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Friday Research Seminar Series

February 21, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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This week’s Friday Research Seminar Series will be hosted by the microbiology and immunology department. All faculty members and students are invited to attend.

Bacterial Poison Tipped Daggers: The Acinetobacter Type VI Secretion System


  1. Summarize the nosocomial risk factors, treatment and pathogenesis of Acinetobacter spp. infection.
  2. Describe the structure and function of bacterial type VI secretion systems.
  3. Describe the role that the type VI secretion plays in Acinetobacter spp. biology.



Michael Carruthers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor – Microbiology and Immunology, Des Moines University

  • Postdoctoral Scientist, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University, 2009 – 2013
  • Ph.D., Microbiology, Iowa State University, 2009


Dr. Carruthers is a new faculty member and researcher here at Des Moines University. He is a microbiologist, and his research focuses on bacterial pathogens. 

Dr. Carruthers has extensive experience in bacterial genetics and the study of bacterial pathogens, with emphasis on Gram-negative organisms. His research over the past two years has specifically focused on the role of the type VI secretion system in Acinetobacter spp. biology.


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