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Miami Microbiology '95 Newsletter

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DEPARTMENTAL NEWS

Clinical Laboratory Science Program

The Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) Program offers students the opportunity to complete their final year of this B.S. degree in an internship at a Miami University affiliated hospital.

During the internship year of study, a CLS student earns 38 semester hours of of 400-level courses through lecture and laboratory courses in clinical chemistry, toxicology, microbiology, hematology, parasitology, mycology, immunohematology, and management. In addition to these required rotations, interning students may choose elective or co-operative rotations, i.e. in specialized hospital-based clinical laboratories, research laboratories, a forensic clinical laboratory, or a public health laboratory. Students in the CLS Program have won both state and national competitive scholarships. Following graduation our CLS graduates have followed a variety of professional avenues, including generalists or specialists in the hospital clinical laboratory science/medical technology profession, industrial research positions such as diagnostic products' development, graduate school in a biomedical field, and medical school. Although the majority of CLS students choose to complete their internship in one year, a two-year co-op option is available. Students choosing the two year co-op curriculum attend Miami University's affiliated program at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. These students alternate 12-week formal courses with 12 weeks in "co-op" or paid work positions. The co-op positions, which are available in a wide variety of clinical and research laboratories, not only provide to students insight into career opportunities, but also may lead to a diversity of employment opportunities. Recently, our CLS majors have attended nationally accredited internship programs at the following hospitals: University Hospitals of Cincinnati, The Christ Hospital of Cincinnati,University Hospitals of Cleveland (Case Western Reserve), St. Elizabeth's Medical Center (Covington, Kentucky), Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio), Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio), and Parkview Memorial Hospital (Fort Wayne, Indiana). Dr. Marcia Lee coordinates this program.


Microbiology Club

The Micro Club continues to offer undergraduate students a variety of academic and social opportunities. During recent years the group has hosted speakers from industrial, medical, and governmental institutions. These speakers have provided insight into career opportunities, shared their experiences, and offered suggestions on ways to prepare for "life-after one's baccalaureate degree". The Micro Club gathers information and application materials for internship opportunities, and hosts panel discussions by undergraduate student interns. Under the leadership of last year's president, Noelle Romaine, and senior Alicia Scheffer an "Adopt-a-School" Program was initiated, in which Micro Club students provide to elementary and middle school classrooms presentations about the field of microbiology. Also, social events, such as the "Uptown Night" and the annual picnic, provide opportunities for students to interact with other micro majors and faculty. The co-presidents this year are Jason Korkus and Justin Young, and the faculty advisors are Drs. Hooke and Lee.


Microbiology professor to hold DNA workshops for Ohio teachers (from Miami Student Newspaper)

The National Science Foundation recently awarded Dr. Jnanendra K. Bhattacharjee, professor of microbiology at Miami University, a $106,282 grant to fund a Teacher Enhancement workshop in molecular biology and recombinant DNA technology this summer.

The grant enables high school teachers from all over Ohio to take part in this expense-paid two week workshop including intensive lectures, discussion, special seminars and a field trip to a biotechnology company.

Teachers who attend the workshop will also be engaged in hands-on experiments, work with and be able to take back with them the equipment they are using, and be assisted in incorporating lessons in their curriculum. These features are aimed at making the workshop practical and accessible.

Bhattacharjee's goal through the workshop is to make high school graduates DNA literate.


Teaching Scholar Program

The Teaching Scholar program was introduced in 1993 to allow under-graduates the opportunity to assist in teaching microbiology lab courses that they have already completed. In doing so, a teaching scholar will not only gain valuable experience in preparing and organizing lab exercises, but will also learn how to effectively communicate science with students.

A teaching scholar should have a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.0. The experience is worth one MBI credit hour. Selection and evaluation of teaching scholars is done by the department graduate students.


Bhattacharjee Microbiology Scholarship

The Dr. and Mrs. J.K. Bhattacharjee Microbiology Scholarship is a new scholarship in Miami's Department of Microbiology. Dr. Bhatacharje has been a member of the Miami University faculty since 1968 and is a professor in the microbiology department. The scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student studying microbiology or a related discipline.

