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

CrispellEmily Crispell, BS
Graduate Student/Trainee

Emily Crispell received her BS in Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009. After graduation, she switched fields to pursue an interest in microbiology, infectious diseases, and epidemiology with the Georgia Emerging Infections Program (GAEIP).  Read More>>

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>>

KingThayer King, BS
Graduate Student/Trainee

Thayer received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Georgia in 2011. During her undergraduate research career she studied the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii and worked on understanding molecular mechanisms essential for parasite survival.  Read More>>   

Dr. LambTracey J. Lamb, PhD
Assistant Professor/Mentor

Tracey Lamb, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Lamb  trained as a parasitologist, receiving her PhD from the University of Edinburgh, UK, in the immunological factors mediating susceptibility and resistance to filarial nematodes.   Read More>>

PreziosoSamantha Prezioso, BS
Graduate Student/Trainee

Samantha Prezioso received her BS in microbiology from the University of Maryland in 2010. Currently she is studying at Emory University in the lab of Dr. Joanna Goldberg.  Read More>>

Dr. GoldbergJoanna B. Goldberg, PhD

Joanna B. Goldberg, PhD, is Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy Immunology, Cystic Fibrosis and Sleep in Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine.   Read More>>

Katie NawrockiKatie Nawrocki, BS
Graduate Student/Trainee

Katie received her B.S. in Microbiology from Michigan State University in 2011.She is currently studying the impact of nutrition on the process of sporulation in Clostridium difficile in the McBride lab.  Read More>>   

Dr. McBrideShonna McBride, PhD
Assistant Professor/Mentor

Shonna McBride, PhD, is Assisant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Emory University School of Medicine. Her research laboratory centers on the emerging pathogen, Clostridium difficile.   Read More>>