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Mechanisms of bacterial defense andviral counter-defense
We aim to understand the mechanisms that bacteria use to defend themselves from phage infection and counter mechanisms that phages use to subvert bacterial immune systems. Much of the lab focuses on CRISPR systems but we are also interested in other immune pathways. Read more about our research.
Ava Graham selected for the 2023 Barry M Goldwater Scholarship
Undergraduate researcher Ava Graham won the prestegious 2023 Goldwater Scholsrship for her research on a CRISPR-based molecular diagnostic tool for RNA viruses. You can read more about her award at this link.
The Goldwater Scholarship is annually awarded by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation to honor former Unites States Senator Barry Goldwater. You can read more about the scholarship at this link.
Ava is pictured here with her mentor, Royce Wilkinson.
Ava Graham and Lenny Triem presented at the 2023 National Conference on Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate researchers Ava Graham and Lenny Triem recently presented at NCUR 2023 at the University of Washington–Eau Claire on their research on repurposing a CRISPR system as a molecular diagnostic for RNA viruses.
The National Conference on Undergraduate Research is an annual conference sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research. It is hosted at a different campus each year, and its purpose is to promote undergraduate research and creative activity.
Lenny and Ava are pictured here with their research poster.
Laina Hall and Pushya Krishna selected for the 2021 Barry M Goldwater Scholarships
Undergraduate researchers Laina Hall and Pushya Krishna won the prestigious Barry M Goldwater scholarship.
Pictured with mentors Dr. Wiedenheft (left) and Andrew Santiago-Frangos (right).
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to serve as a living memorial to honor the lifetime work of Senator Barry Goldwater.
This is awarded to to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences.
CRISPR's under the big sky
Dr. Jennifer Doudna- Winner the Stibitz and Wilson award
CRISPR conference 2017 was held in Big Sky, Montana
Research in the Wiedenheft lab is supported by
- The National Institutes of Health Grants (INBRE, R35GM134867, P20GM103500, P30GM110732-03, R01GM110270, and R01GM108888)
- National Science Foundation EPSCoR (Grant EPS-110134)
- The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust
- The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
- A young investigator award from Amgen
- The Montana State University Agricultural Experimental Station
- Montana University System Research Initiative (51040-MUSRI2015-03)