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Microbiologists and Plant Scientists Find Secret to Tackling Cholera

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Chris Waters

While cholera rages across many regions of the world, a team of microbiologists and plant scientists has pinpointed a genetic weakness in the pandemic’s armor, which could lead…

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Ingredient in Toothpaste May Combat Severe Lung Disease

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Chris Waters, Michael Maiden, Alessandra Hunt

A common antibacterial substance found in toothpaste may combat life-threatening diseases such as cystic fibrosis, or CF when combined with an already FDA-approved drug. Michigan State University researchers…

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Using MRSA’s Strength Against It

Monday, May 14, 2018
Researchers for this article

Antibiotic-resistant infections cause more than 30,000 deaths annually in the U.S. alone. The majority of those are caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as MRSA, which…

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MSU’s Shade Receives NSF Award to Research Rare Soil Microorganisms

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Portrait photo of Ashley Shade with NSF logo

  Ashley Shade, an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in the MSU College of Natural Science, and in the Department of Plant, Soil…

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Eleven MSU Researchers Receive CAREER Awards for 2018

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
NSF Career Awardees Headshots

Eleven Michigan State University scientists are the recipients of National Science Foundation (NSF) Early CAREER Faculty Awards, seven of them women in the College of Natural Science. The…

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MSU’s Martinez-Gomez Gets 2018 NSF CAREER Award

Friday, March 23, 2018
N. Cecilia Martinez-Gomez

Cecilia Martinez-Gomez, assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, Michigan State University, received $562,102 from NSF’s Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences for her project that aims to…

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MSU Researchers Elected to American Academy of Microbiology

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Beronda Montgomery and George Garrity

George Garrity and Beronda Montgomery, Michigan State University professors of the College of Natural Science, were elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology, or AAM, for their excellence, originality and leadership…

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Two MSU Plant Scientists Among Most Highly Cited

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Sheng Yang He and Gregg Howe

For the third year in a row, Sheng Yang He and Gregg Howe have been named Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics (formerly done by Thomson Reuters). According to Clarivate Analytics, this…

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MSU’s Adami Named Fellow of American Physical Society

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Chris Adami

Chris Adami, MSU professor of physics and astronomy, as well as microbiology and molecular genetics (MMG), has been named a 2017 American Physical Society Fellow. Adami is being recognized…

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Organisms in Small Groups May Evolve More Efficiently

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Chris Adami

We’ve all heard Darwin’s theory described as favoring the fittest, but new research from Michigan State University shows that, at least in small populations, it’s ok to not…

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