Since January 2017, the writing of the (nearly) daily Microbiome Digest blog posts has been done by a fantastic team of scientists from all over the world, who all share their love of microbiology and science communication here. Here, they introduce themselves.
Updated: March 30, 2020
Tulika Arora is a postdoc in University of Copenhagen, Denmark in Fredrik Backhed’s group. She has been working in the gut microbiome field for the last 6 years and is interested in investigating role of the gut microbiota in the host physiology.
Juan Pablo Cardenas
JP is currently an Assistant Professor at the Universidad Mayor in Santiago, Chile. Before that, he did his PhD at the Universidad Andrés Bello in Santiago and he worked at uBiome. He is interested in bioinformatics, phylogenomics, and microbial ecology.
Kiran is a PhD student at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Her work involves understanding the microbiome of Drosophila suzukii. Kiran is interested in host-associated microbiomes and science writing.
Aleksi Husso is a PhD student at the University of Helsinki, Finland, whose research is focused on animal microbiomes and early host-microbe interactions. He works in the Doctoral Programme in Microbiology and Biotechnology.
I have a background in computer sciences and evolutionary genomics. I worked on a couple of genome projects in the past and focused mainly on bird genomics during my PhD. During the past 5 years I did a couple of microbiome projects and give a lecture about the topic twice a year. I’m still following the field very actively despite I shifted my projects slightly away from pure microbiome research towards all kind of sequencing data.
Ashok Kumar Sharma
Ashok Kumar Sharma is working as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist from 2018 in Gomez lab at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. The focus of his lab is to understand the factors that shape the composition and function of primates gut microbiomes and their subsequent interactions with the host. He has completed his bachelor’s and masters both in Pharmaceutical Sciences followed by Ph.D. in Computational Biology from Metagenomics and Systems biology laboratory at IISER Bhopal India. During his doctoral research, he has developed various machine-learning-based methods and is involved in two large scale metagenomic studies “construction of gut microbial gene catalogs in Indian population”, and “identification of microbial signatures associated with colorectal cancer (CRC)”. In his current work, he is using system-wide, multi-omics approaches to understand host-microbiome interactions in animal and human models under diverse physiological conditions.
Shirin Moossavi is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and Biomedical Engineering. Shirin obtained her Medical Doctorate from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran; her MSc in Genetic Manipulation and Molecular Biology from University of Sussex, UK; and PhD in Medical Microbiology from the University of Manitoba. She is the Early-Mid Career Ambassador of International Society of Microbial Ecology and the Founding Director of Microbiome and Microbial Ecology Interest Group at Universal Scientific Education and Research Network.
I’m currently a masters student at the University of Warwick (UK) working on the C. elegans microbiota, hopefully starting a PhD later on in the year. It would be great to post about the current research into C. elegans and its microbiota, which in my eyes is a really valuable model.
Ariane Panzer is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a PhD candidate in Dr. Susan Lynch’s lab at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research focuses on functions of the early-life gut microbiome and its impact on the development of the human immune system in the context of childhood allergic asthma. She is also passionate about science communication, equity and inclusion in the sciences, and open science.
Alise is a microbiologist and a bioinformatician who received her PhD in microbiology and cellular biology from the University of Paris-Saclay (France). She also holds a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Rennes (France). She is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arizona (USA). Her research focuses on the development of new bioinformatic tools to analyze metagenomics datasets, and the development of cyberinfrastructures for microbiologists.
My background is BSc. in Microbiology, MSc. in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology. I completed my PhD in APC Microbiome institute in Ireland where I worked on the microbiome in IBD. After that I worked as a post doc in the gut virome area with Colin Hills group in Cork, Ireland. Currently I’m working as a post doc in an EMBL Australia group in the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.
Atin Sharma: I am a postdoc in the Department of Molecular biology, Umeå University, Sweden. I work with the enteric pathogen, Shigella, and I am trying to identify the factors that allow this notorious bacterium to adapt and thrive in the human colon. I received my PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology, India in 2018 for my work on an RNA binding chaperone protein, Hfq, and antibiotic resistance mechanisms in another notorious bacterium, Acinetobacter baumannii.
Varun is an undergraduate student at the University of Washington – Seattle. He currently works in Dr. Ajai Dandekar’s group, where he studies quorum sensing in Pseudomonas aeruginosa> in the context of cystic fibrosis.
Kara Ann Tinker
Kara is a microbial ecologist with experience integrating molecular biology, computational, and statistical methods to study complex microbial communities in a variety of environments. She received her doctorate from the University of Georgia in 2018 and was previously was an ORISE Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Energy Technology Lab. She is now a contract research scientist completing work for the Department of Energy at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh, PA.
Svetlana Ugarcina Perovic
Svetlana Ugarcina Perovic is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at UCIBIO/REQUIMTE (University of Porto), from 2016 in the Research Group of Dr Luisa Peixe, that is dedicated to investigating ecology and evolution of antibiotic resistant bacteria in different ecological niches. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and a Ph.D. in Environmental Microbiology from University of Novi Sad (Serbia). Her postdoctoral work at University of Glasgow (2014) and University of Porto (2015) focused on drinking water microbiome in distribution systems. Her current research interests include capturing the diversity and exploring the role of urinary microbiota in women health and disease. She is an organizing committee member of the MicroMundo@UPorto, a service-learning project for education in microbiology and antimicrobial resistance awareness.
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