Journal and Conference Highlights

Year Highlight, Awarding Journal or Conference
Journal Highlights
2011 Balasubramanian, K.F. Kong, S. Jayawardena, S. Leal, R. Sautter, and K. Mathee. Coregulation of -lactam resistance, alginate production, and quorum sensing in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Journal of Medical Microbiology 60:147-156. Featured in MDLinx web site (www.MDLinx.com). "MDLinx is the world's most up-to-date index of articles that matter in the daily lives of physicians and other healthcare professionals."
2008 K. Mathee, G. Narasimhan, C. Valdes, X. Qiu, J. M. Matewish , M. Koehrsen, A. Rokas, C. N. Yandava, R. Engels, E. Zeng, R. Olavarietta, M. Doud, R. Smith , P. Montgomery, J. White, P. A. Godfrey, C. Kodira, B. Birren, J. Galagan and S. Lory. Dynamics of Pseudomonas aeruginosa genome evolution. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences USA 105(8):3100-3105. - Highlighted by Genome Technology Online, Feb 20, 2008, “Survival through genome shapeshifting” - Selected for review by Faculty of 1000: Biology
2008 S. Roy S, H. Vedala, A.D. Roy, D.H. Kim, M. Doud, K. Mathee, H.K. Shin, N. Shimamoto, V. Prasad and W. Choi. Direct electrical measurements on single-molecule genomic DNA using single-walled carbon nanotubes. Nano Letters 8:26-30. Highlighted by - Nanowerk Spotlight, Dec 28, 2007, “DNA electronics in nanotechnology” - NewScientist Tech, Dec 4, 2007, “Nanoelectrodes could provide bird flu test” - NewScientist, “Nantube electrodes could provide avian flu test” - NanoScienceWorks, jan 2008, “Nanotube electrodes can “match” DNA via signals” - Technology Reviews, February 13, 2008, “Wiring up DNA” - Nature Spotlight on a related article that appeared in Feb 2008 included our work."
2005 K.F. Kong, S.R. Jayawardena, S. D. Indulkar, A. del Puerto, C-L. Koh, N. Høiby, and K.  Mathee. Pseudomonas aeruginosa AmpR is a global transcriptional factor that regulates expression of AmpC and PoxB b-lactamases, proteases, quorum sensing and other virulence factors. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 49:4567-75. Article selected for Journal Highlights in the ASM News December issue. A monthly issue that highlights one article per journal that describes new and exciting developments in microbial research.
2004 A.P. Stapper, G. Narasimhan, D.E. Ohman, J. Barakat, M. Hentzer, S. Molin, A. Kharazmi, N. Høiby, K. Mathee. Alginate production affects Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm development and architecture, but is not essential for biofilm formation. Journal of Medical Microbiology 53:679-690. It became one of the 50-most-frequently read articles, at one point ranking number 5.
1999 K. Mathee, O. Ciofu, C. Sternberg, P.W. Lindum, J.I. Campbell, P. Jensen, A.H. Johnsen, M. Givskov, D.E. Ohman, S. Molin, N. Høiby, and A. Kharazmi. Mucoid conversion of Pseudomonas aeruginosa by hydrogen peroxide: a mechanism for virulence activation in the cystic fibrosis lung. Microbiology 145:1349-1357. - Article selected for Hot Off The Press in Microbiology Today 26:135; A quarterly issue that highlights new and exciting developments in microbial research.
Conference Highlights
03/2010 "3rd Annual Undergraduate Research Life Symposium, Florida International University, March 27th - C. Ceballos, L.Florez, L. Schneper and K. Mathee. Mapping mutations responsible for the nonmucoid reversion phenotype of mucoid Pseudomonas aeruginosa - M. Rodriguez, N. Maricic, L. Schneper, and K. Mathee. Dismantling bacterial offenses that cause debilitating human infections by jamming their communication Camilla and Laura won the Best Presentation Award. - Michael was placed second in the Best Presentation Award.
