Ada Hagan

Ada Hagan

Ada Hagan is a graduate student in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Michigan. Her doctoral research focuses 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 is a co-founder and editor-in-chief of the graduate student science writing blog MiSciWriters.com and a founding member of the Microbial Sciences blog. You can find more on her projects on LinkedIn and by following her on Twitter.

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.

The multi-faceted nature of siderophores begins with the simple element iron, where does it end?

Iron is crucial for nearly all cells, including bacterial pathogens. But how do they get enough to cause infections?

Bypassing the slow growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis with computer models provides new ways to learn about the disease.

A virus with Frankenstein-like symptoms. A virus that only infects insects. What could scientists accomplish by combining the two?

Friday, 13 January 2017 13:11

Peanuts and Probiotics

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

 

Friday, 09 December 2016 15:02

I "Flu" in for the Holidays

Each year, millions across the globe travel for the holidays. But with the increase in human travel, what microbial gifts are we bringing home with us?

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