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.



March 9, 2018: First preprint submission to bioRxiv is complete! This new report details the Rickettsia parkeri mutants we found in a transposon mutagenesis screen. See the submission here and stay tuned for the official publication.

March 6, 2018: Round 1 biology department rotations are over and we just said goodbye to our first ever rotons! Thanks for your hard work, Allen and Anna. 

February 13, 2018: This week completes our back-to-back Olympus scope demos. We're finally done with the parade-of-scopes!

December 11, 2017: Nikon is taking over the scope room for demo #3. Getting closer to decision time!

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