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Entries from January 2013

Compatible Solutes paper submitted to Extremophiles

January 21st, 2013 No Comments

My last thesis chapter finally submitted (only 3.33 years post-phd…) to Extremophiles! An inter-Order horizontal gene transfer event enables the catabolism of compatible solutes by Colwellia psychrerythraea 34H [PDF] Conclusions– In a previous analysis of the genome of C. psychrerythraea 34H, a psychrophilic, halophilic marine bacterium, Methe et al. (2005) identifi ed a duplicated operon encoding […]

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G+C content amelioration of horizontally transferred genes

January 9th, 2013 2 Comments

I’m currently working on a paper about how bacteria survive in extreme low temperature and salty environments. One thing that bacteria do when faced with these stresses is to produce protective chemicals called compatible solutes. Some microbes not only produce these chemicals but can also break them down for food and energy. Right now i’m […]

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Graduate student assistantship at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

January 7th, 2013 No Comments

Graduate student assistantship at the University of Alaska Fairbanks A graduate student assistantship is available in the laboratory of Dr. Eric Collins at the University of Alaska Fairbanks ( Contact Dr. Collins ( to discuss the position in more detail. Please include a brief description of your research interests, experience, and academic preparations. Competitive applicants […]

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Student/Postdoc application spam from

January 1st, 2013 14 Comments

I haven’t even officially started as a PI (March!) and I’m already receiving unsolicited applications from international students to work in my lab. I understand it may not be easy to find and apply for jobs that are not in one’s native language, but using a service to mass cold-call researchers in one’s “field” (e.g. […]

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