This blog is maintained by Elisabeth Bik.
After receiving her PhD at Utrecht University in The Netherlands with work on epidemic Vibrio cholerae strains, she 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 nosocomical strains. In 2001, she joined 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 November 2016, she joined uBiome as a Science Editor. When she is not in the lab or writing, she can be found working on her blog Microbiome Digest, an almost daily compilation of scientific papers in the rapidly growing microbiome field, or on Twitter at @MicrobiomDigest. She also searches the biomedical literature for inappropriatedly duplicated or manipulated photographic images and plagiarized text.