Dr. and Mrs. Bhjattacharjee established the scholarship because they "wanted to give something back to the University," says Dr. Bhattacharjee. "Miami has been wonderful to me and my family, and we would like to say thank you for everything. We feel very strongly about the quality of students that attend Miami and the opportunities that this University can provide them."


Recipients of the Dr. and Mrs. Bhattacharjee Microbiology Scholarship:
1991-92 David J. Bush - West Chester, OH
1992-93 Alicia F. Scheffer - Delaware, OH
1993-94 Mary K. Martin - Hillsboro, OH and Dawn Tindall - Bellbrook, OH
1994-95 Tamara L. Messier - State College, PA

Lawrence Day Microbiology Scholarship

Through the generous donations of Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence E. Day, the Department has been able to recognize the outstanding memberof the junior class each year by awarding him or her the $1,500 Lawrence Day Microbiology Scholarship. Both Larry and Darlene are alumni of Miami and we are grateful for their support. The recipients of this very special award have been:
1989-90 Douglas Pogue
1990-91 Dimitry Nepomnyashy
1991-92 Tim Kroft
1992-93 Michael Bolton
1993-94 Alicia Scheffer
1994-95 Heather Vanbuskirk

Orton K. Stark Lectures and Award Recipients

Each year the department invites a distinguished scientist to the campus to present the Orton K. Stark lecture in honor of the founding chair of our Department. The lecture is supported by contributions to the Orton K. Stark Fund by alumni and friends. Lecturers and award recipients (since the last newsletter) are:

Lecturers:

1992 Dr. Kenneth Nealson, University of Wisconsin
1993 Dr. Norman Pace, Indiana University, Bloomington
1994 Dr. Ronald Atlas, University of Lousiville
Undergraduate award recipients:

1992
  • Robert Butkowski
  • Susan R. Stitzel
  • Christopher Cirinno
  • Alison Scott
1993
  • Thomas E. Baker
  • Jocelyn Feltham
  • Jane Marshall
  • Elizabeth Erwin
1994
  • Lisa C. Baker
  • Jennifer Chaney
  • Alicia Scheffer
  • Elizabeth C. Childers

Graduate award recipients:

1992
  • Tonia Agin
  • Richard Garrad
1993
  • Kay Sadler
  • Mary Farone
  • Richard Ford


Howard Hughes Medical Institute Awards Miami a Second $1 million for Biomedical Science Education

The departments of Botany, Chemistry, Microbiology and Zoology are recipients of a second $1 million, four-year grant to enhance undergraduate science education, pre-college education and the master's in teaching (MAT) program in the biological sciences. Miami is one of only 29 of the original 51 universities to receive a second grant. Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland was the only other university in Ohio to receive a HHMI grant.


Immunology Text Written by Dr. Ivan Kochan

Dr. Kochan, Professor of Microbiology, Emeritus at Miami University is a native of Ukraine who came to the United States in the wake of World War II. After his retirement from Miami, he decided to write the first textbook on immunology in the Ukrainian language for use by medical students and technical personnel in clinical and research laboratories. It was written in Ukrainian in accordance with the Ukrainian language approved by the Ukrainian Academy of Science in Kiev in 1929. There was considerable resistance to this because the authorities wanted the text to be published in Russified language which had been developed during seventy years of Russian occupation. The ministry officials finally agreed to allow publication if the text received a favorable recommendation from anapproved reviewer. Accordingly, the book received a good review by Dr. Henadij Butenko, Professor of Gerontology, School of Medicine, Kiev University. Subsequently, the Ministry of Public Health of the Ukraine gave approval for this book to be used as a textbook in medical schools. Another obstacle remained before publication could occur. The publisher required $7,500 to publish 10,000 copies. This was made possible by the generosity of Dr. Constantine Pereyma, a physician in Troy, Ohio and Director of the Surgical Department in the Troy Hospital and Professor of surgery at Wright State University.

