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 …

Report on 2020 Spacecraft-Associated Genome Analysis (SAGAn) workshop at NASA JPL

So this last week, we ran a workshop on bacterial genomics at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).  Who is “we”?  An amazing collaboration across several institutions.  The whole thing was initiated by Dr. Parag Vaishampayan (NASA-JPL), who contacted myself (UC Davis), Dr. Elinne Becket (Cal State San Marcos), and Dr. Kenisha Johnson (Alabama A&M) about …

Staying alive in the built environment

Skin-associated bacteria are abundant indoors. A comparison across studies shows that up to 30% of bacterial sequences detected indoors are associated with the human body (see Table 1 in this 2016 paper). I’ve been kind of skeptical that these sequences represented live organisms, however. Rather, I suspected the high proportion of sequences that were human-associated …

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 …

Thinking about microbial quantity and function

One of the hurdles in linking microbial ecology with building science has been incorporating quantitative information about the microorganisms encountered in indoor environments, mainly because the standard high-throughput amplicon approach for community analysis is semi-quantitative, at best. Over the summer, there was a Twitter conversation related to this topic. My take-away from this (what I view …

Call for Proposals: 2019 FICUS JGI-NERSC-KBase Biological Data Science

Of potential interest: Source: FICUS JGI-NERSC-KBase – DOE Joint Genome Institute I am copying some of the announcement below: The Biological Data Science call will enable users to perform state-of-the-art computational research to explore the wealth of genomic and metagenomic data generated worldwide and translate sequence information into biological discovery. Users will have access to …

Assistant Professor in Soil Microbiomics

Assistant Professor Position in Soil  Microbiomics with a 75% research, 25% teaching appointment. The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management seeks candidates interested in conducting research to understand the distribution, composition, diversity, and functional impact of microbial communities in soil-plant habitats. We seek individuals with diverse interests in soil microbiomes and in teaching related courses. …

New report from NASEM: If Misused, Synthetic Biology Could Expand the Possibility of Creating New Weapons

New report on Synthetic Biology from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine that may be of interest. Synthetic biology expands the possibilities for creating new weapons — including making existing bacteria and viruses more harmful — while decreasing the time required to engineer such organisms, concludes a new report by the National Academies …