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Valdivia Appointed Vice Dean of Basic Research
Raphael H. Valdivia, PhD, has been appointed the new vice dean for basic science for the Duke University School of Medicine, beginning July 1, 2014.   
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MGM Summer Undergraduate Research Engagement (MGM SURE)
The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology is pleased to announce a new 10-week summer fellowship program for Duke undergraduates. The program runs from June 2, 2014 – August 8, 2014.
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Four MGM Trainees Receive Prestigious Fellowships  
Four MGM trainees, including Laura Simone Bisgono, Anthony Moore, Emily Snavely, and Barbara Sixt, have all recently received prestigious research support.
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Chi Receives Chancellor's Discovery Award  
Jen-Tsan Ashley Chi, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy at Duke University Medical Center, has received a Chancellor’s Discovery Award for his proposal entitled, “Dissect sexual differentiation in P. falciparum via single parasite analysis.”
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Permar Receives Young Investigator Award  
Sallie R. Permar, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Assistant Professor in Immunology, and Assistant Professor in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, has received the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR).
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Salmonella Jams Signals From Bacteria-Fighting Mast Cells 
A protein in Salmonella inactivates mast cells -- critical players in the body’s fight against bacteria and other pathogens -- rendering them unable to protect against bacterial spread in the body, according to researchers at Duke Medicine and Duke-National University of Singapore (Duke-NUS).
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Triangle Scientist Honored by White House
President Barack Obama on Monday named Sallie Permar, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Assistant Professor of Immunology, and Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, of the Duke University School of Medicine as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in recognition of innovative research.
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A New Diet Quickly Alters Gut Bacteria
The types of bacteria in your gut today may be different tomorrow, depending on what kinds of food you eat, a new study suggests. In the study, participants who switched from their normal diet to eating only animal products, including meat, cheese and eggs, saw their gut bacteria change rapidly—within one day.
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No Two People Smell the Same
A difference at the smallest level of DNA--one amino acid on one gene--can determine whether you find a given smell pleasant. A different amino acid on the same gene in your friend's body could mean he finds the same odor offensive, according to researchers at Duke University.
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Sloan Receives NIH Underrepresented Individuals in Science Supplement
Roketa Sloan, a graduate student in the Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics (UPGG) and the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, has received an NIH Underrepresented Individuals in Science Supplement.
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Aballay, Goldstein and McCusker Named AAAS Fellows
Alejandro Aballay, PHD, associate professor of molecular genetics and microbiology, David Goldstein, PhD, professor of molecular genetics and microbiology and medicine and director of the Center for Human Genome Variation, and John McCusker, PhD, associate professor of molecular genetics and microbiology are among 13 scientists at Duke University who were named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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Microbes R Us--Duke Faculty Explore the Microbiome and its Role in Health and Disease
Though worlds apart, four unrelated families have been united in a medical mystery over the source of a rare inherited disorder that results in their children being born with abnormal brain growth and severe functional impairments.
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Rare Gene Mutation Sheds Light on Protein's Role in Brain Development
Though worlds apart, four unrelated families have been united in a medical mystery over the source of a rare inherited disorder that results in their children being born with abnormal brain growth and severe functional impairments.
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Price Receives F31 NRSA Fellowship from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) 
Alex Price, an MGM graduate student in the Luftig lab in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, recently received an F31 NRSA fellowship from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) entitled “Temporal regulation of the essential Epstein-Barr virus oncoprotein LMP1”.
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Fungal Sex Can Generate NEW Drug Resistant, Virulent Strains  
Though some might disagree, most biologists think the purpose of sex is to create diversity among offspring. Such diversity underpins evolution, enabling organisms to acquire new combinations of traits to adapt to their environment. However, scientists have been perplexed to find that many fungi and microorganisms procreate with exact replicas of themselves, where the expected outcome would simply be more of the same.
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Phillips Receives Top Score on NIH F32 Application
Stacia Phillips, PhD, a post-doctoral associate in the Garcia-Blanco lab in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology recently received a 10, the highest possible score, on her National Institutes of Health (NIH) F32 application entitled, "The role of host RNA-binding proteins in regulating dengue virus replication." 
