June 28, 2023

Michael Shiloh and the lab’s research is highlighted in Knowable Magazine

Dr. Shiloh was recently featured in Knowable Magazine discussing the molecular mechanisms of cough in response to airway pathogens.

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September 13, 2022

Josephine Thinwa awarded prestigious Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists

Dr. Thinwa’s research was recently recognized when she received a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists – making her one of only 14 awardees nationwide this year. The prestigious award provides $700,000 to support her research over the next five years. The award is given to physician-scientists committed to an academic career with funding aimed to help bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service.

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April 23, 2021

Michael Shiloh inducted into prestigious American Society for Clinical Investigation

Congratulations to Dr. Shiloh on being inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), one of the most distinguished organizations in academic medicine.

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September 8, 2020

Cody Ruhl receives a UT Systems Fellowship

Congratulations to Cody for being awarded one of two UT Systems Fellowships for the entire state of Texas! This is quite an accomplishment and a testament to Cody’s hard work and dedication in the lab.

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March 2020

Tuberculosis bacteria produce cough-triggering molecule

The bacteria that cause the deadly lung disease tuberculosis appear to facilitate their own spread by producing a molecule that triggers cough, a new study led by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers shows. The findings, published online today, in Cell, could lead to new ways to prevent the spread of tuberculosis, which is responsible for the death of more than 1.5 million people per year worldwide.

People have known since ancient times that coughing is a primary symptom of tuberculosis and that cough allows for the spread of disease from person to person. However, the cause of tuberculosis-related coughs has been unclear says study leader Michael Shiloh, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor in UTSW’s Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Infectious Disease and Department of Microbiology. The prevailing hypothesis has been that coughing is triggered by infection-induced lung irritation and inflammation, but this has never been definitively proved.

Shiloh and his colleagues had a different idea: They speculated that the bacterial agent that causes tuberculosis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, itself might produce a substance that triggers nerves in the airway responsible for causing someone with the disease to cough, thereby allowing for propagation of disease.

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November 29, 2019

Michael Shiloh receives prestigious Burroughs Wellcome Fund award

Congratulation to Dr. Shiloh for being awarded the prestigious Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases award. This award provides the lab with $500,000 in funding over five years to conduct cutting edge research in Mtb transmission.

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April 2019

Drs. Levine and Shiloh to lead NIH-funded program

Amid growing concern about pathogens becoming more drug-resistant worldwide – and emerging new pathogens that have no current treatment – UT Southwestern has been selected to lead a five-year investigation into a promising new approach for controlling infections funded by a grant of up to $37 million.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded program will be headed by Dr. Beth Levine, Director of UT Southwestern’s Center for Autophagy Research and a Professor of Internal Medicine and Microbiology. She will serve as Program Director over five separate research projects at UT Southwestern and across the country – all focused on the potential to exploit a cellular process known as autophagy to destroy invading bacteria and viruses.

“During autophagy, the target to be destroyed is encased in a double-membrane compartment inside the cell called an autophagosome, which then merges with other compartments containing enzymes and acids to degrade the target,” said Dr. Michael Shiloh, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Microbiology, who will assist Dr. Levine as the program’s Associate Director.

September 24, 2018

Michael Shiloh promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure

Congratulations to Dr. Shiloh for his promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure at UT Southwestern.

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January 2017

A role for Smurf1 in Mtb infection

Congratulations Luis Franco and the rest of the team for his publication in Cell Host & Microbe demonstrating an important role for the host protein Smurf1 in Mtb pathogenesis. This work was highlighted in the UTSW Center Times and other news outlets.

Center Times Article
Dr. Shiloh and four other lab members in the laboratory

August 2016

A role for M cells in Mtb pathogenesis

Congratulations to Vidhya Nair and everyone who participated in this project. After years of hard work and perseverance, Vidhya's paper showing a functional role for M cells in Mtb pathogenesis was published in Cell Reports. It was also highlighted in the UTSW news section, as well as many other news articles.

