Purdue Microbiome Symposium Adventures

Andrew McGlynn and Rushil Madan presented posters at the Purdue Microbiome Symposium.

Exploring Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Left: Yijing Liu, Center: Andrew McGlynn, Right: Rushil Madan

Next year’s Microbiome Symposium will be in OHIO! (May 8-10, 2023) Stay tuned…

Top Left to Right: Andrew, Jiarong, Vanessa, Mohamed

Bottom Left to Right: Yijing, Rushil


Lorikeet article accepted!

Great work to a great team (including Columbus Zoo & Aquarium and the Denver Zoo), and extra high-fives to Drs. David Minich and Chris Madden for leading this effort.

Our article is now available here from Animal Microbiome.

And from the lorikeets, who were the inspiration behind all of this:

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Wildlights 2021

SARS-CoV-2 in Ohio Deer – Officially Published!

For more info on SARS-CoV-2 in Ohio deer, check out our article now available in Nature.

Sequencing indicates multiple human to deer spillover events (B.1.2, B.1.596, B.1.582) and suggests deer to deer transmission.

Critical questions to answer next: How are the deer getting infected? Can deer populations potentially serve as a  SARS-CoV-2 reservoir? Can SARS-CoV-2 in deer spillover into other species or spillback into humans? How could deer-specific SARS-CoV-2 mutations potentially affect virus transmission, virulence, and immune system escape?

Published article now available here in Nature.

Image: Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images

Hale Lab Holiday Fun

Fried chicken testing…

Lab Holiday Dinner: Good food, great company, terrible photography!

Happy Holidays to all!

Deer in Ohio infected with SARS-CoV-2

The eSCOUT (Environmental Surveillance for COVID-19 in Ohio: Understanding Transmission) team in collaboration with the NVSL/USDA and NIH found SARS-CoV-2 in 35.8% of deer tested in Northeast Ohio. Sequencing indicates multiple human to deer spillover events (B.1.2, B.1.596, B.1.582) and suggests deer to deer transmission. This raises concerns about deer as a potential reservoir for SARS-CoV-2. For preprint, click here.

Tessa Wins wins first place at the Klein Memorial Nutrition Symposium!

Tessa was awarded in the “Molecular and Basic” research category for her presentation titled, “Gut microbiota shaped by diet and phylogeny in seven cercopithecids from Tai Forest, Ivory Coast.”

Congratulations Tessa!


Photo by Claire Witham.