Online course: Microbiomes and their Impact on Viral Infections

Looks like a potentially interesting course… certainly topical!  Information below, website here.   The study of the microbiome is one of the most promising scientific and medical revolutions in recent times. It is now clear that changes in the microbiome composition (referred to as dysbiosis) are major drivers to several human diseases and public health …

#COVID19 Journal Club: “Air and Environmental Contamination Caused by COVID-19 Patients: a Multi-Center Study”

Very nice and cleanly done study here, “Air and Environmental Contamination Caused by COVID-19 Patients: a Multi-Center Study” is a very straightforward look at the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in a healthcare setting… without aerosol generating procedures being part of the pictures.  They looked at the air (all negative) and a bunch of surfaces (27% positive …

#COVID19 Journal Club: “The effect of temperature on persistence of SARS-CoV-2 on common surfaces”

Here’s the kind of article that we’ve been asking for since March… looking at the infectivity of SARS-CoV-2 on various surfaces (including paper money) under various conditions.  I was excited when I saw the title and some of the media buzz about this paper.  But then I looked a bit deeper.  So “The effect of …

#COVID19 Journal Club: “Persistence of SARS-CoV-2 in Water and Wastewater”

Another wastewater study… but looking at the very important question of whether infectious virus can be detected in the waste stream.  Most wastewater studies to date have only looked at viral RNA.  The not-too-surprising punchline is that infectious virus dies out long before the RNA signal is degraded.  This kind of information we be useful …

#COVID19 Journal Club: “Transmission of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 During Long Flight”

I took a break from blogging to help start up the mass asymptomatic testing program for SARS-CoV-2 at UC Davis but now I’m working through the backlog of relevant papers to post about. I’ve posted a lot so far about restaurants, hospitals, and wastewater sampling…. but to my knowledge this is the first published description …

Job Post: Senior Chemist – Healthy Home at Bissell Corporation

The Senior Chemist – Healthy Home is responsible for development of next-generation technologies for the creation and management of a healthy home environment and microbiome, leveraging BISSELL’s unique position as a developer of both cleaning devices and chemical/natural based formulations. They assist in building department and product strategies, as well as being a liaison to …

NAS “Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2” meeting webcast available #Covid19

Webcast Recording Now Available: Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2  Virtual Workshop August 26-27, 2020 Thank you for participating in our two-day workshop. To view the webcast recording click on this link: https://www.nationalacademies.org/event/08-26-2020/airborne-transmission-of-sars-cov-2-a-virtual-workshop   Event Description There is much we don’t know about the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. We know it can spread from …

Microbial genome bioinformatics postdoc at UC Berkeley – IGI and Banfield Lab

Source: Banfield-lab bioinformatics postdoc announcement – Google Docs   Postdoctoral Scholar:  Microbial genome bioinformatics – Innovative Genomics Institute, UC Berkeley The Banfield Lab (https://nanogeoscience.berkeley.edu/) and Innovative Genomics Institute (https://innovativegenomics.org/) at the University of California, Berkeley invite applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher position in the field of genome-resolved metagenomics. Our group specializes in generating novel insights …

Job Posting: Postdoc at Virginia Tech “Microbial Biodiversity in Trans-Atlantic Dust Plumes”

Thanks to Linsey Marr for passing this along.  Job description below: Postdoctoral Associate Position Microbial Biodiversity in Trans-Atlantic Dust Plumes Position Description: We invite applications for a three-year NASA funded postdoctoral research position in a multi-institutional and highly interdisciplinary research project. The project goal is to integrate multiplatform satellite and ground observations, as well as …

Job posting: Senior Scientist in Microbiome Sciences at PNNL

Got this job posting for a Senior Scientist in Microbiome Sciences at PNNL.   Job Description The Biological Systems Science Group within the Biological Sciences Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a senior scientist who will bring an established and vigorous independent research program in microbiome sciences (broadly defined) to the highly …