Brown Lab News

2015

9-15. Pam attending the Great Wall Symposium in Florence, Italy! It was a great opportunity to meet new colleague and exchange ideas.  The meeting, food, sightseeing, and food was fantastic!

8-15.  Brown lab participated in the campus-wide rally to support graduate students at Mizzou and nationwide.

8-15. Matt passed his comps!  Yay!  Despite what he might tell you, he answered lots of questions.  He doesn’t remember what actually happened during his exam.

8-15. The Brown lab was well represented at the Molecule Genetics of Bacteria and Bacteriophages meeting in Madison, WI.  We had lots of fun and learned a lot too!

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Brown Lab on the Terrace at the UW Union

We had 5 posters presented during the meeting! Congrats to Matt on being a poster award finalist!

7-15. Courtney represented the lab at the summer Undergraduate Research Forum.  She did a great job representing the lab.  Thanks for joining us this summer Courtney.  You’ll be missed!

7-15. Pam went to Marine Biological Labs at Woods Hole, MA and presented a talk during the Microbial Problem Solving Mini-Symposium associated with the Microbial Diversity Summer Course.  I enjoyed the great weather and had a great time talking about our research with course faculty and students.

7-15. The Brown lab participated in the 3D Design Artist and Science Undergraduate Researcher Collaboration Project.  Courtney met with Artist Ben Cairns to discuss her project and he designed an art piece.  We were on-hand as the project was unveiled.  It was a wonderful experience to see Ben’s perspective our work!

6-15. Undergraduate research Courtney Buchanan was featured in the meet the researchers section of the June issue of Undergraduate Connections.  Take a look to learn more about Courtney and her take on the Brown Lab.
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6-15.  Pam represented the lab at the ASM conference on Prokaryotic Cell Biology and Development.  Pam had the opportunity to work hard and play hard while in DC to attend the conference!

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 Courtney and Pam attended the annual intern/mentor bbq to kick off Courtney’s summer in the Brown Lab.  Courtney spent most of her time playing with junior investigator Damian who asked Courtney to have a playdate in the future.

 

6-15. The Brown Lab welcomes Courtney Buchanan who joins us this summer.  Courtney will be working in the lab as an undergraduate researcher and is funded through the Math-Life Sciences Program.  We are excited to have Courtney work with us.

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5-15. Pam and Wanda headed over the KUMC to learn how to do some zymography.  We were able to detect peptidoglycan hydrolysis activity from A. tumefaciens lysates. Yay!  Thanks to Jeff Bose for hosting and helping us!

 

5-15. Ryan and Jeanette were presented with Divisional Honors at the Biological Science Award Banquet. Jeanette also received a medal at Honors Convocation during graduation weekend. We are proud of you!


4-15.
Jeanette and Aliyah represented the lab at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Forum.  Way to go!

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4-15. Pam was nominated for an Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.  Thanks to the undergraduates who have worked to hard in the lab and made important contributions!

 

4-15. The Brown lab was well represented at Life Sciences Week with 5 posters on display!  Great job everyone!

3-15.  The Brown lab is pleased to welcome doctoral student Michelle Williams.  Michelle recently decided to join the lab after completing rotations.  We are thrilled to have you join us!

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2-15. 
Pam was awarded the Purple Chalk Teaching Award. The award, established in 1974, recognizes teaching excellence of faculty members selected by the student body.  I am honored to have received an award from the students!  Learn more about the award and my teaching here.

 

1-15. One of the Brown lab’s favorite microbes, Prothecomicrobium hirschii, is on display in the Joy of Discovery sculpture in the Bond Life Sciences Center after being selected as a winner in the Joy of Discovery Image Contest.  The pictures don’t do the sculpture justice so if you are local, trek up the stairs to find our image at the top of the sculpture. We are pleased be a part of this wonderful intersection of science and art!  

2014

11-14. Pam received a Richard Wallace Faculty Incentive Grant.  Thanks to the Mizzou Alumni Association for supporting our research!

