2017 May 22
The Rawls lab is happy to announce that Cece Kelly, a graduate student
in the Cell and Molecular Biology Program, has joined the lab to
conduct her thesis research. She received her B.S. in
Biochemistry from the University of New Mexico in 2016, where she
trained with Dr. Irene Salinas.
2017 April 5
- Congratulations to Jim Davison on his successful
defense of his Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Identification of
transcription regulatory mechanisms mediating host responses to the
microbiota in the intestinal epithelium”!
2017 April 1
- Jim Davison, Colin Lickwar, John Rawls, and
colleagues publish an article entitled "Microbiota regulate intestinal
epithelial gene expression by suppressing an ancient transcription
factor’ in Genome Research (PMID: 28385711
). This article was also highlighted in DukeToday
2017 March 27
- James Minchin and John Rawls publish an article
entitled "A classification system for zebrafish adipose tissues” in
Disease Models & Mechanisms (PMID: 28348140
2017 March 7
- John Rawls and colleagues publish a review
article entitled "Integrative physiology: at the crossroads of
nutrition, microbiota and animal physiology” in Cell Metabolism (PMID: 28273475
2017 February 2
lab members contribute to two chapters in new issue of Methods in Cell
Biology including methods for analysis of adipose tissues and
host-microbiota interactions in zebrafish
2017 January 9
Rawls lab is happy to welcome Dr. Jessica McCann who joins us as a
research associate senior after completing her postdoctoral training
with Dr. Patrick Seed.
2016 December 1
Rawls lab is happy to welcome three new lab members! Michael Hoy
is joining us as a rotating graduate student in Duke’s Cell and
Molecular Biology Program. Lysk Wyckoff and Alvin Han joined the lab as
undergraduate research assistants.
2016 November 28
- Dr. Rawls is named as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (read more
2016 November 23
- The Rawls and Valdivia
labs publish "Genomic sequencing-based mutational enrichment analysis
identifies motility genes in a genetically intractable gut microbe" in
PNAS (PMID: 27911803
). This paper was also highlighted in the Duke Med School Blog "Unlocking the Secrets of the Gut Microbiome
2016 August 22
Rawls lab is happy to welcome two new lab members! Dr. Jia Wen is
joining us as a postdoctoral fellow after completing her Ph.D. With Dr.
Elizabeth Fozo at the University of Tennessee. Cecelia Kelly is
joining us as a rotating graduate student in Duke’s Cell and Molecular
2016 July 15
The Rawls lab bids farewell to James Minchin
as he leaves to become a principal investigator at the BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science at the University of Edinburgh.
2016 July 1
lab bids farewell to Jordan Cocchiaro who is starting a new position as
a Program Manager for the Duke Human Vaccine Institute.
2016 May 20
The Rawls lab bids farewell to Sheila Janardhan as she leaves to begin
medical school at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. We
are also happy to welcomes Rebecca Graham who joins us as a research
technician after completing her BS at the University of Arkansas at
2016 April 1
The Rawls lab celebrates its 10th anniversary!
2016 March 15
Rawls lab is happy to welcome Ben Arnson, a rotating graduate student
in the Cell and Molecular Biology Program, and Shelby Priest, a
rotating graduate student in the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
2016 January 13
- John Rawls and other colleagues at Duke
publish "The severity of NAFLD is associated with gut dysbiosis and
shift in the metabolic function of the gut microbiota” in Hepatology (PMID:26600078
). This paper was also highlighted in: Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology (“NAFLD severity associated with gut dysbiosis” by Hugh Thomas, 09/12/15
2015 December 9
- Sol Gomez de la Torre Canny and John Rawls
publish a Preview in Cell Host & Microbe entitled "Baby it’s cold
outside: Host-microbiota relationships drive temperature
adaptations" (PMID: 26651935
) reviewing recent work from the lab of Mirko Trajkovski (PMID: 26638070
2015 November 30
The Rawls lab is happy to welcome Daniel Grigsby, a rotating graduate
student in the University Program in Genetics and Genomics.
2015 November 9
- The Rawls lab is happy to welcome Karolina Woroniecka, a rotating graduate student in the Medical Scientist Training Program.
2015 October 5
- The Rawls lab is happy to welcome Rui Dai, a rotating graduate student in the Medical Scientist Training Program.
