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  • Graduate student, Briana Davis, is awarded a HHMI Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study - July 31, 2020

    The goal of the Gilliam Fellowship Program is to increase the diversity among scientists who are prepared to assume leadership roles in science. This award will support Bri’s professional and leadership development, as well as her research into the transcriptional pathways used by vertebrates to mediate host-microbe symbiosis. Congratulations, Bri!

  • Welcome Matthew Tillman! - July 20, 2020

    The Rawls lab is happy to welcome Dr. Matthew Tillman, a new postdoctoral fellow. Matt recently completed his Ph.D. in Molecular and Systems Pharmacology at Emory University with Dr. Eric Ortlund.

  • Graduate student Cece Kelly awarded NIDDK Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31).  - April 20, 2020

    This award will support her research on microbiota-sensitive transcriptional programs that maintain intestinal homeostasis. Congratulations, Cece!

  • New article describes emergence of microbiome centers - December 20, 2019

    John Rawls and Lawrence David representing the Duke Microbiome Center (DMC) were among the coauthors of a new article in Nature Microbiology that explains the proliferation of microbiome centers at many institutions, as well as their diverse purposes, opportunities, challenges, and needs. This article also describes how a founding group of microbiome centers, including the DMC, have joined forces to establish the new Microbiome Centers Consortium which will facilitate sharing of strategies and information to support this growing and exciting field.

  • Postdoctoral fellow Lihua Ye publishes article in eLife - December 3, 2019

    Lihua Ye, a postdoctoral fellow dually mentored by John Rawls and Rodger Liddle, used in vivo imaging in zebrafish to reveal that sensory enteroendocrine cells in the intestine undergo a novel microbiota-dependent adaptation following consumption of a high-fat meal.  This paper was published in eLife and was featured in DukeToday.

  • The Rawls lab welcomes new lab member! - November 25, 2019

    Erin Curtis is rotating in the Rawls lab as a first year student in Duke’s Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Program. Welcome, Erin!

  • Congratulations to Ted Espenschied! - July 19, 2019

    Congratulations to Ted Espenschied on the successful defense of his Ph.D. dissertation! It was entitled “Chemical and Microbial Regulation of Epithelial Homeostasis and Innate Immunity”.

  • Graduate student Ted Espenschied publishes article in PNAS - July 16, 2019

    Working with other members of the Rawls, Tobin, and Redinbo labs, Ted revealed that delamination of intestinal epithelial cells is a protective response to chemical injury in the zebrafish intestine, and uncovered a critical role for multi-drug resistance efflux pumps in intestinal homeostasis. This paper was published in PNAS and was featured in DukeToday.

  • The Rawls lab welcomes new lab member! - May 20, 2019

    Eileen Gu has joined the Rawls lab and Duke Z-CORE as a research technician. Welcome, Eileen!

  • Briana Davis joins the Rawls lab! - May 8, 2019

    The Rawls lab is happy to announce that Briana Davis, a graduate student in Duke’s Cell and Molecular Biology Program, has joined the lab to conduct her thesis research. Bri received her B.S. in Biology from North Carolina Central University in 2018.

  • Congratulations to Caitlin Murdoch! - March 14, 2019

    Congratulations to Cait Murdoch on the successful defense of her Ph.D. dissertation! It was entitled “Mechanisms underlying commensal microbiota colonization of the intestine and effects on innate immunity”.

  • Graduate student Cait Murdoch publishes article in PLoS Pathogens - March 11, 2019

    Working with other members of the Rawls and Tobin labs, Cait Murdoch showed how microbial regulation of a host cytokine, serum amyloid A (Saa) governs systemic neutrophil function in zebrafish. This paper was published and highlighed in PLoS Pathogens and was featured on EurekAlert.

  • The Rawls lab welcomes new lab member! - February 28, 2019

    Briana Davis is rotating in the Rawls lab as a first year student in Duke’s Cell and Molecular Biology Program. Welcome, Bri!

  • The Rawls lab welcomes two new lab members! - November 28, 2018

    Zeni Ramirez and Weilun Guo are rotating in the Rawls lab as first year students in Duke’s Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Program.

  • Dr. Rawls and collaborator Dr. Steven Farber awarded Pew Innovation grant - October 17, 2018

    The Pew Charitable Trusts has awarded Dr. Rawls and colleague Dr. Steven Farber (Carnegie Institution) a Pew Innovation Fund grant to investigate how microbes and dietary fat alter the ability of the intestine to sense different dietary nutrients. Read more here.

