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Pamela Brown’s photo voted “Most Popular” in contest

May 20, 2013

Prosthecomicrobium hirschii

Voted ‘most popular’ in the 2013 ATCC Photo contest, this image taken by Dr. Pamela Brown shows the two distinct shapes of the bacterium P. hirschii.

An image taken by Pamela Brown, an assistant professor in the Division of Biological Sciences, was voted ‘most popular’ in microbiology in a photo competition sponsored by the American Tissue Culture Collection (ATCC).

Winning images were selected in two categories: “ATCC Excellence” Photographs, chosen by a panel of ATCC scientist, and “Most Popular” Photographs, chosen during the “public” voting session of the contest. Brown’s image received the most votes from the public among the collection of microbiology images submitted. Brown’s winning image is a scanning electron micrograph of Prosthecomicrobium hirschii, a bacterium (ATCC 27832) that produces two distinct shapes.

Brown, who joined the Division in 2012, studies how bacteria have evolved different shapes. She is particularly interested in elucidating the molecular basis for polar growth in the bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens.

Brown will receive a monetary prize from the ATCC for her winning image.

ATCC is an independent, non-profit entity that provides cell and microbial reference strains to researchers around the world.

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