Welcome from Dr. William M. Shafer

William Shafer, PhDI bid you a warm welcome to our website that features a new NIH-funded training grant (TG) that supports graduate students in the biomedical and biosciences enrolled in the Laney Graduate School of Emory University who conduct basic research dealing with mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance and therapeutic discovery to combat infectious diseases. Our program entitled, “Antimicrobial Resistance and Therapeutic Discovery Training Program,” (ARTDTP), provides comprehensive educational and research opportunities to interested PhD students enrolled in programs of the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS). The development of ARTDTP was driven by the global health challenge of antibiotic resistant bacteria and the critical need for new antimicrobials to combat infectious diseases. Students with primary interests in biochemistry, immunology, microbiology or pharmacology are encouraged to participate in ARTDTP and may receive up to two years of stipend support and funds for supplies and travel. Our mentoring team of faculty have designed a curriculum and organized other educational opportunities tailored to meet the needs of ARTDTP trainees. Please visit our website and learn the various research opportunities in the areas of antimicrobial resistance and therapeutic discovery provided by our faculty mentors as well as the educational experiences available through ARTDTP. Please feel free to contact me (wshafer@emory.edu) should you need additional information regarding ARTDTP.

Current Trainees and Their Mentors

ShermanEdgar Sherman, BS
Graduate Student/Trainee

Edgar Sherman received his BS from The University of Texas at San Antonio, 2014. He completed two research internships: 1) investigating the role of mitochondrial gene function in eukaryotic respiration at the University of Texas, Austin; 2) studying how protein turnover affects aging in rodents at the Univ. of Texas Health Science Ctr, San Antonio.
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Dr. WEissDavid S. Weiss PhD
Associate Professor/Mentor

David S. Weiss is Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Co-Director of the Emory Antibiotic Resistance Center. His research focuses on understanding mechanisms of antibiotic resistance employed by Gram-negative nosocomial pathogens Acinetobacter baumannii and Enterobacter cloacae.   Read More>>

Sarah AndersonSarah Anderson, BS
Graduate Student/Trainee

Sarah Anderson received her BS in 2013 from the University of North Carolina, where she double majored in biology and chemistry.  As an undergraduate, Sarah conducted research projects on gene regulation in Drosophila melanogaster, and on innate immune responses to influenza infection.   Read More>>   

Dr. Philip N. RatherPhilip N. Rather, PhD

Philip N. Rather is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. His lab studies the mechanisms of virulence and intrinsic antibiotic resistance in the nosocomial pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii.   Read More>>

phippsKara Phipps, BS
Graduate Student/Trainee

Kara Phipps graduated in 2014 with a BS in Biology from Southwest Baptist University. While at SBU, Kara developed a strong interest in the study and control of infectious diseases.  Read More>>

Dr. Anice LowenAnice Lowen, PhD
Assistant Professor/Mentor

Dr. Lowen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Emory University School of Medicine.   Read More>>

Jessica TrostJessica Trost, BS
Graduate Student/Trainee

Jessica Trost received her BS in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007.  After graduation, she pursued work in pediatric respiratory virus research   Read More>>   

Dr. David SteinhauerDavid Steinhauer, PhD
Associate Professor/Mentor

The Steinhauer laboratory is primarily interested in influenza virus entry into host cells and the role of the hemagglutinin glycoprotein (HA) in this process.     Read More>>