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Hells Canyon Complex on the Snake River, Ben Peterson, McMahon Lab
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Carved Pennsylvania Slate, Stan Sears and Andrea Myklebust, Commissioned by Wisconsin State Arts board
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"E Pluribus Unum" (One from Many) - Will Santino, UW Madison Masters of Fine Arts graduate and New Yorker Cartoonist
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X-ray crystallography model of the dimerization interface of Salmonella Typhimurium superoxide dismutase SodCI. Peter Newhouse, Forest Lab
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Media and Lake Mendota, Julia Martien, Amador-Noguez Lab
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Streptomyces lividans, Robb Stankey, Currie Lab
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Dairy calves at a research farm, Kim Dill-McFarland, Rey Lab


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Upcoming Agenda

Google Drive link (campus login required) to the agenda for our next Bacteriology Faculty meeting.


  • Myers KS, Ingle AT, Walters KA, Fortney NW, Scarborough MJ, Donohue TJ, Noguera DR, Comparison of metagenomes from fermentation of various agroindustrial residues suggests a common model of community organization., Frontiers in bioengineering and biotechnology DOI, PubMed
  • Mangalea MR, Keift K, Duerkop BA, Anantharaman K, Assembly and Annotation of Viral Metagenomes from Short-Read Sequencing Data., Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) DOI, PubMed
  • Actis Dato V, Paz MC, Rey FE, Sánchez MC, Llorente-Cortés V, Chiabrando GA, Ceschin DG, Transcriptional analysis reveals that the intracellular lipid accumulation impairs gene expression profiles involved in insulin response-associated cardiac functionality., Scientific reports DOI, PubMed
  • Llada IM, Lourenco JM, Dycus MM, Carpenter JM, Suen G, Hill NS, Filipov NM, Behavioral and Physiological Alterations in Angus Steers Grazing Endophyte-Infected Toxic Fescue during Late Fall., Toxins DOI, PubMed
  • Li H, Kang X, Yang M, Kasseney BD, Zhou X, Liang S, Zhang X, Wen JL, Yu B, Liu N, Zhao Y, Mo J, Currie CR, Ralph J, Yelle DJ, Molecular insights into the evolution of woody plant decay in the gut of termites., Science advances DOI, PubMed
  • Schroeder JW, Hurto RL, Randall JR, Wozniak KJ, Timko TA, Nye TM, Wang JD, Freddolino PL, Simmons LA, RNase H genes cause distinct impacts on RNA:DNA hybrid formation and mutagenesis genome-wide., bioRxiv : the preprint server for biology DOI, PubMed
  • Zhou Z, Tran PQ, Adams AM, Kieft K, Breier JA, Fortunato CS, Sheik CS, Huber JA, Li M, Dick GJ, Anantharaman K, Sulfur cycling connects microbiomes and biogeochemistry in deep-sea hydrothermal plumes., The ISME journal DOI, PubMed
  • Paul A, Jia L, Majumder EL, Yoo CG, Rajendran K, Villarreal E, Kumar D, Poly(3-hydroxybuyrate) production from industrial hemp waste pretreated with a chemical-free hydrothermal process., Bioresource technology DOI, PubMed