Dr. Kochan's book on Immunology took three years to write. It is an impressive contribution because: English summaries precede each major section; Ukrainian and English definitions are included for acronyms and immunological terminology; by being the first immunology book in Ukrainian language, many terms and words had to be found for the development of the precise immunological terminology; and finally, tables, graphs and pictorial descriptive materials lend significant definition to the text. This Ukrainian language publication of IMMUNOLOGY is a significant scientific contribution by Professor Kochan and brings deserved recognition to the author, the Department of Microbiology, the College of Arts and Science and Miami University.


Barry Goodwater Scholarships won by Microbiology undergraduates

In each of the last two years a national $7000 Barry Goldwater Scholarship has been won by a microbiology undergraduate--Alicia Scheffer in 1993 and Alison Scott in 1994. These students competed nationally with approximately 1400 applicants for 250 awards. We are very proud of our students!
Dr. Anne Morris Hooke
new ASM secretary


Anne Morris Hooke elected to National ASM Office

The members of the National American Society for Microbiology cast a record number of votes for the 1995-96 officers. Dr. Hooke was elected the new secretary of the ASM for a one year term beginning July 1 ,1995.


Microbiology offerings on the branch campus expanded

The Hamilton and Middletown Campuses now have full time microbiology positions in each location. David Stroupe covers the Hamilton Campus and Kelly Cowan recently joined the department and teaches the Middletown courses.


FACULTY NEWS

Luis Actis

Dr. Actis is the most recent addition to the Microbiology faculty. He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in 1983 by the National Council of Research of Argentina to work in the lab of Dr. Jorge H. Crosa, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon. His postdoctoral work focused on the genetic and molecular characterization of the iron uptake system encoded by the virulence plasmid pJM1 in the fish pathogen Vibrio anguillarum. After four years of training, he returned to Argentina to continue his research and teaching activities as a Research Career Investigator at the National Council of Research of Argentina, and as Assistant and Associate Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemical Sciences, National University of Cordoba.

Upon Dr. Crosa's invitation, he returned in December 1990 as Research Associate in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology,Oregon Health Sciences University. In October, 1992, he was promoted to the Research Assistant Professor position of that department, performing research and teaching duties in Dr. Crosa's Lab.

He arrived in Oxford in August of 1994 with his wife Gloria and their two sons, Gustavo and Marcelo, after driving across the country for 5 and half days.

Research in Dr. Actis' laboratory is focused on the analysis of the iron uptake systems of the human pathogens Acinetobacter baumannii and Heaemophilus influenzae biogroup aegyptius, by using a combination of classical bacterial genetic methods and molecular biology techniques. Mechanisms whereby a bacterium can acquire and utilize iron are recognized as important components of the bacterial virulence repertoire.

Acinetobacter baumannii is being recognized as an important pathogen that causes severe respiratory infections in hospitalized patients. In addition, deadly cases of community-acquired pneumonia were reported recently. These infections are difficult to treat due to the increasing antibiotic resistance of the clinical strains, and represent one of the most difficult problems confronted by clinicians who deal with the infections caused by this human pathogen. Recently, he has characterized a high affinity iron uptake system in one strain of A. baumannii isolated during a noscomial outbreak of lower tract respiratory infections. This iron uptake system includes a low molecular weight catechol compound capable to scavenge iron (generally known as siderophores) from the high affinity iron binding proteins present in the human host. It has been shown that the production of a catechol siderophore may play an essential role in the pulmonary infections caused by Pseudomonas aerugionosa, another important human respiratory pathogen. It is possible that a similar role is played by the iron uptake system and the extracellular siderophoreencoded by A. baumannii. To prove this hypothesis and understand some basic aspects of the physiology of this opportunistic pathogen, their studies on A. baumannii are directed towards the molecular cloning and mutagenesis of the genes encoding this uptake system. In addition, they will characterize the iron chelating properties of the siderophore by examining its effect on iron uptake by mammalian cells in culture, and determine the cytotoxic effect of the purified deferrated and ferrated catechol siderophore on human endothelial and epithelial cells.

