Welcome to the Yu laboratory @USF!
23, 2021: The Yu lab
is extremely excited to welcome Sarah Halabi as a
Ph.D. student! #Yu Lab Milestone#
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:
- grow bacteria in the lab: We are keen on
exploring and discovering the fascinating biological
features of bacterial life;
- "grow" young scientists in the lab: We are
enthusiastic about training and preparing young
students for professional careers;
- have fun doing 1. and 2.!
To achieve our
goals, we carry out cutting-edge research projects and
provide rigorous training. Our lab studies protein
secretion in Staphylococcus
aureus is one of the most important human
pathogens, which is able to cause various infections,
ranging from skin and soft tissue infections,
pneumonia, endocarditis, osteomyelitis to
life-threatening sepsis. To be such a harmful (yet
successful) pathogen, S. aureus produces and secretes an
arsenal of virulence factors. Most of these virulence
factors are either secreted or cell wall-anchored
surface proteins. Our lab studies the secretion of
some of the most important proteins in S. aureus. We use
a variety of experimental approaches such as genetics,
biochemistry and bacterial cell biology methods to
address the fundamental questions of how proteins are
produced, secreted and how these are coordinated with
bacterial growth and cell division.
© 2019 Wenqi Yu,
Rocky D. Bull and USF