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Job: Northern Arizona University – Pathogen and Microbiome Institute

(Even though this already had a closing in Dec, there is still interest in more applications to this position).

One tenure track assistant professor faculty position will be filled in the Pathogen and Microbiome Institute, with tenure assignment to an academic department relevant to the faculty member’s expertise (e.g., Department of Biological Sciences, School of Informatics and Computer Science and Cyber Systems) beginning August 21, 2017.

Job Description

Individuals are invited to apply for an assistant professor faculty position in the Pathogen and Microbiome Institute at Northern Arizona University. We are seeking individuals with research interests that complement existing strengths in basic or translational pathogen and microbiome research, which may include bioinformatics, genomics, immunology, molecular epidemiology, microbiology, population genetics, disease ecology, phylogeography, clinical and environmental microbiology expertise. This is a research intensive position with competitive teaching loads in subject areas that will be dictated by the applicant’s expertise. Evidence of grant potential will be required.

The successful candidates will be expected to: (1) develop and/or transfer an intensive research program that is supported by awards from extramural agencies; (2) contribute to the university graduate training program with M.S. and Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral fellows; and (3) perform service for the department, university, and profession.

When Microorganisms attack: Protect your historical heritage!

ResearchBlogging.orgAn article in Applied Environmental Biology describes work characterizing microorganisms that degrade materials used to preserve cultural heritage objects. These are some heavy duty synthetic compounds which are commonly used to preserve or treat wood, cover objects to protect them from moisture, light, and avoid direct attack by microbes. This article describes some interesting findings of the types of organisms that attack these preservation materials. Table 1 lists fungi like Aureobasidium pullulans which can degrade Polyvinyl chloride, Chaetomium globosum which has enzymes (someone make sure and describe all of these in the genome sequence) to dissolve Polyurethane, several wood degrading fungi that break down Nylon (Phanerochaete can break down diesel fuel), and melanin producing fungi (like Cryptococcus?) that destroy acrylics.

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Fungal Genetics 2007 details

I’m including a recapping as many of the talks as I remember. There were 6 concurrent sessions each afternoon so you have to miss a lot of talks. The conference was bursting at the seams as it was- at least 140 people had to be turned away beyond the 750 who attended.

If there was any theme in the conference it was “Hey we are all using these genome sequences we’ve been talking about getting”. I only found the overview talks that solely describe the genome solely a little dry as compared to those more focused on particular questions. I guess my genome palate is becoming refined.

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