Check it out! Tom Bollyky, an honorary Bollyky lab member, has published his first book!
From the review on amazon.com (Plagues and the Paradox of Progress):
“Plagues and parasites have played a central role in world affairs, shaping the evolution of the modern state, the growth of cities, and the disparate fortunes of national economies. This book tells that story, but it is not about the resurgence of pestilence. It is the story of its decline. For the first time in recorded history, virus, bacteria, and other infectious diseases are not the leading cause of death or disability in any region of the world. People are living longer, and fewer mothers are giving birth to many children in the hopes that some might survive. And yet, the news is not all good. Recent reductions in infectious disease have not been accompanied by the same improvements in income, job opportunities, and governance that occurred with these changes in wealthier countries decades ago. There have also been unintended consequences. In this book, Thomas Bollyky explores the paradox in our fight against infectious disease: the world is getting healthier in ways that should make us worry.
Bollyky interweaves a grand historical narrative about the rise and fall of plagues in human societies with contemporary case studies of the consequences. Bollyky visits Dhaka―one of the most densely populated places on the planet―to show how low-cost health tools helped enable the phenomenon of poor world megacities. He visits China and Kenya to illustrate how dramatic declines in plagues have affected national economies. Bollyky traces the role of infectious disease in the migrations from Ireland before the potato famine and to Europe from Africa and elsewhere today.
Historic health achievements are remaking a world that is both worrisome and full of opportunities. Whether the peril or promise of that progress prevails, Bollyky explains, depends on what we do next.”
The Bollyky lab congratulates Carlos Medina on winning the 2018 Stanford Community Impact Award. Carlos is recognized for his outstanding leadership and community building efforts within the Stanford community. His involvement in promoting gender and racial equality and engagement on campus and in the biosciences community is applauded.
Michelle Bach presented her research at the annual Wound Healing Society meeting in Charlotte, NC in May, 2018. As perhaps the only undergraduate presenting her research at a large, international conference, Michelle blew everyone away. She also won a travel award from the WHS, a Major Grant from Stanford University, and a UAR conference grant, also from Stanford. In short, Michelle crushed it. She also met Lightning McQueen at the NASCAR museum.
Congratulations and good luck to Hedwich Kuipers as she leaves Stanford and the Bollyky lab to take up a faculty position at the University of Calgary!
Hedwich will be an Assistant Professor of Neuroimmunology at the Cumming School of Medicine of the University of Calgary and a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) and Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases. She will be studying the role of astrocytes in neuroinflammation.
Nadine Nagy, Gernot Kaber, Mike Kratochvil and Koshika Yadava recent ly published their work entitled “Hyaluronan content governs tissue stiffness in pancreatic islet inflammation” in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. This study is the first to measure the mechanical properties of an inflamed tissue and the first to link changes in tissue stiffness to hyaluronan content. Because tissue stiffness impacts insulin production by Beta cells, these findings may help explain how islet inflammation impacts glycemic control.
Gernot Kaber, a Research Associate in the Bollyky Lab, recently won the Immunology Department’s Award for Mentor of the Year. Gernot is a devoted and patient teacher, a talented molecular biologist, and a jack-of-all-trades who keeps the lab (and most of our equipment!) running. Gernot is the person who everyone goes to when they’re wondering what to try next. Congratulations Gernot on a well-deserved award!!!
Zhenya Koliesnik recently joined the lab as our newest post-doctoral fellow after completing his doctoral work at the Liebniz Insitute in Jena, Germany. Zhenya will be studying the role of heparan sulfate in autoimmune diabetes. Welcome Zhenya!
The Bollyky Lab, together with our collaborators at the Ohio State University, the University of Montana, and Texas Children’s Hospital, was recently awarded a grant to develop novel therapies against Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm infections of diabetic wounds.
This year we had a fantastic bunch of summer students in the lab. Super big thanks to Michelle, Chloe, Esther and Jerry for keeping us energized and entertained this summer. As a special thanks, we have featured them in individual posts below!
Esther Wang was a go-getter and contacted us about a summer position in early 2017. We were impressed by her previous lab experience and were excited to have her join us. Esther has worked closely with Payton Marshall and Gernot Kaber. Payton forced her into becoming a morning person and she has spent countless hours in the TC room.
Current School/Year: Sophomore at the University of Chicago
Career Goals: MD or MD-PhD
One or MORE fun things you’ll remember about the lab:
” 1) When someone asks you to aliquot the BME, say no. (Also, don’t use a stripette, sterilize it AFTER you dilute it to minimize the smell, and, no matter what, do NOT do it in the tissue culture room.)
2) If anything goes wrong, ask Gernot. He’ll know what to do 99.9% of the time. (Just give up in the case of the other 0.1%).
3) No one ages (appearance-wise) past 20 in this lab, apparently.”
Photo: Esther in her native habitat.