Dr. Sullivan featured in NY Times Virosphere article

Dr. Sullivan featured in NY Times Virosphere article

The virosphere is so much more than coronavirus! Wondering how novel this “novel” virus is? How many virus species have been named? Are there virus species?? Okay, probably yes. But we’ve got them all, right? …Right? Oh, only 6,828 species…

New Center of Microbiome Science is in the works at Ohio State

Sequencing the human genome in 2003 opened up a whole new world of scientific discoveries about humans. The rapidly advancing DNA sequencing technologies also enabled scientists to see, for the first time, the staggering number of microbes that live in…

JGI highlights Dr. Howard-Varona's work on virocells

JGI highlights Dr. Howard-Varona’s work on virocells

If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, so the adage goes, it must be a duck. But if the duck gets infected by a virus so that it no longer looks or quacks like one, is…

DOE highlights vContact 2.0

 A DOE highlight of Drs. Jang, Bolduc, and Zablocki’s work on vContact 2.0         A Viral Gold Rush Researchers developed open-source software that can classify viruses in ways that previous tools could not. Scientists have limited data…

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…