The Jefferson Memorialome? The Jeffersonome? The Jefferson Microbiome? A biofilm by any other name …

Who wants a new project?  Seems like they could use some microbiology of the built environment experts to provide additional help on this one: 

Officials fret as fungi, algae and bacteria leave growing stains on hallowed stone.

Source: A grimy, black biofilm is starting to cover the Jefferson Memorial, and it can’t be killed – The Washington Post


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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.