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  • listeria infecting cells

    Cell Biology of Bacterial Infection

    Listeria monocytogenes (green) interacting with macrophages (red/blue). 

    Credit: Michelle Reniere

  • southlakia epibionticum

    Interspecies Interactions

    The tiny obligate parasitic bacterium Southlakia epibionticum(yellow) cultured on its host bacterium, Actinomyces israelii (blue)

    Image credit: Drs. Larry Gallagher and Joseph Mougous

  • Bacterial Self-Organization

    Bacterial Self-Organization

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa cells that engage (magenta) or don’t (green) in collective behavior spontaneously self organize in cellular aggregates (3D image acquired by confocal laser scanning microscopy).

    Credit: Jeffrey Carey and Matt Parsek

  • phage antagonize CRISPR

    Phage antagonize CRISPR-Cas Immunity

    Cryo-EM structure of a phage-encoded anti-CRISPR protein (blue) in complex with the RNA-targeting CRISPR effector Cas13 (gray) and its guide RNA (red).

    Credit: Alex Meeske

  • uropathogenic

    Emergence of Highly Pathogenic Clones of Escherichia coli

    Genetic typing of uropathogeic E. coli reveals strong association of some clones with high sensitivity or extreme resistance to multiple antibiotics.

    Courtesy: Sokurenko Lab

  • greenberg

    Quorum sensing in Vibrio fischeri

    Lux genes coding for light production are activated by quorum sensing at high cell density. The light produced by the bacteria exposed the film for the image.

    Courtesy: Greenberg Lab

  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa in co-culture

    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

  • envelope

    HIV-1 Envelope Evolution

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

    Courtesy of: Mullins Lab

  • biofilm

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa

    Colonies of Pseudomonas aeruginosa expressing different amounts of exopolysaccharides.

    Courtesy of: Harwood Lab

  • yopm

    YopM Crystal Structure

    Crystal structure of the Yersinia virulence protein YopM

    Courtesy of: Cookson Lab

News & Updates


Sora Kim (Guo Lab) won 3 years of postdoctoral research support as part of this prestigious fellowship. Congrats Sora!


Micro PhD student Ella Lamont (Sherman Lab) was accepted into the TL1 Translational Research Training Program, a one-year mentored research training program in translational science for predoctoral students. Congratulations!


Congratulations to Edith Sawyer (Meeske Lab) and Billy Ngo (Mougous Lab), who received support from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program!

Professor Greenberg

As part of the Science in Medicine series, Professor Greenberg will be giving his lecture, “Shedding light on bacterial communication and cooperation”, on April 17th at 11AM in the Orin Smith Auditorium, and over Zoom. RSVPs here are appreciated but not required.

Upcoming Events

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Recent Publications

Science translational medicine
Apr, 2024
Long DR, Bryson-Cahn C, Waalkes A, Holmes EA, Penewit K, Tavolaro C, Bellabarba C, Zhang F, Chan JD, Fang FC, Lynch JB, Salipante SJ, ...
Apr, 2024
Casadevall A, Fang FC
bioRxiv : the preprint server for biology
Mar, 2024
Plender EG, Prodanov T, Hsieh P, Nizamis E, Harvey WT, Sulovari A, Munson KM, Kaufman EJ, O'Neal WK, Valdmanis PN, Marschall T, Bloom JD, Eichler EE, ...
bioRxiv : the preprint server for biology
Mar, 2024
Soto-Aceves MP, Smalley NE, Schaefer AL, Greenberg EP

Fast Facts

More than 175 undergraduate majors and 40 graduate students
Five National Academy of Sciences Members
Twelve American Academy of Microbiology Fellows
More than 120 peer-reviewed publications in 2022