Deborah R. Yoder-Himes, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
354 Shumaker Research Building
139 Life Sciences Building
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
Bacterial pathogen interactions and host-pathogen interactions in respiratory infections; transmission of opportunistic pathogens from the environment to humans; the role of bacterial pathogens in natural, non-human environments; the evolution of pathogenesis; microbial ecology of temperate soils, rhizospheres, waters, and air
2000 – 2005 Ph.D. Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University (MSU)
1996 – 2000 B.S. Biology, Purdue University
PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS, RESEARCH AND WORK EXPERIENCE
2019 - Present University of Louisville, Department of Biology (PRIMARY) - Associate Professor, Graduate Faculty member
2013- 2018 University of Louisville, Department of Biology - Assistant Professor, Graduate Faculty member
2017-Present Center for Predictive Medicine, University of Louisville - Associate Member
2015- Present University of Louisville Dental School, Department of Oral Immunology and Infectious Diseases - Associate
Member, Graduate Faculty member
2013- Present University of Louisville Medical School, Department of Microbiology and Immunology - Associate Member
2009 – 2012 Carol Basbaum Memorial Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School/Children’s Hospital Boston
Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Stephen Lory and Dr. Craig Gerard
2005 – 2008 MSU Center for Microbial Ecology
Postdoctoral Researcher with Dr. James M. Tiedje
2000 – 2005 MSU Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Graduate Assistant with Dr. Lee R. Kroos
Ph.D. Dissertation Title: Transcriptional Regulation of the C signal-dependent gene Omega4400 in Myxococcus
xanthus: the cis elements and trans-acting factors
1998, 1999 City of Elkhart Wastewater Treatment Facility – Microbiology Lab
1997 - 2000 Purdue University Department of Biology
Undergraduate Researcher with Dr. Mark Levinthal
Undergraduate Thesis Title: Global Regulation of the Methionine Biosynthetic Pathway of Escherichia coli by the Lrp Protein.
Coming to the University of Louisville, I had little formal training in teaching pedagogy. Because of this, I started my courses in a traditional lecture-based format. I took advantage of many of the programs offered by the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning and am now including in my courses specific means to teach students about critical thinking through metacognition assignments, reviewing primary scientific literature, group-based activities, and higher-ordered thinking questions in my assessments. I have also adapted modules for the course conducted in our new active learning classroom (TILL) and have developed group-based units to engage students in non-lecture-based techniques. In doing so, I hope to expose my upper-division biology majors to a broad range of teaching techniques and types of questions to further enhance their performance in my class, in other undergraduate course, and in their professional schools of choice.
University of Louisville
2017-2018 BIOL 601 – Graduate Seminar; Course Co-Instructor
This course is used to educate new graduate students in the Biology department on professional activities related to being a Ph.D. Students are introduced to networking skills, grant writing, scientific article writing, ethics, and finding funding opportunities.
2013-Present BIOL 357 – General Microbiology; Course Instructor
This course is geared toward upper-division biology majors. While the general purpose is to introduce students to fundamental concepts in bacteria, archaea, viruses, and eukaryotes, critical topics also include ethical quandaries facing the medical world (e.g. antibiotic resistance, the anti-vaccination movements). Students are trained in critical thinking, metacognition, the critical analysis of scientific literature, and group-based learning strategies depending on the semester. Examples of topics covered include cell division, how the central dogma works in bacteria, microbial genomics, ecology, symbioses, epidemiology, and controlling microbial growth. Evaluation scores from students: ~4.5 out of 5.0 (range 4.19 – 4.59 with improvements almost every semester; in general >4.5 is considered very good in our upper division electives).
2013-Present BIOL 358 – General Microbiology Lab; Course Instructor
This laboratory course is designed to complement the BIOL 357 lecture course by instructing students on the proper techniques to work with microbes, how to differentiate microbes, how abiotic factors influence microbial growth, and surveying the microbial world surrounding the students. The culminating project is the identifications of multiple bacteria from a consortium associated in individual case reports. This exercise gives students a taste of clinical microbiology as well. Student evaluations are for the teaching assistant, not the instructor.
2013-Present BIOL 404, 405, 406 – Independent Research for Undergraduates; Course Instructor
2013-Present BIOL 691, 692 – Independent Research for Graduate Students; Course Instructor
These courses are designed to allow students to explore independent projects in my research lab. Example projects include exploring the cytokine response of human and mouse cells to Burkholderia dolosa, examining the interaction between two bacterial species in biofilms, investigating the transcriptome of microbes grown in mono-culture vs co-cultures, and assessing the cytotoxicity potential and antibiotic resistance profiles of environmental isolates. No evaluations are taken for these courses.
2018-Present BIOL 258 – Introductory Microbiology Lab for Non-Majors
2016 BIOL 571/671 – Virology; Course Instructor
This graduate/undergraduate course was designed to introduce students to the world of viruses through short lectures and critical analyses of scientific literature. Example topics covered include viral structures, viral genomes and replication, viral evolution, and students voted for their favorite viruses to learn about: HIV, Rabies, and MERS. Students led the discussion of the scientific literature and were trained on critical analysis of scientific experiments. Evaluation scores from students: 4.67 out of 5.0 (in general >4.5 is considered very good in our upper division electives).
2016 BIOL 501 – Microbial Ecology of Antibiotic Resistance; Course Co-Instructor
Independent research opportunities are sometimes limited based on the availability of funds. To engage students in medically-relevant bacteriology, Dr. Paul Himes and I secured a SUN Teaching and Innovation Grant from the UofL Delphi Center to conduct a course in which we trained students on experimental design, hypothesis generation, data interpretation, and ecological statistics. Students worked in small teams to design the experiments, collect bacterial samples from local water sources, isolate the bacteria, and identify the organisms. Ten students then joined either my lab or Dr. Himes’ lab to continue their work. Six of these conducted bioinformatic analysis of 16S metagenomes in my lab which was amazing because we currently offer no courses in bioinformatics to undergraduates. Evaluation scores from students: ~4.5 out of 5.0.
2014-Present MBIO 687 – Microbial Pathogenesis; Guest Lecturer
2013- Present BIOL 388 – Honors Seminar; Guest Lecturer
2016-2017 Faculty Favorite Nominee, University of Louisville
2017-2018 Faculty Favorite Nominee, University of Louisville
2018-2019 Department of Biology Furnish Award - student elected teaching award
2019 University of Louisville Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty-In-Residence
TEACHING AND FACULTY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
November 2019 University of Louisville Teaching in Learning Lab Innovation Showcase
February 2019 Celebration of Teaching and Learning, UofL; panelist
January 2019 Faculty Working Group - Teaching Transformation Spring-Fall 2019
May 2018 Course Redesign Institute; Delphi Center,
February 2018 Celebration of Teaching and Learning, UofL; panelist
May 2017 Course Redesign Institute; Delphi Center
March 2017 Make Your Teaching Transform Lives; Delphi Center
January 2017 A Work in Process: Research Assignment Design; Delphi Center
September 2016 Using Community-Engaged Work in Support of Promotion and Tenure; Delphi Center
May 2016 Ideas to Action (i2a) workshop; UofL
November 2015 How Fundamental and Powerful Concepts Foster Deep Learning; Delphi Center
November 2015 Teaching Naked, Delphi Center Reading Circle
October 2015 Challenging Assumptions and Faulty Mental Sets; Delphi Center
October 2015 Teaching Students to Write and Communicate Effectively in Ways that Make Sense; Delphi Center
October 2015 Teaching for Critical Thinking: Tools and Techniques to Help Students Question Their Assumptions; Delphi Center Reading Circle
September 2015 How Can I Collect Meaningful Data to Inform What – and How- I Teach?; Delphi Center
May 2015 Ideas to Action (i2a) workshop; UofL
March 2015 Creating Self-Regulated Learners; Delphi Center Reading Circle
March 2015 Strategies for Enhancing Your Teaching Effectiveness; Delphi Center
November 2013 Four Critical Ingredients for Stimulating Your Growth as a Teacher; New Faculty Workshop; UofL
GRADUATE STUDENTS MENTORED (4 thus far)
†Co-author on publications in the Yoder-Himes lab
∂Co-author on manuscripts in preparation
David Jensen, M.S. (graduated 04/15)
Danielle Gosney, M.S.-intended (left program 2014)
Bradley Clark (Ph.D. anticipated 1/20) ††∂
Tiffany Brandt (M.S. anticipated 7/19) ∂
Krittika Nandy, Ph.D.-intended (left program 2018)
Rhiannon Cecil (Ph.D., anticipated 07/22)
GRADUATE COMMITTEES SERVED (7 thus far)
Adarsh Gopinath (Ph.D., Biology) - current
Aubrey Mojewsky (Ph.D., Biology) - current
Katie Humrick (Ph.D., Biology) - current
Nicholas Short (Ph.D., Biology) - current
Margaret Wallen (Ph.D., Biology) –graduated 2017
Hima Gogegeni (Ph.D., UofL Dental School) –graduated 2017
Sarah Spaulding (Ph.D., Biology) – stepped down when project changed
POST-BACCALAUREATE STUDENTS MENTORED (8 thus far)
* indicates co-mentoring with Dr. Paul Himes, UofL Biology department
∂Co-author on manuscripts in preparation
Morgan Robinson (2016-Present) ∂
Laura Davis (2016-2017) ∂
David Breedlove (2016*)
John Dickens (2016*)
Andrea Howes (2016*)
Shelly Holland (2016*)
Eric Curtsinger (2015-2016)
Danielle Gosney (2013-2014)
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS MENTORED (48 thus far)
* indicates co-mentoring with Dr. Paul Himes, UofL Biology department
†Co-author on publications in the Yoder-Himes lab
∂Co-author on manuscripts in preparation
‡Completed an undergraduate thesis in the Yoder-Himes lab
Alina Asif (2019-Present)
Lauren Brooks (2019-Present)
Julie Nguyen (2019-Present)
Meghan Schneider (2019-Present)
Bridget Wall (2019-Present)
Shelby Rauck (2018-Present)
Lloyd Bartley (2018)
Josh Stewart (2018-2019)‡
Matthew Hill (2017-2019)‡
Kelsey Thomas (2017-2018)
Amy Priest (2016-2018)‡
Easton Ford (2016-2019)
Rachel Mahbubani (2016-2018)
Steve Tran (2014-2018) ‡∂
Marcus Rommelman (2017) ∂
Grant Berry (2017)
Rachel Thompson (2016-2017)‡∂
Tiffany Brandt (2016-2017) ∂
Akhila Ankem (2015-2017)
Kryshawna Beard (2015-2017)
Lauren Barrett (2014-2017)
Annie Koenig (2016-2017*)
Douglas Krauth (2016-2017*)
Phillip Larkin (2016*)
George Kushner (2016*)
Jacob Karem (2016*)
Taylor Mann (2016*)
Aamina Qadir (2016*)
Cara Schwartz (2016*)
Carter Simmons (2016*)
James Thomas (2016*)
James Zechella (2016*)
Hallie Lyninger (2015-2016)
Kat King (2015)
Adrienne Michael (2015)
Ruth McIntyre (2015)
Mia Starcevcic (2015)
Jimmy Mey (2014*)
Willow Dietsch (2014*)
Jae Seo (2014*)
Lindsey Duffy (2014*)
Ethan Shelton (2014*)
Jake Trimble (2014*)
Abi Zhang (2014*)
Mariam Ahmed (2014*)
Devin McBride (2014*)
Trevor Loomis (2014*)
Charlie Keown (2014*)
Molly Weatherholt (2013-2016) ††‡
Bradley Clark (2013-2015) ∂
Trusha Mehta (2013-2014)
Emily Ostrowski (2013-2014)
Mitchell Jacobs (2013-2014*)
Christine Invergo (2013-2014*)
Nicholas Seibold (2013-2014*)
Harold Ghooray (2013-2014*)
Chris Ulmer (2013)
The research in my lab has focused on three aspect surrounding microbes: the interactions between microbes and between microbes and hosts; antibiotic resistance reservoirs in natural niches, and the discovery of genes essential from niche survival. Our first studies eludicated the molecular mechanisms by which Burkholderia dolosa causes virulence and interacts with the host immune response. As a postdoc, I obtained funding to initiate this work and have continued it since coming to UofL. This work was independent of my postdoctoral mentor’s research programs.
I have recently focused our lab’s research primarily upon three groups of bacteria: the Burkholderia cepacia complex, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia – all of which are naturally found in waters and soils, have genome similarities, are human opportunistic pathogens, can be plant-associated symbionts, and are naturally resistant to a broad set of antibiotics. We are currently exploring fundamental biological questions related to how these organisms interact in biofilms (naturally occurring mats of cells relevant to plants and humans).
PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS PUBLISHED OR SUBMITTED
Since coming to UofL
- Beckerson WC, Anderson JO, Perpich JD, Yoder-Himes DR. 2020. An Introvert’s Perspective: Analyzing the impact of active learning on multiple levels of class social personalities in an upper-level biology course. Journal of College Science Teaching. In press.
- Alvarez CS, Sierra-Sosa D, Garcia-Zapirain B, Yoder-Himes D, Elmaghraby A. 2019. Detection of Volatile Compounds Emitted by Bacteria in Wounds Using Gas Sensors. Sensors. 19, 1523; doi:10.3390/s19071523.
- Phillips-Houlbracq M, Ricard J-D, Foucrier A, Yoder-Himes D, Gaudry S, Bex J, Messika J, Margetis D, Chatel J, Dobrindt U, Denamur E, Roux D. 2018. Pathophysiology of Escherichia coli pneumonia: respective contribution of pathogenicity islands to virulence. International Journal of Medical Microbiology. Mar;308(2):290-296. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmm.2018.01.003.
- Yoder-Himes DR, Roux D, Schaefers MM, Clark BS, Weatherholt M, Thomas K, Renaud D, Priebe GP, Scott D, LiPuma JL, Gerard C. 2017. A Putative Lateral Flagella of the Cystic Fibrosis Pathogen Burkholderia dolosa Regulates Swimming Motility and Host Cytokine Production. PLoSONE.Jan 18;13(1):e0189810. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0189810.
- Miller DP, Hutcherson JA, Wang Y, Nowakowska ZM, Potempa J, Yoder-Himes DR, Scott DA, Whiteley M, Lamont RJ. 2017. Genes Contributing to Porphyromonas gingivalis Fitness in Abscess and Epithelial Cell Colonization Environments. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology. 28 Aug. https://doi.org/10.3389/fcimb.2017.00378.
- Roux D, Weatherholt M, Clark B, Gadjeva M, Renaud D, Scott D, Skurnik D, Priebe GP, Pier G, Gerard C, Yoder-Himes DR. 2017. Host Immune Recognition of the Epidemic Cystic Fibrosis Pathogen Burkholderia dolosa. Infection and Immunity. March 27. doi: 10.1128/IAI.00765-16. This work was initiated by me independently of my postdoctoral mentors while I was still at Harvard. I completed most of the work either at the University of Louisvillein my own lab or with my collaborator Damien Roux in France.
- Schaefers MM, Liao TL, Boisvert NM, Roux D, Yoder-Himes D, Priebe GP. 2016. An Oxygen-Sensing Two-Component System in the Burkholderia cepacia complex Regulates Biofilm, Intracellular Invasion, and Pathogenicity. PLoS Pathogens. Jan 3;13(1). doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1006116.
- Hutcherson JA, Gogeneni H, Yoder-Himes D, Hendrickson EL, Hackett M, Whiteley M, Lamont RJ, Scott DA. 2015. Comparison of inherently essential genes of Porphyromonas gingivalis identified in two transposon sequencing libraries. Molecular Oral Microbiology. Sep 11. doi: 10.1111/omi.12135.
- Lawrenz M, Biller A, Cramer D, Kranzle J, Sotsky J, Vanover C, Yoder-Himes D, Pollard A, Warawa J. 2015. Development of a lung-specific disease model for therapeutic efficacy testing targeting multidrug resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Pathogens and Disease. 73(5). doi: 10.1093/femspd/ftv025.
