The motivation behind developing a new tool for taxonomic classification of metagenomic high-throughput sequencing data.
Access to a wealth of environments and the ability to reconstruct genomes for previously unknown and uncultured lineages has lead to a huge expansion in our understanding of the diversity of life on earth. We wanted to explore that diversity with a Tree of Life for the genomic era.
The story behind understanding the influence that antibiotics have on conjugation
With the science in mind and curious about how what we learn in the lab might impact the care of preterm infants, I had the opportunity to observe grand rounds in the NICU in Saint Louis Children’s Hospital. The first thing I noticed was a room full of equipment and nurses. Then I saw the babies. Fragile human lives, some no bigger than the size of a soda can, alive due to the advances in medical science. Research just met real life.