Our mission is to conduct whatever sound scientific research necessary in order 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.
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!
Apparently we had an exciting winter break! Gina Chaput, graduate student in the Microbiology graduate program, won a Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research for her work on soil bacterial carbonosomes, complex subcellular structures that act as energy reserves of polymeric carbon to maintain the cell's viability under stress. The Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research program has a highly competitive application process and only approximately 15% of applicants receive any level of funding. Julia Schnabel, an undergraduate in Microbiology and the Commonwealth Honors College, won two competitive awards for her research over break: a Research Assistant Fellowship and an Honors Research Grant from the CHC for Spring 2016, to work on her thesis project on fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) analysis for identifying changes in microbial soil communities. Good work!