  • Welcome Ian Williamson! - September 5, 2018

    The Rawls lab is happy to welcome Dr. Ian Williamson, a new postdoctoral fellow who will be training jointly with Dr. Xiling Shen and Dr. Rawls.  Ian recently completed his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering with Dr. Scott Magness at UNC-CH.

  • Minchin and Rawls article published in Journal of Lipid Research  - August 1, 2018

    James Minchin, John Rawls, and colleagues publish an article entitled “Deep phenotyping in zebrafish reveals genetic and diet-induced adiposity changes that may inform disease risk” in the Journal of Lipid Research (PMID: 29794036).

  • Jay Jawahar and Gil Padilla Mercado join the Rawls lab! - May 1, 2018

    The Rawls lab is happy to announce that Jay Jawahar and Gil Padilla Mercado, both graduate students in Duke’s Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Program, have joined the lab to conduct their thesis research. Gil received his B.S. in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics at UCLA in 2016, and Jay received his B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Minnesota in 2017.

  • The Rawls Lab welcomes three rotation students - March 5, 2018

    The Rawls Lab is happy to host rotations for three graduate students this year: Yitong Xu (Cell and Molecular Biology Program), Jay Jawahar (Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Program), and Gilberto Mercado (Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Program).

  • Welcome Jenny Heppert - October 1, 2017

    The Rawls lab is happy to welcome Dr. Jennifer Heppert who joins us as a postdoctoral fellow after completing her Ph.D. with Dr. Bob Goldstein at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Farewell to Sol Gomez de la Torre Canny - September 20, 2017

    The Rawls lab bids farewell to Dr. Sol Gomez de la Torre Canny who is starting a new position as a researcher in the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway

  • Rawls Lab article published in PLoS Biology - August 29, 2017

    Colin Lickwar, John Rawls, and colleagues publish an article entitled “Genomic dissection of conserved transcriptional regulation in intestinal epithelial cells” in PLoS Biology (PMID: 28850571). This article was also highlighted in DukeToday and The News & Observer.

  • Welcome Justice Lu - July 1, 2017

    The Rawls lab is happy to welcome Hsiu Yi “Justice” Lu who joins us as a zebrafish research technician after completing his undergraduate education at Purdue University where he worked with Drs. Qing Deng and Estuardo Robles studying neurobiology and inflammation in the zebrafish.

  • Welcome Cece Kelly - May 22, 2017

    The Rawls lab is happy to announce that Cece Kelly, a graduate student in the Cell and Molecular Biology Program, has joined the lab to conduct her thesis research. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of New Mexico in 2016, where she trained with Dr. Irene Salinas.

  • Congratulations to Jim Davison - April 5, 2017

    Congratulations to Jim Davison on the successful defense of his Ph.D. dissertation! It was entitled “Identification of transcription regulatory mechanisms mediating host responses to the microbiota in the intestinal epithelium”.

  • Rawls Lab article published in Genome Research - April 1, 2017

    Jim Davison, Colin Lickwar, John Rawls, and colleagues publish an article entitled “Microbiota regulate intestinal epithelial gene expression by suppressing an ancient transcription factor’ in Genome Research (PMID: 28385711). This article was also highlighted in DukeToday.

  • Minchin and Rawls article published in Disease Models & Mechanisms - March 27, 2017

    James Minchin and John Rawls publish an article entitled “A classification system for zebrafish adipose tissues” in Disease Models & Mechanisms (PMID: 28348140).

  • John Rawls and colleagues publish in Cell Metabolism - March 7, 2017

    John Rawls and colleagues published a review article entitled “Integrative physiology: at the crossroads of nutrition, microbiota and animal physiology” in Cell Metabolism (PMID: 28273475).

  • Rawls lab members contribute to Methods in Cell Biology - February 2, 2017

    Rawls lab members contribute to two chapters in a new issue of Methods in Cell Biology including methods for analysis of adipose tissues and host-microbiota interactions in zebrafish (PMID: 28129849 and 28129860).

  • The Rawls lab is happy to welcome Dr. Jessica McCann - January 9, 2017

    The Rawls lab is happy to welcome Dr. Jessica McCann who joins us as a research associate senior after completing her postdoctoral training with Dr. Patrick Seed.