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Dissecting Molecular Interactions Between the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) RNA Genome and the MicroRNA, miR-122
In a study published online in RNA on June 21, 2013, Shelton Bradrick, PhD, an assistant research professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, in collaboration with two undergraduate researchers, Hilary Novatt and Simardeep Nagyal, analyzed molecular interactions between the hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA genome and a liver-specific microRNA known as miR-122.
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Tobin Receives 2013 Vallee Foundation Young Investigator Award
The Bert L. and N. Kuggie Vallee Foundation recently announced the first recipients of its Young Investigator Award. The 2013 winners included Dr. David Tobin, Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC) whose research centers on the direct observation of the response of immune cells to pathogens in zebra fish. 
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Sullivan Receives 2013 March of Dimes Research Grant
Beth Sullivan, PhD, Associate Professor in the Duke Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Co-Director of the University Program in Genetics and Genomics, has received a competitive 2013 March of Dimes (MOD) Research Grant. The award will support reagent, supplies, and staff costs for the next three years. 
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Nielsen and Lin Receive Tenure and Promotion
Congratulations to Kirsten Nielsen, PhD, who was promoted to Associate Professor and awarded tenure by the University of Minnesota and to Xiaorong Lin, PhD, for receiving conferral of tenure and the rank of Associate Professor of Biology by the Texas A & M University. 
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Mao Receives American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship  
Helen Mao, a graduate student in the Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics at Duke University Medical Center, has received an American Heart Association (AHA) Predoctoral Fellowship.

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Genetic Mutation During Development Causes Port-Wine Stains and Sturge-Weber Syndrome - A non-inherited genetic mutation that arises during fetal development has been shown to be the cause of port-wine stains, one of the most common birth defects, as well as a related, but rare disorder called Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS).
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Duke Honors Distinguished Professor, John R. Perfect
Three members of the Duke School of Medicine faculty, including John R. Perfect, MD, were named to endowed professorships by Duke University on May 2, 2013. 
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Willard Elected to National Academy of Sciences - Hunt Willard, PhD, Nanaline H. Duke Professsor and founding director of the Duke IGSP, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
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Mast Cells Give Clues in Diagnosis, Treatment of Dengue A protein produced by mast cells may predict who will develop life-threatening complications with dengue virus.
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Joklik Receives Anlyan Lifetime Achievement Award -The Duke Medical Alumni Association has chosen Wolfgang K. Joklik to receive the William G. Anlyan Lifetime Achievement Award 
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Six Graduate Students Receive Prestigious Awards
Five graduate students in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology have received National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowships and one has received a Broad Biomedical Research Foundation award.
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Cullen Receives 2013 Research Mentoring Award
Bryan R. Cullen, PhD, James B. Duke Professor and Director of the Center for Virology in the Duke Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, has received the 2013 Research Mentoring Award for Basic Science Research.
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Schaeffer Receives Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA)
Daneen Schaeffer, PhD, a third year postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, was awarded a National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Cancer Institute. This competitive fellowship will provide stipend support for her third year of postdoctoral research.
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Insights and Solutions for Emerging Infectious Diseases Symposium
The Duke Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Department of Immunology and Global Health Institute and the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singaporewill convene the Insights and Solutions for Emerging Infectious Diseases symposium in the Jones Research Building April 22 and 23.
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Garcia-Blanco Elected 2013 Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM)
Mariano Garcia-Blanco, PhD, Charles D. Watts Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Professor of Medicine, Director of the Center for RNA Biology, and Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, has been selected as a 2013 Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM).
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Marchuk Receives Mitchell Asbury Memorial Award
Douglas Marchuk, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Director of the University Program in Genetics and Genomics, has received the $25,000 Mitchell Asbury Memorial Award.
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Ko Receives Prestigious Whitehead Scholarship
Dennis Ko, MD, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, has received a three-year Whitehead Scholarship from the Duke School of Medicine.
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Head Receives Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
Brian Head, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Alejandro Aballay, PhD, has received a two-year Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
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Duke Celebrates New AAAS Fellows
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected 14 Duke faculty among this year's class of 702 new fellows. The honor is bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers in recognition of scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Notably, two new fellows are from the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.
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Petes Receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Genetics
Thomas D. Petes, PhD, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal for lifetime achievement in the field of genetics from the Genetics Society of America.
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Tobin Receives 2012 ICAAC Young Investigator Award
David M. Tobin, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University School of Medicine, has been honored as a recipient of the 2012 ICAAC Young Investigator Award.
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Duke Scientists Discover Genetic Material in Blood Cells that May Affect Malaria Parasites
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center may finally have discovered why people with sickle cell disease get milder cases of malaria than individuals who have normal red blood cells.
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Kim Appointed Director of Duke RNAi Screening Facility
So Young Kim, PhD, Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, has been appointed Director of the Duke RNAi Screening Facility which serves as the focal point of RNAi technology development and expertise for the Duke University and Medical Center research community.
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Bastidas and Barker Receive Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Awards
Robert Bastidas, PhD and Jeffrey Barker, PhD, post-doctoral fellows in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, have each received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of Health and Infectious Disease (NIAID) for their work on innate host responses to Chlamydial pathogens.
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Tobin Named Searle Scholar for 2012
David Tobin, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, is one of 15 researchers in the chemical and biological sciences to be named as a 2012 Searle Scholar.
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Pilla Receives American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship  
Danielle Pilla, a graduate student, in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, has received an American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship.
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Newly Discovered Breast Milk Antibodies Help Neutralize HIV
Antibodies that help to stop the HIV virus have been found in breast milk. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center isolated the antibodies from immune cells called B cells in the breast milk of infected mothers in Malawi, and showed that the B cells in breast milk can generate neutralizing antibodies that may inhibit the virus that causes AIDS.
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2012 Duke Medicine Emeriti, Thomas Mitchell, PhD Watch a video featuring Thomas Mitchell, PhD, who was honored with Emeriti status on June 5, 2012 at a dinner celebration at the Washington Duke Inn. 
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Garcia-Blanco Awarded Distinguished Professorship Honoring the Late Charles D. Watts
Mariano Garcia-Blanco, PhD, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Medicine, and Director of the Center for RNA Biology at Duke University’s School of Medicine, and Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore, has been named the Charles D. Watts Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.
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Genes May Explain Why Some People Turn Their Noses Up at Meat
If you don't like the taste of pork, the reason may be that your genes cause you to smell the meat more intensely, according to a new study.
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Perfect Appointed Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases
Mary Klotman, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine has announced that, after a rigorous national search, John Perfect, MD, has agreed to be the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases.
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Heitman Receives 2012 Research Mentoring Award
Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD, James B. Duke Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, has received the 2012 Research Mentoring Award for Translational Research.
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Mini-Symposium on Pathogenic Human Viruses 
The next Duke Center for Virology Mini-symposium on Pathogenic Human Viruses is scheduled for Thursday, April 12, 2012. The symposium will be held in Room 103 of the Bryan Research Building from 9:00am to 12:30pm and will feature four presentations from internationally recognized experts in the field. 
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Treatment for TB Can Be Guided by Patients' Genetics
A gene that influences the inflammatory response to infection may also predict the effectiveness of drug treatment for a deadly form of tuberculosis.
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Copper + Love Chemical = Big Sulfur Stink
When Hiroaki Matsunami, PhD, associate professor at Duke University, set out to study a chemical in male mouse urine called MTMT that attracts female mice, he didn't think he would stumble into a new field of study.
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Duke/Tufts Team Up to Plan 2013 FASEB Science Research Conference on Microbial Pathogenesis
Plans are underway for the Microbial Pathogenesis: Mechanisms of Infectious Disease summer research conference to be held in Snowmass, CO on July 21-26, 2013.
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Duke Symposium in Celebration of Mycology and Mycologists
Please join us for a symposium at Duke University April 5-6, 2012 in celebration of mycology and mycologists. During this meeting, we will review the latest exciting breakthroughs in the field, including fungal biology virulence and novel ways to intervene therapeutically, and enrich our scientific community through shared interests and visions. 
