The central purpose of Microbiome is to unite investigators conducting microbiome research in environmental, agricultural, and biomedical arenas.
Topics broadly addressing the study of microbial communities, such as, microbial surveys, bioinformatics, meta-omics approaches and community/host interaction modeling will be considered for publication. Through this collection of literature Microbiome hopes to integrate researchers with common scientific objectives across a broad cross-section of sub-disciplines within microbial ecology.
- Jacques Ravel, University of Maryland School of Medicine
- Eric Wommack, University of Delaware
- Susan Lynch, UCSF
This new article type for Microbiome should describe libraries of shotgun metagenome, metatranscriptome or marker gene (e.g. 16S rDNA) sequence data from clinical, host-associated, or environmental samples. Other community-scale omics data may be considered through a pre-submission inquiry to the Editorial Office.
The announcement should describe the scientific motivation for the
collection of the data, the origin of the sample, the experimental
design, the scale of the data set and sequencing technology, and any
unique features of the data or samples.
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Jacques Ravel is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Associate Director for Genomics at the Institute for Genome Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. In both his professional positions, Dr Ravel uses genomic tools to gain insights into the evolution of microbial pathogens. His research program is focused on applying modern genomics technologies and ecological principles to characterize the role and dynamics of the microbial communities inhabiting the human body in health and disease and better define the interactions between the host, the microbes and the environment that drive these ecological systems.
Eric Wommack is a Professor of Environmental Microbiology in the Departments of Plant & Soil Sciences, Biological Sciences, and the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of Delaware. For most of his career Dr. Wommack has focused on research questions surrounding the role of viruses in microbial communities. He was among the first scientists to explore the ecology of viruses within soils using direct procedures that do not require isolation and cultivation of microorganisms, and has conducted research expeditions at deep sea hydrothermal vents at depths of up to two miles.