Ada Hagan

Ada Hagan

Senior Contributor Dr. Ada Hagan is an ASM Journals Fellow working with the ASM Journals Chair Dr. Pat Schloss in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Michigan. Her post-doctoral research analyzing scientific publishing in the field of microbiology. Ada's graduate research at UM focused on the methods that the bacterial pathogen Bacillus anthracis uses to gather iron during infections. Ada is also an advocate for science communication by scientists. She was a co-founder of the graduate student science writing blog You can find more on her projects on LinkedIn and by following her on Twitter (@adahagan).

A mysterious illness known as ergotism used to sweep through communities, leaving death in its path. Then it was harvested to save lives.

Invasive fungal infections were rare events until the mid-20th century. Why do fungi now kill more people each year than tuberculosis?

A followup to the “Microbial Myths” Youtube video that examines what the literature has to say about microwaving sponges, bathing newborns, and using Bunsen burners as a part of aseptic techniques at the bench.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 13:27

Confessions of a mycophobe

Mycology is a neglected field in microbiology and fungi are often overlooked or shunned in our everyday lives. But despite the contentious history of their classification, fungi have been adapted for many uses in industries including: medicine, textiles, construction and bioremediation.

Why did cases of Legionnaires’ disease spike when the water source was changed for Flint, Michigan?

Bacteria will do anything to survive, including poisoning themselves.

Some bacteria have multiple copies of a single gene to rapidly adapt to its environment. How can life with limited genomes compete?

Friday, 06 October 2017 16:54

Microbes for Minis

Books that teach microbiology concepts to kids in an engaging and age appropriate way can be hard to come by. Here, I’ve compiled a list of educational and entertaining books about microbes for toddlers, elementary, and middle schoolers.

Monday, 28 August 2017 15:55

Siderophores: A treatment target?

Siderophores are essential for bacterial pathogenesis—does that make them a weakness for researchers to exploit?

Intestinal calcium induces C. difficile spore germination. Modulating intestinal calcium levels could prophylactically prevent a dangerous nosocomial infection.

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