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Antiviral treatments inspire Stanford researchers to develop a new kind of cancer drug
Jeffrey Glenn, professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology, has spent years developing new ways to disrupt normal cellular processes in viruses. This work has led to drugs that can shrink and prevent the spread of tumors in mice.

Stanford postdoc and students cited as example to girls interested in STEM fields
Dorothy Tovar, PhD student in microbiology and immunology, is among those selected to be an IF/THEN ambassador.

In human cells and mice, a cure for the common cold, Stanford-UCSF study reports
Jan Carette, Associate Professor of microbiology and immunology is one of the authors of a paper describing how he and his colleagues found a way to stop a broad range of enteroviruses, including rhinoviruses, from replicating inside human cells in culture, as well as in mice. 

People’s response to flu vaccine influenced by gut microbes
Bali Pulderon PhD, professor of pathology and of microbiology and immunology ssyas the depletion of gut bacteria by antibiotics appears to leave the immune system less able to respond to new challenges, such as exposure to previously unencountered germs or vaccines.

Four Stanford faculty elected to National Academy of Sciences
Karla Kirkegaard, the Violetta L. Horton Research Professor, and professor of genetics and of Microbiology and Immunology, Mark Krasnow, Todd Martinez and William Weis are now part of an organization created in 1863 to advise the nation on issues related to science and technology.

Newly identified enzyme could play key role in childbirth and muscle diseases, Stanford scientists say
Study co-lead author Jonathan Diep, a graduate student in the lab of Stanford associate professor of microbiology and immunology Jan Carette, pointed out there could be other histidine methyltransferases hiding right under our noses.

Stanford to host global gathering of Schmidt Science Fellows
Professor John Boothroyd, the Burt and Marion Avery Professor of Immunology at Stanford School of Medicine, has been chosen as faculty director of the Stanford-based convening.

Stanford Researchers Awarded Nearly $5M to Map Cells of Colon
Michael Snyder, professor of Genetics, and Garry Nolan, professor of Microbiology and Immunology will lead the Stanford Tissue Mapping Center being funded by the NIH.

Chan Zuckerberg Biohub awards encourage Bay Area-wide research collaborations
Four Stanford faculty are among the eight investigators who will be leading the Microbiome Initiative: Michael Fischbach, associate professor of bioengineering; KC Huang, associate professor of bioengineering and of microbiology and immunology; David Relman, professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology; and Justin Sonnenburg, associate professor of microbiology and immunology.

Diversity, science leadership grants awarded to student-faculty pairs
Abel Ferrel, a microbiology and immunology graduate student whose work focuses on how the single-celled Toxoplasma parasite interacts with the host cell in the chronic stage of infection. His adviser is John Boothroyd, professor of microbiology and immunology.

Gut bacteria byproduct protects against Salmonella
A molecule called propionate inhibits the growth of Salmonella in mice and may be a promising new treatment for people sickened by the pathogen, according to a new Stanford study by Amanda Jacobson, the paper’s lead author and graduate student in microbiology and immunology and Denise Monack, professor of microbiology and immunology and senior author of the paper.