Lauren Jabusch has been passionate about sustainability and outreach since her early days as a freshman at UC Davis. Nearly a decade later, she has earned a bachelor’s, a master’s, and most recently a doctoral degree in biosystems engineering. Now a postdoctoral researcher at Berkeley Lab, Jabusch investigates the interactions between soil microbes and plants. She was recently profiled by her Alma Mater, UC Davis College of Engineering.
Kaushal Sharma, one of five Antioch High School rising juniors who participated in internships at the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) this summer through the Biotech Partners program is now an author on a Nucleic Acids Research publication. The paper describes the version 6 data updates and feature enhancements to the Genomes OnLine Database (GOLD) administered by JGI. T.B.K Reddy, Kaushal’s mentor, described his student’s contributions as reviewing close to 3,800 metagenomes to verify geographic locations and assign latitude and longitude values “This exercise helped us in filling or updating geographic information for nearly 1,100 samples,” said Reddy. Kaushal also reviewed and assigned NCBI taxonomy name and IDs for nearly 20,000 public/private mtagenome biosamples in GOLD. “Besides these, he curated several small sets of phylogeny, biosample metadata tasks we assigned.” What did you do for your summer vacation?
In the August 8 edition of Berkeley Lab’s Commuter Chronicles Stacey Gauny of the Biological Systems & Engineering Division discussed why she started carpooling from El Sobrante to the Lab more than 20 years ago, and encourages others who have considered carpooling to give it a shot. Stacey, a principal research associate in the Kronenberg Lab, has been a division representative of the Lab’s Carpool Program Focus Group for the Vehicle Access and Alternative Transportation Advisory Group since its initiation last December. Read her story here.