Welcome from Dr. William M. Shafer

William Shafer, PhD

I 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). Year 2020 marks the program's seventh year as we just received a second round of NIH funding that will carry the program through 2027.

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 contact me should you need additional information regarding ARTDTP.

Current Trainees and Their Mentors

Zane LaughinZane Laughlin
Graduate Student/Trainee
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Ribosomal RNA (rRNA) modification is important for correct ribosome assembly, can alter ribosome function, and can confer resistance to many clinically important ribosome-targeting antibiotics in pathogenic bacteria.
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Dr. Graeme ConnGraeme Conn, PhD
Associate Professor/Mentor
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Graeme Conn is an Associate Professor in Biochemistry. The Conn laboratory uses modern biochemical and biophysical methods to study the structures, interactions and biological functions of biomedically important RNA and protein molecules.    Read More>>

placeholder imagePooja Srinavas
Graduate Student/Trainee

Pooja is a graduate student inthe Molecular and Systems Pharmacology Program. She earned her B.A. Molecular & Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley Read More>>   

Dr. Christine DunhamChristine M. Dunham, PhD
Associate Professor/Mentor
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Christine Dunham is Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry in the Emory School of Medicine and Associated Faculty in the Department of Chemistry in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences.   Read More>>

Aimee PaulkAimee Tierny 
Graduate Student
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Acinetobacter baumannii is a multidrug-resistant (MDR), Gram-negative nosocomial pathogen that exhibits two forms, distinguished by their opaque (O) and translucent (T) colony phenotypes.      Read More>>   

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

cuebas-75x75.jpgGermán Vargas-Cuebas
Graduate Student/Trainee
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Germán Vargas-Cuebas earned his BS in Industrial Microbiology at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez.
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Dr. Graeme ConnShonna McBride, PhD
Associate Professor/Mentor
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Shonna McBride, PhD, is Assisant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Emory University School of Medicine.   Read More>>

zaremba-cassie-84x84.jpgCassie Zaremba
Graduate Student/Trainee
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Cassie is a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry in the Emory University College of Arts and Sciences.
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wuest-bill-84x84.jpgBill Wuest, PhD
Associate Professor/Mentor
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Dr. Wuest is a GRA Distinguished Investigator and Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences.   Read More>>