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

Zane LaughinZane Laughlin
Graduate Student/Trainee

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

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>>

Aimee PaulkAimee Paulk 
Graduate Student

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.  The two variants have different patterns of gene expression, and notably, only the O variant is capable of infection.    Read More>>   

Dr. Philip N. RatherPhilip Rather, PhD

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>>

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>>

Michelle SuMichelle Su
Graduate Student/Trainee

I am interested in how the Gram-positive pathogen Staphylococcus aureus develops intermediate resistance to vancomycin; these strains are called VISA.   Read More>>   

Dr. Timothy ReadTimothy D. Read, PhD

Timothy Read is a Professor in Human Genetics and Medicine. The Read laboratory research centers on genomics of infectious diseases, focusing on bacterial pathogens such as Chlamydia trachomatis, Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus anthracis.     Read More>>