Identifying differential expression of innate immune genes to Newcastle disease by breed and subline

Hens Image by JacLou DL from Pixabay

A new research synopsis entitled “Identifying differential expression of innate immune genes to Newcastle disease by breed and subline” by Catherine Herzog has been published on CIDDTV. The synopsis covers results from a study by Penn State researchers Megan Schilling, Sahar Memari, Meredith Cavanugh, Robab Katani, Jessica Radzio-Basu, and Vivek Kapur which investigated the transcriptional responses of innate immune genes to Newcastle disease virus infection in different sublines of the Fayoumi and Leghorn chicken breeds.

Link to the synopsis: http://epidemics.psu.edu/articles/view/identifying-differential-expression-of-innate-immune-genes-in-poultry-by-br

Past synopses can be found at http://epidemics.psu.edu/

If you would like your research featured on CIDDTV, please send an email to Ellen Brandell, our Research Synopsis Coordinator.

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Transcriptomics reveals that a generalist parasitic plant maintains host specificity

Striga hermonthica “purple witchweed” growing on maize (photo credit: Emily Bellis)

A new research synopsis entitled “Transcriptomics reveals that a generalist parasitic plant maintains host specificity” by Dr. Lúa López has been published on CIDDTV. The synopsis covers results from a study of transcriptomic diversity of purple witchweed across its interactions with different hosts which was led by Dr. Lúa López,then a postdoc in Lasky Lab , now a Research Assistant Professor at Binghamton University.

Link to the synopsis: http://epidemics.psu.edu/articles/view/transcriptomics-reveals-that-a-generalist-parasitic-plant-maintains-host-sp

Full text of the publication can be found at Lasky Lab’s “Publication” page.

Past synopses can be found at http://epidemics.psu.edu/

If you would like your research featured on CIDDTV, please send an email to Ellen Brandell, our Research Synopsis Coordinator.

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Variation in immune gene expression is related to Newcastle Disease Virus susceptibility in poultry

Poultry chicks with Newcastle disease virus (source: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

A new research synopsis entitled “Variation in immune gene expression is related to Newcastle Disease Virus susceptibility in poultry” by Kelly Rios has been published on CIDDTV. It covers recent results from the inter-institutional collaboration led by Megan Schilling, a recent graduate from Dr. Vivek Kapur‘s lab, on what leads to different level of susceptibility to Newcastle disease virus in various breeds of poultry.

Link to the synopsis: http://epidemics.psu.edu/articles/view/variation-in-innate-immune-gene-expression-is-related-to-newcastle-disease

Past synopses can be found at http://epidemics.psu.edu/

If you would like your research featured on CIDDTV, please send an email to Ellen Brandell, our Research Synopsis Coordinator.

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Novel Tick-Borne Viruses Identified Using Metaviromics

A new research synopsis entitled “Novel Tick-Borne Viruses Identified Using Metaviromics” by Kurt Vandegrift has been published on CIDDTV. The synopsis covers work published by CIDD’s Kurt Vandegift and his grant collaborator Dr. Amit Kapoor at Nationwide Children’s Hospital on the phylogenies of newly discovered viruses of ticks, in order to understand their potential to influence global public health.

Link to the synopsis: http://epidemics.psu.edu/articles/view/novel-tick-borne-viruses-identified-using-metaviromics

Past synopses can be found at http://epidemics.psu.edu/

If you would like your research featured on CIDDTv, please send an email to Ellen Brandell, our Research Synopsis Coordinator.

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Pesticides induce trophic cascades in aquatic host-parasite systems

A new research synopsis entitled “Pesticides induce trophic cascades in aquatic host-parasite systems” by Ellen Brandel has been published on CIDDTV. The synopsis covers a study on the effect of pesticides on aquatic parasite-host systems. CIDD’s Dr. Peter Hudson is a co-author on this study.

Link to the synopsis: http://epidemics.psu.edu/articles/view/pesticides-induce-trophic-cascades-in-aquatic-host-parasite-systems

Past synopses can be found at http://epidemics.psu.edu/

If you would like your research featured on CIDDTv, please send an email to Ellen Brandell, our Research Synopsis Coordinator.

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A new standard for arthropod data collection and dissemination

Photo by Kurt Vandegrift

A new research synopsis entitled “A new standard for arthropod data collection and dissemination” by Ellen Brandel has been published on CIDDTV. It introduces Minimum Information for Reusable Arthropod Abundance Data (MIReAD), a report standard which is proposed by Dr. Kurt Vandegrift and his collaborators in project co-led by Dr. Peter Hudson.

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Babesia infections continue to increase across Pennsylvania

Photo by Dr. Kurt Vandegrift

A new research synopsis entitled “Babesia infections continue to increase across Pennsylvania” by Ellen Brandel has just been published on CIDDTV. It summarizes a publication by Dr. Kurt Vandegrift and his collaborators on tick-borne diseases, specifically babesiosis, in Pennsylvania from 2008 to 2017.

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CIDD faculty-student mixer 2019

CIDD faculty-student mixer 2019 with presence of guests from the “construction and maintenance of immunity” workshop. Photo credit: Thu Tran

The very first CIDD faculty-student mixer took place at Professor Shea and Professor Bjornstad’ house on 26 April 2019. We were also joined by speakers from the “Construction and Maintenance of Immune Memory” workshop which was held in the same week. What a wonderful way to end the Spring semester! Special thanks to HUCK for sponsoring, Professor Shea and Professor Bjornstad for hosting, to Monica Arismendi, Kelsee and Fhallon for helping with planning and preparation, and, last but not least, to everybody for coming to the mixer. We are looking forward to many more mixers in the future!

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The Challenges of Using Mobile-Based Machine Learning to Identify Plant Diseases

Examples of training images from 7 classes with leaflet annotations. Classes are (A,B) Healthy, (C,D) Brown streak disease, (E,F) Mosaic disease, (G,H) Green mite damage, (I,J) Red mite damage, (K,L) Brown leaf spot and (M,N) Nutrient Deficiency.
Source: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpls.2019.00272/full

The Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD) Graduate Student Associate (CGSA) highlights research by our faculty and students by posting a series of short research synopses on the CIDDTV website.

A recent publication from the Hughes lab, A Mobile-Based Deep Learning Model for Cassava Disease Diagnosis, was featured this week on the CIDDTV website in a synopsis written by CIDD graduate student Catherine Herzog. Her post, titled “The Challenges of Using Mobile-Based Machine Learning to Identify Plant Diseases,” and past synopses can be found here. If you would like your research featured on CIDDTv, send an email to Ellen Brandell, our Research Synopsis Coordinator.

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New research synopsis

Photo courtesy of US Geological Survey.

The Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD) Grad Student Association (CGSA) highlights research by our faculty and students by hosting a series of short research synopses on the CIDDTv website. Our current Synopsis co-ordinator, Ellen Brandell does a great job at either writing or assigning writers to specific topics. The latest feature is entitled “Mycoplasma spp gene transcription helps elucidate reptile immune responses”. If you would like your research featured on CIDDTv, send an email to Ellen.

Stay tuned for future synopses, and be sure to visit the website here for past entries.

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