South by Southwest Session on “The Microbiome” #SXSW


Just a quick post here.  A few weeks ago I took part in a session at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas on “The Era of The Microbiome“.  The session ended up being basically a discussion between myself and Carl Zimmer that was moderated by Bernat Ollie.  Bernat did a great job of getting questions from Twitter and the audience and we ended up having a very wide ranging discussion about microbiomes – of people, animals, plants and buildings.

The session was recorded and I am hoping that someone will post the video sometime soon.  But until then – I have made a “Storify” summary of the session based on Tweets from people in the audience.  I was very impressed with the audience at SXSW and the various people I met at the conference.  I definitely want to go back — maybe next year we can organize a session on “Citizen Microbiology” or something like that.  The Storify is below.  I also made a Storify with some other details from my trip to SXSW – if people are interested in that here is a link.

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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.