Kyla Martichuski received a 2015 Barry Goldwater Scholarship


Kyla is one of the two recipients from an Oregon university. The Goldwater Scholarship is a prestigious national award that recognized undergraduates for their work in science, mathematics and engineering. Kyla is researching the diversity and temporal dynamics of fungal communities in the atmosphere. The University of Oregon wrote an article about the great news titled “Two UO juniors named 2015 Goldwater Scholars“. Congratulations Kyla!

MicroBEnet modeling microbial metabolism

Our partners MicoBEnet received an award by the Alfred P Sloan Foundation to construct mechanistic metabolic ecosystem models of the bacteria and viruses that survive, colonize and grow on different built environment materials under different environmental conditions. This research program is a 3 years initiative and will be led by Jack Gilbert (University of Chicago), in collaboration with Chris Henry (UChicago), Brent Stephens (Illinois Institute of Technology), Paul Thomas (Northwestern University) and Scott Kelley (San Diego State University). Congratulations! More information about this program can be found at

AIA Design & Health Research Consortium Kickoff

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G.Z. Brown of BioBE and Deb Johnson-Shelton of the Oregon Research Institute attended the kickoff meeting of the AIA Design & Health Research Consortium on March 5, 2015.  Held at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey, the 11 inaugural university members of the consortium heard from several invited speakers from the fields of architecture and public health. Table discussions were held around the topics of education, metrics, the “internet of things”, resilience and equity, and translation. More on the consortium can be found at

Come work with us!

The BioBE Center is currently seeking a bioinformatics postdoctoral research scholar to explore fundamental questions in microbial ecology and evolution. Applicants must have a Ph.D. with extensive training using bioinformatics to understand the ecology and/or evolution of complex biological systems, and strong writing skills. The ideal candidate will have experience with statistical analysis, next-gen sequence data analysis, software development, and/or experience with combining and analyzing complex datasets from multiple sources and technologies. The successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

For more information, see the complete listing. To ensure consideration, please submit applications by April 2, 2015. This position will remain open until filled.

Erica Hartman is selected as recipient of the 2015 Donald E. Wimber Fund Award


The Donald E. Wimber Fund Award was created through the generosity of Carol Cogswell as a memorial to retired University of Oregon biology faculty member Donald Wimber. The award was established to provide support for junior faculty, research associates, or graduate students to travel to conferences to present their research work. Erica will be traveling to ASM.