Microbiology & Immunology Graduate Students
Serratia marcescens, a Gram-negative rod shaped bacteria, is the most common Serratia species isolated in human infections. As a ubiquitous opportunistic bacterium, this organism is an important emerging pathogen due to possessing multiple antibiotic resistances and ease of transmission in hospitals. Although S. marcescens-caused pneumonia and lung abscesses have been documented, little is known about how the pathogen colonizes and causes disease in the respiratory tract and how the host resolves infection. We propose that both bacterial and host factors contribute to the pathogenesis and resolution of Serratia marcescens infection.
May 3, 2012 - Poster presented in the Annual Terry M. Mikiten Graduate Student Research Forum. Title: Host Immunity and Bacterial Factors Contribute to Pathogenesis of Serratia marcescens in a Murine Model of Lung Infection.