About Elisabeth Bik

This blog is maintained by Elisabeth Bik.

After receiving her PhD at Utrecht University in The Netherlands with work on epidemic Vibrio cholerae strains, Elisabeth Bik worked at the Dutch National Institute for Health and the St. Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein, where she set up a molecular microbiology unit for the detection and typing of clinical and nosocomial strains. In 2001, she joined the lab of David Relman in the School of Medicine at Stanford, where she worked on the characterization of the human microbiome in oral, gastric, and intestinal samples. In addition, she studied the microbiome of marine mammals. In May 2014, she founded Microbiome Digest, an almost daily compilation of scientific papers in the rapidly growing microbiome field. In November 2016, she joined uBiome as a Science Editor. She can often be found discussing science papers on Twitter at @MicrobiomDigest. In her spare time, she searches the biomedical literature for inappropriately duplicated or manipulated photographic images and plagiarized text.

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My scientific papers

PubMed search on Bik EM


Some of my other written pieces