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David Martinez, a PhD candidate in the Permar lab, has received two highly prestigious fellowships. He was awarded an NIAID Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) and a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Graduate Diversity Enrichment award. These awards will fund research projects involving factors that regulate the placental transfer of maternal IgG and mechanisms of HIV virus escape from maternal neutralizing antibodies. Congratulations David!


Dr. Hiro Matsunami and his laboratory and research program have been featured on the TV show, Xploration Earth 2050. This episode discusses the future of smell. Watch the episode here.



The new Duke Microbiome Center (DMC) has officially launched. This Center will take the place of GeMS. The DMC was established to address the rapidly expanding interest among the public and scientific community in the pervasive roles of microbial communites in human health, the environment and biotechnology. The mission of the DMC is to cultivate and support microbiome science at Duke University. See the article in the Duke Chronicle paper here.


MGM Assistant Professor, Lawrence David, was selected for a Damon Runyon Innovation Award. The Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award is designed to provide support for the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with “high-risk/high-reward” ideas that have the potential to significantly impact our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer.


Former MGM faculty member, Hunt Willard, is named Director of the Geisinger National Precision Health Initiative:


Katelyn WalzerKatelyn Walzer receives Investigator's award , MGM Graduate Student receives ASTMH Young Investigator Award. The purpose of the ASTMH Young Investigator’s Award is to recognize the work of young investigators and to encourage developing scientists to pursue careers in various aspects of tropical disease research. Katelyn was one of 5 recipients among over 80 applicants. She is pictured here with ASTMH President, Patricia Walker and other recipients of the 2017 award. See the complete list of past awardees here. Congratulations, Katelyn!


Audrey Odom, PhDPeople with malaria give off a distinctive “breath-print”. Prof Audrey Odom John, PhD, the first Duke Undergraduate Student to work in the laboratory of Dr. Joseph Heitman, James B. Duke Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology has researched and developed a prototype breath test to detect malaria. Read more about Dr. Odom’s prototype here.


Headshot of Craig Lowe, PhDMGM’s newest faculty member is Craig Lowe, PhD. We are looking forward to Craig’s arrival to MGM in the Spring of 2018 from Stanford University. Read more about Craig here.



Pic of David Tobin speaking Tobin receives 2017-2018 Thomas Langford Lectureship Award – David Tobin, PhD, Associate Professor of MGM presented a lecture about his research at the annual Langford Lectureship series on October 23, 2017. This luncheon series was designed to provide Duke’s faculty with an opportunity to hear about ongoing scholarly activities of recently promoted or hired colleagues. Congratulations, David! See pictures here.

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