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New Way to Learn About--and Potentially Block--Traits in Harmful Pathogens
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have developed a new way to identify the genes of harmful microbes, particularly those that have been difficult to study in the laboratory.   
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Duke Celebrates New AAAS Fellows
Five scientists from Duke University Medical Center and three from Duke University have been chosen for the distinct honor of fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  

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Premature Babies Harbor Fewer, But More Dangerous Microbe Types
One of the most comprehensive studies to date of the microbes that are found in extremely low-birthweight infants found that hard-to-treat Candida fungus is often present, as well as some harmful bacteria and parasites.   

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Duke RNAi Screening Facility
The Center for RNA Biology and the IGSP have established an RNAi Facility for the application of RNA interference (RNAi) technologies for mammalian functional genomics. Read about it in the January 2012 SOM Newsletter here.

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In Three-Continent Effort, Duke Works to Uncover Genetic Basis of Epilepsy
Duke University Medical Center has been awarded a $25 million grant to study the genetic basis of human epilepsy in order to improve our understanding of the biology of epilepsy and to develop new directions for its treatment.

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Science Under the Stars
Building on earlier successes with K-12 classroom outreach and a landmark appearance at the 2010 USA Science and Engineering Festival, Duke University students and faculty invited Triangle-area families to join them for an evening of interactive science demonstrations called “Science Under the Stars.”

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Four Duke Researchers Win NIH New Innovator Awards
Four Duke University scientists are winners of the 2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's New Innovator Award.
Seok-Yong Lee, David Tobin, Nicolas Buchler and Charles Gersbach earned the honor for their highly innovative research and promise as young, developing scientists.
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Cryptococcus Infections Misdiagnosed in Many AIDS Patients  
Most AIDS patients, when diagnosed with a fungal infection known simply as cryptococcosis, are assumed to have an infection with Cryptococcus neoformans, but a recent study from Duke University Medical Center suggests that a sibling species, Cryptococcus gattii, is a more common cause than was previously known.
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Second Annual Joklik Distinguished Lectureship 
Karla Kirkegaard, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Stanford School of Medicine, will present the second annual Joklik Distinguished Lectureship, hosted by the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.
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Symposium on RNA Biology IX: RNA Tool and Target
This year's Symposium on RNA Biology IX: RNA Tool and Target is scheduled for Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22, 2011. The symposium will be held in the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and Hilton at Research Triangle Park and will feature presentations from recognized experts in the field. More ...

Newly Designed Molecule Blocks Chlamydia Bacteria
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have discovered a way to block the damaging actions of Chlamydia, the bacteria responsible for the largest number of sexually transmitted infections in the United States.
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Mitchell Announces Retirement
Thomas G. Mitchell, PhD, will retire from his position as Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Director of the Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program (MMPTP) on August 1, 2011. He has been a faculty member in the Department since 1974 and Director of the MMPTP since its inception in 2003.
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Tobin Receives Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation Award
David Tobin, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, was awarded a 2011 Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation grant. Tobin’s award was given to support his research on understanding susceptibility to tuberculosis using a zebrafish model.
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Keum and Bennett Receive GSA Best Poster Award
Sehoon Keum, a postdoctoral associate and Chris Bennett, a graduate student in the University Program in Genetics and Genomics (UPGG), at Duke University, have received Best Poster Awards for their presentations at the Genetics Society of America Mouse Genetics 2011 Conference in Washington, DC, June 22-25.
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Size Matters--in Virulent Fungal Spores--and Suggests Ways to Stop a Killer
Scientists at Duke University Medical Center have found that larger fungal spores can be more lethal. Their findings about two different spore sizes of the fungus Mucor circinelloides, a pathogen that kills half or more of its victims, could help to develop new treatments and fight other types of fungal infections.
