The White House solicits input on the Unified Microbiome Initiative, which we helped plan.
Google hosted Katie Pollard for a Gladstone Open Classroom about big data and the microbiome. Watch the talk.
The Leakey Foundation hosts Katie Pollard for a high school outreach event and a public lecture at the Houston Museum of Natural History.
Members of the Pollard lab were featured on LabTV, a project that helps the scientistis of tomrrow meet diverse faces in the field to learn about their biomedical research and career paths.
A feature story about Human Accelerated Regions (HARs) appeared in Science. Liz Pennisi covered the discovery and analysis of HARs by the Pollard lab, as well as recent follow up work by several other groups to show that HARs function as developmental enhancers.
Bioinformatics PhD student Stephen Nayfach received the UCSF Fletcher Jones Fellowship.
We participated in a session on obesity and the human microbiome at the AAAS Meeting in San Jose, CA. Our results about statistical inconsistencies received attention from a variety of media (see press release and news story). This research started with Mariel Finucane’s paper about variability across studies and continued this year with Stephen Nayfach’s observations about average genome size counfounding. Stephen’s paper was accepted at Genome Biology on the day before the talk!
We contributed to an opinion paper in Cell on the importance of developing standards and policies in the emerging field of microbiome research.
Katie Pollard was a guest speaker on City Visions Radio: Exploring the Human Microbiome. The show aired on KALW 91.7 and is available online.
Graduate student Stephen Nayfach received a Genentech Fellowship for his work on genomic variation in the human microbiome
Postdoc Josh Ladau received a poster award at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Marine Microbiology Initiative RA and Postdoctoral Scholar Summit.
Using a combination of bioinformatics and experimental approaches, we showed that many Human Accelerated Regions (HARs) function as developmental enhancers, some with differences in activity between humans and chimps. The paper was published in a special theme issue of Phil Trans Royal Society B on enhancer evolution. Images of HAR enhancers can be viewed through our EnhancerBrowser website. More info here.
Postdoc Josh Ladau and Katie Pollard used niche modeling to predict microbial community diversity in the tallgrass prairie of the United States before agriculture dramatically changed this ecosystem. This project was a collaboration with Noah Fierer and others at University of Colorado. The paper was published in Science and appeared in Nature News. More info here.