Emily Bryant and Ambrocio Sanchez get awards at 2017 ABRCMS meeting!

The 17th ABRCMS meeting took place in Phoenix, Arizona during November 1-4, 2017. This year students presented results of their summer projects on structure and evolution of multi-drug resistant plasmids. Emily Bryant and Ambrocio Sanchez received awards for their poster presentations in Physiology and Computational Biology, respectively. Titles of all presentations are listed below.

  1. O. S. Adegbite, A. Tatarenkov, L. Mota-Bravo (2017) Mosaic multidrug resistant region on plasmid from environmental Escherichia coli. Poster. Presented at 2017 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Phoenix, Arizona.
  2. E. E. Bryant, A. Tatarenkov, L. Mota-Bravo (2017) Environmental Escherichia coli carries extended spectrum beta-lactamase antibiotic resistance genes. Poster. Presented at 2017 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Phoenix, Arizona. *Award in Physiology.
  3. A. Sanchez, A. Tatarenkov, L. Mota-Bravo (2017) Discovery and evolutionary trajectory of a multidrug resistant, blaCTX-M-14 harboring plasmid in Escherichia coli from environment. Poster. Presented at 2017 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Phoenix, Arizona. *Award in Computational and Systems Biology.
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Cezar Borba, Janerys Munoz, Jack Oliver and Carlos Vasquez win 2016 ABRCMS awards!

The 16th ABRCMS conference was held in Tampa, Florida during November 9-12, 2016. This year students ventured into new brave world of next-generation sequencing (NGS), and with great success. Cezar Borba, Janerys Munoz, Jack Oliver and Carlos Vasquez got awards for their poster presentations in Microbiology, Genetics, Cell Biology, and Bioinformatics. Titles of all presentations are listed below.

  1. C. R. Borba†, A. Tatarenkov, L. Mota-Bravo (2016) Twelve antibiotic resistance genes found in Raoultella ornithinolytica. Poster. Presented at 2016 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Tampa, Florida. *Award in Microbiology.
  2. J. Munoz†, A. Tatarenkov, L. Mota-Bravo (2016) Conjugative plasmid from environmental E. coli carries a cassette-independent trimethoprim-resistant dfrA gene. Poster. Presented at 2016 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Tampa, Florida. * Award in Genetics.
  3. E. Medina†, A. Tatarenkov, L. Mota-Bravo (2016) The genetic environment of extended spectrum β-lactamase blaCTX-M-3 in the plasmid of a Klebsiella pneumoniae. Poster. Presented at 2016 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Tampa, Florida.
  4. J. A. Oliver†, A. Tatarenkov, L. Mota-Bravo (2016) Genomic characterization of a class II integron from an environmental Escherichia coli. Poster. Presented at 2016 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Tampa, Florida. *Award in Cell Biology.
  5. O. S. Ortega†, A. Tatarenkov, L. Mota-Bravo (2016) Antibiotic resistance and virulence genes in extended spectrum beta-lactamase producing environmental Escherichia coli Isolate. Poster. Presented at 2016 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Tampa, Florida.
  6. P. L. I. Santibanez†, A. Tatarenkov, L. Mota-Bravo (2016) Role of mobile genetic elements in disseminating resistance to chloramphenicol in environmental Escherichia coli. Poster. Presented at 2016 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Tampa, Florida.
  7. C. A. Vasquez†, A. Tatarenkov, L. Mota-Bravo (2016) The beta-lactamase DHA-1 gene found in a novel IS26 transposase carried by an incF incompatibility group plasmid in an environmental Klebsiella pneumoniae. Poster. Presented at 2016 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Tampa, Florida. *Award in Bioinformatics.
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Cynthia Rodriguez gets honorable mention in Medicine and Public Health at AAAS 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC!

Amara Thind and Cynthia Rodriguez presented their work (posters) at AAAS 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, February 13-14. Titles of their presentations are shown below. Cynthia Rodriguez got honorable mention in Medicine and Public Health in a very tight competition. Congratulations!

C.I. Rodriguez, A. Tatarenkov, L. Mota-Bravo (2016) Multidrug resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae sequence type 258 producing KPC-2 carbapenamase. Poster. Presented at 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. *Honorable mention in category Medicine and Public Health.
A. Thind, A. Tatarenkov, L. Mota-Bravo (2016) Novel IncX5 plasmid in environmental Enterobacter asburiae. Poster. Presented at 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

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Congratulations to Cynthia Rodriguez, George Chavez, and Ryan Peña for ABRCMS awards!

The 15th ABRCMS conference took place in Seattle during November 11-14, 2015. All students performed really well. Cynthia Rodriguez, George Chavez, and Ryan Peña got awards for their poster presentations in sections Public Health, Microbiology, and Physiology, respectively. Titles of all presentations are listed below:

  1. Abaeze, A. Tatarenkov, L. Mota-Bravo (2015) Pathogenic pap genes in Escherichia coli collected from aquatic environments. Poster. Presented at 2015 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Seattle, Washington.
  2. Ali, A. Tatarenkov, L. Mota-Bravo (2015) Virulence genes encoding iron uptake mechanism in Escherichia coli from aquatic environments. Poster. Presented at 2015 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Seattle, Washington.
  3. Chavez, A. Tatarenkov, L. Mota-Bravo (2015) The prevalence of fimH in Escherichia coli isolated from the environment. Poster. Presented at 2015 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Seattle, Washington. *Award in Microbiology.
  4. Pena, A. Tatarenkov, L. Mota-Bravo (2015) Chloramphenicol resistance in environmental Escherichia coli. Poster. Presented at 2015 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Seattle, Washington. *Award in Physiology.
  5. C.I. Rodriguez, A. Tatarenkov, L. Mota-Bravo (2015) Antibiotic resistant genes in carbapenemase producing Klebsiella pneumoniae.  Poster. Presented at 2015 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Seattle, Washington. *Award in Public Health.
  6. Thind, A. Tatarenkov, L. Mota-Bravo (2015) New conjugative plasmid in environmental Enterobacter asburiae is similar to carbapenemase producing Klebsiella pneumoniae. Poster. Presented at 2015 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Seattle, Washington.
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Priscilla San Juan receives award at 2015 SACNAS National Conference!

Josselyn Peña and Priscilla San Juan participated in 2015 SACNAS National Conference in Washington, DC during October 29-31. Priscilla received award for her research poster presentation in the category Evolution/Ecology. Congratulations!

P. San Juan, L. Mota-Bravo, A. Tatarenkov (2015) Antibiotic-resistant genes in integrons from environmental Enterobacteriaceae. Poster. Presented at 2015 SACNAS national conference, Washington, DC. *Award in Evolution/Ecology.

J.K. Peña, L. Mota-Bravo, A. Tatarenkov (2015) Genetic characterization of integrons from environmental Aeromonas bacteria. Poster. Presented at 2015 SACNAS national conference, Washington, DC.

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