great to have Mariana Costa, from the University of Mar del Plata in Argentina visit the lab for a month. We are excited about our ongoing collaboration on the effects of rhomboid proteases on pili biosynthesis and function.

We also had two new Masters of Biotechnology students, Anjana Sundarrajan and Kun Yun, as well as a a sophomore, Simisola (Simi) Afolayan and a freshman, Michiyah Collins, join the lab this Fall. Lisa Valenti, a first year Biology graduate student is rotating in the lab.


August 2017

Sending off Georgio Legerme to Med School at the University of Florida, Gainesville and Ronald Rodriguez to Grad School at Berkeley was a bittersweet event.

Laboratory Experiences in the Natural Sciences (LENS) students Tamera Stanley from George Washington Carver Engineering and Science High School spent the summer in the lab and screened nearly 4000 mutants for a motility defect. Her work was featured in the Penn News and she presented her mutants during the LENS poster session.

July 2017

Bienfait’s blog “A little closer to Burundi” about his incredible¬†CASI¬†internship at the Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, India featured in Penn News

igiraneza, aime bienfait

May 2017

Stefan Schulze (postdoc) and Precious Nwanwa (undergraduate student)  joined the lab Рwelcome!

Farid Abdul Halim received his Ph.D.

and Evan received his Bachelor – Congratulations Evan and Farid!

March 2017

Aime Bienfait Igiraneza, freshman in the college, joined the lab – welcome Bienfait!

Ronald Rodriguez just obtained an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship – Congratulations, Ronald!!!!! Read more here


August 2016:

Jonathan Stoltzfus started his Assistant Professor position at Millersville University after just a year as a postdoc in the lab!

…he managed to attend the Halophile Meeting in Puerto Rico just before leaving though!

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Jonathan presenting his work on ArtA-dependent surface anchoring at the Halophile meeting.


July 2016:

Rianne Esquivel started her post-doc at the Wistar Institute.  Her acceptance to the Lindau Nobel Laureates meeting was just one of the highlights during her extremely successful time as a graduate student in the lab!

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Rianne with Nobel Laureate Francoise Barre-Sinoussi and fellow students in Lindau, Germany.  


June 2016:

Farid Abdul Halim, after completing the Teece Fellowship, allowing him to participate in the Woods Hole Microbial Diversity Course in 2015, now also obtained an SAS Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

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Farid, together with fellow students sampling in Woods Hole.


May 2016:

Georgio Legerme received a NASA post-baccalaureate fellowship. He also presented his work on identifying and characterizing H. volcanii adhesion transposon mutants at the ASM meeting in Boston.

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Also check out:

Astrobiology Magazine‚Äôs research highlight featured our type IV pili work ‚ÄúAppendages Help Microbes Survive Harsh Conditions‚ÄĚ

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A bacterium using type IV pili to walk on a surface. IMAGE CREDIT: GERARD WONG, UCLA BIOENGINEERING, CNSI.


March 2016:

Joshua Kouassi, freshman at Carver High School wins 1st place and 2nd place in Microbiology at the Carver and Delaware Science Fairs, respectively with his project “One in a Million“, a transposon screen that allowed him to identify intriguing hyper motile H. volcanii mutants. Thanks Evan for training Josh!

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August 2016:

Penn News featured¬†Evan Yang¬†in the article: “Studying a Salt-loving Microbe, Penn Senior Evan Yang Imagines Life on Mars.

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Evan presenting his work, supported by an ASM URF fellowship, on H. volcanii motility transposon mutants at the ASM Microbe meeting in Boston.

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