ISEEM:Who We Are

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Principle Investigators

Jonathan Eisen is a PI on the project. He is an evolutionary biologist and Professor at U. C. Davis with appointments in the Genome Center, the Section of Evolution and Ecology and the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology.
Jessica Green is a PI on the project. She is an Assistant Professor at the Center of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Oregon and external faculty at the Santa Fe Institute. Her lab applies theoretical, computational and empirical approaches to study biodiversity and biogeography across life's domains.

Katherine Pollard is Associate Investigator in the Gladstone Institutes and Associate Professor of Biostatistics at University of California, San Francisco. She is PI of a comparative genomics lab that develops statistical and computational methodology. Her research focuses on molecular evolution, in particular identification of genome sequences that differ significantly between or within species and their relationship to biomedical and ecological traits of interest.

Eisen Lab at UC Davis

Investigators

Srijak Bhatnagar is a bioinformatics engineer at the UC Davis Genome Center. He provides the bioinformatics infrastructure support for the iSEEM project. He received his M.S in Bioinformatics from Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was working with Dr. Joshua Weitz on clustering of metagenomics sequences.


Dongying Wu is a Staff Scientist.


Martin Wu, Staff Scientist

Collaborators

Sourav Chatterji, PostDoc

Marisano James, PhD student, Population Biology Graduate Group

Green Lab at University of Oregon

Investigators

Steven Kembel is a postdoctoral researcher with a background in quantitative ecology and evolutionary biology. He is interested in understanding patterns of, and the processes responsible for, the structure and function of ecological communities.
James O'Dwyer is a postdoctoral research associate in theoretical ecology, with a background in mathematical physics. After completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge, James joined the Green lab in August 2007, and spends most of his time trying to solve analytical models of ecological communities. On the theoretical side he is interested in neutral theory, spatial models and traits, and on the empirical side in developing new tools to analyze microbial metagenomic data.

Collaborators

Elizabeth Perry is a PhD student co-advised by Brendan Bohannan. She has a B.A. and M.A. in biology from Wesleyan University where she worked with Fred Cohan studying species concepts and speciation in Bacillus subtilis. She is interested in the interplay between ecological and evolutionary dynamics in microbial communities.

Pollard Lab at UCSF

Investigators

Joshua Ladau will begin work on the iSEEM project as a postdoctoral researcher with Katherine Pollard in mid-October, 2008. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2006, with a focus on ecology and statistics. His research centers on understanding the mechanisms structuring ecological communities through the development of optimal inferential methods.
Samantha Riesenfeld joined the iSEEM project in November 2008 as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Katherine Pollard at the Gladstone Institutes and UCSF. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley, where her research focused on graph algorithms and discrete optimization. Currently, she is interested in developing new algorithms for analyzing microbial metagenomic data.
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