• The Deer Tick (Ixodes scapularis)

    Zoonotic vector of the Lyme disease pathogen, Borrelia burgdorferi.

    Courtesy of: Mougous Lab
    Photo Credit: Matthew Pinski
  • Portion of a "Pico-Titer Plate"

    A pico-titer plate containing millions of tiny wells in which miniaturized chemical reactions can be performed.

    Courtesy of: Bumgarner Lab

  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa

    Colonies of Pseudomonas aeruginosa expressing different amounts of exopolysaccharides.

    Courtesy of: Harwood Lab

  • Inflammatory Death of Mouse Macrophages

    Mouse macrophages undergoing pyroptosis.

    Courtesy of: Cookson Lab

  • YopM Crystal Structure

    Crystal structure of the Yersinia virulence protein YopM

    Courtesy of: Cookson Lab

  • Human Monocyte-Derived Macrophages

    Human monocyte-derived macrophages cultivated on microwell chips.

    Courtesy of: Mittler Lab

  • 3D Illustration of Influenza Virus

    Surface protrusions represent viral hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) proteins.

    Courtesy of: Katze Lab

  • HIV-1 Envelope Evolution

    Reconstructed phylogenetic network of HIV-1 envelope sequences (C2-V5) from subtype B.

    Courtesy of: Mullins Lab

  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa in co-culture

    Structural component of bacterial targeting type VI secretion system P. aeruginosa (green) assembled in presence of competitor organism (red).

    Courtesy of: Mougous Lab


Latest News

The Department of Microbiology at the University of Washington in Seattle is conducting a search for an Assistant Professor in the area of Virology. The ideal candidate will develop a cutting-edge, innovative research program in viral pathogenesis or virus-host interactions; however, all highly qualified individuals pursuing research on eukaryotic viruses are encouraged to apply. The Microbiology department is part of an extensive network of research institutes in Seattle that supports a renowned group of virologists and offers a wealth of resources and opportunities for collaboration.
Congratulations to Dr. Pete Greenberg, who will share the very distinguished 2015 Shaw Prize in Life Sciences and Medicine with Princeton professor Dr. Bonnie Bassler for "their discovery of quorum sensing, a process whereby bacteria communicate with each other and which offers innovative ways to interfere with bacterial pathogens or to modulate the microbiome for health applications."  See more about the Shaw Prize here.

Postdoc John Whitney, part of a research team led by Joseph Mougous, UW Associate Professor of Microbiology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, is featured in this UW Health Sciences NewsBeat article about the team's research into how Pseudomonas aeruginosa is able to deliver a deadly toxin to competitor bacteria.

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