Also, this laboratory is involved in identifying and characterizing bacterial membrane proteins required for the recognition and transport of iron-human transferrin complexes by the Brazilian purpuric fever clone of Haemophilus influenzae biotype aegyptius. Brazilian purpuric purpuric fever is a fulminant septicemic disease in children that initially manifests as a purulent conjunctivitis that is followed by acute onset of fever and rapid development of petechiae, purpura, vascular collapse, and death.


Joe Carlin

Dr. Carlin arrived at Miami University in 1990, after receiving his Ph.D. at Michigan State University and post-doctoral training at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Since then, he has been involved in teaching Immunology to Microbiology majors, and Microbes and Human Disease to non-majors, as well as developing his research program. Research in his laboratory has concerned host-pathogen interactions, with an emphasis on defining the functions and interactions of immune system mediators (cytokines) in pathogenesis and protective immunity. In particular, he has been interested in determining the mechanisms of action of cytokines and their relationship to host resistance to disease, both microbial and neoplastic. Interferons (IFNs) have been shownto mediate host resistance to disease by a variety of mechanisms, including induction of the enzyme indoleamine 2, 3-dioxygenase (IDO), which reduces tryptophan concentration in and around cells expressing IDO activity. IDO induction has been shown to mediate the in vitro inhibition of two important intracellular pathogens, Toxoplasma and Chlamydia, and IDO activity can be enhanced by other by other cytokines.

There are currently three projects underway which all focus on regulation of IFN-induced IDO. The first is to understand the molecular mechanisms by which IDO is induced and by which cytokines regulate IDO induction. Changes in IDO mRNA levels are being analyzed by differential RT-PCR, in which IDO mRNA is reverse transcribed to a cDNA before amplification by the polymerase chain reaction. The second is to ascertain the role of arachidonate metabolism in signal transduction by which potentiating agents enhance IDO induction. The third project is the continued assessment of the biological relevance of IDO regulation and potentiation to the development of resistance to intracellular infection.

Practical application of the results obtained from current projects may facilitate development of treatments that results in enhancement of the antitumor and antimicrobial effects of IFN, while limiting side effects, particularly in the development of IFN treatments for noplastic disease and difficult-to-treat opportunistic infection in the immunocompromised.

Dr. Carlin has received the following grants:

  • Mechanism of Interferon Potentiation. Ohio Board of Regents-Research Challenge Program. $19,500.00
  • Indoleamine Dioxygenase in Intracellular Infections. National Institutes of Health-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. $100,996.00
  • Nitric Oxide Synthase in Immunity toInfection. Miami University Committee on Faculty Research - Grant to Promote Research and Scholarship. $1,500.00
Dr. J.K. Bhattacharjee (L) and
Dr. John Stevenson (R) are both
involved in summer programs for teachers


Jnanendra Bhattacharjee

Research in Dr. Bhattacharjee's laboratory deals with the DNA sequence analysis and the application of lysine genes for the rapid detection and control of pathogenic yeast. Instead of using the bacterial pathway, the aminoadipate pathway is used by yeasts and other higher fungi for the biosynthesis of lysine. Biochemical, physiological, and genetic investigations of wild type cells and a large number of lysine auxotrophs have revealed eight specific enzyme steps and more than twelve unlinked genes respon-sible for the biosynthesis of lysine in S. cerevisiae. This pathway is unique to fungi and not present in bacteria or humans. Current research emphasis on (a) cloning, characterization, and transcriptional regulation of specific lysine genes, (b) heterologous-genes-expression and molecular properties of lysine biosynthetic enzymes, and (c) application of unique lysine genes and enzymes for the detection and control of yeast pathogens. Dr. Bhattacharjee, has been awarded a $106,282 NSF grant for Teacher Enhancement in Molecular Biology and Recombinant DNA technology and two research grants from Eli Lilly and Company.

