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After finishing his Ph.D. in Dr. Frank Gherardini’s laboratory, Jonathan began postdoctoral training with Dr. Michael McClelland in San Diego, where the laboratory was sequencing the first Salmonella genome. There, Jonathan helped develop microarray techniques to study Salmonella gene expression and evolution. In 2003 he was contacted for a job opportunity by another UGA Department of Microbiology graduate, Dr. Charlene Jackson (Ph.D. 1998), and was hired as a Research Microbiologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture here in Athens.

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After studying the regulation of flagellar genes in Helicobacter pylori with Dr. Tim Hoover, Todd was awarded an American Society for Microbiology Post-doctoral Fellowship in Infectious Disease and Public Health Microbiology. This two-year fellowship must be carried out at one of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's national laboratories. Todd chose to work at the CDC in Atlanta with Dr. Charles Rupprecht in the Rabies Program as part of the Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology.

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Michael’s dissertation research with Dan Colley was on host immunogenetics in relationship to resistance to reinfection by schistosomes. His work followed up on 40 years of research by Dan on the immunology of schistosomiasis. As fate would have it, Michael’s postdoctoral research in Nancy Manley's lab at UGA on the developmental biology of the thymus was in the same area as Dan’s work 41 years ago, i.e. lymphocyte development in the thymus!

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After finishing her PhD with Dr. Anne Summers, Laura started her postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Jennifer Wernegreen's Laboratory (originally located at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., but since moved to the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, Duke University, Durham, N.C.). Her research focuses on genome evolution in Blochmannia, which are bacterial endosymbionts of carpenter ants.

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