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.
RECENT Lab News
August 9th, 2019: Farewell to our first Lamason Lab MSRP student, Julissa Burgos. Thanks for an awesome summer and good luck in the future!
July 25th, 2019: New funding for the Lamason lab!! We were just awarded a Surdna Junior Faculty Research Fund from MIT!
June 26th, 2019: The lab’s first manuscript was just accepted at MBoC! Thanks to Allen, Cassandra, and Arianna, as well as our collaborators Indro and Vida for their help getting us to this big milestone.
June 12th, 2019: Cassandra gave a fantastic talk about her work on the secreted effector Sca4 at this week’s Building 68 MIT Biology retreat.
June 3rd, 2019: Welcome to the lab Julissa! Julissa Burgos will be working in the Lamason lab this summer as part of the MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP-Bio).
May 28th, 2019: This week we welcomed our newest lab member, Yamilex Acevedo-Sánchez! Yami is a first-year graduate student in the Department of Biology who will be joining our quest to explore the mechanisms of pathogen spread. Welcome to the team, Yami!!
May 10th, 2019: CONGRATULATIONS to Desmond! Desmond was awarded the Peter J. Eloranta Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. This award was established in 1969 and is given to select students planning creative and student-led summer research projects.
April 22nd, 2019: CONGRATULATIONS to Emily! Emily was selected to be a Johnson & Johnson UROP scholar. This program will fund her full-time work in the lab this summer, as well as provide scholars with valuable networking and career guidance from MIT faculty.