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2021 ASM Award for Environmental Research -           Terry Hazen, Ph.D. receives 2021 ASM Award for Environmental Research Recognizes an outstanding scientist with distinguished research achievements that have improved our understanding of microbes in the environment, including aquatic, terrestrial and atmospheric settings. For more information READ MORE
2019 Seattle honors David Stahl 2 David Stahl Honored by Seattle Aquarium - January 8, 2019–We know David Stahl as a Principal Investigator in ENIGMA working in part on the microbial conversion of ammonia to nitrate, a major step in the global nitrogen cycle. Not only is he an internationally renowned microbial ecologist, elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2012; now he is also a local Seattle celebrity! His discovery, that ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA) microorganisms are the dominant nitrifiers in most natural systems, was honored by a plaque at the Seattle Aquarium. His team was first to isolate AOA microorganisms from a water sample taken from a fish tank at the Seattle Aquarium. READ MORE
zhou-jizhong-joe Jizhong Zhou Honored with 2019 ASM Award for Environmental Research - September 7, 2018–Jizhong Zhou, Ph.D. (The University of Oklahoma in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology) was honored with the 2019 American Society for Microbiology Award for Environmental Research, which recognizes an outstanding scientist with distinguished research achievements that have improved our understanding of microbes in the environment, including aquatic, terrestrial, and atmospheric settings. His work with ENIGMA is multi-disciplinary, using integrative experimental and computational approaches, taking advantage of his broad background in microbial genomics, molecular biology, molecular evolution, microbiology, ecology, mathematics, and bioinformatics. “The American Academy of Microbiology is the honorific leadership group within the ASM, the world’s oldest and largest life science organization. The mission of the Academy is to recognize scientists for outstanding contributions to microbiology and provide microbiological expertise in the service of science and the public.” Read more about the awards: READ MORE
lauren-liu ENIGMA’s Lauren Lui is Berkley Lab SLAM Finalist! - September 5, 2018–Lauren Lui of Arkin Lab is a Finalist Selected to Compete in Berkeley Lab “Early Career Scientist and Research “SLAM” Date: Sept. 20, 2018 Time: 4 pm Location: Building 50 Auditorium NOTE: winners are chosen via in-person audience voting – so all local team should go support Lauren! The SLAM will be streamed live so remote team members can show their support. This is the “3-minute-describe-your-work-in-layman-terms” challenge that Berkeley Lab is hosting for postdocs. She recorded & submitted a video “Microbial War and Peace” which was selected from a competitive field of 32 entries. Finalists receive coaching via “Making the Most of Your Presentation” workshop, a unique opportunity to get one-on-one feedback from a globally renowned speaker, Jean-luc Doumont of Principiae. Lauren will participate in the in-person competition next month for a chance to win $3,000 first prize!… READ MORE
Romy Chakraborty ENIGMA’s Romy Chakraborty honored at “Women @ the Lab” - June 9, 2018–Romy Chakraborty is honored by Berkeley Lab sponsored by the Women Scientists and Engineers Council (WSEC) and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office. The program recognizes women at Berkeley Lab who demonstrate dedication, talent, STEM contributions, and commitment to the Lab’s mission. Romy was nominated for this award by multiple people and teams, acknowledging her excellence in science, her leadership in her division as Ecology Department Chair for Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, and her service to the lab community as WSEC Empowerment Subcommittee Chair. For excellence in science; leadership as Ecology Department Chair in EESA; service to the lab community as WSEC Empowerment Subcommittee Chair READ MORE
Adams-Mike Mike Adams wins 2018 DuPont Industrial Biosciences Award in Applied and Environmental Microbiology - June 8, 2018–ENIGMA Principal Investigator Mike Adams at the University of Georgia shares the 2018 DuPont Industrial Biosciences Award in Applied and Environmental Microbiology with Robert Kelly of North Carolina State University. They were recognized for their groundbreaking use and genetic manipulation of microorganisms that grow in extreme environments, such as ultra-hot geothermal vents, for practical applications including the generation of biofuels with a reduced carbon footprint. The award will be presented this summer at ASM’s ­annual meeting in Atlanta. The DuPont Industrial Biosciences Award, given annually since 1977, recognizes distinguished achievement in research and development in applied (nonclinical) and environmental microbiology. Past recipients include members of the National Academy of Sciences and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as well as MacArthur Fellows. DuPont Biosciences is a worldwide organization with focus areas in bioactives, biomaterials, and biorefineries. To read more… READ MORE
2018_0511_Day_Wall_HonorableMentionPosterIMG_0374-thumb Leslie Day ENIGMA undergrad Honorable mention for poster Mizzou Life Sciences Week 2018 - April 22, 2018–Leslie, a Senior in Biochemistry working in the laboratory of Judy Wall, received an honorable mention for her poster presentation titled “Sulfonate Utilization by Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough” at Mizzou Life Sciences Week 2018 in a competition among all presenting post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates in Ecological, Evolutionary, and Developmental Biology. In the 100 Well Survey of the Oak Ridge Reservation done by ENIGMA, sulfate-reducing bacteria and sulfate are nearly mutually exclusive in the groundwater. To predict the presence and metabolism of sulfate-reducing bacteria as part of the Environmental Ark Campaign, we must understand what oxidized sulfur compounds are available and can be utilized by sulfate-reducing bacteria. Leslie is characterizing sulfonates, ubiquitous in nature, as potential electron acceptors for sulfate-reducing bacteria. She has shown that many sulfate reducers can utilize the sulfonate isethionate as a terminal electron acceptor… READ MORE
elm-portrait Erica Majumder wins best overall poster at the International Symposium on Microbial Sulfur Metabolismw - April 18, 2018–ENIGMA postdoc Erica Majumder’s poster “Beyond Sulfide: The Sulfur-Metabolome of Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria” affirms ENIGMA’s contribution to the ability to sulfur sulfur metabolism on a molecular level. Sulfur-containing metabolites are key to the maintenance of the redox state of the environment, the cycling of essential nutrients between microbes, the interaction of some microbes with metals, and can inhibit other metabolisms such as nitrate reduction. This project developed tools to be able to assay sulfur-containing metabolites and to begin to tease out their functions in microbial community interactions. Authors: Erica L.-W. Majumder, Tao Huan, Erica M. Forsberg, Chavi Domingo, Gary Siuzdak, Judy D. Wall Affiliations: 1-Mizzou, 2- Scripps A strategy to determine all sulfur-containing metabolites from global untargeted metabolomics experiments has been employed to study the total metabolome and the sulfur-ome of model Sulfate-Reducing Bacterium (SRB) Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough (DvH).… READ MORE
Mutalik_Vivek Dual Barcoded Shotgun Expression Library Sequencing (Dub-seq) wins R&D100 Award - November 20, 2017–ENIGMA’s Vivek Mutalik, Adam Deutschbauer, Pavel Novichkov, and Adam Arkin win R&D100 Award for a tool developed under our “Discovery Program”; where high-risk projects are funded for a short duration to encourage high impact changes in science or technological capability that extend and enhance our ongoing research Dub-seq technology is based on creating a genomic fragment library in association with dual barcodes on broad-host vectors. DNA (from any source) is sheared and cloned between dual barcodes. Then, the cloned genomic fragment is identified and associated with unique DNA barcode upfront and is done only once for each library. Once this step of associating barcodes to genomic fragment is performed, only one of the barcodes is used as a proxy for clonal isolate in the following experiments. This standardization enables researchers to assay the same library across diverse conditions… READ MORE
andrea rocha featured top 50 women latinas IT magazing Andrea Rocha featured in Top 50 Women “Latinas in Information Technology of Hispanic Engineer and IT” magazine - October 18, 2015–ENIGMA Post Doc Andrea Rocha one of the top 50 women featured in the “Latinas in Information Technology of Hispanic Engineer and IT” magazine. She was honored for her contribution during the Women of Color (WOC) STEM Conference in Detroit on October 16, 2015. Andrea Rocha is a post-doctoral fellow in the Biosciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Rocha anchors the field sampling efforts at the Oak Ridge Field site in radioactively contaminated areas as well as background sites. As part of the ENIGMA [Ecosystems and Networks Integrated with Genes and Molecular Assemblies], a multi-institutional collaborative project, Rocha is trying to determine subsurface keystone bacteria species differences in gradients of pH, nitrate, uranium, and conductivity to enable modeling of microbial community resiliency. During her academic and research career, Rocha has received numerous honors and awards. These include… READ MORE
2015_RochaPoster Andrea Rocha is featured in DOE’s online Women @ Energy Series - October 6, 2015–Andrea Rocha is featured in DOE’s online Women @ Energy Series in a formal announcement from Minorities in Energy Kickoff Year 2 event in Washington, D.C.Physical Biosciences ENIGMA Annual Retreat at the UC EBB - group photo, discussions, a poster session - August 11, 2015. READ MORE
Stahl, David David Stahl selected as EMSL Chief Scientist - August 21, 2015–David Stahl, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Washington, has been selected to serve as Chief Scientist for the EMSL user program. David will fill this position as a dual appointment and maintain his teaching and research at the UW. As Chief Scientist, he will lead efforts to build user communities in EMSL’s science theme research areas, reach out and raise awareness of EMSL to the BER PI community, and provide additional biology expertise. David brings an international reputation in studying the application of molecular microbial ecology to environmental engineering. He’s received funding from DOE’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research and is a member of BER’s Advisory Committee. In 2012, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Before joining the UW in 2000, David held positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and… READ MORE
The-Lawrence-Award Jizhong Joe Zhou Recipient of DOE’s Highest Scientific Honor- The Lawrence Award - May 21, 2015–ENIGMA’s Joe Jizhong Zhou, a professor at the University of Oklahoma will receive the U.S Department of Energy’s highest scientific award from U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., later this year. The prestigious 2014 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award acknowledges outstanding contributions in the biological and environmental sciences supporting research and development of the U.S. Department of Energy and its mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States. Zhou, George Lynn Cross Research Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, OU College of Arts and Sciences, and director of the Institute for Environmental Genomics, is being honored for ‘outstanding accomplishments in environmental genomics and microbial ecology, including the development of innovative metagenomics technologies for environmental sciences, for groundbreaking discoveries to understand the feedbacks, mechanisms, and fundamental principles… READ MORE
American Society for Microbiology New Community Leadership! Aindrila Mukhopadhyay - July 1, 2014–ENIGMA’s Aindrila Mukhopadhyay in ASM leadership role. Beginning July 1, 2014, Aindrila Mukhopadhyay of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab will be Chair-Elect of Division O (Fermentation and Biotechnology) of the American Society for Microbiology. Aindrila is honored by this appointment and looks forward to serving you and ASM. Steve Brown will be assuming the Chair status of Division O for ASM. READ MORE
CheA3 in Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough Exploring the Role of CheA3 in Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough Motility Was One of the Most Viewed Frontiers in Microbiology Research Articles this March - April 21, 2014–Our paper has been featured in the Frontiers top viewed microbiology research articles blog post, “Top 10 most viewed Microbiology research articles in March 2014”. Frontiers Article → Full Paper → Ray J, Keller KL, Catena M, Juba TR, Zemla M, Rajeev L, Knierim B, Zane GM, Robertson JJ, Auer M, Wall JD, Mukhopadhyay A. Exploring the role of CheA3 in Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough motility. Front Microbiol. 2014 Mar 6;5:77. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00077. eCollection 2014. PubMed PMID: 24639670; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3944678 READ MORE
adam-arkin-wins-lawrence-award Adam Arkin Recipient of DOE’s Highest Scientific Honor- The Lawrence Award - April 21, 2014–“Adam Arkin, director of Berkeley Lab’s Physical Biosciences Division (PBD) and a biologist who is recognized as a leading authority on the evolutionary design principles of cellular networks and populations and their application to systems and synthetic biology, has been named one of six recipients of the 2013 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award by U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. The E.O. Lawrence Award, the Department of Energy (DOE)’s highest scientific honor, is recognizing Arkin ‘for his work advancing biological and environmental sciences.'” To read more about the award and Dr. Arkin and his team’s research, please visit the Berkeley Lab News Center → READ MORE
Zhou Jizhong Joe Zhou Wins OU Research Award - February 27, 2013–Joe Zhou wins the University of Oklahoma Vice President for Research Award for Outstanding Research Impact in 2012. Award Article → READ MORE
Stahl, David David Stahl Elected to National Academy of Engineering - February 7, 2013–Congratulations to ENIGMA’s David Stahl on this well deserved and prestigious award! The ultimate goal of the ENIGMA SFA research is to generate a quantitative understanding of phenomena across these multiple scales so that scientists can predict and rationally alter the behavioral responses of microbes and their communities to obtain desired environmental goals. ENIGMA research is divided into four components. David’s work on evolutionary and ecological origins of community assembly, stability, and efficiency informed by model microbial mutualism in co-cultures anchors many of our ongoing ENIGMA projects. News Article → READ MORE
Romy Chakraborty Dr Romy Chakraborty Wins Director’s Award for Outreach - October 3, 1999– 2019 Outreach: ROMY CHAKRABORTY, Citation: In recognition of Romy Chakraborty’s extensive service as a mentor for programs that engage underrepresented groups in science, and for her significant contribution to outreach that aims to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields. About the Director’s Awards The Director’s Awards program recognizes significant achievements of Lab employees. Each year, these awards are given for accomplishments, leadership, collaboration, multi-disciplinary science, cross-divisional projects, and commitment to excellence in support of the Lab’s mission and strategic goals. Each year, Berkeley Lab employees submit nominations of individuals and teams, which are then reviewed by a Lab-wide Director’s Awards committee. READ MORE