DEB/ECH 294 SEMINAR
Large scale analysis of food ingredient metatranscriptomes reveals insights about hazards and food quality
Kristen Beck, Ph.D.
Research Staff Member, Industrial and Applied Genomics
IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose
Friday, May 18, 2018
11:00am * 1022 Life Sciences
Abstract: As the challenges of protecting global food supply chains become more complex, the technical approaches being used to understand and guard against threats are becoming more sophisticated. Food safety testing is beginning to adopt new technologies such as next generation sequencing of DNA or RNA in their monitoring procedures and the cost of next generation sequencing is only decreasing with time. Together, this makes providing food safety solutions a very data-intensive problem. By surveilling the microbiome of food ingredients, we can develop methods and best practices that can be used to improve food testing standards and security of the food supply chain. As part of the Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain, we’ve utilized hundreds of terabytes of raw sequencing and derivative data to show that microbes will respond to perturbations in their environment and can be useful as an indicator of food safety hazards. By monitoring food microbiomes, we can better understand food safety hazards and quality issues that may arise in the supply chain.
Bio: Dr. Beck is a research staff member in the Industrial and Applied Genomics group in the Accelerated Discovery Lab of IBM Research. She has been involved in food-related research for over a decade. She has published contributions in mechanistic studies of omega-3 fatty acids in tumorigenesis as well as composition of primate breast milks among other topics. Since joining IBM Research in 2015, she has been an essential member of the Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain and now serves as the IBM Technical Lead. Her current research focuses on analyzing next generation sequencing data to gain insights about microbial ecology in food ingredients as well as confidently determining of the presence of various hazards such as pathogenic organisms, antimicrobial resistance genes, and food fraud. She received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology with a Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology from the University of California, Davis and is a proud almuna and trainee of the Biotechnology Program.
The UC Davis student newspaper “The Aggie” has a story about Katie Dahlhausen’s work on Koala microbiomes and antibiotics. See The peculiar case of koala gut biomes – The Aggie
Kudos to Karley Lujan, a UC Davis undergraduate who has been working in the lab for a few years. Last night she received one of the “Outstanding Senior Awards” at a ceremony at the UC Davis Convention Center.
This week’s Evolution and Ecology seminar speaker is Dr. Emilia Huerta-Sanchez, an Assistant Professor at UC Merced. Dr. Huerta-Sanchez investigates the genomics of adaptation and introgression in modern and ancient human populations. Please join us for her seminar at 4:10pm May 10th in 176 Everson Hall.
Title: Archaic introgression, D-statistics and the contributions of female programmers
Just got this by email:
We are pleased to inform you that the International Symposium
“MIMAS2 – Microbial Interactions in Marine Systems”
will be held
in Greifswald, Germany,
from August 20th to 22nd, 2018.
The conference will focus on:
- Microbial-mediated ecosystem functions and adaptation strategies of marine bacteria
- The physiology of uncultivable marine symbionts
- Ecophysiological interdependencies of bacteria within marine microbial assemblages
- Molecular mechanisms of bacterial degradation of marine polysaccharides
For further information on the conference, abstract submission and registration please visit: http://mimas2018.marine-biotechnologie.de/
Abstracts for the symposium may be submitted until June 30th, 2018. The deadline for early bird registration is June 1st, 2018.
We would be glad to welcome you in Greifswald and hope to spark your interest with the scientific focus of our meeting. Additionally,
we recommend combining your conference participation in Greifswald with a visit to the beautiful islands Rügen (https://www.ruegen.de/) and
Usedom (https://usedom.de/) with their unique and marvellous beaches.
We are looking forward to meeting you in Greifswald in August 2018.
Rudi Amman, Uwe Bornscheuer, Jan-Hendrik Hehemann, Katharina Riedel, Thomas Schweder (on behalf of the organizing committee)
Janelle Burke from Howard University will be giving the Ecology and Evolution seminar today, 3 May. Her talk is titled,
An evolutionary exploration of plant sexual systems
Thursday 3 May, 4:10pm
The Burke Lab specializes in plant systematics and plant evolutionary biology, using two groups, the Polygonaceae (knotweeds) and Melastomataceae (princess flowers), as systems. We utilize phylogenetic methodology as a tool to investigate facets of plant evolution, such as breeding systems, pollination syndromes and morphology. In turn, these data are used to revise taxonomy, the plant classification scheme. Current projects also investigate drivers of speciation, plant/ insect interactions and plant distribution changes in line with climate change projections.
Integrative Genetics & Genomics Seminar
Holly Bik, PhD, UC Riverside “Biodiversity and Evolution of Microbial Metazoa: Linking Molecules with Morphology in the –Omics Age”
Monday May 7, 12:10PM in Life Sciences 1022
Really cool to see two of the undergrads working in my lab – Adrienne Cho and Marcus Cohen – present their work at the Undergraduate Research Conference
Got this by email and thought it would be of interest:
Dear UC Davis Faculty, Staff, Students, and Community Members,
We are delighted to announce that the final Forum in the 2017-2018 season of The UC Davis Forums on the Public University and the Social Good will take place a few weeks from now on Monday, May 14th. This lecture will feature Dr. Emmanuel Saez, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Equitable Growth at UC Berkeley.
Dr. Saez will focus on a topic of great interest in both higher education and society at large: the potential of a college degree to raise one’s income level. To illuminate this topic, he will present his research data, compiled for each four-year college and university in America, on graduates’ earnings in their early thirties and their parents’ incomes. He will address the following critical questions, among others: Do colleges in America alleviate or worsen income inequalities? Which colleges contribute the most to helping children climb the income ladder? And how can we increase access to such colleges for children from low-income families?
The lecture will take place in the Multipurpose Room of the Student Community Center from 3-4:30 PM, with a reception and light refreshments to follow. This event is free and open to the public, and if you wish to attend, please RSVP using the link below:
Please circulate this email to anyone who you think might be interested in the event.
Emmanuel Saez Final Flyer.pdf
Today’s Ecology and Evolution Seminar Series will be given by Harris Lewin, Distinguished Professor in Evolution and Ecology here at UC Davis.
His talk, titled "The Earth BioGenome Project" will be today, April 26 at 4:10 in 176 Everson Hall.
See the recent PNAS paper about the project here: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/04/18/1720115115