Microbial 'omics

Current members (sorted by name)

A. Murat Eren (Meren) bio photo

A. Murat Eren (Meren) (PI)

I am a computer scientist with a deep appreciation for the complexity of life. I design algorithms and experiments to better understand microbes and their ecology.

Alan Selewa bio photo

Alan Selewa (Rotating Graduate Student)

I'm a graduate student in the Biophysical Sciences at UChicago. I am currently developing graphical models for assembly of genomic loci that contain hypervariable regions.

Alon Shaiber bio photo

Alon Shaiber (Graduate Student)

I'm a graduate student at the Bio Physical Sciences Program at UChicago. I'm fascinated by the complexity of microbial ecology and interested in applying and developing computational tools to explore it.

Evan Kiefl bio photo

Evan Kiefl (Graduate Student)

I am interested in uncovering how single nucleotide variants map to functional variation in the genes of naturally-occuring microbial populations.

Kota Bear bio photo

Kota Bear (Dog)

I focus on members of the family Sciuridae and Leporidae to study stress-induced behavioral changes in mammals.

  • Honorary Member.
Sonny T. M. Lee bio photo

Sonny T. M. Lee (Post-doctoral Scientist)

I am a microbiologist studying the most interesting inhabitants of humans, coral reefs, and the ocean, and using big data to answer vexing problems of our future.

Tom O. Delmont bio photo

Tom O. Delmont (Post-doctoral Scientist)

I am a microbial ecologist who seeks to understand small and large-scale ecological patterns in the microbial world. My most recent investigations focused on humans, pristine soils, and the Southern Ocean.

Özcan C. Esen bio photo

Özcan C. Esen (Software guru, local hacker)

As a computer engineer I strive to utilize my expertise to investigate challenges in microbial ecology, metagenomics, and visualization of complex data.

Previous members

Steven Cui bio photo

Steven Cui (07/2016 - 10/2016)

Steven was a Summer Student with us. The last time we checked, Steven was an undergraduate student studying computer science at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago.

Meren's note on our struggle with the lack of gender diversity in the lab: This is something we are quite aware and upset about, and I finally decided to put a note about the issue on this page to make sure it is clear to everyone. I see the gender imbalance in our lab as my failure, and I am looking forward to fixing it. I advertised only one postdoc position so far, which was the only time I had the opportunity to ameliorate the lack of diversity, however, I wasn't lucky enough to get enough number of applications from women. When I mentioned our struggle with attracting applications from women to the lab to Rika Anderson, she speculated that it might be because there is a major gender imbalance in computer science. Although that is true, I would like to mention that I am interested in working with highly qualified women in both microbiology and/or computer science. I also am suggested to put photos of my collaborators on this page, since a very large fraction of the people I collaborate with are women, to make sure people are not discouraged by the current representation of women in the lab. Although I understand the good intention, I don't want to use names or photos of my friends and colleagues as a part of an apology for something we have to fix. Throughout my life I was very critical of cultural and political practices that make people feel comfortable with the lack of diversity, and this note is not my attempt to excuse myself form this responsibility, but to communicate my discomfort with where we are in our lab. If you are a woman, or any other poorly represented part of the society in science considering applying to our lab, please don't let the current situation stop you from doing it. Thank you!