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Heitman Receives Prestigious NIH MERIT Award for Studies on Fungal Unisexual Reproduction in Microbial Pathogen Evolution 
Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD, James B. Duke Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, and Medicine at Duke University, has received an NIH MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) Award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
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Ciotti, McDonald and Tang Receive American Heart Association Fellowships
Marcella Ciotti, a graduate student in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, David McDonald, a graduate student in the Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics, and Hao Tang, a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, have received American Heart Association Fellowships.

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Coers Receives 2011 ICAAC Young Investigator Award
Jörn Coers, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, was selected by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) to receive the 2011 ICAAC Young Investigator Award.
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Unlocking the Genome's Secrets to Long Life
Last year, Elizabeth Cirulli graduated with a PhD from the UPGG at Duke. Now a postdoc in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, she and her advisor, David Goldstein, have launched the first whole-genome sequencing study of centenarians.
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Li and Mitchell Receive DeLill Nasser Award from the Genetics Society of America
Wenjun Li, a postdoctoral fellow, and Katrina Mitchell, a graduate student, in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, have received the DeLill Nasser Award from the Genetics Society of America.
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Thirty-third Annual Jim McGinnis Memorial Lecture
The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology will host the Thirty-third Annual Jim McGinnis Memorial Lecture on May 10, 2011. This year's speaker is Joseph DeRisi, PhD. 
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Vilcek Foundation Recognizes Yibin Kang
Yibin Kang, who trained as a graduate student with Bryan Cullen, PhD, in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, was chosen by the Vilcek Foundation to receive its 2011 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science.  
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Duke Scholars in Infectious Diseases Program Announces 2011-2012 Scholars
The Duke Scholars in Infectious Diseases Program is very pleased to announce the participants selected for the 2011-12 academic year. 
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The Smell of Infection
There is finally definitive proof in a preclinical study published in Science on April 7 about which sensory neurons control innate (inborn and immediate) immunity in a pathogen’s presence.  
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Mini-Symposium on Pathogenic Human Viruses
The next Duke Center for Virology mini-symposium is scheduled for Thursday, April 7, 2011. The symposium will be held in Room 103 of the Bryan Research Building from 8:55am to 12:30pm and will feature four presentations from internationally recognized experts in the field.
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Plans Underway for Keystone Symposia’s 2012 Meeting
Plans are underway for Keystone Symposia’s 2012 meeting on Fungal Pathogens: From Basic Biology to Drug Discovery to be held in Sante Fe, NM January 15-20, 2012.
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Garcia-Blanco Elected to Association of American Physicians
Mariano Garcia-Blanco, MD, PhD, a professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, has been awarded the distinction of Association of American Physicians (AAP) Fellow this year.
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Duke University Medical Center Celebrates New AAAS Fellows
Seven Duke University Medical Center scientists, including Jack Keene, James B. Duke Professor and Maria Cardenas-Corona, research professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, have been awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow this year. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed on AAAS members by their peers.

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Welcome New Faculty Member, Dr. David Tobin
David Tobin, PhD, joined the Duke University School of Medicine, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology as an assistant professor in February 2011.

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Scientists Decode Secrets of a Very Common Virus that Can Cause Cancer
About 90 percent of people are infected at some time in their lives with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), usually with no ill effects. But individuals with compromised immune systems, such as people with organ transplants or HIV infection, have a greater risk of cancer occurring because of this virus.
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Chi Elected to American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI)
Jen-Tsan Ashley Chi, MD, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and the IGSP's Center for Applied Genomics and Technology, is one of 68 new members elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI).
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Tiny Molecules Protect From the Dangers of Sex
Pathogenic fungi have been found to protect themselves against unwanted genetic mutations during sexual reproduction, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center. A gene-silencing pathway protects the fungal genome from mutations imposed by a partner during mating.
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Second Annual Viral Oncology and AIDS Malignancy Mini-Symposium
The Second Annual Viral Oncology and AIDS Malignancy Mini-Symposium is scheduled for Monday, November 15, 2010. The symposium will be held in the Bryan Research Building, Room 103 from 1:00 to 4:00pm and will feature three presentations from internationally recognized experts in the field.
