NMDC Champions understand and appreciate the value of well-curated data, and are willing to advocate for the importance of FAIR microbiome data.
Featured NMDC Champions
Jessica Audrey Lee is a microbiologist with eclectic interests. In the past, she has studied microbial community diversity in estuaries, deserts, soils, and food; designed communities in the lab; and studied physiology in single cells. At NASA, she works to understand how life from Earth interacts with space environments–which includes the dynamics of microbial communities on spacecraft, the effects of space conditions on microbial biology, and the use of microbes to sustain human life. And wherever Jessica is, she loves teaching about microbes and microbial diversity.
Kate Lane is interested in how microbial communities function and evolve, shaping Earth’s biogeochemical cycles. As an NSF-GRFP PhD student, Kate is researching microbial ecology and evolution in the marine environment with molecular, genetic, and computational tools in Dr. Maria Pachiadaki’s Lab at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute / MIT.
Sneha Couvillion is a biomedical scientist in the Integrative Omics group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). She received her Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame and was a postdoctoral associate at PNNL before taking on a staff scientist role. She loves all kinds microbiomes (i.e., gut, milk, soil) and uses a combination of mass-spectrometry-based omics methods (i.e., metabolomics, lipidomics and proteomics) to study microbial metabolic activity and interactions.
Active NMDC Champions
FAIR microbiome data is necessary to support collaborations and future research analyses. It is important to assess the data quality and connect the metadata, including sample processing and data creation/analyses steps. I became a NMDC champion to help test workflows and make microbiome data FAIR.
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