Matters Microbial #12: Shedding light on symbiosis with Ruth Isenberg

October 20, 2023

Today Dr. Ruth Isenberg, postdoctoral scholar (and former #DocMartian!) in the Willett Lab at the University of Minnesota, will tell us about her first generation path in science, the squid-Vibrio symbiosis work she did for her PhD, and her current career path.

Host: Mark O. Martin

Guest: Ruth Isenberg

Download MM #12 (31 MB .mp3, 43 min)
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  • The Sikhote-Alin meteorite fall.
  • An article on Kenyan Sand Boas.
  • An article on African Fire Skinks.
  • A video reminder about ice nucleation bacteria.  
  • An article relating snowflakes to ice nucleation bacteria
  • A reminder of the nature of bacterial colonies.
  • The laboratory website of Dr. Kat Milligan-McClellan.
  • The laboratory website of Dr. Mark Mandel.
  • The laboratory website of Dr. Julia Willett. 
  • A great place to begin thinking about the squid-Vibrio symbiosis, as well as the microbiome in general.  
  • An excellent review article on the squid-Vibrio symbiosis.
  • A fun and accessible video from the famed science journalist Ed Yong about the squid-Vibrio symbiosis.
  • An article written by Ruth about her work on this symbiosis
  • Ruth’s excellent claymation video made for my microbiology class about quorum sensing and the squid-Vibrio symbiosis.  Student creativity matters!
  • Another #Micronaut’s claymation video about Type VI secretory systems.  Student creativity matters!

Intro music is by Reber Clark

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