  • The Rawls lab is happy to welcome three new lab members! - December 1, 2016

    The Rawls lab is happy to welcome three new lab members!  Michael Hoy is joining us as a rotating graduate student in Duke’s Cell and Molecular Biology Program. Lysk Wyckoff and Alvin Han joined the lab as undergraduate research assistants.

  • Dr. Rawls is named as AAAS Fellow - November 28, 2016

    Dr. Rawls is named as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (read more)

  • The Rawls and Valdivia labs publish in PNAS - November 23, 2016

    The Rawls and Valdivia labs publish “Genomic sequencing-based mutational enrichment analysis identifies motility genes in a genetically intractable gut microbe” in PNAS (PMID: 27911803). This paper was also highlighted in the Duke Med School Blog “Unlocking the Secrets of the Gut Microbiome“.

  • The Rawls lab is happy to welcome two new lab members! - August 22, 2016

    The Rawls lab is happy to welcome two new lab members!  Dr. Jia Wen is joining us as a postdoctoral fellow after completing her Ph.D. With Dr. Elizabeth Fozo at the University of Tennessee.  Cecelia Kelly is joining us as a rotating graduate student in Duke’s Cell and Molecular Biology Program.

  • The Rawls lab bids farewell to James Minchin - July 15, 2016

    The Rawls lab bids farewell to James Minchin as he leaves to become a principal investigator at the BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science at the University of Edinburgh.

  • The Rawls lab bids farewell to Jordan Cocchiaro - July 1, 2016

    The Rawls lab bids farewell to Jordan Cocchiaro who is starting a new position as a Program Manager for the Duke Human Vaccine Institute.

  • The Rawls lab bids farewell to Sheila Janardhan - May 20, 2016

    The Rawls lab bids farewell to Sheila Janardhan as she leaves to begin medical school at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.  We are also happy to welcomes Rebecca Graham who joins us as a research technician after completing her BS at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

  • The Rawls lab celebrates its 10th anniversary! - April 1, 2016

    The Rawls lab celebrates its 10th anniversary!

  • The Rawls lab is happy to welcome Ben Arnson - March 15, 2016

    The Rawls lab is happy to welcome Ben Arnson, a rotating graduate student in the Cell and Molecular Biology Program, and Shelby Priest, a rotating graduate student in the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Program.

  • John Rawls and other colleagues at Duke publish - January 13, 2016

    John Rawls and other colleagues at Duke publish “The severity of NAFLD is associated with gut dysbiosis and shift in the metabolic function of the gut microbiota” in Hepatology (PMID:26600078). This paper was also highlighted in: Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology (“NAFLD severity associated with gut dysbiosis” by Hugh Thomas, 09/12/15).

  • Sol Gomez de la Torre Canny publishes a Preview in Cell Host & Microbe - December 9, 2015

    Sol Gomez de la Torre Canny and John Rawls publish a Preview in Cell Host & Microbe entitled “Baby it’s cold outside:  Host-microbiota relationships drive temperature adaptations” (PMID: 26651935) reviewing recent work from the lab of Mirko Trajkovski (PMID: 26638070).

  • The Rawls lab is happy to welcome Daniel Grigsby - November 30, 2015

    The Rawls lab is happy to welcome Daniel Grigsby, a rotating graduate student in the University Program in Genetics and Genomics.

  • The Rawls lab is happy to welcome Karolina Woroniecka - November 9, 2015

    The Rawls lab is happy to welcome Karolina Woroniecka, a rotating graduate student in the Medical Scientist Training Program.

  • The Rawls lab is happy to welcome Rui Dai - October 5, 2015

    The Rawls lab is happy to welcome Rui Dai, a rotating graduate student in the Medical Scientist Training Program.

  • Sandi Wong publishes a paper in mBio - September 29, 2015

    Sandi Wong, John Rawls and colleagues in Brendan Bohannan and Karen Guillemin’s labs publish “Ontogenetic differences in dietary fat influence microbiota assembly in the zebrafish gut” in MBio (PMID: 26419876).

  • The Rawls, Tobin, and Ko labs publish a paper in Genome Biology - September 15, 2015

    Ted Espenschied, John Rawls and colleagues in Dennis Ko and David Tobin’s labs publish “CPAG: software for leveraging pleiotropy in GWAS to reveal similarity between human traits links plasma fatty acids and intestinal inflammation” in Genome Biology (PMID: 26374098).
    This paper was also highlighted in:

  • Sandi Wong, John Rawls and colleagues in Brendan Bohannan and Karen Guillemin’s labs publish - September 4, 2015

    Sandi Wong, John Rawls and colleagues in Brendan Bohannan and Karen Guillemin’s labs publish “The composition of the zebrafish intestinal microbial community varies across development” in ISME Journal (PMID: 26339860).

