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Apr 16, 2020

Our eyes are one of the most sensitive areas on our bodies, and they are constantly bathed in microbes, and yet we rarely get eye infections. However, certain microbes can take advantage of minor injuries to the eye and cause very serious infections that can lead to blindness.


Dr. Eric Pearlman is a Professor of...


Apr 4, 2020

Cheese is delicious, and also the product of a complex mixture of microbes.


Different communities of microbes produce the wide variety of cheeses made around the world. Dr. Rachel Dutton is an Assistant Professor at the University of California San Diego who studies cheese microbiomes.


Dr. Dutton talks about how...


Feb 25, 2020

Candida albicans is the most common cause of fungal disease in the United States. C. albicans can cause serious and often fatal systemic infections, especially in hospitalized patients with underlying conditions.

Dr. Cornelius Clancy is an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and the Director of the XDR...


Jan 6, 2020

Lyme Disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States.  The bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi is transmitted to humans through the bite of a deer tick, and can lead to the debilitating disease that most commonly is associated with arthritis, but can also cause heart and neurological problems.

Dr. Tim...


Dec 16, 2019

Some bacteria have the amazing ability to orient themselves using the earth’s magnetic field, due to the presence of an intracellular organelle called the magnetosome, which are estimated to have evolved 3 billion years ago.  

Dr. Arash Komeili is a Professor at the University of California Berkeley who studies...