Our mission is to conduct whatever sound scientific research necessary to better understand how individual microbes function as part of communities, and how microbial functions scale to ecosystem functions. Our most frequently used tools include molecular characterization (DNA, RNA, lipids and protein sequencing), physiological measurements (CO2 and trace gas production, biomass measures, cell counts), and bioinformatics (statistical analysis and modeling). We strive to apply the right tool to answer the question at hand, and learn new techniques or build new tools when necessary.
We are thrilled to have Melissa Shinfuku join the DeAngelis lab! Melissa is a graduate student in Microbiology, and she comes to us with a Bachelor's in Microbial Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, lots of lab experience, and a real passion for soils. Welcome Melissa to the lab!
The DeAngelis lab is looking for undergraduate students to study the microbial ecology and evolution of climate change. If this seems interesting to you, please contact Kristen (firstname.lastname@example.org). Include your resume or CV and indicate which opportunity you are most interested in. More information after the jump...
Welcome Alex Bales, research technician from Michigan Tech University, and Xiaojun Liu, postdoc from Northern Arizona University.
We are always looking for graduate students to work on defining genetic and genomic proxies of carbon use efficiency (CUE), microbial traits associated with chronic stress and climate change, improving lignocellulosic biofuels, and bioinformatics to enhance our understanding of links between genotypes and phenotypes in isolates and mixed communities. The successful candidates are interested in microbial ecology and physiology of soil organisms, and integration of microbial physiology, community interactions and modeling. Please contact the PI for more details.
Check out our new paper, Long-Term Warming Alters Carbohydrate Degradation Potential in Temperate Forest Soils, featuring the debut of our bacterial culture collection as well as metagenomics. Long-term warming increases bacterial cellulose and hemicellulose degradation potential.
Gina M. Chaput, a Ph.D. candidate in the Microbiology Department and senior graduate student in the DeAngelis lab, has been awarded the 2015 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship. See our departmental newsletter for more information. Congratulations, Gina!