  • Duke University and NC A&T have been awarded a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship - September 3, 2015

    Duke University and NC A&T have been awarded a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship grant to establish a training program for graduate students who are interested in microbiome research.  This program, entitled “Integrative Bioinformatics for Investigating and Engineering Microbiomes” (IBIEM), is designed to transcend communication barriers between disciplines and promote team science. Press release.

  • Sandi Wong and colleagues publish a paper in ISME Journal - August 21, 2015

    Sandi Wong, John Rawls and colleagues in Brendan Bohannan and Karen Guillemin’s labs publish “Contribution of neutral processes to the assembly of gut microbial communities in the zebrafish over host development” in ISME Journal (PMID: 26296066).

  • The Rawls lab is happy to welcome two new lab members! - August 17, 2015

    The Rawls lab is happy to welcome two new lab members!  Dr. Lihua Ye is joining us as a Postdoctoral Fellow after completing her Ph.D. in the lab of Dr. Ryan Anderson at the University of Indiana School of Medicine. Sheila Janardhan is joining us as a Research Technician after recently receiving her B.A. from Duke University.

  • Rawls lab members lead a new course at the MBL - August 3, 2015

    Jordan Cocchiaro, Jim Davison, and John Rawls participated in the inaugural “Frontiers in Host-Microbe Interactions” course at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole MA.

  • Congratulations to Sandi Wong on her successful defense of her Ph.D - April 10, 2015

    Congratulations to Sandi Wong on her successful defense of her Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Assembly of intestinal microbiota is determined by host development, diet, and environment”!

  • Congratulations to Caitlin Murdoch on her NSF Fellowship - March 31, 2015

    Congratulations to Caitlin Murdoch on her receipt of a 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship!

     

  • Article features collaboration between Rawls and Magness labs - March 30, 2015

    An article features a collaboration between the Rawls and Magness labs supported by the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs) at Duke and UNC.

  • James Minchin, Chris Harvey, John Rawls and colleagues publish in PNAS - March 23, 2015

    James Minchin, Chris Harvey, John Rawls and colleagues publish “Plexin D1 determines body fat distribution by regulating the type V collagen microenvironment in visceral adipose tissue.” in PNAS (PMID: 25831505;  Cover).
    This paper was also highlighted in:

  • Jordan Cocchiaro, John Rawls and colleagues publish in PNAS - February 17, 2015

    Jordan Cocchiaro, John Rawls and colleagues publish “Epigenetic control of intestinal barrier function and inflammation in zebrafish.” in PNAS (PMID: 25730872; Cover).

  • The Rawls lab is happy to welcome Jamie Garcia - December 1, 2014

    The Rawls lab is happy to welcome Jamie Garcia, a rotating graduate student in the Cell & Molecular Biology Graduate Program

  • Welcome Conor Guest - October 15, 2014

    The Rawls lab is happy to welcome a new undergraduate work-study student, Conor Guest.

  • Gray Camp, Colin Lickwar, John Rawls and colleagues publish in Genome Research - June 24, 2014

    Gray Camp, Colin Lickwar, John Rawls and colleagues publish “Microbiota modulate transcription in the intestinal epithelium without remodeling the accessible chromatin landscape.” in Genome Research (PMID: 24963153DataCover).

  • Caitlin Murdoch and Ted Espenschied have joined the lab to conduct their thesis research. - May 19, 2014

    The Rawls lab is happy to announce that Caitlin Murdoch and Ted Espenschied, both graduate students in the Molecular Genetics & Microbiology Program, have joined the lab to conduct their thesis research.

  • Welcome Sol Gomez de la Torre Canny - April 21, 2014

    The Rawls lab is happy to welcome a new Postdoc to the lab.  Dr. Sol Gomez de la Torre Canny is joining us after completing her PhD in the lab of Dr. Daniel Wagner of Rice University.

  • The Rawls lab is happy to welcome a new undergrad work-study student, Howard Deng - January 8, 2014

    The Rawls lab is happy to welcome a new undergrad work-study student, Howard Deng. Howard studies environmental sciences.