- Gutierrez M, Yoder-Himes DR, Warawa J. 2015.Comprehensive identification of virulence factors required for respiratory melioidosis using Tn-seq mutagenesis. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology. Nov 4; 5:78. doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2015.00078. (Cited > 12 times as of 1/4/18)
- Siddiqui H, Yoder-Himes D, Mizgalska D, Nguyen K, Potempa J, and Olsen I. 2014. Genome Sequence of Porphyromonas gingivalis Strain HG66 (DSM 28984). Genome Announcements. Sept-Oct 2(5). doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00947-14. (Cited > 16 times as of 1/4/18)
- Skurnik DS, Roux D, Cattoir V, Danilchanka O, Lu X, Yoder-Himes DR, Han K, Guillard T, Jiang D, Gaultier C, Guerin F, Aschard H, Leclercq R, Mekalanos JJ, Lory S, and Pier GB. 2013. Enhanced in vivo fitness of carbapenem-resistant oprD mutants of Pseudomonas aeruginosa revealed through high-throughput sequencing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. Dec 17; 110(51):20747-52. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1221552110. My work on this article was conducted in my position at the University of Louisville. (Cited > 61 times as of 1/4/18)
- Skurnik DS, Roux DR, Haschard, Cattoir V, Yoder-Himes DR, Lory S, Pier GB. 2013. A Comprehensive Analysis of In Vitro and In Vivo Genetic Fitness of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Using High-Throughput Sequencing of Transposon Libraries. PLoS Pathogens. 9(9):e1003582. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1003582. Recommended by Faculty of 1000 (Oct 2013). My work on this article was conducted in my position at the University of Louisville. (Cited > 60 times as of 1/4/18)
- Dong TG, Ho BT, Yoder-Himes DR, Mekalanos JJ. 2013. Identification of T6SS-dependent effector and immunity proteins by Tn-Seq in Vibrio cholerae. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. Feb 12; 110(7):2623-8. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1222783110. Cited > 141 times (as of 1/4/2018)
Prior to UofL (10 entries)
- Wurtzel O*, Yoder-Himes DR*, Han K*, Dandekar AA, Edelheit S, Greenberg EP, Sorek R, Lory S. 2012. The single-nucleotide resolution transcriptome of Pseudomonas aeruginosa grown in body temperature. PLoS Pathogens. 8(9):e1002945. [September 2012]. * authors contributed equally. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1002945. (Cited > 118 times as of 1/4/18)
- Oh S-D, Buddenborg S, Yoder-Himes DR, Tiedje JM, Konstantinidis KT .2012. Genomic Diversity of Escherichia Isolates from Diverse Habitats. PLoSONE. 7(10):e47005. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0047005. (Cited >23 times as of 1/4/18)
- Kimelman A, Levy A, Sberro H, Kidron S, Leavitt A, Amitai G, Yoder-Himes DR, Wurtzel O, Zhu Y, Rubin EM, Sorek R. 2012. A vast collection of microbial genes that are toxic to bacteria. Genome Research. Apr; 22(4):802-9. doi: 10.1101/gr.133850. (Cited > 43 times as of 1/4/18)
- Yang X, Medvin D, Yoder-Himes DR, Lory S, Narasimhan G. 2011. CloG: A pipeline for closing gaps in a draft assembly using short reads. Proceedings of the IEEE 1st International Conference on Computational Advances in Bio and Medical Sciences (ICCABS), 202-207. (Cited > 10 times as of 1/4/18)
- Oh S-D*, Yoder-Himes DR*, Tiedje JM, Konstantinidis KT. 2010. Evaluating the performance of oligonucleotide microarrays for strains of increasing genetic divergence to the reference strain. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. May; 76(9): 2980–2988. * authors contributed equally. doi: 10.1128/AEM.02826-09. (Cited > 17 times as of 1/4/18)