11-14. Pam, Hedieh, Wanda, Sue Ann, and Catie headed to Purdue University in Lafayette, IN for the 35th Annual Crown Gall Meeting.  We had a great time learning more about Agrobacterium and its use in biotechnology! 

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Brown lab at Crown Gall Meeting

9-14. Pam and Jeanette attended the Great Plains Infectious Disease Meeting here in Columbia.  What a great way to network with other bacteriologists from our region!

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8-14.  The Brown lab welcomes new graduate students Wanda, Hedieh, and Sue Ann who are all starting this semester.  We are excited to have you work with us.

8-14. Pam, Matt, Jeremy, and Jeanette took the first Brown Lab road trip to Madison, WI to attend the Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages Meeting.  We enjoyed lots of great science and managed to have some fun too!  Be sure to check out the lab fun page to find out more about our roadside excursions!

7-14. Matt Howell received a travel grant from the MU Division of Biological Sciences to attend the 2014 Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages Meeting in Madison, WI.  Matt is excited to attend his poster in August.

7-14. Catie Vanhorn has joined the Brown Lab Team.  The lab is getting pretty full!

6-14. Congratulations to Jeanette Rimbey for receiving a travel award to attend the 2014 Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages Meeting from the MU Office of Undergraduate Research LS UROP program!

6-14. Pam attended the Gordon Conference on Bacterial Cell Surfaces in West Dover, Vermont.  It was a great meeting and I got lots of inspired ideas for our research program!

6-14.  The Brown lab welcomes Ryan Koch as an undergraduate student researcher and Jorge Durand-Heredia as a rotating graduate student!

5-14. Pam attended the American Society for Microbiology Meeting in Boston, MA where she was able to see a presentation by her undergraduate mentor, Edward Leadbetter.  Dr. Leadbetter received the 2014 DC White Research and Mentoring Award Laureate.  It was an honor to see Dr. Leadbetter again and have a chance to thank him once again for getting my career in microbiology off the ground! It was also great to reconnect with fellow UCONN alumni.

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5-14. Congratulations to Brown lab undergraduate Anjaleque Bragg who received a Blackburn-Hesemann Scholarship at the Division of Biological Sciences 2014 Honors Day!

4-14. Jeanette Rimbey continued to impress with her poster presentations this semester.  Jeanette received Honorable Mention in the Organismal Biology category for her poster, titled “A candidate therapy to prevent infection by the tumor causing plant pathogen, Agrobacterium tumefaciens” during Life Science Week.  Jeanette also received Honorable Mention in Life Sciences during the Spring Undergraduate Forum.  Great job, Jeanette!2014_LifeSciencesWeek3 (2)    

3-14. Jeanette Rimbey did her part to educate our Missouri Legislatures about the importance of undergraduate research.  Jeanette had a great spot in the rotunda and did a great job representing, MU, the Division of Biological Sciences, the Interdisciplinary Plant Group, and the Brown Lab. Jeanette was even given a resolution by her representative! Way to go, Jeanette! me and the award

1-14. The nature paper on the evolution of bacterial cell shape was released as on Advance Online Publication.  Check out the publication here and get the scoop on the MU biological sciences website here.   

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1-14. Congrats to former lab member Sue Ann Flores.  Sue Ann won the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) award at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students where she presented the work she did here in the Brown lab last summer.  She will receive a recognition travel award travel award to attend the ASPB meeting in Portland, Oregon in July.  Way to go Sue Ann!

2013 

12-13. Matt Howell is taking a leap of faith by joining the lab as my first graduate student…  We are very excited to welcome Matt back to lab next week!

11-13.  Once upon a time as a postdoc at IU, Pam convinced a grad student named Chao to work with her on an usual bacterium named Asticaccaulis.  That work has paid off with a great paper on the evolution of bacterial morphology accepted for publication in Nature!  Congrats to my former lab mate and first author Chao Jiang as well as Adrien Ducret and Yves Brun.  The Brun lab is on a role! I am thrilled to have been a part of this research.

