News : Microbiology Society Journals' Prize Winners

05 January 2017

Last year saw the Microbiology Society journals sponsor a number of poster presentation and oral communication prizes. Winners received a cash prize, one year’s complimentary membership to the Microbiology Society and a certificate for best poster or communication. We would also like to thank our Editors for taking part in presenting and awarding these prizes. Below are some of our prize winners for this year:

Eleanor Jameson, Microbial Genomics

On what got her into science: “As a child I was always interested in the natural world, but I really remember collecting different types of caterpillars, feeding them up, watching them pupate, and then releasing the butterflies. I have just always wanted to know why and find out more about the world.”

Kathryn Rychli, Microbial Genomics

On her poster, explained for children: “Most of the bacteria are ‘good guys’, which support us. Unfortunately there are also ‘bad guys’, so called pathogens, making us sick. We work with the pathogen Listeria, which can live in our food and in factories producing food. We want to understand why this bacterium is able to live in the food producing environment, to get ideas how to get rid of this bacterium, that it cannot harm us anymore.”

Michael Gerth, Microbial Genomics

On what he is currently working on: “I am working on the evolution of inherited microbes of arthropods. This is a relatively novel field that develops fast, and it adds to the view that animal biology and evolution cannot be understood without understanding the microbes associated with the animals.”

Carina Conceição, Journal of General Virology

On exciting research right now? “Well currently I am doing a PhD on avian influenza A viruses (IAV) and as you can imagine from the previous answer what excites me the most is understanding how viruses work. Namely, my project is about studying the different morphologies of IAV and seeing how this correlates with pathogenicity of the viruses and transmission.”

Jacob Miller, International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology

On what life would have been without science? “I would probably be a wrestling coach and a school teacher. I was lucky enough to have a scientist for a teacher, Dr. Monie, and through her class, I decided that I wanted to understand the world around me as best as I could.”

Kristine Arnvig, Microbial Genomics

On who influenced her interest in science? “It was in high school where I learnt about molecular biology; which was the most interesting discipline. If I had to identify a person, I guess it would be my high school biology teacher, who was extremely enthusiastic.”

Ali McCully, Microbiology

On what she is developing right now: “I am most excited to be developing an important model system that I think can help us answer important questions relating to bacterial physiology within communities. My research focuses on microbial interactions with an obligate mutualism, specifically on how nutrient exchange and metabolic processes impact mutualism dynamics.”

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