- Yoder-Himes DR, Konstantinidis KT, Tiedje JM. 2010. Identification of potential therapeutic targets for Burkholderia cenocepacia by comparative transcriptomics. PLoS ONE 5(1): e8724. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0008724. (Cited > 28 times as of 1/4/18)
- Yoder-Himes DR, Chain PS, Zhu Y, Wurtzel O, Rubin EM, Tiedje JM, Sorek R. 2009. Mapping the Burkholderia cenocepacia niche response via high-throughput sequencing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 2009 Mar 10;106(10):3976-81. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0813403106. Recommended by Faculty of 1000 (Mar 2009). Cited > 245 times (as of 1/4/2018)
- Yoder DR, Kroos L. 2006. Regulation of the Myxococcus xanthus C-Signal-Dependent W4400 Promoter by the Essential Developmental Protein FruA. Journal of Bacteriology. July 188(14):5167-5176. doi: 10.1128/JB.00318-06. doi: 10.1128/JB.186.12.3766-3776.2004. (Cited > 21 times as of 1/4/18)
- Yoder DR, Kroos L. 2004. Mutational Analysis of the Myxococcus xanthus W4499 Promoter Region Reveals Shared and Unique Properties in Comparison with Other C-signal-dependent Promoters. Journal of Bacteriology. Jun; 186(12):3766-76. (Cited > 15 times as of 1/4/18)
- Yoder DR, Kroos L. 2004. Mutational analysis of the Myxococcus xanthus W4400 promoter region provides insight into developmental gene regulation by C signaling. Journal of Bacteriology. Feb; 186(3):661-71. (Cited > 16 times as of 1/4/18)
Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/deborah.yoder-himes.1/bibliography/42730214/public/?sort=date&direction=descending or find links to most of these articles on the page
MEETINGS, TALKS, AND POSTERS
* indicates undergraduate, post-baccalaurate, or graduate students in the Yoder-Himes lab
Since coming to UofL (25 entries)
Nov 2019 Poster, Does Social Personality Affect Performance in Active Learning Settings? Beckerson W, Anderson JO, Perpich JD, Yoder-Himes DR. National Association of Biology Teachers Conference, Chicago, IL, USA.
October 2019 Poster, Inhibition of Staphylococcus aureus Biofilm Formation and Maintenance By Burkholderia cenocepacia. Brandt TJ*, Thompson R*, Hundley T, Yoder-Himes DR. North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference. Nashville, TN, USA.
August 2019 Poster, Does Social Personality Affect Performance in Active Learning Settings? Beckerson W, Anderson JO, Perpich JD, Yoder-Himes DR. University of Louisville Belknap Academic Building Anniversary Presentation. Louisville, KY, USA.
August 2018 Poster, Inhibition of Gram-Negative Cystic Fibrosis Pathogens By Stenotrophomonas Maltophilia In Co-Culture Biofilms. Stewart J*, Yoder-Himes DR. Summer Research Orientation Program. Louisville, KY.
April 2018 Invited Speaker (Yoder-Himes, DR), Are all bacteria bad? What are super bugs? And what is up with everything “antibacterial”??!?!?. Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse, Louisville, KY.
March 2018 Invited Speaker (Yoder-Himes DR), Vaccines: a big reason you didn’t die as a kid. Univeristy of Louisville REDtalks. Louisville, KY, USA
Nov 2017 Poster, The Prevalence of Bacteria Resistant to Vancomycin and Colistin in Waters Around Louisville. Mahbubani R*, Priest A*, Koenig A*, Ford E*, Krauth D*, Himes P, Yoder-Himes DR. Kentucky Academy of Sciences, Bowling Green KY, USA. Awarded 1st place in Microbiology.
Nov 2017 Poster, Survey of Vancomycin- and Colistin-Resistant Bacteria in Environmental Water Samples Across Louisville. Ford EE*, Robinson M*, Priest A*, Mahbubani R*, Davis L*, Krauth D*, Himes P, Yoder-Himes DR. Kentucky Academy of Sciences, Bowling Green KY, USA. Awarded 3rd place in Microbiology.
