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Sloan Foundation Award for Data Visualization tools

I’m ecstatic to announce that I’ve just been awarded my first research grant as PI – a $250k, 1-year grant from the Alfred P. Sloan foundation to develop a software prototype: “A Research-Driven Data Visualization Framework for High-Throughput Environmental Sequence Data”

This project will be carried out in collaboration with Pitch Interactive, a data visualization studio based in Berkeley, CA. We’ll be using forward-thinking, scalable technologies such as WebGL and HTML5 to develop a browser-based tool. And in addition, we’ll produce some new and novel ways to visualize -omic datasets.

You can find out more about this project by reading the funded grant proposal on Figshare, or browsing the slides I posted from my recent #iEvoBio keynote talk. Stay tuned for more updates as the project gets up and running.

An Introduction to Social Media for Scientists

Miriam Goldstein and I have been humbled by the overwhelmingly positive reception of our recent paper in PLOS Biology, entitled An Introduction to Social Media for Scientists. Since being published in April 2013, the article has had >40,000 page views and >3,000 PDF downloads – and added to that, active social media sharing and discussions.Continue Reading

SMBE Satellite Meeting on Eukaryotic -Omics: April 29 – May 2, 2013, UC Davis Conference Center

UPDATE: I’ve written a wrap-up blog post here that amalgamates presentation links and notes from the SMBE Satellite meeting. Thanks everyone for coming to UC Davis, the event was a great success! Myself and my former PI (Kelley Thomas at the University of New Hampshire) recently received funding from The Society for Molecular Biology andContinue Reading

TREE Review and Spring Travel Schedule

Pleased to announce the publication of our new review paper in Trends in Ecology and Evolution – this paper is an overview of high-throughput marker gene sequencing approaches (18S rRNA), aimed at a general audience of biologists and ecologists. If you’ve been searching for a non-technical overview of the current computational pipelines (e.g. you have someContinue Reading

New year, New job, New website

2012 is turning out to be a year of fresh starts. After almost 2 years working at the University of New Hampshire, I’ve now officially relocated myself 3000 miles to the West. I’m very excited to join Jonathan Eisen’s lab in the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis. I’ll be continuing to work withContinue Reading