Birmingham Fellow, University of Birmingham UK

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 eligible UK/EU candidates), with a start data of October 2015.

Click the previous link for full details and application instructions, and see further information in this 2-page project description (click on image to download PDF):

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The closing date for applications is January 31 2015. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on the week commencing 16 February.

This studentship is available to UK and EU candidates that meet NERC’s requirements for both academic qualifications and residential eligibility. For more information go to

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: If you’re not familiar with thisContinue Reading

Faculty 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 faculty 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 within specific focusContinue Reading

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

The Microbiology of the Built Environment Network ( – 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

Professors for the Future 2013-14 Fellowship

I’m excited to announce my participation in the “Professors for the Future” program at UC Davis for the 2013-14 academic year. I was selected as a fellow following faculty nomination, a written application and interview process. Here’s a bit more about the program: Professors for the Future (PFTF) is a year-long competitive fellowship program designedContinue Reading