Sept 2017 Invited Speaker (Yoder-Himes DR), Mixed community biofilms in the cystic fibrosis lung: friends and foes. University of Louisville School of Dentistry Department of Oral and Infectious Diseases. Louisville, KY, USA
Sept 2017 Poster, Survey of Vancomycin- and Colistin-Resistant Bacteria in Environmental Water Samples Across Louisville. Ford EE*, Robinson M*, Priest A*, Mahbubani R*, Davis L*, Krauth D*, Himes P, Yoder-Himes DR. Research! Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA
June 2017 Invited Speaker (Yoder-Himes DR), Understanding Polymicrobial Interactions in the Cystic Fibrosis Lung. University of Louisville Center for Predictive Medicine, Louisville, KY, USA
May 2017 Poster, Tn-seq analysis identifies genes required for Burkholderia cenocepacia survival in a mouse model of chronic granulomatous disease. Varga JJ, Fankhauser SC, Yoder-Himes DR, Goldberg J.B. American Society of Microbiology. New Orleans, LA , USA
April 2017 Poster, The Prevalence of Bacteria Resistant to Vancomycin and Colistin in Wastewaters in Louisville, KY. Priest A*, Koenig A*, Himes P, Yoder-Himes DR. Undergraduate Research and Community Engaged Symposium, Louisville, KY, USA
April 2017 Poster, Burkholderia cenocepacia-mediated destruction of Staphylococcus aureus biofilms. Thompson R*, Brandt TJ*, Yoder-Himes DR. Undergraduate Research and Community Engaged Symposium, Louisville, KY, USA
April 2017 Poster, Antibiotic Resistance in Louisville Natural Waters. Ford EE*, Krauth DM*, Yoder-Himes DR, Himes P. Undergraduate Research and Community Engaged Symposium, Louisville, KY, USA
October 2016 Poster, Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Natural Environmental Within Kentucky. Tran S*, Himes P, Yoder-Himes DR. Research! Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA
October 2016 Poster, The Effects of Mutations in the TolQRAB Complex of Burkholderia dolosa. Clark BS* and Yoder-Himes DR. Research! Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA
June 2016 Poster, Identification of Porphyromonas gingivalis genes essential for surviving cigarette smoke exposure. Hutcherson J, Gogeneni H, Yoder-Himes DR, Want H, Lamont R, Scott DA. International Association of Dental Research Conference. Seoul, South Korea
April 2016 Speaker (Yoder-Himes DR), The Host Immune Response to Burkholderia dolosa. International Burkholderia cepacia Working Group Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH USA
April 2016 Invited Speaker (Yoder-Himes DR), Pathogenomics and Host Immune Response of Burkholderia dolosa. Indiana University Department of Biology. Bloomington, IN, USA
March 2016 Invited Speaker (Yoder-Himes DR), Pathogenomics of the Opportunistic Respiratory Pathogens: The Burkholderia cepacia Complex. Western Kentucky University Department of Biology, Bowling Green, KY USA
March 2016 Poster, The Vast and the Dangerous: Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria. Tran S* (presentation on thesis work from Yoder-Himes lab). SRHC Orlando Conference, Orlando, FL USA
Sept 2015 Poster, Comparison of inherently essential genes of Porphyromonas gingivalis identified in two transposon sequencing libraries. Himabindu G, Hutcherson J, Yoder-Himes DR, Hendrickson E, Hackett M, Lamont R, Scott D. Research! Louisville, Louisville KY, USA
April 2015 Poster, Diversity of Plant Associated Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Louisville. Tran S*(presentation on thesis work from Yoder-Himes lab). Kentucky Honors Roundtable Conference, Bowling Green, KY, USA
Jan 2015 Speaker (Yoder-Himes DR), Pseudomonads. Department of Microbiology and Immunology Guest Lecturer, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA
Nov 2014 Poster, Diversity of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria within Distinct Ecological Niches in Kentucky. Clark BS*, Loomis T*, McBride D*, Tran S*, Yoder-Himes DR, Himes P. Kentucky Academy of Science Annual Meeting. Lexington, KY, USA
Sept 2014 Poster, Diversity of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria within Distinct Ecological Niches in Kentucky. Tran S*, Mey J*, Ostrowski E*, Seo J*, Yoder-Himes DR, Himes P. Research! Louisville, Louisville, KY USA
May 2014 Poster, Interactions of Cystic Fibrosis Pathogens When Grown in Polymicrobial Conditions. Jensen D* and Yoder-Himes DR. American Society of Microbiology Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, USA
May 2013 Invited Speaker (Yoder-Himes DR), Pathogenomics of the opportunistic respiratory bacteria Burkholderia and Pseudomonas. School of Public Health, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA
April 2013 Speaker (Yoder-Himes DR), The Role of Burkholderia dolosa Flagella in Host Colonization.International Burkholderia cepacia Working Group 16th Annual Meeting, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
March 2013 Invited Speaker (Yoder-Himes DR), Pathogenomics of the opportunistic respiratory bacteria Burkholderia and Pseudomonas. School of Dentistry, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA
May 2002 Poster, Gene Expression in Development and Disease Focus Group and Genetics Program – Transcription in Development Symposium. East Lansing, MI, USA
May 2000 Poster, Indiana Branch of the American Society of Microbiology. Turkey Run State Park, IN, USA
AWARDS IN PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY
2010 Carol Basbaum Memorial Research Award (top scoring fellowship; Cystic Fibrosis Foundation)
2005 Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship-Michigan State University
2005 DuVall Doctoral Scholarship (awarded to two outstanding PhD candidates in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics department) - Michigan State University
2004 Hsiung-Kimball Award (for graduate students in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics department) - Michigan State University
2003 Travel Awards - Michigan State University College of Natural Science, Michigan State University Graduate School, Michigan State University Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
2002 Travel Grant - American Society for Microbiology
As a tenure-track faculty member, my service to my university, college, and department is relatively low to allow for more time to establish my research lab and teaching repertoire. However, I have performed service in my profession, in my local community, and for my department, including several high-effort committees.
2013 –Present Ad hoc reviewer for BMC Microbiology
2013 –Present Ad hoc reviewer for Molecular Ecology
2013 –Present Ad hoc grant reviewer for the National Medical Research Council (UK)
2013 –Present Review Editor for Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
2013 –Present Review Editor for Frontiers in Systems Microbiology
2010 –Present Peer reviewer for Journal of Medical Microbiology
2008 –Present Ad-hoc grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation
1997- Present American Society for Microbiology
2011- 2016 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
2005 – 2008 International Society for Microbial Ecology
2017 UofL Today with Mark Hebert. Interview broadcast on local radio and TV show. Discussed our studies on antibiotic resistant bacteria in local water sources. Link: https://louisville.edu/artsandsciences/news/podcasts/antibiotic-resistance
2016 Boonanza at the Kentucky Science Center – Microbiology of Forensics – our group demonstrated how microbes could be used to identify a thief.
2016 Youth Science Summit Youth Science Summit at the Kentucky Science Museum – Murder Mystery Microbiology Lab in which students discovered who killed Col. Sanders using bacteria in a Clue-like experience. Asked to return as it was the most popular event.
2016 Research! Louisville poster judge
2015 Youth Science Summit at the Kentucky Science Museum – Murder Mystery Microbiology Lab in which students discovered who killed Col. Sanders using a bacteria in a Clue-like experience.
2015 Science Proofs – “Antibiotic Resistance” – discussing the emergence and mechanisms of antibiotic resistance to the general public at the BBC Taproom, Louisville, KY
2014 “LIFE: Everywhere Here…Anywhere Out There?”, UofL Planetarium Show script editor and science advisor
2013-2016 Kentucky Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (KY-JSHS) – paper reviewer
2014 DNA Day at the Kentucky Science Center – took lab members to the Science Center and demonstrated how we purify, examine, and use DNA to benefit human health to the general public
2014 STEM camp for Girl Scouts of Louisville – worked with 9th and 10th girls interested in the STEM fields and performed DNA extractions, gel electrophoresis, discussed our bacterial research, field trip to my lab.
COMMITTEES AND DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE
2018-Present Director of Undergraduate Studies, Biology Department, UofL
2016-2018 University of Louisville Biology Department Graduate Committee
2016-2017 University of Louisville Biology Department Faculty Search Committee
2014-2015 University of Louisville Biology Department Personnel Committee
2003 - 2004 MSU Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Graduate Committee
2002 - 2003 MSU Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Planning Committee