Assistant Professor, UC Riverside

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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

Graduate Student Opportunity in Marine Biology and High-Throughput Sequencing

I have a recently-funded project in need of a graduate student, to be admitted spring 2014. This project will be applying high-throughput DNA sequencing techniques in the study of meiofaunal communities in the Arctic. The student will be based at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (PIs Sarah Hardy and Arny Blanchard), but will work closely with myselfContinue Reading

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 visualizationContinue Reading

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