Date & Venue: The workshop was held on January 4th, 2016 as part of the PSB conference at the Fairmont Orchid, Big Island, Hawaii.
Social Media: Jonathan Eisen put together a storify of the workshop in case you couldn't attend in person: https://storify.com/phylogenomics/psb16-session-on-microbiomes
Schedule: The first set of talks included: Yana Bromberg, Susan Holmes, Casey Greene, Serghei Mangul, James Foster, and Dan Knights.
The second set of talks included: Igor Zhulin, Tandy Warnow, Chad Myers, Nam-Phuong Nguyen, Fiona Brinkman, and Wes Viles.
Microbes, including prokaryotes, eukaryotes and archaea, are the dominant forms of life on earth, in absolute numbers, biomass, and diversity of ecosystems. For much of the Earth’s biological history it has had only microbial organisms. Microbial physiology is a dominant factor for biogeochemical cycling, controlling the majority of the fluxes of hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulfur. Over 97% of microbes cannot be cultivated, which has significantly biased existing model systems and microbial genome sequencing. Consequently, we are only beginning to appreciate the complexity and function of some of the most important ecological systems on earth.
New and improving technologies allow us to comprehensively measure microbes and populations of microbes in ways that were impossible even a few years ago. The specific goal of our workshop is to highlight the longstanding challenges in microbial analyses that can be addressed by the combination of new technologies and computational advances. Our workshop brings together speakers who are leading microbiologists with computational scientists who are developing the state-of-the-art computational methods that will generate discoveries from data measuring microbial systems.
We aim to:
I. Bring together computational and wet-bench scientists that are asking new and pressing questions in the study of microbes, microbe-microbe, microbe-host interactions, and microbial communities.
II. Build new collaborations across the intersection of bioinformatics and microbiology.
III. Discuss discoveries made through the application of state-of-the-art computational methods to microbial systems. Will these discoveries help to target precision treatments that alter microbial systems and microbe-host interactions to individuals who will benefit?
Speaker Affiliations and Information:
Yana Bromberg (Rutgers University)
Casey Greene (University of Pennsylvania)
Susan Holmes (Stanford University)
Chad Myers (University of Minnesota)
Tandy Warnow (University of Illinois)
Igor Zhulin (University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Lab)
Casey S. Greene, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
James A. Foster, University of Idaho
Bruce A. Stanton, The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Deborah A. Hogan, The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Yana Bromberg, Rutgers University
Support for the workshop is provided in part by NIH P30 GM106394
CC images courtesy of NIAID (1, 2, and 3).