2013 Lab Posts
Bowling Party! On 12/6/13 the Barlow and Kraft Labs met up for a bowling party/friendly competition. Many rounds later with the aid of some Kraft members playing for the Barlow team, it was concluded that the Barlow Team won! We received the joint plastic light-up trophy as shown in the following photograph and the title of Bowling Champion. Go Team!
12/6/13 Barlow Bowling Team: Back - John, Sam, Suzie
Front - Ben, Robert, Mital, Amanda, Mandy, Aimee, Chantal
Our lab group hosted investigators for our annual NSF-BREAD project PI meeting. All the project investigators, post-docs and grad students traveled from Copenhagen, Nairobi and New York to Vermont in early October when foliage was still at its peak. The meeting was held at the North Hero House on Lake Champlain. Attending the meeting this week were:
- Bill Golde, Scientist, USDA-ARS, Foreign Animal Disease Research, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, New York, USA.
- Soren Buus, Professor, Department of International Health, Immunology and Microbiology, University of Copenhagen http://isim.ku.dk/immunology/experimental_immunology/
- Vish Nene, Director, Vaccine Biosciences (ILVAC), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi, Kenya http://www.ilri.org/user/440
- Morten Nielsen, Associate Professor. Center for Biological Sequence Analysis. Department of Systems Biology, Technical University of Denmark and Investigador principal Conicet y Profesor adjunto. Instituto de Investigaciones BiotecnolÃ³gicas. Universidad de San MartÃn, San MartÃn, Buenos Aires, Argentina http://www.cbs.dtu.dk/staff/show-staff.php?id=564
- Jared Patch, Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of Animal Science, University of Vermont and Foreign Animal Disease Research, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, New York, USA.
- Janet Sei, Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of Animal Science, University of Vermont and Foreign Animal Disease Research, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, New York, USA.
- Nicholas Svitek, Post-Doctoral Scientist, Vaccine Biosciences (ILVAC), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi, Kenya http://www.ilri.org/users/nsvitek
We also invited 2 guest scientists:
- Wendy Brown, Regents Professor, Dept of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/people-vmp/faculty/brown.aspx
- Ivan Morrison, Professor of Immunology and Head of the Division of Infection and Immunity, The Roslin Institute, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh http://www.roslin.ed.ac.uk/ivan-morrison/
On Thursday October 10 we hosted a T cell response mini-symposium on the UVM campus. Speakers and presentations included:
- Ivan Morrison, Theileria parva: A natural model for understanding how T cell responses mediate immunity against a complex intracellular pathogen.
- Soren Buus, T cell epitope discovery; lessons from human studies - Part A, Biochemistry of T cell responses.
- Morten Nielsen, T cell epitope discovery; lessons from human studies- Part B, Bioinformatics of T cell responses.
- Wendy Brown, Importance of DQ-restricted CD4 T cell responses to Anaplasma marginale surface proteins in cattle.
Mital Pandya, PhD candidate, presented her research progress to the UVM Immunobiology core. Her work on typing class I MHC expressed genes and analysis of peptide-MHC class I interactions in Foot and Mouth Disease vaccination of cattle was well received and generated significant discussion.
The new website is up. The lab website has launched. Enjoy! -Mandy