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Welcome to the Yu laboratory @USF!


Lab News

November 10, 2021: We're extremely excited that Ran Zhang has been accepted as a PhD student! Congratulations, Ran!

October 6, 2021: We're extremely excited to announce that Dr. Yu has been selected as one of the first ever members of the mBio® Junior Editorial Board of the American Society for Microbiology

April 30, 2021: Our research paper "Spatial regulation of Protein A in Staphylococcus aureus" was accepted for publication in Mol Microbiol. Congratulations Ran, Mac, and Sal!

April 11, 2021: Salvatore Scaffidi wins the poster award for outstanding quality of research and presentation at the 2021 USF Graduate Student Research Symposium. Congratulations, Sal!

March 9, 2021: Our protocol paper "Tracking the subcellular localization of surface proteins in Staphylococcus aureus by immunofluorescence microscopy" was accepted for publication in Bio-Protocol. Congratulations Sal and Mac!

January, 2021: The Yu lab is extremely excited to welcome Salvatore Scaffidi as the first Master's student! #Yu Lab Milestone#

March, 2020: We are extremely excited to welcome an outstanding student, Mac Shebes, to be the first Ph.D. student of the Yu Lab! #Yu Lab Milestone#



The Yu lab at the University of South Florida kicked off in January of 2019. As a microbiology laboratory, the overall goals of the Yu lab are to:
  1. grow bacteria in the lab: We are keen on exploring and discovering the fascinating biological features of bacterial life;
  2. "grow" young scientists in the lab: We are enthusiastic about training and preparing young students for professional careers; 
  3. have fun doing 1. and 2.!
To achieve our goals, we are focusing on performing cutting edge research projects and providing rigorous training programs. The research in the Yu lab studies the biology of bacterial cell envelope in the human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus. Broadly, we are interested in understanding (a) the dynamics of cell envelope assembly during bacterial growth and cell division, and (b) functions of cell envelope dynamics in bacterial physiology and pathogenesis. To address the research questions, we use a variety of experimental approaches such as genetics, microscopy, biochemistry as well as animal models. Currently we are investigating the secretion and localization of surface proteins in S. aureus. Please see “Research” page for details.

Septal trafficking of YSIRK/G-S proteins in S
                  aureus

© 2019 Wenqi Yu, Rocky D. Bull and USF