The Cardona Lab thanks Cystic Fibrosis Canada for their support by joining the #CFCanadaWalk

Thanks to our captain Andrew Hogan and our supporters, we met our fundraising goal and walked together in yesterday’s #CFCanadaWalk @CFCanada @MBmicrobiology @UMmicroGSA @umanitobasci @umanitoba @cardona_lab fotocredit@ricblanc001

3MM (three minutes of Microbiology) !

Recognizing the importance of effective communication in Science and cross-pollination of ideas and techniques, the Department of Microbiology hosted a 3MM (three minutes of Microbiology!) on May 29 during the Microbiology Annual Retreat.

The 3MM event encouraged students and professors to share their research using a 3MT (3 minute thesis) style presentation. The Department recognized student participation and the three best presentations in each of the categories: Masters and PhD theses.

Regardless of the competition, the main goal of this activity was the sharing of ideas in a positive environment, which is respectful of diversity in its many forms. In addition, the microbiology students acquired skills to enter formal 3MT competitions held every year at the University of Manitoba and all over the world.

Information given to participants:

Watch these examples of great 3MT presentations

Prepare your presentation with these instructions in mind

Know about the judging criteria

New and worthy articles by IBCWG members

Various Evolutionary Trajectories Lead to Loss of the Tobramycin-Potentiating Activity of the Quorum-Sensing Inhibitor Baicalin Hydrate in Burkholderia cenocepacia Biofilms, by Tom Coenye, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy here

Genome mining identifies cepacin as a plant-protective metabolite of the biopesticidal bacterium Burkholderia ambifaria by Esh Mahenthiralingam, Nature Microbiology here

Periodic Variation of Mutation Rates in Bacterial Genomes Associated with Replication Timing by Vaugh Cooper, mBio here

Biosynthesis of fragin is controlled by a novel quorum sensing signal by Leo Eberl, Nature Communications, here

The involvement of the low-oxygen-activated locus of Burkholderia cenocepacia in adaptation during cystic fibrosis infection, by Siobhan McClean, Scientific Reports here

Macrophages, but not neutrophils, are critical for proliferation of Burkholderia cenocepacia and ensuing host-damaging inflammation by Annete Vergunst, Plos Pathogens here

Thank you to @CF_Foundation for funding @cardona_lab @DrR_Davis and Dr Pingzhao Hu to develop an in silico tool for antibiotic activity prediction

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has awarded a Pilot and Feasibility Grant to the University of Manitoba Interdisciplinary team formed by Silvia Cardona, Rebecca Davis, and Pingzhao Hu. Together, the group will combine their expertise in chemogenomics, cheminfomatics and artificial intelligence to develop an in silico tool to predict antibiotic activity in Burkholderia cepacia complex, followed by experimental validation of predictions. Credits  go to lab members Md. Mohaiminul Islam, Kevin Jeffers, Andrew M. Hogan and Qian Liu for producing amazing preliminary results!

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