  • Michelle Kanther, Ed Flynn, John Rawls and colleagues publish in Cellular Microbiology - December 26, 2013

    Michelle Kanther, Ed Flynn, John Rawls and colleagues publish “Commensal microbiota stimulate systemic neutrophil migration through induction of Serum amyloid A” in Cellular Microbiology (PMID: 24373309).

  • The Rawls lab is happy to welcome several new members - November 14, 2013

    The Rawls lab is happy to welcome several new members – Michael Davidson is a rotating graduate student in the Medical Scientist Training Program, Ted Espenschied is a rotating graduate student in the Molecular Genetics & Microbiology Graduate Program, and Patrick Williams is joining us as a research technician.

  • The Rawls lab and other Duke microbiome researchers are featured - October 15, 2013

    The Rawls lab and other Duke microbiome researchers are featured in an article in GenomeLIFE entitled “Microbe R Us”.

  • The Rawls lab is happy to welcome several new members – Caitlin Murdoch - August 26, 2013

    The Rawls lab is happy to welcome several new members – Caitlin Murdoch is a rotating graduate student in the Molecular Genetics & Microbiology Graduate Program, Adriana Guzman Holst is an undergraduate student conducting independent study, and Dustin Hadfield is an undergraduate work-study student.

  • The Rawls Lab moves to Duke University - July 1, 2013

    The Rawls Lab moves to Duke University

  • Sandi Wong, John Rawls, and colleagues publish in Applied & Environmental Microbiology - June 14, 2013

    Sandi Wong, John Rawls, and colleagues publish “Aquacultured rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) possess a large core intestinal microbiota that is resistant to variation in diet and rearing density” in Applied & Environmental Microbiology (PMID: 23770898).

  • James Minchin, John Rawls and colleagues publish in Development - June 12, 2013

    James Minchin, John Rawls and colleagues publish “In vivo lineage tracing identifies oesophageal and sternohyal muscles as novel Pax3-dependent migratory somite derivatives essential for ingestion” in Development (PMID: 23760954).

  • John Rawls and colleagues publish “Getting the inside tract - June 7, 2013

    John Rawls and colleagues publish “Getting the inside tract: New frontiers in zebrafish digestive system biology” to introduce a special issue of Zebrafish entitled “The Zebrafish Digestive System: Biology to Disease” (PMID: 23738756).

  • Postdoctoral fellow Dr. James Minchin is awarded - May 31, 2013

    Postdoctoral fellow Dr. James Minchin is awarded a 1-year postdoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association entitled “Plexin D1 regulates visceral adipose tissue growth in zebrafish”.

  • John Rawls and colleagues publish in Disease Models & Mechanisms - May 29, 2013

    John Rawls and colleagues publish “Mucosal candidiasis elicits activation of NF-κB, proinflammatory gene expression and localized neutrophilia in a transparent vertebrate host” in Disease Models & Mechanisms (PMID: 23720235).

  • James Minchin, John Rawls and colleagues publish in Endocrinology - March 1, 2013

    James Minchin, John Rawls and colleagues publish “Dwarfism and increased adiposity in the growth hormone 1 mutant zebrafish vizzini” in Endocrinology (PMID: 23456361).

  • Jordan Cocchiaro and John Rawls publish in Journal of Visual Experiments - February 20, 2013

    Jordan Cocchiaro and John Rawls publish “Microgavage of the larval zebrafish intestine” in Journal of Visual Experiments (PMID: 23463135).

  • John Rawls and colleagues publish in PNAS - February 7, 2013

    John Rawls and colleagues publish “Animals in a bacterial world, a new imperative for the life sciences” in PNAS (PMID: 23391737).
    This paper was also highlighted in:

  • Lantz Mackey, John Rawls and colleagues publish in Gastroenterology - December 22, 2012

    Lantz Mackey, John Rawls and colleagues publish “Carbon monoxide and heme oxygenase-1 maintain intestinal homeostasis in mice through augmented bacterial clearance” in Gastroenterology (PMID: 23266559).

  • Ivana Semova, Lantz Mackey, John Rawls and colleagues publish in Cell Host & Microbe - September 13, 2012

    Ivana Semova, Lantz Mackey, John Rawls and colleagues publish “Microbiota regulate intestinal absorption and metabolism of fatty acids in the zebrafish” in Cell Host & Microbe (PMID: 22980325).
    This paper was also highlighted in: