University of California - Davis :: Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources


Apr 2018 - Stride for Aggie Pride 5K. Lab was well represented by the 4Js: Jonathan, Jorge,
and Julio.


Apr 2018 - Rachel passed her Qualifying Exam. She did an excellent presentation. Well deserved.

Apr 2018 - Sung and Carlotta presented at the 29th UC Davis Annual Undergraduate Research,
                                Scholarship and Creative Activities Conference. They did a great job!

Mar 2018 -  Alonna, a Microbiology graduate student, joined our lab. She will exploring computational
                                     methods in soil health.  Welcome to the lab!

Jan 2018 - Sung Won and Carlotta received the prestigious Provost Undergraduate Research Fellowship
                                    Award. Congrats to both!

Oct 2017 - Our own Dennis Goss had his paper published in FEMS Microbiology Ecology selected as
                                Editor's choice.

Oct 2017 -  Rachel's paper published in the SSSAJ was recognized as the Editor's choice. Excellent
                                work about resilience of microbial communities after timber harvest. Congrats Rachel
                               and her former advisor Dr. Myrold

Sept 2017 - Julio Fornezier Moreira, a PhD student in Dr. Marcio Lambais' Lab, will be working with
                                us on phylosphere microbial communities, a very exciting project.
                               Welcome to the lab, Julio.

Sept 2017 - Jordan passed his Qualification Exam with flying color. We are proud of you Jordan!

Sept 2017 - Sung Won welcome to the lab!

Sept 2017 - Jonathan just wrote a great piece on Robert Hungate, the Grandpa of
                               Anaerobic Microbiology for the ASM blog Small Things Considered. 
Check it out!

Aug 2017 - Jonathan participated in the highly prestigious Woods Hole Microbial Diversity Course. 
                                Photo op. with Dr. John Breznak, simply one of the best microbial physiologist
                                of our times, a great mentor, and a friend.


Aug 2017 - Babur is now an Assistant Professor at Missouri State University. Lots of success ahead!

July 2017 - Carlotta,  Fernanda and Alexandre are new members of our lab.  A big welcome to you!

May 2017 - Albert just moved to University of Arizona, where he will be taking an Assistant
                                    Professor position. We wish him all the best in the next phase of his career.

April 2017 - March for Science in Sacramento. We believe in Null Hypothesis and Alternative
                                                Hypothesis, but only in True Facts.

March 2017 - We welcome  Eloi Parlade (University of Barcelona) to our lab!

March 2017 - "Uncovering the Hidden Life of Soil" - News about soil microbiology research at UC

January 2017 -    Two great publications about forests: One in China (Bin - mSystems) and
                                                one in Brazil (Meyer- Molecular Ecology).

December 2016 -  We welcome  Dr. Nipon Pisutpaisal to our lab! Nipon is an Associate Professor in
                                                 King Mongkut's University Technology North Bangkok. He is also a Fulbright
                                                 Scholar visiting UC Davis. We are honored to have him working with us.

December 2016 -  Malini can now be referred as Dr. Kotak! Her guidance committee was impressed
                                                with her extensive comparative analyses of microbial genomes and
                                                exciting new findings!

                                     Wadud is now Dr. Khan! Congratulations on your well deserved PhD defense on
                                                microbial networks. Good job, guys!

August 2016 -     We welcome  Jonathan to our lab!

August 2016 -
    New publication: Trends in Microbiology. Take a look at the Microbiome Working Group's

May 2016 -            George H. congrats on your new publication (Applied Soil Ecology)!

April 2016 -           Dai welcome to the lab! Off to a great start with new publications!

March 2016 -        Two new publications have been accepted:  [1] Generalist fungi in the Amazon! and
                                                    [2] A novel bacteriophage cassette in Burkholderia. Congratulations to
                                                     Nid and Becky!

February 2016 -   We welcome  Albert and Luana to our lab!

January 2016 -    Great news! Kate Scow's lab (LAWR), Amelie Gaudin's lab (Plant Sciences) and our
                                         lab received an USDA award to work with CA farmers.
                                         Thanks to Kate's leadership!

December 2015
    New publication about Acidobacteria biogeography in the Amazon!

October 2015 -         We welcome Rachel to the lab!

July 2015 -                   We welcome Ademir to the lab!

July 2015 -                   New publication: Frontiers of Microbiology - Verrucomicrobia in Amazon soils!

March 2015
            We welcome Jordan to the lab!

March 2015           Malini published a Genome Annoucement about the Verrucomicrobium strain TAV5.                                             Congratulations, Malini!

October 2014 -             Welcome Dennis! He is a visiting PhD student, working on land use change in the
                                         south of Brazil

September 2014 - NSF Press release and NSF Biology tweet about our project in the Amazon.

September 2014 -   WE MOVED TO UC DAVIS! Now our lab is located in the
                                       Plant and Environmental Sciences Building.

June 2014 -                          Noom and Nit defended their PhD dissertations with flying colors. 
                                          Congratulations to both


June 2014 -            Fabiana's paper is now available in Molecular Ecology. This is a must-read paper 
                                        if you are interested in genomic alterations caused by deforestation.

March Madness Awards !!!!

March 2014 -            Luis won the  2014 Department of Biology Undergraduate Research Award!

March 2014          Luis won the  2014 Undergraduate Sustainability Award for his research
                                         presentation at ACES (Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students).
                                         Another one, Luis!


February 2014 -     Luis got the 2014 ASM Travel Award to the General Meeting in Boston!
                                   New ISME J publication about Fungi communities in the Amazon.

January 2014 -       Applied and Enviromental Microbiology Cover! Again!!!!

AEM Cover 2014

September 2013 -  New publication on free-living diazotrophs from the Amazon rainforest.
August 2013
-         We welcome Elisa and Fabio. They are Visiting PhD students from Brazil.
April 2013
-             TEDx UTA talk.  "I'm holding 10,000 species in my hand!"
April 2013 - Jantiya is now Dr. Isanapong! Congrats Nok on your well deserved Ph.D and a new
                                 publication about Verrucomicrobia in termites! 
Isanapong et al. 2013.
                                 The ISME Journal.
                                 Lost and lots of hard working hours in the lab!
February 2013 -    We participated on the American Academy of Microbiology Colloquium on Training the
                                    Microbiologist of the Future!

February 2013 -    We welcome Min-Ken Liao from Furman University! She is very active in
                                    Undergraduate Education and is visiting the lab for two weeks to share information
                                    on hands-on experience in research.

January 2013 -      A new publication about the Amazon Rainforest: Rodrigues et al. 2013. Proc. Natl.
                                    Acad. Sci. USA. This publication has been highlighted in
                                    Science, Nature Microbiology Reviews, National Public Radio,
                                     and Discovery News, among many science blogs.

December 2012 -     We welcome the visiting PhD student Nit! She has been working on the expression of
                                        a  phage endolysin.

October 2012
-         A new publication in collaboration with Dr. Lora Hooper from UT Southwestern.
                                 Duerkop et al. 2012. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA
October 2012
-         Our own Sealy Hambright got married! If you do not believe, take a look at the picture
                                        below. Congratulations to Sealy and Heather on their exciting Journey together.
September 2012 -  We welcome the visiting PhD student Acacio! He is from Brazil and interested in the
                                        fate of phylum Acidobacteria after forest to pasture conversion in the Amazon.

August 2012
-         We welcome the newest member to our lab, Wadud!
August 2012
-         A new publication from our lab: Mirza and Rodrigues. 2012. Appl. Environ. Microbiol.                                                 Good job, Babur!
April 2012
-             A new publication from our lab: Isanapong et al. 2012. J. Bacteriol. Way to go Jantiya!
April 2012 -             We welcome the newest member to our lab. We welcome baby Maha!
                                        Congratulations Babur!!!!

March 2012
-            A new publication on Verrucomicrobia: Wertz et al. 2012. Appl. Environ. Microbiol.

December 2011 -         We welcome the visiting student Fon , from Khon Kaen University, Thailand, to the lab. She will                                                 be working on characterizing Burkholderia isolates from Thailand.
November 2011
-        Lots of exciting news in November: 1. Jantiya received honorable mention at the Texas Branch                                                 American Society for Microbiology. We got lots of compliments for her wonderful poster.
Malini received the Utley Graduate Fellowship for her outstanding grades. Thank you the                                                         the Utley family!
                                        3. Our lab was selected for a DOE/JGI grant for sequencing the metagenome of                                                                          the Amazon Rainforest. 1 Tbase of sequencing!

September 2011 -       We welcome the new PhD student Malini Kotak to the lab.
August 2011
-             Our work was selected as cover for Applied and Environmental Microbiology!

July 2011 -      We welcome Dr. Cristine Barreto to the lab.
June 2011
-     Noom and Lita joined our lab. Welcome to both of you!
April 2011
-     Jantiyareceived the very prestigious award from the UTA Earth and Environmental Sciences PhD                                                 Program as Outstanding Graduate Student for 2011. Way to go, Jantiya!
April 2011
-     We would like to congratulate Nam and Soontorn for the arrival of their very handsome baby boy Isaac!
April 2011
-     Neda and Yen made again the Dean's list. You guys make us all look bad (or good)! Our congratulations!
March 2011
-   Sealy Hambright was accepted as a Ph.D. student at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San                                      Antonio. Congratulations!

Nov 2010 -       Aditya Hanjan defended his Master's Thesis! He presented very exciting results regarding the diversity of                                       Verrucomicrobia in the Amazon Forest. His Guidance Committee was impressed with a lot of                                            work he did! We wish you the best, Adi!
Nov 2010
-        Sealy Hambright defended his Master's Thesis! His Guidance Committee was very pleased with his                                             skills and in depth discussion of his results. Congratulations, Sealy!

July 2010
-        Lab on the news! We made cover of the UTA research magazine "Inquiry" about our research on termite                                         symbionts. (Press the magazine name if you want to read more about it)

July 2010 -         Austin Willis is now a Master! Austin passed his Thesis defense with flying collors. Way to go!
July 2010 -         We had a chance to teach a workshop in Brazil: "Biodiversity and Conservation in the Tropics".
June 2010 -        American Society for Microbiology award for the International Professorship to visit and teach in                                                     Ecuador. Here, we go Galapagos!
June 2010 -        We welcome the visiting Ph.D. student Fabiana Paula to the laboratory. She comes from the Pellizari                                             Lab (Oceanographic Institute, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil). She will be working on                                                     functional analysis of the Amazon Forest soils.
June 2010 -        We welcome the Ph.D. student Megha Bajaj to the laboratory! She has been working on competition                                             experiments among Shewanella strains.
Apr 2010 -          Congratulations to Yen, Neda, and Bogar! They received the College of Science Excellence Award. You                                         guys make the entire lab. proud of you!
Apr 2010 -         We welcome Dr. Atcha Boonmee to the laboratory. She is a visiting professor from Khon Kaen                                                     University, Thailand. She is interested in cellulose degradation and biotechnology.
Mar 2010 -         Congratulations to Sealy Hambright who received the prestigeous American Society for Microbiology                                             Travel Award. He will have a poster presentation during the 110th General Meeting in San                                                 Diego, CA this Summer.

Dec 2009 -         We welcome Dr. Babur Mirza to the laboratory. He is very interested in Biological Nitrogen Fixation in                                             soils and will be working with Amazon soils.
Dec 2009 -         Department of Energy-Joint Genome Institute grant! Genome sequencing of four termite associated                                                 Verrucomicrobia, strain TAV1, TAV3, TAV4, and TAV5.
Nov 2009 -         Congratulations to Sealy Hambright who received Honorable Mention for his presentation at the Texas                                         Branch ASM Meeting!
Jun 2009 -         Department of Energy-Joint Genome Institute grant! Genome closure of the termite associated                                                         Verrucomicrobium, strain TAV2.
Apr 2008 -         Cover of the Applied and Environmental Microbiology!

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