Floyd Award for Outstanding Publication in Microbiology

2021 Floyd Award for Outstanding Publication in Microbiology Recipients

Each year the microbiology faculty members award a prize for the best microbiology publication by a graduate student. This year three papers were chosen to each receive a prize.

First prize: Asha A. Philip

Asha A. Philip is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Professor John Patton's lab where she focuses her research on generating recombinant rotaviruses as expression vectors of foreign proteins such as fluorescent proteins and capsid proteins of other viruses. The final goal of her project is to develop rotaviruses as combined vaccines that protect children from other viruses such as noroviruses, astroviruses, and SARS CoV-2. Asha is being recognized for her paper that appeared in the Journal of Virology where she demonstrated the development of rotaviruses as vectors expressing fluorescent proteins as additional separate proteins using 2A elements.

Publication: Philip, Asha A.; Patton, John T. Expression of Separate Heterologous Proteins from the Rotavirus NSP3 Genome Segment Using a Translational 2A Stop-Restart Element. J Virol. Aug 2020, 94 (18) e00959-20.

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Second prize: Catherine Klancher

Catherine is interested in how bacteria engage with their environment. In the lab of Assistant Professor Ankur Dalia, she completed her Ph.D. work studying how the Vibrio cholerae chitin sensor ChiS functions. Now in her postdoc in Matt Parsek's lab at the University of Washington, she is studying how Pseudomonas aeruginosa forms multicellular communities. When not in the lab, Catherine enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and playing with her dog.

Publication: Catherine A. Klancher, Shouji Yamamoto, Triana N. Dalia, and Ankur B. Dalia. ChiS is a noncanonical DNA-binding hybrid sensor kinase that directly regulates the chitin utilization program in Vibrio cholerae. PNAS August 18, 2020: 117(33), 20180-20189; first published July 27, 2020; https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2001768117