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Welcome New Faculty Member, Dr. Debra Silver
Debra Silver, PhD, joined the Duke University School of Medicine, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology as an assistant professor in September 2010.
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St. Geme Elected to Institute of Medicine
Joseph W. St. Geme, III, MD, James B. Duke Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, is one of 65 new members elected to the IOM.
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Petes Receives 2010 Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor Award
Thomas D. Petes, PhD, Minnie Geller Professor, has been named the 2010 Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor at Duke University.
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Marchuk Appointed Vice Chair of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Douglas Marchuk, PhD, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Director of the of the Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics, has been named Vice Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center.
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Turner Receives 2010 Third Year Medical Student Research Scholarship
Nicholas Turner, a third year medical student at Duke University Medical Center, has been selected to receive the Petes Scholarship in Genetics and Cancer Biology.
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Grossman Receives ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has selected Lisa Grossman, an undergraduate student in chemistry at Duke University as a 2010 award recipient of the ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship.  
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ASM Press Announces Publication of Cryptococcus: From Human Pathogen to Model Yeast
ASM Press recently announced the publication of the book entitled Cryptococcus: From Human Pathogen to Model Yeast. Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD, James B. Duke Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and four of his colleagues co-edited the 620-page book which focuses on the dramatic advance of Cryptococcus neoformans as a human fungal pathogen since its first clinical appearance in the 1890s.
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Stimpson Receives Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
Kaitlin Stimpson, a graduate student in the University Program in Genetics and Genomics and the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, has received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute on Aging (NIA).
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2010 Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Annual Retreat
The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Annual Retreat is scheduled for Saturday, September 25, 2010 in the Schiciano Auditorium in CIEMAS from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
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Shertz Receives American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship
Cecelia Shertz, a graduate student in the University Program in Genetics and Genomics and the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, has received an American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship.
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First Annual Joklik Distinguished Lectureship
Bernard Moss, MD, PhD, Chief of the Laboratory of Viral Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will present the inaugural Joklik Distinguished Lectureship, hosted by the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.
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Duke Scholars in Infectious Diseases Program Announces 2010-2011 Scholars
The Duke Scholars in Infectious Diseases Program (DSID) is pleased to announce the Scholars for 2010-2011.
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New Strain of Virulent Airborne Fungi, Unique to Oregon, Is Set to Spread
A newly discovered strain of an airborne fungus has caused several deaths in Oregon and seems poised to move into California and other adjacent areas, according to scientists at Duke University Medical Center.
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Triangle Microbial Interactions Meeting, v.1.2
The next Triangle Microbial Interactions (TMI) meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Bavarian Brathaus in Cary, NC and will feature presentations from Jonathan Olson, PhD and Soman Abraham, PhD.
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Welcome New Faculty Member, Dr. Jörn Coers
Jörn Coers, PhD, joined the Duke University School of Medicine, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology as an assistant professor in April 2010.
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This is Your Brain on Cryptococcus: Pathogenic Fungus Loves Your Brain Sugar
Highly dangerous Cryptococcus fungi love sugar and will consume it anywhere because it helps them reproduce. In particular, they thrive on a sugar called inositol which is abundant in the human brain and spinal cord.
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Mini-Symposium on Pathogenic Human Viruses
The next Duke Center for Virology mini-symposium is scheduled for Thursday, April 8, 2010. The symposium will be held in Room 103 of the Bryan Research Building from 8:55 to 11:45am and will feature four presentations from internationally recognized experts in the field.
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Marchuk Selected for 2010 Gordon G. Hammes Faculty Teaching Award
Douglas Marchuk, PhD, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Director of the Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics, has been selected to receive the 2010 Gordon G. Hammes Faculty Teaching Award.
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Thirty-Second Annual Jim McGinnis Memorial Lecture
The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology will host the Thirty-Second Annual Jim McGinnis Memorial Lecture on April 12, 2010. This year's speaker is Stephen West, PhD.
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Jinks-Robertson Elected 2010 Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM)
Sue Jinks-Robertson, PhD, professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, has been selected as a 2010 Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM).