2015 September 29
– Sandi Wong, John Rawls and colleagues in
Brendan Bohannan and Karen Guillemin’s labs publish "Ontogenetic
differences in dietary fat influence microbiota assembly in the
zebrafish gut" in MBio (PMID: 26419876
2015 September 15
– Ted Espenschied, John Rawls and colleagues
in Dennis Ko and David Tobin’s labs publish "CPAG: software for
leveraging pleiotropy in GWAS to reveal similarity between human traits
links plasma fatty acids and intestinal inflammation” in Genome Biology
This paper was also highlighted in:
Duke TODAY (“Specific Fatty Acids May Worsen Crohn’s Disease
” by Karl Bates, 15/09/15)
IBD News Today (“Certain Fatty Acids May Worsen Inflammation in Crohn’s Disease
” by Anna Tan, 16/09/15)
2015 September 4
Wong, John Rawls and colleagues in Brendan Bohannan and Karen
Guillemin’s labs publish "The composition of the zebrafish intestinal
microbial community varies across development" in ISME Journal (PMID: 26339860
2015 September 3
University and NC A&T have been awarded a National Science
Foundation Research Traineeship grant to establish a training program
for graduate students who are interested in microbiome research.
This program, entitled “Integrative Bioinformatics for Investigating and Engineering Microbiomes” (IBIEM)
, is designed to transcend communication barriers between disciplines and promote team science. Press release
2015 August 21
– Sandi Wong, John Rawls and colleagues in
Brendan Bohannan and Karen Guillemin’s labs publish "Contribution of
neutral processes to the assembly of gut microbial communities in the
zebrafish over host development" in ISME Journal (PMID: 26296066
2015 August 17
The Rawls lab is happy to welcome two new lab members! Dr. Lihua
Ye is joining us as a Postdoctoral Fellow after completing her Ph.D. in
the lab of Dr. Ryan Anderson at the University of Indiana School of
Medicine. Sheila Janardhan is joining us as a Research Technician after
recently receiving her B.A. from Duke University.
2015 August 3
- Jordan Cocchiaro, Jim Davison, and John Rawls participated in the inaugural “Frontiers in Host-Microbe Interactions
” course at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole MA.
2015 April 10
to Sandi Wong on her successful defense of her Ph.D. dissertation
entitled “Assembly of intestinal microbiota is determined by host
development, diet, and environment”!
2015 March 31
Congratulations to Caitlin Murdoch on her receipt of a 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship!
2015 March 30
- An article
features a collaboration between the Rawls and Magness labs supported
by the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs) at Duke and
2015 March 23
– James Minchin, Chris Harvey, John Rawls and
colleagues publish “Plexin D1 determines body fat distribution by
regulating the type V collagen microenvironment in visceral adipose
tissue." in PNAS
This paper was also highlighted in:
2015 February 17
Jordan Cocchiaro, John Rawls and
colleagues publish "Epigenetic control of intestinal barrier function and inflammation in zebrafish." in PNAS
(PMID: 25730872; Cover
2014 December 1
Rawls lab is happy to welcome Jamie Garcia, a rotating graduate student
in the Cell & Molecular Biology Graduate Program.
2014 October 15
The Rawls lab is happy to welcome a new undergraduate work-study student, Conor Guest.
2014 June 24
- Gray Camp, Colin Lickwar, John Rawls and
colleagues publish "Microbiota modulate transcription in the intestinal
epithelium without remodeling the accessible chromatin landscape." in Genome Research
2014 May 19
- The Rawls
lab is happy to announce that Caitlin Murdoch and Ted Espenschied, both
graduate students in the Molecular Genetics & Microbiology Program,
have joined the lab to conduct their thesis research.
2014 April 21
- The Rawls lab is happy to welcome a new Postdoc
to the lab. Dr. Sol Gomez de la Torre Canny is joining us
after completing her PhD in the lab of Dr. Daniel
Wagner of Rice University.
2014 January 8th
- The Rawls lab is happy to welcome a new undergrad work-study student, Howard Deng. Howard studies environmental sciences.
2013 December 26
Michelle Kanther, Ed Flynn, John Rawls and colleagues publish
"Commensal microbiota stimulate systemic neutrophil migration through
induction of Serum amyloid A"
in Cellular Microbiology
2013 November 14
Rawls lab is happy to welcome several new members - Michael Davidson is
a rotating graduate student in the Medical Scientist Training Program,
Ted Espenschied is a rotating graduate student in the Molecular
Genetics & Microbiology Graduate Program, and Patrick Williams is
joining us as a research technician.
2013 October 15
- The Rawls lab and other Duke microbiome researchers are featured in an article in GenomeLIFE entitled "Microbe R Us"