October 24, 2017

Outstanding Postdoc Award to Laura Mike

Congratulations to Laura Mike, PhD for receiving the Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow Award from the Rackham Graduate School.

Dr. Mike has conducted research throughout her undergraduate and graduate years and now ongoing postdoctoral career, resulting in 13 peer-reviewed publications with six as first author. She has also presented her work at conferences giving seven oral presentations and eight poster presentations.

In the Mobley Lab, she is using small molecules as therapeutic targets for UTI prevention and cure, first using siderophores as a vaccine and secondly screening 40,000 natural bacterial products for new antimicrobial agents. She discovered "Nicoyamycin A" and solved its complex chemical structure.

With respect to teaching and mentoring, Laura has not shied away from training undergraduates who have been interested in research. Overall, she has trained more than 10 undergraduate students - sometimes first year graduate students. At Michigan she has also organized the postdoctoral fellows to teach the PIBS503 course: Responsible Conduct of Research for first year graduate students.

Laura was elected president of our department's postdoctoral association, and in this role she organized career development activities and served as the liaison between postdocs and the faculty. Very importantly, Laura has been very active in our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts.

Congratulations to Dr. Laura Mike for excelling in research, teaching and service!