PBG270 Host-Microbiome Co-evolution Week 2: Focus on Humans

I am running a journal club this quarter at UC Davis on Host Microbiome Co-evolution (see Journal Club at #UCDavis on Co-evolution of Microbiomes and Hosts for more information). It meets Mondays 12:10-1 PM. But I thought I would post here about the course and I would welcome any comments from anywhere, even if you cannot …

Invasion of the Built Environment by a Microbiologist 

So – I thought some people here would be interested in this.  As someone who has been involved in the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s program in “Microbiology of the Built Environment” for many years, I have been trying to get more involved with the built environment crowd.  And I have not always been exceptionally successful …

Microbiologist Job at #UCDavis on diet & microbiota

Just got emailed this: The USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center, located on the campus of the University of California, Davis, is recruiting a microbiologist to conduct research on the effect of diet, dietary patterns or specific nutrients on the intestinal microbiota and the relationship of that microbiota to appropriate functioning of the immune system …

EVE 161 at #UCDavis – Lecture 4 recap – 3 or 2 domains of life?

Continuing with blog posts about my class EVE 161: DNA sequence based studies of microbial diversity. Lecture 4 was fun and a bit scary for me.  You see, I finally decided to read in detail – and cover in a course in detail –  papers that claim that there are not three domains of life.  Sure …

New paper of interest: Monitoring Seasonal Changes in Winery-Resident Microbiota

Quick post here.  There is a new paper out of interest to the microBEnet community: PLOS ONE: Monitoring Seasonal Changes in Winery-Resident Microbiota.  From colleagues of mine at UC Davis it discusses culture independent surveys of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Food and Wine Science Winery at UC Davis. I am running out the door or …

New paper on microbes in NICUs & how they change w/ cleaning & over time

A paper of potential interest to the microbiology of the built environment crowd has just been published: Surface Microbes in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Changes with Routine Cleaning and Over Time.  From Nicholas Bokulich, David Mills and Mark Underwood at UC Davis it focuses on rRNA PCR based characterization of microbes (bacteria and fungi) on …