Coming up May 6-7 – Sequence the City -Metagenomics in the Era of Big Data

Will be headed to this meeting organized by IBM next week:

Almaden Institute 2014: Sequence the City -Metagenomics in the Era of Big Data.

Not 100% sure where the whole thing is going but IBM has become interested in the informatics and big data aspects of the microbial ecology of urban & built environments. And for that I am glad. I am hoping to convince them to try and tackle a town as a model system before moving on to cities or Cities. You know, maybe a place like Davis, CA.

sequence the city

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Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities).  In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements.