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News and Events

Our last two newsletters are available, providing insight on faculty, students, events and reseach within the MBMB graduate program. Below are a couple of highlights from our newsletter, "The Research Communique".

Mike Flister

Mike Flister, Ph.D. student in the lab of Dr. Sophia Ran 
(MMICB, Springfield)

Recently I had the experience of a lifetime while attending the 60th Meeting of the Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany. This year the meeting brought together approximately 650 graduate students, postdocs, and early career scientists from all over the world to meet and interact with 61 Noble Laureates from the fields of Physics, Chemistry, and Physiology and Medicine. For me the trip began in Washington DC at the Department of Energy, where I had a chance to meet the other ~70 graduate students from institutes all over the country that were part of the US delegation to the meeting. This in itself was an awesome experience!


I like this class!

Joshua Geltz, student in Dr. William Halford's lab

Joshua Geltz began as a MS student in the Public Health program at the Carbondale campus. He is now pursuing his PhD at SIU in Springfield in Dr. William Halford’s lab. Here are his thoughts on the MBMB 441 Virology class: “What a refreshing change and addition to the Microbiology Department courses offered at Southern Illinois University. In addition to providing medically relevant viral information during the time of the H1N1 pandemic, the Molecular Virology course provided a fundamental framework with which to build an even stronger scientific knowledge base. When taken along with Immunology, Medical Microbiology, and Bacterial & Viral Genetics as part of an educational portfolio, Molecular Virology completes the picture(s) of infection, immune response/evasion, and evolution of not just the virus but of the host as well. The instructors were immeasurably valuable during the duration of the course as they were extremely knowledgeable, approachable, and encouraged participation to ensure that students didn't just memorize the information but truly understood key concepts to the best of their abilities. However, that being said, this course was very challenging and rewarded those that put forth the effort. It is partly because of this course that I am pursuing my PhD studies in Springfield focusing in the virology discipline. I strongly recommend this course and personally feel better prepared to continue this next educational step as a result of having taken Molecular Virology.”