Cell Biology of HOst-Pathogen Interactions

In the Lamason lab, we investigate how intracellular bacterial pathogens hijack host cell processes to promote infection.

In particular, we study how Rickettsia parkeri and Listeria monocytogenes move through our tissues via a process called cell-to-cell spread. We utilize cellular, molecular, genetic, biochemical and biophysical approaches to elucidate the mechanisms of spread in order to reveal key aspects of pathogenesis and host cell biology.




September 24, 2018: The Lamason lab welcomes its newest lab member, Emily O’Rourke. Emily is an MIT undergraduate student who has started a UROP position with us. Welcome to the lab Emily!

August 1, 2018: Our new scope is finally here! We are having so much fun playing with our new toy.

July 23, 2018: Becky was selected to hold the Robert A. Swanson (1969) Career Development Professorship in the Life Sciences. We are very grateful to MIT and the Swanson family for this generous gift! See the news story here, and check out this video profile to hear more about what we do in the lab. 

June 8, 2018: New funding for the Lamason lab!! We were just awarded an MIT Research Support Committee grant from the James H. Ferry Jr. Fund for Innovation in Research Education. 

June 1, 2018: Welcome to our newest lab members, and first Lamason Lab graduate students (!) - Allen Sanderlin and Cassandra Vondrak. Allen is a student in the Department of Biology and Cassandra is a student in the Microbiology Program. Keep an eye out for all of the exciting work they'll be doing.

May 3, 2018: Our recent bioRxiv submission reporting our Rickettsia parkeri transposon mutagenesis screen was officially published in PLoS ONE today.

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