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Monday, 23 January 2017 10:44

Many educators shy away from active learning in large groups of students because it takes extra hands to run the activities. Undergraduate Learning Assistants can provide the help you need.

Thursday, 19 January 2017 16:57

Believe it or not, there is a lot of similarity between the Star Wars saga and the battle that rages in AIDS patients with cryptococcal meningitis.    

Thursday, 19 January 2017 09:35

Given the enormous uncertainty and the long trek from discovery to commercial payback, relying on the private sector to carry the lion’s share of funding for basic research would bring discovery to a grinding halt

Thursday, 19 January 2017 08:44

Educators teaching physiology, evolution, climate change, basic scientific/research literacy and other science topics can find resources in ASM’s open-access Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) as our scope extends beyond microbiology.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 10:00

Who do you go to with questions on your career? Or when your PCR isn’t working? How about when you have a conflict with a coworker? Although it may be easier to approach your dissertation mentor or an appointed advisor to get clarity on these questions, why not consider going to an expert or another mentor? In celebration of National Mentoring Month, learn about the benefits of having multiple mentors. 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 13:47

Researchers found several identical bacterial strains in the microbiomes of both infants and their mothers that were distinct from those found in other infants or mothers, a sign of vertical transmission.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 11:05

New research suggests that phage superspreaders may help drive bacterial evolution in natural environments.

Friday, 13 January 2017 16:26

Few people think of cats when they think of influenza virus carriers, but an H7N2 influenza outbreak has struck a Queens cat shelter. We discuss the ability of H7 influenza viruses to cross the species barrier based on a recent Journal of Virology report.

Friday, 13 January 2017 13:11

Good for your gut… and your garden? Microbes can help (or hinder) plant growth and help modern agriculture get back to its roots.


Tuesday, 10 January 2017 18:25

The groundbreaking new mSphereDirect submission path puts you in control of getting your original research reviewed and published as soon as possible.  We’ve prepared the most important things to keep in mind while preparing your manuscript submission!

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 14:35

Scientists used a variety of -omics tools to study the mechanisms used by Roseobacter bacteria to take in and use iron in the ocean.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 10:26

Researchers take a closer look at how flaviviruses manipulates the cellular translation and stress machineries during infection.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 09:26

January is National Mentoring Month; mentoring helps students, beginning researchers, and early-career faculty persist and succeed in science.

Friday, 06 January 2017 16:10

Still looking for a New Year’s Resolution? Try drawing inspiration from some of the super-resolution microscopy work of 2016.

Friday, 06 January 2017 01:19

A new report finds that Salmonella requires a specific pattern of gene expression to enable its persistent colonization on tomato plants, which helps it to be a successful foodborne pathogen.

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 15:21

One of the challenges for any PhD candidate is to decide if they want to pursue a post-doctoral position after graduation.  This challenge can become more daunting when decisions need to be made about where (and under who) this post-doc should be conducted as well as the post-doctoral research topic.  However, it’s important to know that you are not alone in making these types of decisions. Microbe Mentor reached out to three relatively new post-docs, regarding their post-doc decisions.  Despite different backgrounds, they collectively agreed that it was critical to first determine what was important to them. The factors and their importance played out differently for each of the three interviewed post-docs.   

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 14:20

A new study is the first step in understanding the microbiome of the Arctic Inuit community, and also in finding ways to prevent mercury poisoning.

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 12:15

Sameer Shaikh was helping his mother, a physician, transcribe notes in the clinic when he learned about a patient with cystic fibrosis who was suffering from an infection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.  He didn’t know what this bacterium was, and his mother explained that it’s ubiquitous in nature. “Ok,” Sameer thought, “If it’s everywhere, then why isn’t it affecting me?” His curiosity about microbiology was sparked, and with his mother’s encouragement, he started to read about cystic fibrosis, Pseudomonas, and immunology.

Friday, 30 December 2016 16:00

As we approach the end of 2016, lets take a look back at this blogs most popular post during it's first year of publishing. Thanks for joining us here and taking the time to read our content and we look forward to writing for you in 2017!

Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:36

2016 brought us hundreds of hours of new podcast episodes all about some of your favorite microbiology topics. In case you didn't catch them all, here are some of the year's most popular episodes. Thank you for sharing our love of microbes and spending so much of your time with us this year!