This year 31 faculty members across the University of Kentucky were nominated by undergraduate students to receive recognition as an excellent research mentor. I was nominated by Katie Alexander, a senior who has been working in the lab for the past 2.5 years. After graduation, Katie will spend the summer working in the lab to finish up her projects and then head to a PhD program at Emory University. Each of the nomination letters is reviewed by a small committee, and three are selected as the winners. I was shocked and delighted to be chosen for this honor today! Because of the lab shut down, the ceremony took place via Zoom conference, and I was able to watch a short video presentation from Katie explaining why she nominated me. I've always enjoyed having undergrads in the lab. It's fun to watch their careers develop. Thanks again, Katie - I really appreciated your thoughtful nomination.
Several members of the D'Orazio lab attended the annual American Society for Microbiology Microbe Meeting in San Francisco, CA from June 20-24th, 2019.
Undergraduates Taylor Senay and Katie Alexander were both authors on a poster presentation entitled "Neurotropic strains of Listeria monocytogenes disseminate to the brain without reaching high titer in the blood." ASM Microbe is a huge meeting, and can be a bit overwhelming, but I think both students really enjoyed seeing so many aspects of the field of Microbiology represented, as they contemplate their future career paths.