9-13. Congratulations to Jeanette Rimbey who was awarded a Monsanto Undergraduate Research Fellowship to support her research on bacteriophage of Agrobacterium during the 2013-2014 academic year.  Way to go, Jeanette!

9-13.  Pam was featured in the Columbia Daily Tribune’s Ask a Scientist column.  Fourth and Fifth grade students from New Haven Elementary School asked “How do DNA and RNA work?” Check out Pam’s answer here.

9-13. Our article about using microbes as indicators of wetland health was featured in the Water Environment Federation’s WE&T Magazine.  Way to go! 

8-13. Matt did a great job representing the lab at the 2013 Data Blitz.  Thanks Matt!

8-13. Welcome back to undergraduate researchers Anjaleque, Caleb, Jeanette, and Sharad who will all be making great contributions to our research this semester.

8-13. The Brown lab welcomes graduate student Laura Arnold who is joining us for a rotation.

8-13. Pam is heading to the Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phage Meeting in Madison Wisconsin to present the lab’s work on polar growth of Agrobacterium tumefaciens.

7-13. Congratulations to Sue Ann Flores, Anjaleque Bragg and Jeanette Rimbey who all presented their work at the Undergraduate Summer Forum.  Thanks for all your hard work this summer.  You all did a great job!

6-13. Our review article on the consequences and advantages of asymmetric growth in Annual Reviews of Microbiology is avaliable on-line.  Congrats to my co-authors Dave Kysela, KC Huang, and Yves Brun!

5-13.  We welcomed Sue Ann Flores and Anjaleque Bragg as undergraduate summer interns.

5-13. Pam attended the General Meeting for the American Society of Microbiology in Denver, CO.

5-13.  Pam’s SEM of Prosthecomicrobium hirschii was selected as most popular in the microbiology collection in the 2013 ATCC Photo Contest.  Pretty cool!

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5-13. Another paper from my days in the Brun lab has been published.  I am so happy to see my work work Zhe Wan and Ellen Elliot appear in Molecular Microbiology.

4-13. Pam served as a Visiting Scientist at Blue Ridge and Shepard Elementary Schools.  It was fun to talk with the students about microbes in our environment.

4-13. Thanks to members of Zack Hu’s lab who allowed me to work with them on a review article entitled “Towards the development of microbial indicators for wetland assessment.” published in Water Research.  I am really enjoying learning more about applied microbiology!

4-13. Pam gave a talk at the Saturday Morning Science Series entitled “Do bacteria age?”.  It was so much fun to see the public excited about the science going on at MU!

4-13. Liz Sockett from the University of Nottingham visited DBS to give a special seminar on “Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus, the living antibiotic predatory bacterium.”  Thanks for spending time with us Liz!

3-13. Pam participated in the GK12 Science Safari Winter Wonderland as a Science Share Leader.  I had a blast teaching 4th and 5th grade students about “glow-in-the-dark” bacteria!

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3-13. Our microscope is FINALLY here!  Yay!  It is finally looking like a lab around here!

1-13. Undergraduate researchers Jeanette Rimbey and Caleb Bussard join the team.  It is fun to see the lab growing!

2012

12-12. Jeremy Daniel joined the lab as a research specialist.  He abilities in molecular biology and microscopy should help get some research underway!

mcontent12-12. Collaborating with chemistry groups was one of the best things I did in my post-doc! Check out our paper in Angewandte Chemie on the use of fluorescent D-amino acids to visualize peptidoglycan synthesis in living bacterial cells. Congrats to members of the Brun and VanNieuwenhze labs that worked on this project!

10-12. Would you believe that I contributed to development of a microfluidic device for synchronizing bacteria? Check our the newly published paper in Analytical Chemistry from the Brun and Jacobson labs here!

10-12. Undergraduate student Sharad Gami has joined me in lab to help get the lab experiment ready

9-12. Pam’s first day as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at MU.