New Faculty Members
Dr. Kelly Cowan (L) and
Dr. Luis Actis (R)


Marjorie (Kelly) Cowan

Kelly came to Miami University Middletown in the summer of 1993. She and her family spent the previous two and a half years in The Netherlands, where Kelly held a postdoctoral position at the University of Groningen, situated 30 km from the North Sea. Previously she had worked as a postdoc with Madilyn Fletcher at the Center of Marine Biotechnology in Baltimore. She received her Ph.D. in 1987 at the landlocked University of Louisville, so is not too distressed about living in Ohio. Before coming to MU her research focused on the physical chemistry and physiology of bacterial adhesion, which explains why she has published in journals as diverse as The Journal of Dental Research and Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Her most recent work can be seen in the forthcoming volume of Methods in Enzymology.

Currently Dr. Cowan is concentrating on teaching. In addition to the usual courses offered at the Middletown Campus, she is supervising two independent study students. She has recently received a grant from the Fund for Academic Development for a project entitled "Overcoming Science Anxiety on the Two-Year Campus." She is also working on connecting university resources with elementary and secondary schools. She and Marcia Lee have submitted a proposal to the Scioto County Area Foundation to provide workshops for 4th and 5th grade teachers in the Scioto County school district as they convert to new Ohio state standards. Kelly is also on the steering committee of the Middletown High School -MUM partnership and is coordinating efforts to teach college preparation classes at the high school. She serves as a consultant to MHS as they revamp their science education program to meet the new state standards.

Since coming to Miami University Kelly has switched research gears and is in the beginning stages of an epidemiological study of the prevalence of genital Chlamydia infections in adolescents in portions of Butler county. This study also probes the knowledge, attitudes and practices of adolescents and involves a significant education component.

Kelly is also a closet poet and gives occasional readings in the Cincinnati area. She is coordinating a new addition to the programming of WMUM, the campus radio station. Soon listeners will hear Poetry Station Breaks; MUM students reading short works from their favorite poets.

Kelly and her husband Don live with their two sons Taylor (age 6) and Sam (age 3) in the Tri-County area of Cincinnati.


Don Cox

The "Cox Lab" is still pursuing the behavior of reovirus in the treatment of murine tumors. Before she left for a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard, Mary Farone cloned the gene for the reovirus sigma 1 protein into a baculovirus vector, so we are now coaxing insect cells to produce large quantities of the protein for our therapy studies. In the last newsletter we reported that Mary had shown that the sigma 1 protein is very effective in tumor treatment and now that we have the cloned gene we can begin to try a bit of molecular manipulation to determine if there are critical epitopes on that protein which mediate the therapy.

We have also returned to our "molecular roots" and are again studying the mechanisms of reovirus alteration of transformed cell DNAreplication. It is now taking us into the realm of the tumor suppressor genes and oncogenes. The effect of reovirus on transformed cells is very similar to the effects seen in DNA-damaged cells as a result of tumor suppressor gene activity, i.e. inhibition of the S-phase of the cell cycle and apoptosis. Is one or more of the reovirus gene products behaving like (substituting for) a tumor suppressor gene product? Could it be the sigma 1 protein which some investigators feel can inhibit cellular DNA synthesis by attaching to its cell surface receptor? Answers to these questions, being pursued by Hara Dracon, Amy Fancher and Elizabeth Setser, may tell us more about the unique ability of reovirus to do interesting things to tumor cells and possibly how some tumor suppressor genes function.

Tony Farone, who is also a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard, characterized the nature of the immune response during therapy and we have published two papers on his doctoral research and a third is in the works.

Don Cox is still teaching Human Viruses in the spring semester and MBI 201 in the fall. He has also taken on the teaching of a section of the new Biological Concepts courses (Botany/Microbiology/ Zoology 115 and 116) in the fall and spring semesters.


