Albert Siryaporn Awarded NIH/NRSA Fellowship
Albert Siryaporn, a postdoctoral fellow in the Gitai lab, was awarded the NIH/NRSA fellowship for his project Negative Regulation of Virulence in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Albert is interested in how bacteria regulate virulence and motility mechanisms in response to environmental signals. In particular, he is exploring how the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa detects and responds to mechanical forces such as those produced by fluid flow and those encountered during growth on cellular and abiotic surfaces. As P. aeruginosa is a major cause of illness, this work may help shed some light on the role of mechanical stimulation in pathogenesis and disease.