UGA joins collaboration on Theory of Microbial Ecosystems

Posted 2 weeks 1 day ago
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The Simons Foundation has established a new collaboration investigating the mysteries of the microscopic communities that produce more than half of Earth’s oxygen, form the base of the marine food web and cycle nutrients through the ecosystem. The Simons Collaboration on Theory of Microbial Ecosystems, or THE-ME, will investigate how microbial ecosystems in the oceans form and function.

The new collaboration will seek answers to three main questions: How are functions distributed in a microbial ecosystem? How does resource supply shape microbial ecosystem structure and function? And...

Distinguished Research Professor Jessica Kissinger

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Professor of genetics, globally recognized molecular biologist and world expert in bio-computational research, 2017 Distinguished Research Professor Jessica Kissinger's contributions to the field of eukaryotic pathogen research have helped transform how pathogen research is conducted internationally.

An expert on the evolution of parasite genomes, she conducted the first systematic survey of gene transfer in the Apicomplexa, upending prevailing thought. Her subsequent series of papers on the Apicomplexa also opened a new window into genome evolution and the biology of several other...

UGA named as NSF Innovation Corps Site

Posted 2 weeks 5 days ago
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Turning research and discoveries by our faculty into new products and services that serve the public is a goal that touches several university priorities at once. And while this tranfer has been a reality at UGA for decades, the process has recently been enhanced by a National Science Foundation program that designates campuses as Innovation Corps Sites:

The I-Corps award will enable UGA to serve up to 30 new startup projects a year, adding to the university’s rapidly growing entrepreneurial ecosystem and assisting the campus-wide collaboration focused on helping all entrepreneurial...

Progress against infectious diseases continues

Posted 3 weeks 39 min ago
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Scientists' fight against cryptosporidiosis recently reached a major milestone:

Infectious disease scientists from research institutions including the University of Georgia have reported the discovery and early validation of a drug that shows promise for treating cryptosporidiosis, a diarrheal disease that is a major cause of child mortality and for which there is no vaccine or effective treatment.

"Cryptosporidiosis is largely a disease of poverty," said Boris Striepen, Distinguished Research Professor of Cellular Biology in UGA's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and a...

Gulf of Mexico monitoring continues

Posted 3 weeks 6 days ago
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Seven years after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, UGA researchers will embark on a new expedition to the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico:

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in the deaths of 11 oil rig workers and ultimately the largest marine oil spill in history. As this environmental disaster recedes into history, researchers from institutions across the U.S. continue to study its enduring ecological impacts.

One of these research teams will embark on a 12-day expedition in the Gulf on June 11 to investigate the impacts of oil,...