Anne Morris Hooke

Dr. Hooke's laboratory group is interested in the mechanisms bacteria use to infect human beings and cause disease, and how we can utilize this knowledge to prevent infection by bacterial pathogens. Specifically, our research has exploited the properties of bacterial mutants which are unable to grow at body temperature and has been applied to the following three areas: the development of temperature-sensitive mutants of Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella enteritidis and Listeria monocytogenes for use in quantitative assays measuring the bactericidalactivity of phagocytes; the development of a model using temperature-sensitive mutants of E. coli, P. aeruginosa, P. cepacia, S. enteritidis and Haemophilus influenzae to study quantitatively the replication of the parental wild-types in experimental animals; and the combination of multiple temperature-sensitive mutations in a single strain to develop safe, live, attenuated vaccines against influenzal meningitis (H. influenzae), chronic pseudomonas infection of patients with Cystic Fibrosis (P. aeruginosa), typhoid fever (S. typhi), strangles (Streptococcus equi) and traveller's diarrhea (E. coli).

Recently, we have turned our attention to some of the extracellular products of the opportunistic pathogen P. cepacia, in particular a nonhemolytic phospholipase C. We are purifying and characterizing the enzyme and studying its contribution to pathogenesis in an animal model.

Other projects in the laboratory include the identification and characterization of the anaerobic biomass in upflow reactors used for treatment of leachates containing toxic organic compounds, and the identification and characterization of creosote-degraders in contaminated soils.

Tonia Agin, who finished her doctoral work on enterotoxigenic E. coli and was graduated in May, currently has a National Research Council Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC, where she is studying enteropathogenic E. coli. Graduate student Christine Weingart is working on the phospholipase C project, and Post-Doctoral Fellow Wyatt Byrd is developing a temperature-sensitive vaccine strain of Actinobacillus pleuro-pneumoniae. No less than eight under-graduates are pursuing independent studies in the lab, each working on a different aspect of the various projects.

New Faculty Members
Dr. Robert Findlay (L) and
Dr. Gary Janssen (R)


Gary R. Janssen

Gary Janssen came to Miami University in August, 1993 from Indiana University. Gary did his Bachelor and Doctoral degrees' in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Minnesota. After completion of his Ph.D., Gary and his family moved to Norwich, England, for a three year postdoctoral study period at the John Innes Institute. During this time, Gary focused his efforts on the molecular biology of antibiotic resistance gene expression from various species of antibiotic-producing streptomycetes.

Gary returned to the United States in an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Biology at Indiana University. While at Indiana, Gary developed a research program directed at the study of bacterial messenger RNA that naturally lack untranslated leader regions. Research in his laboratory relating to leaderless mRNA led to predictions that naturally leadered mRNA might still be translated aftr removal of their leader. This prediction has now been tested and verified with several different mRNAs in both Streptomyces and Escherichia coli. Efforts are underway to examine whether Bacillus is also able to translate unleadered mRNA. The research interests of the Janssen lab are now focused on the mechanism by which unleadered mRNA are translated and on an analysis of nucleotide features within the mRNA coding region that contribute to the translation efficiency of unleadered mRNA.

In addition to studies of protein translation, Gary's research lab is also continuing to study the regulation of antibiotic resistance gene expression. Another project in the lab is looking at the regulatory effects of phosphate on expression levels of antibiotic production genes.

Four graduate students are currently in the Janssen lab, two Ph.D. students (Bill Van Etten and Chi-Ju Wu) and two M.S. students (Amy Altman and Joshua Wellington). Two undergraduate Microbiology majors (Natosha Sanford and Rachel McMullin) are also conducting independent research in the Janssen lab.

Gary's teaching assignments are in Microbial Physiology, Molecular Genetics Laboratory, graduate student seminar courses both in Microbiology and in the cross-disciplinary Molecular Biology program. He also teaches the microbiology components of introductory biology at the freshman level and advanced specialty courses in the area ofmicrobial physiology for graduate students.


