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Changing the World with A Cure for Severe Asthma

on Sat, 10/12/2013 - 02:42

News report on Commonwealth Honors Lecture series presentation given by Dr. Webley entitled “A Cure for Severe Asthma: New Hope for the Future.” 

Dr. Webley to give seminar at Alabama State University Thursday, April 4th, 2013

on Wed, 04/03/2013 - 15:59

Alabama State University's Center for Nanobiotechnology and Life Sciences Research will be hosting Dr. Webley's seminar Talk on Thursday, April 4, 2013.  This talk is free and will be held in room 105 of the Life Science Building at 11:00am.  Dr. Webley will be presenting a lecture entitled, "Development of a Novel Mulitsubunit Platform for the Delivery of Chlamydia Vaccine Antigens."  For more information, call 334-229-4441 and visit Alabama State University Seminar Details.


Research featured in UMass Research Next: "Battleing Super Bugs"

on Wed, 04/03/2013 - 15:55

"Research Next is a window into the research, scholarship and creative activity that distinguishes UMass Amherst as a top reseach univerisity."

Recently the Webley Lab research has been featured in UMass Research Next webpage.  The article entitled, "Battling Super Bugs: Novel delivery system hold promise for the first Chlamydia vaccine" provides very important statistics on chlamydial infections and describes the novel way by which his reasearch lab is going about tackling the Chlamydia problem.  He describes the use of halobacterial gas vesicles as a display platform and the utility of the platform beyond a Chlamydia vaccine.  The article is informative and gives great food for thought.  Enjoy reading the entire article and please feel free to leave us comments below!


New additions to the Webley lab!

on Wed, 09/19/2012 - 15:15

As a new school year begins we would like to welcome the new graduate and undergraduate additions to the Webley Lab.  Maria Rocha Granados entered the Ph.D. program in Microbiology this semester and we are happy she has chosen our lab as her first rotation.  Dorothy Tovar, Melissa Geldart, Marc Nault are new undergraduates to the Webley lab this semester and the lab is happy they've chosen us the help expand their interest and passion for microbiology.


Congratuations Maria!

on Wed, 09/19/2012 - 15:06

Maria Calapai completed her Master's degree in Microbiology this summer!  Her work in the Webley lab focused on the developement of a Loop-mediated isothermal amplification procedure for the detection of Chlamydia in livestock.  We will miss her as we start this new school year but wish Maria the best as she starts the next phase of her career.

The manuscript entitled "In vitro assessment of halobacterial gas vesicles as a Chlamydia vaccine display and delivery system" has been accepted for publication in Vaccine.

on Sun, 08/12/2012 - 13:42

Tawanna Childs has just received her 1st primary author paper on her work designing a Chlamydia vaccine.  The paper is online ahead of print and can be found on pubmed located here.  We are all so proud of Tawanna and the hard work she has put into her research.  

Dr. Webley is now an Associate Professor

on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 17:03

Dr. Wilmore Webley has been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.  We are all very excited and proud of his achievement!

Pediatric IgE manuscript gains "HIGHLY ACCESSED" status!!

on Thu, 05/10/2012 - 15:25

We are excited that the newest article to be published The prevalence and identity of Chlamydia-specific IgE in children with asthma and other chronic respiratory symptoms has reached HIGHLY ACCESSED status!!

"Chlamydia pneumoniae-specific IgE is prevalent in asthma and is associated with disease severity" manuscript published in PLoS ONE

on Thu, 05/03/2012 - 11:37

In collaboration with Dr. David L. Hahn from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health the research article "Chlamydia pneumoniae-specific IgE is prevalent in asthma and is associated with disease severity" has been published in PLoS ONE and is now available on-line.

ASM 2012 Conference in San Francisco

on Thu, 05/03/2012 - 00:00

Tawanna, Katir and Maria have all been accepted to present posters at the 2012 American Society for Microbiology General Meeting being held in San Francisco, California from June 16th-19th.

For titles and presentation times please read below:

  • Maria will be presenting her poster entitled: Development and Evaluation of a Point-of-Care LAMP Assay for Detection of Animal Chlamydiosis on Sunday Jun 17, 2012 10:45 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Tawanna will be presenting her poster entitled: In vitro Assessment of Innate Immune Responses to Gas Vesicle Delivery of a Chlamydia Vaccine on Sunday Jun 17, 2012 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
  • Katir will be presenting his poster entitled: Early-Life Respiratory Infections with Chlamydia Significantly Increases mRNA Expression of Histidine decarboxylase, IgE and its High - and Low - Affinity Receptors on Sunday Jun 17, 2012 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM.