The Wolfgang Lab had a blast at the 2023 Mid-Atlantic Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting in Wintergreen, VA! There were many outstanding talks and posters throughout the whole Meeting! We had excellent poster presentations from Taylor Franklin, Isaac Hughes, Matt Greenwald, and Matt Higgs. Cristian Roca also gave a great talk about understanding transcriptional heterogeneity of Pseudomonas in response to mucus. Additionally, Matt Greenwald was selected as this year’s recipient of the Mark Shirtliff Excellence in Biofilm Research Award!
The Wolfgang Lab wishes everyone a Happy New Year. To start out the new year, we tried our hand at some agar art. Not too bad for a first attempt, but thankfully we have all year to improve for next time! We are looking forward to a fun and productive science-filled 2023!
Cristian has passed his preliminary exams and is now a PhD candidate! Cristian’s thesis project involves investigating how the mucus environment impacts population heterogeneity in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and how this heterogeneity impacts phenotypes and antibiotic treatment efficacy. Congrats, Cristian!
Congratulations to Matt Higgs on passing on his oral preliminary exam and getting approval for his thesis project! Matt’s thesis project focuses on how neutrophil effectors influence Pseudomonas behavior and antibiotic tolerance in diseased mucus.
This summer we hosted a high school student, Sreethan. He gained foundational experience in microbiology and hopes to translate this experience into research on plastic degradation using Pseudomonas. His advice to prospective high school students interested in research, “ask questions and be curious.”