American Society for Microbiology honors Douglas Weibel

July 14, 2008

Washington, DC--June 24, 2008-- The 2008 American Society for Microbiology (ASM) ICAAC Young Investigator Award will be presented to Douglas Weibel, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Sponsored by the ASM, this award recognizes early career scientists for excellence in research in microbiology and infectious diseases.

Dr. Weibel's work while a graduate student at Cornell focused on revealing the structures of natural products that are used by insects for defense. Through his chemical background, Dr. Weibel was able to make great advances in this area. Presently, Dr. Weibel investigates how bacteria respond to the environment. He has found a way to control the peptidoglycan synthesis of Escherichia coli, which was shown by his ability to transform these cells into different shapes. Through this research he hopes to explore the role specific bacterial proteins play in determining cell shape. Dr. Weibel also investigates how the chemical and mechanical properties of surfaces play a role in the differentiation and growth of bacterial cells, which has implications for understanding microbial life cycles. As a result of his extensive research, Dr. Weibel has won numerous awards and published over thirty peer-reviewed publications and reviews.

Dr. Weibel received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. He then received his M.S. and his Ph.D., both in Chemistry, from Cornell University. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University.

The ICAAC Young Investigator Award will be presented during ASM's 48th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy/46th IDSA Annual Meeting, October 25 - October 28, 2008 in Washington, DC. ASM is the world's oldest and largest life science organization and has more than 43,000 members worldwide. ASM's mission is to advance the microbiological sciences and promote the use of scientific knowledge for improved health and economic and environmental well-being.
-end-


American Society for Microbiology

Related Microbiology Articles from Brightsurf:

79 Fellows elected to the American Academy of Microbiology
In January of 2015, the American Academy of Microbiology elected 79 new Fellows.

New discovery in the microbiology of serious human disease
Previously undiscovered secrets of how human cells interact with a bacterium which causes a serious human disease have been revealed in new research by microbiologists at The University of Nottingham.

4 cells turn seabed microbiology upside down
With DNA from just four cells, researchers reveal how some of the world's most abundant organisms play a key role in carbon cycling in the seabed.

87 scientists elected to the American Academy of Microbiology
Eighty-seven microbiologists have been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology.

Tips from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology
This release includes information about these articles: Specific Bacterial Species May Initiate, Maintain Crohn's; Bacteria Involved in Sewer Pipe Corrosion Identified; Antibodies to Immune Cells Protect Eyes In Pseudomonas Infection; Dangerous Form of MRSA, Endemic In Many US Hospitals, Increasing in UK.

Tips from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology
Upcoming articles from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology include:

Microbiology brought to life in Nottingham
Antimicrobial insect brains, mouth bacteria behaving badly and the hundreds of microbial communities that lurk in household dust are just some of the highlights at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting in Nottingham next week.

Tips from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology
The following are tips from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology:

Tips from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology
The following are tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology:

New text focuses on microbiology of historic artifacts
Historic and culturally important artifacts, like all materials, are vulnerable to microbial attack.

Read More: Microbiology News and Microbiology Current Events
Brightsurf.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.