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O’Meara Receives DeLill Nasser Award from the Genetics Society of America
Teresa O’Meara, a graduate student in the Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics, has received the DeLill Nasser Award from the Genetics Society of America.
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Responding to the Disaster in Haiti
Time and again, the Duke community has shown a generous spirit and true concern for others in need. Read updates and learn about resources to help support relief efforts.
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Duke/UNC-CH Team Up to Plan FASEB 2011 Summer Research Conference
Plans are underway for the Microbial Pathogenesis: Mechanisms of Infectious Disease summer research conference to be held in Snowmass, CO in July 2011.
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Why King Kong Failed to Impress
Humans have the same receptors for detecting odors related to sex as do other apes and primates. But each species uses them in different ways, stemming from the way the genes for these receptors have evolved over time, according to Duke University researchers.
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Mosquito Biology and Biotechnology Conference
This conference, focusing on reducing the burden of mosquito-borne diseases, will be held at the Washington Duke Inn on November 23rd and 24th.
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Viral Oncology and AIDS Malignancy Mini-Symposium
The next Duke Center for Virology mini-symposium is scheduled for Monday, December 7, 2009. The symposium will be held in the Bryan Research Building, Room 103 from 8:30 to 11:30am and will feature three presentations from internationally recognized experts in the field.
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Shertz Receives Marcy Speer Memorial Scholarship
Cecelia Shertz, a graduate student in the University Program in Genetics and Genomics and the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, has received the Marcy Speer Memorial Scholarship.
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DNA Tested for Athletic Genetic Factors
This ESPN report on personalized genetic training features Huntington Willard, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy (IGSP).
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Genome Sequence Published for Important Biofuels Yeast
A strain of yeast that thrives on turning sugar cane and other tough grasses into ethanol that might be used as biofuel has had its genome completely sequenced by researchers at Duke University Medical Center.
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New Biomarker Predicts Response to Hepatitis C Treatment
Researchers have identified the first genetic marker that predicts response to hepatitis C treatments, and a single letter of DNA code appears to make a huge difference.
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Yeast Missing Sex Genes Undergo Unexpected Sexual Reproduction
An emerging form of the pathogenic yeast Candida is able to complete a full sexual cycle in a test tube, even though it's missing the genes for reproduction. And it may also do so while infecting us, according to Duke University Medical Center researchers.
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Discovery Leads to Rapid Mouse Personalized Trials in Breast Cancer
Using a finding that the genetic complexity of tumors in mice parallels that in humans, researchers at the Duke University Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy and Duke University Medical Center are starting trial studies in mice, just like human clinical trials, to evaluate whether understanding tumor diversity can improve cancer treatment.
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Willard Receives Allan Award from the American Society of Human Genetics
Huntington Willard, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Genome Sciences and Director of the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy has been selected to receive the Allan Award by the American Society of Human Genetics.
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2009 Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Annual Retreat
The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Annual Retreat is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2009 in the Schiciano Auditorium of the Fitzpatrick Building (Pratt School of Engineering) from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
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Heitman to Chair the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Joseph Heitman, M.D., Ph.D., James B. Duke Professor, Director of the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, and former Director of the Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics, has been named Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center.
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Duke Scholars in Infectious Diseases Program
The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, in conjunction with the the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and Adult Infectious Diseases, announces the Duke Scholars in Infectious Diseases Program (DSID).
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Aballay Receives Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure
The Duke University Medical Center Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology recently promoted Alejandro Aballay, PhD, to Associate Professor with tenure.
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Chi Selected as 2009 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases
Jen-Tsan Ashley Chi, MD, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the Duke University Medical Center was selected as a 2009 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases.
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Scientists Identify Host Factors Critical to Dengue Virus Infection
By painstakingly silencing genes one at a time, scientists at Duke University Medical Center have identified dozens of proteins the dengue fever virus depends upon to grow and spread among mosquitoes and humans.
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Petes and Cullen Elected 2009 Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM)
Thomas D. Petes, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and Bryan Cullen, PhD, James B. Duke professor and director of the Center for Virology in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology have been selected as 2009 Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM).
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