Job posting: Metagenomics analysis of spacecraft at JPL (Postdoctoral Fellow)

I’m a sucker for space microbiome research, I admit.   Here’s a great sounding postdoc opportunity with our collaborator Parag Vaishampayan at JPL. Job Details Job ID: 11208 We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. And, with great opportunities come great responsibilities! In the Biotechnology and Planetary Protection group at JPL, we …

Legionella sequencing in tap water and clinical isolates from Flint, MI

So this was a very interesting paper to be involved in.  On the one hand all our lab really did was to facilitate some genome sequencing and help with the assemblies, validation of those assemblies, and some genomics work.   Standard fare for the lab.  But… these were over 100 Legionella pneumophila isolates collected from either …

Journal Club: “Pre- and post-sequencing recommendations for functional annotation of human fecal metagenomes”

This is a pre-print that just came out from several UC Davis colleagues.  I actually think the title is a bit misleading because these recommendations are a lot broader than just human fecal metagenomes.  Definitely worth a read! Abstract below: Background Shotgun metagenomes are often assembled prior to annotation of genes which biases the functional …

Network analysis of the Sloan-funded MoBE program publications

~15 years after the first project was funded, the Sloan “Microbiology of the Built Environment” program has pretty much wrapped up.  Here at microBEnet, we wanted to take a deeper look at the impact of the program on the published literature in the field.  There were over 300 publications from the program through the end …

Space Station conditions are selective but do not alter microbial characteristics relevant to human health

Human space exploration beyond Earth and Moon is a declared goal of NASA, ESA, Roscosmos and other space-faring agencies, with human Mars mission envisioned in the near future. One of the major challenges of the mission is protecting the human crew from illness and infection caused by harmful biological contaminants. To evaluate these challenges in …

Chemistry in Indoor Environments Symposium Sept. 19 in DC w/ Livestream 

This looks like it should be good.   American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Symposium on the Chemistry in Indoor Environments Sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation #aaascie #indoorchem September 19, 2019 AAAS Headquarters 1200 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20005 Chemistry in Indoor Environments Symposium | American Association for the …

Job Posting: Microbial Ecology and Evolution at University of Toronto Mississauga

  Assistant Professor – Microbial Ecology and Evolution – 1902892 The Department of Biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in Microbial Ecology and Evolution, at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2020, or shortly thereafter. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Biology or closely related …

Legionella Report Release Webinar: August 14th, 11AM EDT

  Register Here Please join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on August 14th from 11:00am-12:30pm EDT for the release of the report, Management of Legionella in Water Systems. The report examines what is known about Legionella occurrence in water systems, and makes recommendations for managing bacterial growth in these environments in order …

Microbiome Centers – Input Wanted

Compiling a list of Microbiome Centers from the US and elsewhere. I had previously done this and have no made a new effort in part in association with a meeting of Microbiome Centers organized by Jen Hughes Martiny and others of the UC Irvine Microbiome Initiative. I would love suggestions for other centers to add …