Getting To Know the Microbes that Drive Climate Change

Getting To Know the Microbes that Drive Climate Change

 The impact of soil viruses on nutrient cycling and climate remain understudied relative to their oceanic counterparts. In this release from the Department of Energy, work being done by a team led by the Sullivan lab reveals a previously unknown…

Math and the Microbiome: IDI Leaders Host Creative Interdisciplinary Workshop

A recent workshop looked to utilize math and statistics to answer questionssurrounding the microbiome. The workshop, led by Vanessa Hale, Assistant Professor, and Matt Sullivan, Associate Professor, both IDI Co-Directors of the Microbial Communities Thematic Program, sought to explore this…

New Investigation into Soil Microbes and Climate Change

New understanding of the role of microbes in thawing permafrost A deeper understanding of viral genomes in Swedish permafrost provides insight into climate change. “Microbes have significant influence over global warming, primarily through the production of – or consumption of…

Cristina Howard-Varona’s paper featured in OSU news!

Scientists uncover details of viral infections that drive environmental, human health In nature, infections much more complex than in lab Read the full press release here.

Cristina Howard-Varona’s paper on phage infection efficiency featured in EMSL!

Phage-host Interactions are More Complicated than most Laboratory Studies Suggest Molecular studies shed light on how viruses infect bacteria in nature “For years, scientists have experimented with phages—the viruses that infect bacteria—to learn how they change their host. Because such…

Undergrads, we’re recruiting!

Undergraduate students interested in a research project should express interest by emailing a CV and brief statement of interest to Matt Sullivan. We are currently seeking reliable undergraduates to assist in the following areas: phage discovery for therapeutic purposes (E….

Ohio State study: Global teamwork on scientific research growing

“More than ever, scientists are going beyond seeking colleagues from down the hall and instead looking to partner with the best and brightest across time zones, languages and cultures. Global science is nothing new, but the pace and expanse of…

Bacterial Host Response is Key to Severity of Viral Infection

Bacterial Host Response is Key to Severity of Viral Infection

The Science Bacteria have a major impact on natural ecosystems, human health, disease progression and industrial processes using bacterial cultures, but viruses that infect bacteria can influence all of these systems. A recent study revealed how viruses that are common…

Viromics Training Workshop at OSU Helps Researchers Use Tools to Overcome Challenges in Viral Metagenomics

Researchers in the Sullivan lab recently hosted a 3-day viromics training workshop, with fellow scientists from nearly a dozen different institutions participating. The workshop focused on using the tools and resources available at iVirus (a CyVerse-supported project) and MetaVir to study and process viral metagenomic datasets. Participants…