UTSW News Article

July 2016

NIH Fellowship Awards

Congratulations to 3 members of the Shiloh Lab for their selection to prestigious NIH fellowships in 2016. These awards are a testament to their hard work and determination.

Haaris Khan was selected for the Immunology Training Grant Pre-doctoral NIH T32
Breanna Pasko was selected for the Molecular Microbiology Training Grant Pre-doctoral NIH T32
Caitlyn Scharn was selected for the Infectious Diseases Training Grant Post-doctoral NIH T32

June 2015

A role for cGAS in tuberculosis infection

In a collaboration between the Shiloh Lab and the Chen Lab at UTSW, we found that the enzyme cGAS is vital for detection of intracellular M. tuberculosis. Importantly, cGAS was first discovered by the Chen Lab in 2012. The key findings of the new paper are that cGAS is found in human tuberculosis lesions and cGAS is induced by M. tuberculosis infection. cGAS is essential for activating macrophages to produce interferons and activate autophagy, and cGAS deficient macrophages and mice are more susceptible to tuberculosis.

News Release from UTSW
Debbie Solomon accepting the Seldin Award

June 2015

Debbie wins the Seldin Award

Debbie Solomon, ID Division grants specialist and our lab administrator received the Donald Seldin Award for the most outstanding administrator in Internal Medicine. This award is given to only one administrator every year, and is the highest honor for an administrator in our Department. Debbie makes our lab function, and she is amazing at managing complex grants! Congratulations Debbie!

Dr. Shiloh and Vineetha pose as Vineetha holds her diploma

May 2015

Vineetha graduates with her PhD

Congratulations to Vineetha Zacharia, PhD, on her graduation from UT Southwestern Graduate School. Vineetha is off to UC Berkeley for a post-doc. We wish her all the best in her career.

Chelsea and other award recipients pose with their awards

December 2014

Chelsea wins two awards

Congratulations to Chelsea for recently winning two awards. First, is the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) Scholarship. Chelsea is one of 4 UTSW awardees out of 85 total recipients! This is quite a prestigious award, recognizing outstanding women in graduate school.

Chelsea also received a Young Investigator Award from the International Graduate Student Immunology Conference. Congratulations!

August 2014

Congratulations Chelsea and Caitlyn

Congratulations to both Chelsea Stamm (Phd student) and Caitlyn Scharn (Post-doc) on their selection to be supported by the highly competitive NIH T32 training grants in Molecular Microbiology (Chelsea) and Immunology (Caitlyn).

July 2014

Welcome new post-doc Caitlyn Scharn to the lab

The Shiloh Lab warmly welcomes Dr. Caitlyn Scharn to the lab. Caitlyn graduated from Creighton University with a PhD in Microbiology, with a thesis titled " Movement and Stability of the Staphylococcal Cassette Chromosome mec among Staphylococcus aureus." Caitlyn aims to leverage her extensive background in bacterial genetics to questions of M. tuberculosis pathogenesis.

November 2013

Shiloh Lab November News

Congratulations to Vineetha on the publication of her first author paper in mBio describing Cor, a novel CO resistance gene from M. tuberculosis.

Vineetha's paper

September 2013

September News

Working together with Paolo Manzanillo and Jeffery Cox at UCSF, Angela Collins and Dr. Shiloh demonstrate that the ubiquitin ligase parkin is expressed in human tuberculosis lesions and that parkin colocalizes with Mtb in infected tissues. This was published as an article in Nature.

Article in Nature

April 2013

Collins Travel Award

Congratulations to Angela Collins on being selected for a travel award and oral presentation at the American Association of Immunology meeting, May 2013.

April 2013

NSF Graduate Student Fellowship

Chelsea Stamm received honorable mention for her application to the highly competitive National Science Foundation graduate student fellowship.

March 2013

Metroplex Day - Vidhya Nair

Congratulations to Vidhya Nair on receiving best poster in Translational Medicine at the 7th Annual UT Metroplex Day, March 2013.

February 2013

Gordon Conference Poster

Congratulations to Vineetha Zacharia on receiving a poster award at the 2013 Gordon Conference on Nitric Oxide, February 2013.