How Viruses Secretly Control the Planet

How Viruses Secretly Control the Planet

(Inside Science) — Viruses control their hosts like puppets — and in the process, they may play important roles in Earth’s climate. The hosts in this case aren’t people or animals: They are bacteria. A growing body of research is…

Researchers detail marine viruses from pole to pole

New research provides the most complete account to date of the viruses that impact the world’s oceans, increasing the number of known virus populations tenfold. “This new understanding of viruses from the northern pole to the southern pole and from…

How a warming world may alter functions of the oceans’ organisms

New research takes scientists a step closer to identifying important characteristics of the communities of ocean organisms we rely on to aid the planet – as well as understanding how a warming climate could affect the functions of those communities….

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 questions surrounding 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…

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…