Join us in congratulating member Kristen Engevik, PhD, of Baylor College of Medicine for winning Second Place for her entry in the the FASEB BioArt Competition. Her entry titled, “Infectious Waves” is a video of rotavirus inducing calcium waves in monkey kidney epithelial (MA104) cells during infection. These MA104 cells contain a genetically encoded calcium indicator (teal). Rotavirus infected cells (magenta) elicit increased calcium (teal) in both infected and neighboring noninfected cells that manifests as waves originating from sites of infection. This is an important communication route during rotavirus infection.
She is a postdoc in Dr. Joseph Hyser’s lab and uses live imaging of calcium signaling (like what we see in this video) as a tool to better understand enteric viral infection and pathogenesis.