Mary Woodworth

Research in Dr. Woodworth's laboratory focuses on the molecular biology of SV40, a small DNA tumor virus. The study of naturally arising variants of SV40 provides insight into the regulatory sequences that enhance DNA replication in eukayotic cells. Two of her students, Heather Vanbuskirk who is an undergraduate and William Turner who is a doctoral student, presented their research results at the national meeting of the American Society of Microbiology in Las Vegas, Nevada in May 1994. Bugen Hu, a postdoctoral fellow in her laboratory in 1993, presented his work at the national ASM meeting in Atlanta, GA. Another doctoral student, Paula Wilderman, joined Mary's laboratory in the Fall of 1993 after being a Hughes Summer Intern in 1992. She will be presenting her work at the ASM meeting in Washington, D.C. this Spring. Mark Currier is currently writing his masters thesis after completing his work in Mary's laboratory. Mark is also employed as a research associate at the Hipple Cancer Institute in Dayton, Ohio. Cynthia Hodson has just joined the laboratory as a masters student.


WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Graduate Students
Bill Turner, Christine Weingart
Bruce Hissong (in back)
The following list of former students is from the responses received after the last newsletter.

'36 Ellen Dietz
One of Dr. Stark's students before there was a department of Microbiology, Longwood, Florida.

'50 Jack Newton
Wilmington, North Carolina

'62 Sandra Gillum
Wilmette, Illinois

'66 John Docherty
Professor and Chairman of Northeastern Ohio University, College of Medicine

'67 Linda Devereaux
Tacoma, Washington

'68 Peggy G. Lemaux
Department of Plant Biology & Associate Extension Specialist in Biotechnology at University of California at Berkley

'69 Diane Strmiska Gunderman
Working as a medical technologist in Cape Coral, Florida.

'74 Tonya (Malavich) MacNeil
Senior Research Microbiologist at Merck living in New Jersey with husband, Doug and daughters, Emily and Laura.

'75 Laurence Hallas
Environmental Microbiology Science Fellow, Monsanto Agricultural Co.

'76 Patricia Gallagher Livermore
Research Associate, Basic Science Division, Children's Hospital, Cincinnati

'77 Melinda Cole Heim
Gave birth to her second child, Kathryn in 1992. Melinda was one of the original Microbiology Club members.

'77 Barbara Petro Vistica
Microbiologist for the Laboratory of Immunology, National Eye Institute at NIH, Bethesda, Maryland. She has 3 daughters.

'79 Patricia Ferguson McLean
Regulatory Compliance Auditor for Marion Merrell Dow Pharma-ceuticals, Cincinnati, Ohio.

'79 Julia Misplon
Basic research immunologist for the Food & Drug Administration working on mechanisms of immunity to Flu, living in Rockville Maryland.

'81 Kay Crosby Mazzella
Materials Support Supervisor for Avon Products, Cincinnati, Ohio.

'81 Stephanie Kay Taylor Smith
Worked as a medical technologist for 7 years. Her two children, Travis and Megan keep her busy now.

'83 Janice Shaheen
Working in the Virology/ Immunology/Serology section of the clinical laboratory, Aultman Hospital, Canton, Ohio.

'84 Tammy Bash Kiser
Professor at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio

'84 Marcia Campbell Dillon
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, Marion Merrell Dow, Inc., living in Bellevue, Washington.

'86 Terri Pond
Sales representative for Bristol-Myers, Squibb Pharmaceutical

'87 Michael Fath
After finishing his doctoral work at Harvard, he was doing a post doctoral at University of Chicago, Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology.

'87 Debra Ann Isaacson
Medical Research Associate, Miles, Inc, Pharmaceutical Division.

'88 Julie Moyers
Ph.D. Candidate at University of Virginia Cancer Research Center.

'88 Lisa Alberico Savage
Microbiology/Immunology/Virology Technologist, West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

'90 Bonny Henning
Attending Ohio State Optometry School.

'90 Bruce Johnson
Working at Memorial Sloan - Kettering Cancer Center and going to Columbia University as a part time graduate student.

'90 Joanna Shisler
Ph.D. Candidate at Emory University, Decatur, Georgia.

'90 Meena Subramanyam
Post doctoral research associate at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston.


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