04/2009 2009 Graduate Student Association Annual Scholarly Forum - M. Doud, P. Gillivet, M. Light and K. Mathee. Community Sequencing Analysis of Bacterial Communities Found within Cystic Fibrosis Lung. Oral Presentation by Melissa.
06/2008 107th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Boston, MA. June 1st – 5th. - D. Zincke, D. Balasubramanian, K-F.Kong, L. Schneper, K. Mathee. Characterization of the poxAB operon in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Abstract #A-083 Diansy received an ASM travel award.
03/2008 8th Comparative Immunology Symposium. Immunodiversity: Cellular and molecular interactions. Miami, FL. Mar 6th – 7th. - N. Baker, M. Doud, L. Schenepr and K. Mathee.  Fungal analysis of the cystic fibrosis lung using Amplicon Length Hetereogentiy – Polymerase Chain Reaction Melissa received the third prize for the Presentation Award
02/2008 "10th Annual Biology Research Symposium, Feb 16th, Kampong Botanical Gardens, Miami, FL - D. Balasubramanian, L. Schneper, O. Caille, M. Merighi, A. Brencic, R. Smith, E. Zeng, S. Lory, G. Narasimhan, K. Mathee; Elucidating the Pseudomonas aeruginosa AmpR regulon. - N. Maricic, B. Ramalingam,  J.M.E. Quirke, N. Rodriguez, L. Schneper, K. Mathee; Investigating the role of ginsenosides on antibacterial and anti-quorum sensing against Chromobacterium violaceum. - M.S. Doud, N. Baker, L. Schneper, K. Mathee; Metagenomic analysis of the cystic fibrosis lung using Amplicon Length Heterogeneity Polymerase Chain Reaction. Melissa’s and Deepak’s abstracts were selected for oral presentation and Melissa was placed second in the Best Presentation Award. - Natalie won best poster presentation award
10/2007 "2007 Annual Meeting of the Florida Branch American Society for Microbiology, Oct 6th  – 8th, St. Peterburg, FL. - D. Balasubramanian, K.F. Kong, A. Aguila, G. Narasimhan, J. Park, T. Uehara, M. Merighi, S. Lory and K. Mathee. Toward the Understanding of the mechanism of ß-lactamase induction in Pseudomonas aeruginosa - N. Maricic, B. Ramalingam, J.M. Quirke and K. Mathee. Standardization of ginsenosides in Panax ginseng - M. Doud and K. Mathee. Molecular analysis cystic fibrosis sputum metagenome using Amplicon Length Heterogeneity – Polymerase Chain Reaction (ALH-PCR) Melissa’s abstract was selected for oral presentation and was placed second in the Best Presentation Award in the Graduate Students Category. - Deepak and Natalie won best poster presentation awards in Graduate and Undergraduates Students Category, respectively.
09/2007 FIU Minority Biomedical Research Mini-Symposium. University Park. FL. Sept 27th. - M. Doud and K. Mathee. Molecular analysis of the polymicrobial disease, cystic fibrosis, using Amplicon Length Heterogeneity - Polymerase Chain Reaction (ALH-PCR) Melissa won the Best Presentation Award in the Graduate Students Category
06/2006 47th Annual Meeting of the Society for Economic Botany in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  June 5th-9th, 2006. - A. Adonizio, K.F. Kong, and K. Mathee. Anti-quorum sensing potential of South Florida medicinal plants and the attenuation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa pathogenicity. Allison’s abstract was selected for an oral presentation
05/2006 106th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Orlando, FL. May 21st – 25th. - A. L. Adonizio, K-F. Kong, S. Leal, K. Downum, and K. Mathee. The ability of the medicinal plant Conocarpus erectus (Combretaceae) to inhibit bacterial virulence through interruption of cell-cell communication. Abstract #: A-063/021 Allison received an ASM travel award.
