BMI Weekly News- May 3, 2021

BMI Weekly News                                                          

May 3, 2021 


•  Congratulations to the Theis and Holekamp (MSU) labs who have published a paper titled Host phylogeny and host ecology structure the mammalian gut microbiota at different taxonomic scales in the journal Animal Microbiome ( The study showed that host phylogeny and taxonomy strongly structure the gut microbiota across broad host taxonomic scales, but these gut microbiotas can be further modified by host ecology (i.e., diet, geography), especially among closely related host species. Connie Rojas, the lead author, completed the laboratory components of this research here at Wayne State University.  

• BMI Masters Students: 

◦ Congratulations to Farah Al-Hashimi from the Mitra Lab for successfully defending her thesis, Insights 

into the role of the LIV-1 subfamily of Human ZIP Transporters in Neurodegenerative Diseases using ZUPT from E. coli as a Model System. 

◦ Congratulations to Dipanwita Dutta Chowdhury from the Edwards Lab for successfully defending her 

thesis, Structural and Functional Studies of Cytochrome C and SPAG 16. 

◦ Congratulations to Kaitlyn Martin from the Yang Lab for successfully defending her thesis, SMYD5 and 

PEA-15 in the regulation of MAPK During Metastatic Breast Cancer. 

• BMI Faculty meeting is Thursday, May 6, 2021, 11:30am. 

• Call for 2021 SOM Award Nominations due Friday, May 21, 2021:   

Events This Week:  

• Immunology Focus Group Seminar: Speaker, Dr. Andrew Lipchik, Postdoctoral Fellow,  

Department of Genetics, Stanford University on Tuesday, May 4, 2020, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 

Title: “The IgG antibody paradox in insulin resistance: pathogenic and therapeutic” 


Meeting ID: 981 1622 4259 

Password: 391524 

Hosted by: Kang Chen, Ph.D. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine Wayne State University 

Sponsored by: The Office of Vice President for Research, Wayne State University, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, and Henry Ford Health System 


• Dr. Phil Pellett will give a Department of Neurology Grand Rounds talk on “Human Herpesviruses 6A and  

6B in Brain Diseases: Association versus Causation,” on Friday May 7, 2021, at 8:30 - 930 am.  The talk will include a biological overview of herpesviruses, with a focus on human herpesviruses 6A and 6B (HHV-6A and HHV-6B), discussion of criteria for establishing etiologic proof for high-prevalence viruses that establish latency, and discussion of defined and potential roles of HHV-6A and HHV-6B in neurologic diseases. 

Recent background: Komaroff, Pellett, Jacobson. Human Herpesviruses 6A and 6B in Brain Diseases: Association versus Causation. Clinical Microbiology Reviews 2020, PMID 33177186. 

Zoom link:


Upcoming Events: 

• Next BMI Seminar: Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 11:30am – 12:30pm via Zoom 

Speaker: Aaron Ralby, Ph.D., Founder/Director, Linguisticator Ltd, Cambridge and CEO Lynxeus, UK 

Title: “Activating Advanced Recall through Memory Palaces” 

Host: Dr. Matt Jackson  

Zoom Link: 

Meeting ID: 910 5516 1087 

Passcode: 313007 

Coronavirus Info:   

•  Website:    

▫ Campus Health Center – Coronavirus: COVID-19 – Recent updates:   

▫ WS students, faculty and staff eligible for COVID-19 testing for no out-of-pocket charge: COVID-19 Testing 

▫ Facts about the COVID-19 Vaccine: COVID-19 Vaccine Facts     

▫ Warrior Safe Training:  

▫ Campus Daily Screener:  

▫ Medical Campus operations:  

▫ Campus screener/follow-up process:    

•  Domestic and International Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Travel During COVID-19 | CDC 

•  Complete SOM guidelines:     

•  COVID-19 SOM return guidelines pdf:  

Links (as embedded in items above): 

•   WXYZ-TV Channel 7 – Spotlight on the News:  

•  President Roy Wilson – extended suspension of on-campus activities through the end of the semester, effective through April 26, 2021.   

•  Campus Health Center – Facts about the Covid-19 Vaccine   

•  Domestic & International Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic:  

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