Why every sports team needs a microbiologist: Slime, roaches, mice found at stadium food venues

OK this is a bit disconcerting if you eat food at any major stadiums around the country.  But it is interesting and worth a read. An Outside the Lines analysis of 16,000 routine food-safety inspection reports covering 111 pro sports venues found that, at about 28 percent of the venues, half or more of their …

Alfred P. Sloan Workshop on Viruses in the Built Environment in Spring 2019

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has approved a grant to host a workshop on viruses in the built environment. Building on the success of the foundation’s Microbiology of the Built Environment program, the workshop will convene researchers from academia and government agencies to address questions about the viral community and its dynamics in the built …

Job posting: Bioinformatician/Statistician- (BioStatistician) (Gladstone Institute)

Posting below:   Responsibilities We are seeking a talented Bioinformatician or Statistician to join the dynamic bioinformatics team here at Gladstone Institutes.  You will be providing bioinformatics and computational support to the world-class biomedical research conducted in labs at Gladstone Institutes, UCSF, and beyond. Working closely with experimental scientists, you will lead end-to-end studies from …

Ever wonder what microbes are in your showerhead? Well, looks like maybe you should care …

Completely fascinating, and a wee bit terrifying new paper worth a read:: Ecological Analyses of Mycobacteria in Showerhead Biofilms and Their Relevance to Human Health Abstract: Bacteria within the genus Mycobacterium can be abundant in showerheads, and the inhalation of aerosolized mycobacteria while showering has been implicated as a mode of transmission in nontuberculous mycobacterial …

Fungi and bacteria and lice, oh my! These are some of Rob Dunn’s favorite things. 

Source: Opinion | Discovering the Great Indoors Definitely worth checking out this opinion piece in the NY Times bye Rob Dunn on “Discovering the Great Indoors”. It has a bit about Van Leeuwenhoek, and bits about fungi and lice and bacteria and tardigrades and foldscope and more.  Rob Dunn is really one of the great …

Computational Biologist Postdoctoral Fellow – DOE Joint Genome Institute

Function-driven Metagenomics for Energy and the Environment The mission of the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI) is to advance genomics in support of the DOE missions related to energy and the environment. Located in Walnut Creek, California, the DOE JGI provides integrated high-throughput DNA sequencing, synthesis, and computational analysis that enables …

Metagenome Data Scientist – DOE Joint Genome Institute

Harnessing Microbiome Data Science for Energy and the Environment The mission of the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI) is to advance genomics in support of the DOE missions related to energy and the environment. Located in Walnut Creek, California, the DOE JGI provides integrated high-throughput DNA sequencing, synthesis, and computational analysis …

New BioBE publication on daylight and bacterial communities in dust!

This highly-anticipated study on the effect of natural daylight treatments on whole bacterial communities in household dust from the University of Oregon’s Biology and the Built Environment Center is now available! Daylight exposure modulates bacterial communities associated with household dust Ashkaan K. Fahimipour , Erica M. Hartmann, Andrew Siemens, Jeff Kline, David A. Levin, Hannah Wilson, Clarisse …

Help wanted w/ compiling information on “Citizen Microbiology” projects #CitizenMicrobiology

I am compiling information on past, present and future “Citizen Microbiology” projects. Basically I am looking for examples of projects that could fit VERY BROADLY into the concept of citizen or participatory science and involve microbes. Examples include: Participatory Research Classes such as SeaPhages https://seaphages.org Tiny Earth https://tinyearth.wisc.edu Human Microbiome Sample Crowdsourcing The American Gut Project http://americangut.org …