02/2006 American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting. - L. I. Moreno, D.  Mills, J. Entry, R. Sautter and K. Mathee. Potential use of Microbial DNA in soil forensics. Lilliana’s abstract was selected for publication of the full article at the Journal of Forensic Science
03/2006 8th Biomedical and Comparative Immunology Symposium. Immunodiversity: Cellular and molecular interactions. Miami, FL. Mar 3th – 4th. - A. Adonizio, and K. Mathee. Anti-quorum sensing agents from South Florida medicinal plants and their potential to attenuate Pseudomonas aeruginosa pathogenicity. Allison received the second prize for the Presentation Award.
09/2005 45th Annual International Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) on September 21 – 24, 2005 in New Orleans, LA. - K.F. Kong, S.R. Jayawardena, S. Indulaker, A. del Puerto, C. Koh, N. Høiby and K. Mathee. Pseudomonas aeruginosa AmpR is a global transcriptional factor that regulates expression of AmpC and PoxB b-lactamases, proteases, quorum sensing and other virulence factors. Mr. Kong’s abstract was selected for an oral presentation. He also received a travel award to this meeting. However it was cancelled due to the Hurricane Katrina.
09/2005 4th Biannual Meeting of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Response, Sept 14th  – 18th, Cold Spring Harbor, NY. - A. Adonizio, K.F. Kong, and K. Mathee. Anti-quorum sensing activity of South Florida medicinal plants. Abstract #13.
07/2005 FIU 2005 Summer Research Institute Symposium. Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. - K. Anson, G. Tachiev, K. Mathee. Development of mold remediation process using hydrogen peroxide catalyzed by Fe(II) iron. Ms. Anson won the first prize for the Poster Presentation and third prize for the best Research Report.
06/2005 46th Annual Meeting of the Society for Economic Botany at Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, TX  June 5th-10th, 2005. - A. Adonizio, K. Downum, B. Bennett, and K. Mathee. Anti-quorum sensing compounds from plants: expanding or view of anti-bacterial efficacy. Ms. Adonizio’s abstract was selected for an oral presentation.
03/2005 2005 Graduate Student Association Annual Scholarly Forum - M. Doud. S. Miller, D. Mills, and K. Mathee. Profiling of microbial communities using amplicon length heterogeneity-polymerase chain reaction. - L. Moreno, D. Mill, J. Entry, T.T. Sautter and K. Mathee. Molecular and chemical characterization of three Miami-Dade soil types for forensic comparison. Ms. Doud won the first prize for oral presentation in the Life Sciences Category. - Ms. Moreno won the second prize for poster presentation in the Life Sciences Category"
05/2005 81st Annual American Chemical Society Meeting – FAME 2005. Orlando, FL. May 6th to 8th.  - L. Moreno,D. Mill, J. Entry, T.T. Sautter and K. Mathee. Molecular and chemical characterization of three Miami-Dade soil types for forensic comparison. Lilliana’s abstract was selected for an oral presentation.
06/2004 The Joint 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Economic Botany with the International Society of Ethnobiology and the 8th International Society for Ethnopharmacology at University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. June 13th – 17th. - Adonizio, K. Downum, B. Bennett, and K. Mathee. Identification of quorum sensing inhibitors in South Florida medicinal plants: an understudied aspect of efficacy. Allison received the best presentation award.
03/2004 6th Comparative Immunology Symposium. Immunodiversity: Cellular and molecular interactions. Miami, FL. Mar 4th – 5th. - K-F. Kong, S. Jayawardena, A. del Puerto, and K. Mathee. Characterization of poxA, a chromosomal-encoded Pseudomonas aeruginosa oxacillinase. Abstract was selected for oral presentation.
01/2004 2003/2004 Biology Research Symposium, FIU, Miami, FL. Jan 31st. - Sautter, R., D. Ramos, and K. Mathee. Molecular mechanisms involved in the mucoid-to-nonmucoid conversion of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Abstract was selected for oral presentation.
10/2003 FIU MBRS Mini-Symposium. University Park. FL. Oct 1st. - R. Sautter, and K. Mathee. Molecular mechanisms involved in the mucoid-to-nonmucoid conversion of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Abstract was selected for oral presentation.
