Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology Division Director Susannah Tringe announced a change in leadership of the Comparative and Functional Genomics (CFG) Department, effective January 4, 2022. Diane Dickel is stepping down as the Department Head; Adam Deutschbauer has agreed to take on the role.
Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology Division Director Susannah Tringe was quoted in a Discover magazine feature on harnessing bacteria’s knack for breaking down material that other organisms can’t to clean up tricky messes—from oil spills to plastic waste to corpse-stained marble.
At the most basic level, all organisms are looking to break down something they can get energy and carbon from, Tringe explained. “If you can just develop a microbial community that learns how to break down the stuff that you want to get rid of, then you can kind of let them do the work,” she said.
As the article notes, Tringe is part of a research effort to better understand the microbial communities involved in treating wastewater from the oil and gas industry.
On May 25, Berkeley Lab and Biosciences Area leadership officially welcomed the EcoPOD to its home at Potter Street in West Berkeley. The Lab’s Deputy Director for Research Horst Simon and Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences Mary Maxon opened the doors of the EcoPOD after Maxon cut the ceremonial ribbon.
The projects of 17 Biosciences Area scientists and engineers received funding through the FY22 Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program.
Two Biosciences Area researchers—Natalia Ivanova and Susannah Tringe—are among 65 new Fellows elected into the American Academy of Microbiology’s 2021 class. An honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, the mission of the Academy is to provide microbiological expertise in the service of science and the public. Fellows are elected annually through a highly-selective peer-review process based on their records of scientific achievement and contributions in the field of microbiology.