We are interested in defining the genetic and biochemical elements that allow bacteria to infect their hosts, and in particular, our group studies regulatory RNAs, transcriptional control of gene expression, and stress adaptation pathways. In the end, our long-term goals are to exploit these bacterial systems for the development of novel therapeutic agents and vaccines against bacterial infections.
Every year, Caswell Lab students attend national and International conferences to present on their findings. Previous conference opportunities include: Wind River Prokaryotic Biology, Virginia ASM, MAMP, Brucellosis.
Beyond the work in the lab, our students are able to unwind during our holiday parties, intramural leagues, local races, and exploring Blacksburg!