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  • Below are recent publications by IM students, faculty, and affiliates. Would you like your research showcased? Send your paper to in time for the next edition!

    *Indicates ISU faculty and affiliates 

    ^Indicates publications by IM students

  • Elizabeth Swanner, Assistant Professor in the Geologic and Atmospheric Sciences Department, received two new grants this fall:

    The first is an Iowa Space Grant Early Career Investigator Research Program (ECIRP) grant that will build a collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratory. The enrichment of manganese and other metals into lake sediments on Earth will be used to help better interpret the geological and possible microbial history archived on the surface of Mars. This ECIRP will likely fund an undergraduate and provide a unique research experience!

  • Justin Anast, third year PhD student in the Schmitz-Esser Lab, earned a 2nd place finish at the 2018 North Central Branch ASM conference in Mankato, Mn. His talk was titled, "Genome analysis of Brevibacterium strains isolated from Austrian hard cheese rinds reveals two novel Brevibacterium species and putative histamine catabolism pathway genes."

    For his efforts he received a $75 reward and a cholera plush toy, Congrats Justin! See him in action below:

  • IM student, Graham Redweik, and his research team were featured on the Dept. of Food Science and Human Nutrition website. Their work describes a new mouse model that can be colonized by harmful E. coli, and used to study pathogenesis in humans. 

    To read their featured story, visit the FSHN site.

  • Below is recent work performed by IM Faculty and Graduate Students. IM members are bolded and students have an asterisk (*). Do you have any recent publications or manuscripts in review? Send them to in time for the October/November edition!

  • Dr. Laura Jarboe, associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and IM Chair (2016 - 2018), is currently serving as Treasurer for the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnoclogy (SIMB). The SIMB is a nonprofit, international association dedicated to the advancement of microbiological sciences, especially as they apply to industrial products, biotechnology, materials, and processes.

  • Dr. Michael Cho, professor of biomedical sciences, has been awards two NIH grants titled 

    "Development of novel immunogens to induce 10E8-like neutralizing antibodiesand "Induction of broadly neutralizing antibodies against CD4 binding site."

    To learn more about each grant, see descriptions below.

  • 4th year PhD candidate, Daniel Nielsen, has received the competitive Talbot Graduate Fellowship in Veterinary Medicine. Daniel has received a $2,000 award for the Fall 2018 semester.

  • This award honors an individual or a research team that has significantly contributed to the scholarship of learning communities.

    Scholarship may include publications that are technical papers, conference proceedings, journal articles, capstones, theses, or dissertations that have been published, accepted for publication, or submitted and in review during the past two years.  

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