Lab News

22_06: Students Audrey Parish and Chris Robinson are awarded a Project Apis m Costco scholarship!

22_06: The lab travels to DC for 9 total presentations! Josh Jones, co-mentored with Armin Moczek, takes best poster presentation!

22_04: The lab goodbye to Dr. Jon Massey, who is moving on to a position at LanzaTech.

22_03: Final thesis chapter of former graduate student Tamanash Bhattacharya published in PLoS Pathogens! Differential viral RNA methylation contributes to pathogen blocking.

22_01: Lindsay’s manuscript, showing Wolbachia promote their own uptake, out on BioRxiv!

22_01: Audrey’s publication, showing that B. apis is a nutritional mutualist of bee larvae, out on BioRxiv!

21_12: Graduate student Lindsay Nevalainen defends her dissertation successfully! She will be transitioning to the Mayo Clinic microscopy facility, where she will leverage her microscopy skills to help others in their research.

21_07: The lab moves out of our old digs in the Biology Building and to Myers Hall for much needed extra space.

21_07: Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Jon Massey’s first paper is published in Trends in Microbiology! Read about endosymbiont toxins, what we know, what we don’t, and what’s left to discover!

21_05: New graduate student, Will Hamilton joins the lab. Welcome Will! He is interested how Wolbachia effectors alter host cell function.

21_02: The last paper from Dr. Amelia Lindsey’s postdoctoral fellowship is published in mBio – read about how Wolbachia alters the host transcriptome and how we used this RNAseq analysis to identify cellular pathways impinged upon by both endosymbiont and virus.

20_11: Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Lílian Caesar officially accepts offer to join our research group! She will be working remotely in Brazil until her visa is approved and we are so excited to welcome her in October of 2021!

20_06: Research Associate Dr. Melissa Phelps officially starts in the lab following up on results by Kathy Sheehan – can’t wait to see what she’ll discover!

20_05: Postdoctoral fellow Jon Massey officially accepts offer to join the lab! We are so excited to welcome him July 1st.

20_05: Undergraduate student Kaeli Bryant’s project on how Wolbachia infection increases recombination rate in Drosophila is published.

20_05: More genomes of nectar-associated bacterial strains! From Eric Smith, Delaney Miller, Audrey Parish, in collaboration with Quinn McFrederick.

20_01: Graduate Student Tamanash Bhattacharya’s second chapter is also submitted – now in PLoS Pathogens -Viral RNA is a target for Wolbachia mediated pathogens blocking.

20_01: Graduate Student Delaney Miller’s 1st chapter is submitted! A honey bee symbiont protects from fungal pathogens!

19_12: Postdoc Eric Smith publishes the genome sequence of a honey bee symbiont isolated by undergraduate Sylvie Martin-Eberhardt!

19_10: It’s official – postdoctoral fellow Amelia Lindsey will be starting her own lab at the University of Minnesota come June 2020 – congrats to her!

19_05: The lab is awarded a Johnson Center Innovation grant to work on honey bee associated microbes!

19_04: More great funding news! Grad students Audrey Parish and Delaney Miller receive a major award from Project Apis m. to study the microbiota of honey bees.

19_02: Big funding news – postdoc Eric Smith received notice of a NIFA award and Irene’s R01 scored 3rd percentile!

18_08: Irene’s on Sabbatical till January – see you then!

18_07: Kathy Sheehan and Irene publish a resource describing the gateway vector library of Wolbachia effectors.

18_06: Dr. Freddy Lee publishes his second chapter from his thesis uncovering metabolic diversity in the honey bee gut microbiome.

18_06: Student Luke Henry publishes his masters thesis on Wolbachia titers correlated with mitochondrial titers during maternal transmission in the fruit fly.

18_02: Amelia and Tamanash publish an excellent review on the molecular mechanisms of pathogen blocking – what we know and what we don’t know.

18_01: Amelia takes the lead on our analysis of molecular evolution for the cytoplasmic incompatibility genes cifA and cifB 

17_10: Tamanash’s review accepted to Environmental Microbiology! Read about Wolbachia effectors and how they influence host cell biology.

17_09: New graduate student Audrey Parish joins the lab! Welcome Audrey! She is interested in the honey bee associated Parasaccharibacter species.

17_08: Dr. Irene Newton gave her tenure seminar and submitted her dossier – the faculty vote was positive! Now to wait for the official college letter.

17_07: Danny Rice leads our analysis of the evolution of Wolbachia type IV effectors – published in Genome Biology and Evolution

17_07: New postdocs Amelia Lindsey and Eric Smith join the lab – Amelia is fired up to work on Wolbachia pathogen blocking and Eric on honey bee queen symbionts.

16_06: Lots of news to report for the lab. Our paper describing the first candidate type IV effector in Wolbachia is accepted to mBio! and grad student Kayla Miller and PI Newton are on their way to ASM this month in Boston #ASMMicrobe2016 here we come!

16_05: Our manuscript on Wolbachia genome evolution with Seth Bordenstein and Jack Werren is published in Genome Biology and Evolution!

15_08: Newton lab members Lindsay Nevalainen, Mairead O’Connor-Maleney and Kathy Sheehan present posters at the Midwest Microbial Pathogenesis Conference while PI Newton gives a talk. Wolbachia represented in force!

15_07: Freddy Lee gives a great talk at the 8th Congress of the International Symbiosis Society in Lisbon, Portugal.

15_07: Zach Rokop and Melissa Horton’s paper on lactic acid bacteria in the honey bee accepted in AEM.

15_04: NSF Funded! The Newton Lab awarded a three year NSF grant on Wolbachia pathogenesis.

15_03: The lab’s work on interactions between Wolbachia and host actin accepted in PLoS Pathogens!

15_02: Watch a youtube recording of the seminar given by Irene Newton on the Twitter Microbiology Research Seminar

15_01: The lab welcomes four new graduate students: Kayla Miller, Lucas Henry, Lindsay Nevalainen, and Mairead O’Connor-Maleney

14_10_30: The lab’s most recent paper on Wolbachia adaptation to host passage is accepted for publication in journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology!

14_10: The lab’s two undergraduate researchers, Zach Rokop and Maneesh Tiwari, are accepted into medical school – congrats to them for all their hard work.

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