C&T Round Up for August 2022!

Issue 191 | September 2, 2022
6 min read
Capsid and Tail

This week, we highlight the feature articles we published in August! Learn about phage+AI and how you can get involved, what happened at Phage Futures this year, how phage-making is going at Phage Australia, and meet Phage Directory’s stellar brigade of volunteers!

Urgent August 31, 2022

Urgent need for Proteus mirabilis, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Morganella morganii phages for a patient in Saudi Arabia

Phage Therapy

We are urgently seeking Proteus mirabilis, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Morganella morganii phages for a patient in Saudi Arabia. This is a multi-pathogen infection and would be the first phage therapy case in Saudi Arabia.

Ways to help at this stage:

  • By sending your phages for testing on the patient’s strains
  • By receiving one or more of the patient’s strains and testing your phages
  • By receiving the strain(s) and using it/them to search for new phages
  • By offering to prepare phages supplied by others to clinical grade
  • By helping spread the word about this request
  • By providing us with names/email addresses of labs you think we should contact

Please email [email protected] if you can help in any way, or if you would like further details/clarification.

Let’s make a difference,
Phage Directory

What’s New

You probably know a lot of antiphage defense systems that rely on proteins or nucleic acids. But what about the role of small molecules in antiphage defense? — Aël Hardy, describing his new paper, “Antiphage small molecules produced by bacteria – beyond protein-mediated defenses”.

Phage defense systemsResearch paper

News: The UK National Health Service (NHS) has hired its first clinical phage specialist! Read about the new role, accepted by Dr. Josh Jones, an infectious disease physician in Scotland who’s been treating patients with diabetic foot ulcer infections using phages prepared in Belgium by the Queen Astrid Military Hospital.

NewsPhage Therapy

Paper: Editing of phage genomes—recombineering-assisted SpCas9 modification of model coliphages T7, T5, and T3.

Phage genome editingResearch paper

Paper: Genome dynamics, codon usage patterns and influencing factors in Aeromonas hydrophila phages.

Codon usageResearch paper

Paper: T-phage inspired piezoelectric microrobot.

Research paperRobots

Latest Jobs

Post Doc
Postdoc: A two-year postdoctoral position is available on or after September 1, 2022 under the supervision of Dr. Paul Turner in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. Email: [email protected]
Researcher: at University of Bologna in Italy to develop and validate (bio)sensors for the identification of Leishmania infantum in biological samples.
PhD projectPhage-host interactions
Phd position: modelling phage-host dynamics in bioreactors at KU Leuven, Belgium.
Phage evolutionResearch Associate
Staff Research Associate at UC San Diego to assist in research into how lambda phage evolves.
Phage isolationTechnician
Research support technician in Santander, Spain: Isolation of phages active against pathogens, synthesis and characterization of liposomes and solid-lipid nanoparticles, combination of phages with antibacterials.
Lab Manager
Lab Manager at University of Pittsburgh to support research operations in a microbiology laboratory using bacteria and bacteriophages.
Industrial microbiologist at Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology in environmental applications of antimicrobial treatments to contribute to the development and validation of antimicrobial solutions using probiotics or phages.
Lab Manager
Laboratory Manager at University of Chicago to decipher virulence and colonization strategies of important microbial pathogens and symbionts including bacteria and viruses (including phages).

Community Board

Anyone can post a message to the phage community — and it could be anything from collaboration requests, post-doc searches, sequencing help — just ask!

Hi everyone, after being virtual in 2021, our 2022 “Viral EcoGenomics and Applications” (VEGA) meeting is back in-person Oct 6 – 7, in the beautiful and sunny (although sometimes a bit foggy) Bay Area! (specifically on the Berkeley Lab campus).

This will be a two-day meeting with talks and discussions about everything related to viruses of microbes, especially phages, of course everything 'omics (especially metagenomics and metatranscriptomics), but also genetic engineering, phage-base biotechs, and more!

ConferencePhage genomicsViral metagenomics

Never miss another phage event or deadline — you can now subscribe to Phage Calendar! Thanks to Sayde Perry, one of our star Phage Directory volunteers, for setting it up!

Subscribe to the Google calendar here.

If you use iCal, add it to your calendar with this .ics file.

Currently we’re adding conferences and deadlines to register for phage-related events and beyond. If you have anything you’d like to add to the calendar, fill out this form — please include the name, date(s), URL and optional short description.

CalendarEventsPhage Directory

Dear ISVM Members,

We are happy to announce upcoming elections for the ISVM Executive Board:

  • Candidates’ applications: deadline September 9th, 2022
  • Voting: September 16th-30th, 2022
  • Results: October 10th-15th, 2022
  • Transition period: October 16th, 2022 - January 15th, 2023
  • Changing of the board: January 15th, 2023

We are now gathering the list of candidates to stand for election.

As an Officer, you can help shape the future of ISVM, and we hope that you will step forward and express your interest in one of the positions.

The positions that are opened in this round (2023/24) are:

  • President-Elect in 2023/2024 (preparation for becoming the next president in 2025/2026)
  • Vice-President (replacement of President in case of absence)
  • Treasurer (financial management & overview of the society)
  • Information Officer (reporting and communication)
  • Assistant Secretary (social media, newsletter; replacement of Information Officer in case of absence)
  • Industry Outreach (industry contacts & sponsorship)
  • Website Administrator (maintenance & design)
  • Membership Secretary (updating memberships and statistics)

The election is open to all ISVM members.

Please see http://www.isvm.org/about.html for more information on ISVM governance.

Please contact Rob Lavigne ([email protected]) or Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa ([email protected]) for additional information.

All candidates should complete the candidate registration form (members would have received it by email) and send to [email protected] BEFORE SEPTEMBER 9th 2022.

Voting will be announced with an email that includes a link to the poll.

Thanks for your continued support.

The ISVM Board


C&T Round Up for August 2022!

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Phage microbiologist and co-founder of Phage Directory
Co-founderPostdoctoral Researcher
Iredell Lab, Phage Directory, The Westmead Institute for Medical Research, Sydney, Australia, Phage Australia

Phage characterization, Phage-host interactions, Phage Therapy, Molecular Biology

I’m a co-founder of Phage Directory and have a Ph.D in Microbiology and Biotechnology from the University of Alberta (I studied Campylobacter phage biology). For Phage Directory, I oversee community building, phage sourcing, communications, science, and our awesome team of volunteers.

As of Feb 2022, I’ve recently joined Jon Iredell’s group in Sydney, Australia as a postdoctoral research scientist for the Phage Australia project. I’m diving back into the lab to help get Phage Australia’s country-wide phage therapy system up and running here, working to streamline workflows for phage sourcing, biobanking and collection of phage/bacteria/patient matching and monitoring data, and integrating it all with Phage Directory’s phage exchange, phage alerts and phage atlas systems. I’m also delving into phage manufacturing and quality control.

In this month’s Capsid & Tail Monthly Round Up issue, we’re highlighting the four feature articles we published in August. Be sure to check them out if you missed them, and let us know if you have thoughts, comments or questions! Reach us anytime by email or Slack!

C&T Throwback!

There’s lots of great phage stuff in the C&T archive! Check out this article on Overcoming barriers to phage commercialization: a conversation with leaders at Cytophage and BiomX by Kyle Jackson.

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