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Travis Kochan

Graduate Student Research Assistant
Undergraduate- Wayne State University

Travis's thesis work is entitled "Investigating Early events in Germination of Clostridium difficile spores".  This study uses molecular biology techniques to identify genes essential for germination of Clostridium difficile spores.     


Wholey W-Y, Kochan TJ, Storck DN, Dawid S (2016) Coordinated Bacteriocin Expression and Competence in Streptococcus pneumoniae Contributes to Genetic Adaptation through Neighbor Predation. PLoS Pathog 12(2): e1005413. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1005413

Kochan TJ, Dawid S. “The HtrA Protease of Streptococcus pneumoniae Controls Density Dependent Stimulation of the Bacteriocin blp Locus via Disruption of Pheromone Secretion,”J. Bacteriol. April 2013 vol. 195 no. 7 1561-1572

 Kochan T, Singla A, Tosi J, Kumar A. “TLR2 Ligand Pretreatment Attenuates Retinal Microglial Inflammatory Response but Enhances Their Phagocytic Activity Towards Staphylococcus aureus,” Infect. Immun.June 2012 vol. 80 no. 6 2076-2088

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (Parent F31)- 2016
Rackham Travel Grant 2016

Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant- 2015

ASM Robert D. Watkins Fellowship 2015- Honorable Mention

Rackham Travel Grant 2015

AAAS/Science Program for Excellence in Science- 2013



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