Birmingham Fellow, University of Birmingham UK

Evolution of the Indoor Biome – new review paper in TREE

In June 2013, I had the pleasure of participating in “Evolution of the Indoor Biome”, a fantastic Catalysis Meeting at NESCent spearheaded by Craig McClain and Rob Dunn. One of the long-awaited outputs from that meeting was an eponymous review paper discussing this nascent field, our current knowledge, and future research needs. After a long and circuitous review process, we’re over the moon to finally see our review paper published in TREE:

NESCent Working Group on the Evolutionary Biology of the Built Environment, Laura J. Martin, Rachel I. Adams, Ashley Bateman, Holly M. Bik, John Hawks, Sarah M. Hird, David Hughes, Steven W. Kembel, Kerry Kinney, Sergios-Orestis Kolokotronis, Gabriel Levy, Craig McClain, James F. Meadow, Raul F. Medina, Gwynne Mhuireach, Corrie S. Moreau, Jason Munshi-South, Lauren M. Nichols, Clare Palmer, Laura Popova, Coby Schal, Martin Täubel, Michelle Trautwein, Juan A. Ugalde, Robert R. Dunn (in press) Evolution of the Indoor Biome, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2015.02.001

Many thanks to lead author Laura Martin and senior author Rob Dunn for their hard work in revising and reworking this paper over the course of the past year!

PhD opportunity in Birmingham, UK

Want to come work with me at the University of Birmingham, UK? I’m currently recruiting a PhD student to work on a project entitled “Using ‘omic methods to determine how sediment communities of microbial eukaryotes respond to oil spills and environmental disturbance” (link to full ad on FindAPhD). This studentship is fully funded (open to eligibleContinue Reading

New Paper – Metagenomics review in the Biological Bulletin

I’m happy to announce publication of a new invited review paper in the Biological Bulletin, one of three reviews included as part of a virtual symposium on “Discovering diversity with high-throughput approaches”. My review focuses on primarily on shotgun metagenomic approaches, discussing current methods/techniques, and providing some case study examples from the study of viruses and theContinue Reading

Manuscript preprint now online – Phinch data visualization framework

Our preprint for the Phinch software paper is now online! Please enjoy the PDF on bioRxiv while we patiently wait for the manuscript to go through the peer review process: Bik, H.M. and Pitch Interactive (2014) Phinch: An interactive, exploratory data visualization framework for –Omic datasets, bioRxiv, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/009944 If you’re not familiar with thisContinue Reading

New Position at the University of Birmingham, UK

It’s official, I’ve landed myself back overseas! As of August 29, 2014, I’ve begun a new position at the University of Birmingham, UK – I’ve joined the School of Biosciences with a stated research focus in “Environmental Genomics”. My appointment is part of the Birmingham Research Fellowships scheme, aimed at recruiting interdisciplinary early-career researchers to develop campus expertise withinContinue Reading

microBEnet: Lessons Learned from Building an Interdisciplinary Scientific Community in the Online Sphere

The Microbiology of the Built Environment Network (http://microBE.net – a project I’ve been involved with in the Eisen lab at UC Davis) has made it into the community page at PLoS Biology! Our article has been in the works for some time, and we’re now pleased to announce its official publication: Bik HM, Coil DA, Eisen JAContinue Reading

Three new papers published in 2014

As we roll into spring 2014, I’m happy to announce the publication of three new manuscripts related to different projects I’ve been involved with: Our manuscript for the PhyloSift pipeline was selected for the PeerJ Picks 2014 Collection. I’ve been working as a member of the software development team for this pipeline during my currentContinue Reading

New affiliation with the Center for Population Biology at UC Davis

I’ve recently been awarded Postdoctoral Associate status with the Center for Population Biology (CPB) at UC Davis, following an internal application process. This is an exciting honor, and I’m looking forward to participating in this prestigious scientific community in 2014! A full list of CPB Postdoctoral Associates can be found here.

Funding awarded for NSF Research Coordination Network

The National Science Foundation recently recommended our Research Coordination Network proposal focused on Eukaryotic Biodiversity Research for funding. Now the paperwork is complete and the award is official!  This project is entitled “RCN EukHiTS: Eukaryotic Biodivesity Research using High-throughput Sequencing”, and represents a collaborative effort between the University of California Davis (myself as PI) andContinue Reading

New Paper: Intragenomic Variation in Nematode rRNA

Hot off the presses! Our new paper is out this week in PLoS One: Bik HM, Fournier D, Sung W, Bergeron RD, Thomas WK (2013) Intra-Genomic Variation in the Ribosomal Repeats of Nematodes. PLoS ONE, 8(10): e78230. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078230 The above link takes you to the PLoS article page – and here’s the abstract: Ribosomal loci represent aContinue Reading