Jason Heindl and Team Published in Scientific Reports Journal
Published on September 30, 2020
A team led by Jason Heindl, PhD, assistant professor of biological sciences at USciences, and his collaborator Clayton Caswell, PhD, of Virginia Tech has published their work in the journal Scientific Reports.
The team included several USciences researchers, Miranda Ginder MB’19, postdoctoral fellow Kevin Failor PhD, Julia Perkowski MB’20, and John Pinto (Cell Biology & Biotechnology MS’19), who all work in Dr. Heindl’s lab.
In the published work, the team characterizes a new regulator of gene expression, called VtlR, in the pathogenic bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens. VtlR contributes to pathogens of this bacterion, and this activity is conserved in other related human pathogens. Ultimately, these findings will allow the team to use Agrobacterium as a model to further understand VtlR function.
The team’s research was financially supported by grants from the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust and the National Institutes of Health, which were awarded to Dr. Heindl, as well as the Melvin Firman Undergraduate Summer Research Grant and the Arno Viehover Undergraduate Tuition Scholarship, which were awarded to Miranda Ginder.