New paper by Eric Bruger shows how beneficial mutations can affect the ability for multiple metabolic pathways to coexist

Congrats to Eric Bruger and his coauthors for his new paper in Genome Biology and Evolution that built upon our old work on epistatic interactions between beneficial mutations (Chou et al., 2011. Science) to show that beneficial mutations can also be key in how new pathways work together. Most prior work has looked at beneficialContinue reading “New paper by Eric Bruger shows how beneficial mutations can affect the ability for multiple metabolic pathways to coexist”

New paper describing the formaldehyde sensor EfgA is out in PLOS Biology, and two more from Jannell Bazurto expanding upon its role

After a long period of work and many contributions from collaborators and many people within the lab our discovery of the formaldehyde sensor EfgA came out in a paper in PLOS Biology. This work, led by Jannell Bazurto (now faculty at University of Minnesota) and initiated by Dipti Nayak (now faculty at UC Berkeley) describesContinue reading “New paper describing the formaldehyde sensor EfgA is out in PLOS Biology, and two more from Jannell Bazurto expanding upon its role”

New paper on synthetic communities by Jessica Lee

A paper in Microorganisms by former postdoc, Jessica Lee, now a scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, came out earlier this year describing her development of a synthetic community that could degrade model plant-derived compounds. She uncovered myriad metabolic interactions that arose, including formaldehyde toxicity from vanillic acid conversion that poisoned one community member butContinue reading “New paper on synthetic communities by Jessica Lee”

Belated congrats to Josh Michener on his DOE Early Career Award

I just realized that I never posted the great news from last year that Josh Michener, a former postdoc, won a DOE Early Career Award. This supports his lab’s work at ORNL on “Systems Metabolic Engineering of Novosphingobium aromaticivorans for Lignin Valorization.” Congratulations on the distinction, as well as five years of funding!

Deepa Agashe wins a national award from the Indian President

Deepa Agashe, at NCBS in Bangalore, has been awarded one of three “SERB Women Excellence” Awards and was recognized directly by the president. Not that president, but the Indian President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind. As they call out on their website: Dr Deepa Agashe is a biologist, working at the interface of evolutionary biology, ecology,Continue reading “Deepa Agashe wins a national award from the Indian President”

Dipti Nayak named a Searle Scholar!

Congrats to Dipti Nayak, who is still in her first year of being an Assistant Professor in Molecular and Cellular Biology at UC Berkeley, on being named one of the 15 Searle Scholars for 2020. She was honored due to exploring “how do archaea produce and consume the greenhouse gas methane, and how can theyContinue reading “Dipti Nayak named a Searle Scholar!”