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
Marie is a microbial ecologist and physiologist working as a Chick-Keller Postdoctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory where she is investigating the role of microbial community composition on litter decomposition in the DOE funded Terrestrial Microbial Carbon Cycling Scientific Focus Area. She obtained her PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Dr. Klaus Nüsslein’s laboratory where she studied the effect of Amazon deforestation on microbial carbon and methane cycling. Marie’s research interests are focused on leveraging microorganisms to overcome human-caused problems such as soil erosion and climate change.
Alex is currently a Ph.D. student in Environmental Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. He became interested in environmental science as a firefighter-EMT in Colorado, and wondered, “What happens to soil now that the fire is over?” Alex’s main dissertation work investigates the microbial ecology and geochemistry of soil recovery after wildfire, and specifically explores what a recovery trajectory looks like and whether it is predictable.
Venkat is a senior research scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developing microbial consortia from wet waste for bioproduct synthesis. He obtained his Ph.D in molecular biology and biotechnology from the University of Cincinnati, followed by postdoctoral work at NREL and the Colorado School of Mines. His work has focused on applying omics approaches on algal and fungal systems towards biofuels and bioproducts synthesis applications. His other research interests include fungal-mediated enzyme production and plastic recycling.
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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