05/2003 "103rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Washington, D.C. May 18th – 22nd. - K-F. Kong, S. Jayawardena, and K. Mathee. Characterization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa ampG involved in b-lactamase expression. Abstract #A-064. - C. Yang, Y. Wang, D. Mills, K. Mathee, P. Gillevet, J. Entry, K. Jayachandran, and G. Narasimhan. An ecoinformatics tool for microbial diversity studies: Supervised classification of ALH profiles of 16S rRNA. Abstract #R-043. Kok-Fai and Chengyong received ASM student travel awards."
10/2002 FIU MBRS Mini-Symposium. University Park Campus, Miami, FL. Oct 2nd. - A. Aguila, and K. Mathee. Topology analysis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa AmpG, a putative permease. Abstract was selected for oral presentation.
07/2002 7th Asian Conference on Transcription (ACT-VII), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. July 23rd – 27th. - D. Ramos, A. Heydorn, C. Koh, and K. Mathee. Loss of alginate production in mucoid Pseudomonas aeruginosa occurs via deregulation of the alternative sigma factor AlgT. Abstract #7034. - G. Narasimhan, C. Bu, Y. Gao, X. Wang, N. Xu, G. Zheng, and K Mathee.  Mining protein sequences for motifs. Abstract #7033. Damaris received numerous travel awards from various sources. Abstract was selected for oral presentation.
02/2002 4th Comparative Immunology Symposium. Miami, FL. Feb 28th – Mar 1st. - Z. Song, H. Wu, A. Kharazmi, N. Høiby, O. Ciofu, J. Rygaard, and K. Mathee. Alginate production protects Pseudomonas aeruginosa from host immune clearance in a mouse model of acute lung infection. Selected for oral presentation.
02/2002 Florida Georgia-Stokes League in Alliance for Minority Participation Exposition, Orlando, FL. - M. R. Iriarte, and K. Mathee. Bacterial communication in expression of the virulent genes of the pathogenic Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Abstract was selected for oral presentation. Ms. Iriarte was placed second in Life-Science Presentation Category. - Z. Song, H. Wu, K. Mathee, N. Hoiby, and A. Kharazmi. Effects of Gerimax ginseng treatment on the chronic lung infection with mucoid and non-mucoid P. aeruginosa in rats. Abstract #A-121 Selected by ASM for Press release titled as “Can ginseng combat bacterial infection?" - CBS journalist made an interview Dr. Song which appeared in CBS Health Watch on May 25, 2001 titled as “Ginseng May Fight Bacterial Infection, Help Cystic Fibrosis Sufferers”."
06/2000 13th International Cystic Fibrosis Conference. Stockholm, Sweden. June 4th – 8th. - H. Wu, Z. Song, M. Givskov, K. Mathee, J. Rygaard, and N. Høiby. Quorum sensing systems on chronic lung Infection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in rat model. Abstract  #310. Abstract was selected for oral presentation.
09/1997 6th International Congress on Pseudomonas: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Madrid, Spain. Sept 4th – 8th. - D. E. Ohman, K. Mathee, S. Ma, and C.J. McPherson. Post-translational control of an alternative sigma factor in the expression of the alginate regulon in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Abstract #IV. Invited talk.
08/1997 The Annual meeting of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories on Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages. Madison, Wisconsin. Aug 5th – 10th. - D.E. Ohman,K. Mathee, and C.J. McPherson. Post-translational control of an alternative sigma factor in the expression of the alginate regulon in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Abstract #56. Abstract was selected for oral presentation.
08/1995 5th International Symposium on Pseudomonas: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Tsukuba, Japan. Aug 21st – 25th. - D.E. Ohman, K. Mathee, C. McPherson, S. Ma, and M.J. Franklin. Regulation of the alginate (algD) operon in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Invited talk.
05/1995 95th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. Washington, D.C. May 21st– 25th. - D.E. Ohman, C.J. McPherson, and K. Mathee. Transcriptional analysis of algT encoding a putative alternate sigma factor in Pseudomonas aeruginosa involved in alginate gene regulation. Abstract #B77. Invited talk.