• Spring Minion Mayhem! Former minion Dr. Katherine (Rhoades) Smith, M.D. (KSU '14) graduated from Mercer University School of Medicine and is off to Emory for a residency in internal medicine. David Axford ('18) was featured on the KSU front page as he departs for Auburn VCOM. And Emma Parks ('18) won Outstanding Honors Student. And Kevin Patel of the Chrestensen Lab brought the most awesome E. coli apple pie evah to the lab party! Congratulations to McMurry Lab Alumni near and far! We're proud of you all! Excelsior!

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  • Doctoral program decisions have been made! Kelsey Clearman has accepted an offer from UAB's Cell, Developmental & Integrative Biology Program and Shaquanna Young has accepted an offer from the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Disease Cluster at the University of Virginia! Excelsior!

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  • Kelsey Clearman won the KSU Three Minute Thesis Competition, not only tearing through a field that included several doctoral candidates, but also bringing home the $500 prize! 



  • Congratulations to Hope Didier, who has been selected as a 2018 Birla Carbon Scholar! Hope will spend the summer working in the lab and is widely considered a favorite to win the symposium presentation award! (No pressure...). Thanks to Birla Carbon for sponsoring the award.
  • Congratulations to David Axford! David has been named the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Biology and will be honored with a commemorative plaque and a hearty handshake from Dean Anderson! In other David news, next fall he will start medical school at the Via College of Osteopathic Medicine at Auburn, paid for entirely by the U.S. Navy! Another McMurry Lab Miracle!(TM)

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  • Hannah Moorman (B.S. '19) made The Waycross Journal-Herald ("South Georgia's Greatest Newspaper) for her appearance on the president's list.
  • Hot off the virtual presses! An old collaboration finally bears fruit. We provided the biosensing expertise to Oli Kerscher's group at William & Mary and his group for their SUMO work. See a cool write up of Oli's work here. Gray, D., Peek, J., Rosenberg, D., Kolla, L., Harvey, C., Levy-Myers, R. McMurry, J.L. and Kerscher, O. (2018) “SUMO targeting of a stress-tolerant Ulp1 SUMO protease,” PLoS One, 13(1):e0191391.



  • Anchors Aweigh! Congratulations to David Axford, who was awarded a U.S. Navy Health Professions Scholarship - full ride to medical school! David Med School







  • Jonathan McMurry gave the Berry College Chemistry Department seminar. It was squatting room only!

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  • The McMurry Group presented seven (!) posters at the GABio Innovation Summit, with Kelsey Clearman taking home the hardware, winning the Anthony Shuker Poster Award! Congrats to Julia LeCher, Emma Parks, Camila Bejarano, Steven Ho, Shaquanna Young and Luke Dickson!


  • Kelsey Clearman and Shaquanna Young presented their work at the Emory Laney Graduate Symposium.


  • Jonathan McMurry has been called up to The Show! Alas, for one day only...Vanderbilt Colloqium


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  • Jonathan McMurry went on vacation. There was much rejoicing.

Lab June 2017

  • Another McMurry Lab Miracle™! Dr. Josh Francis successfully defended his doctoral thesis June 22 at Emory. Dr. Eric Hoffer was in the crowd of well-wishers. Great to see McMurry Lab alums doing well!

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  • Kelsey ClearmanMareena Whisby and Shaquanna Young have been accepted to the Emory-Laney Graduate Symposium where they will present their work this October. Congratulations!
  • All of our first year MSIB students have passed their thesis proposals! 'Clearly' in the lead was Kelsey Clearman, who had the good sense to provide her committee with donut-like cupcake thingies and then skated through as committee members slipped into diabetic comas! That's how you pass your thesis proposal!!!