News & Happenings

Chris receives award for student writing competition

September 07, 2020

Chris Dean, current PhD student in our lab, was awarded a prize for a microbiome article that he wrote for the eOrganics newsletter. As part of this award, Chris will present his work at the upcoming ASA, CSSA & SSSA Annual Meeting.  Congratulations Chris!

Breanna awarded prestigious DOVE Fellowship

April 08, 2020

Breanna Shi, incoming doctoral student, received the UMN Graduate School's Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year. This highly competitive award will support Breanna's professional and academic goals as she starts her PhD program in the Noyes Lab. Congratulations Breanna!

Blake receives master's degree -- CONGRATULATIONS!

May 04, 2020

Blake Jorgenson successfully defended his Capstone Thesis as part of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program at UMN, and was awarded his Masters degree. Blake worked on the microbiome and resistome dynamics of the rumen and was an integral member of The Noyes Lab -- he will be missed! We look forward to following Blake's career as he pursues opportunities in industry.  Congratulations Blake!

Minnesota Beef and Pathways to Market

February 03, 2020

The Noyes Lab received funding from the Minnesota Beef Council to develop a "Pathways Report" for the Minnesota beef sector. This report will include a description of the innovative and diverse pathways by which Minnesota beef calves are marketed, including a "deep dive" on backgrounding and pre-conditioning strategies. A unique aspect of this work will be its integration with rumen microbiome characterization of calves at various points along these diverse pathways. 

August 23, 2019

Dr. Carissa Odland, MS student, has received the prestigious Bob Morrison Graduate student Fellowship, awarded in honor of the late Dr. Bob Morrison. This fellowship will support Carissa as she completes her Master's Degree in the Veterinary Medicine Program under the advisement of Dr. Noyes and Dr. Davies. Dr. Odland also works full-time for Pipestone Veterinary Services, supporting swine producers throughout Minnesota and beyond. Congratulations Carissa on this very deserved award!

October 21, 2019

The Noyes Lab is partnering with researchers at three other institutions to provide support for more targeted antimicrobial treatment of metritis in dairy cows.  Led by Dr. Vinicius Machado at Texas Tech University, the cross-disciplinary project includes collaborators Dr. Michael Ballou at Texas Tech, Dr. Klibs Galvão at University of Florida, and Dr. Fabio Lima at University of Illinois.  We are excited to launch this exciting USDA-funded effort with such a great team!

Chris selected to attend "Speeding Up Science" Hackathon

Chris was selected to attend the 2nd "Speeding Up Science" Hackathon, hosted by Drs. Titus Brown and Holly Bik at UCDavis and UCRiverside.  Chris received funding to attend this 3-day workshop focused on use of Jupyter notebooks to increase accessibility and reproducibility of multi-omis data analysis.  You can find out more on Twitter: #SpeedingUpScience. Congratulations Chris!

Ilya receives two conference awards

October was a banner month for Ilya, who received First Place in Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases for his poster presentation at the UMN College of Veterinary Medicine Points of Pride Research Day, as well as a grad student travel award to attend the 100th Anniversary of the Conference for Research Workers in Animal Diseases.  Congratulations Ilya!

Zhang's research selected for a Research Update at Leman 2019

Zhang presented his work on Haemophilus parasuis at the 2019 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference.  Zhang's abstract was selected as an oral research update, and Zhang did a great job communicating this important research to Leman participants.  Great job Zhang!

Meera accepts position at Penn State!

It's been just a couple short months with wonderful Meera Nair working as a post-doc in the Noyes Lab, and while we are sad to see her go, we are so happy to report that Meera accepted a position as Assistant Clinical Professor of Veterinary Microbiology at the Animal Diagnostic Lab at Pennsylvania State University!  Meera will continue to collaborate with us on various ongoing projects as she makes the transition to faculty.  Congratulations Meera on this next step in your career, and we wish you all the best in your move and in your new position.

Ilya receives grant to study swine worker metagenomes

August 01, 2019

VMED PhD student Ilya Slizovskiy received funding from the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Pilot Project Research Training Program to conduct a pilot study on dynamics of swine worker microbiomes and resistomes before, during and after their shifts; and to understand how showering impacts these dynamics.  Congratulations Ilya!

Carol presents Veterinary Summer Scholar research at National Symposium

July 27, 2019

UMN veterinary student Carol Baumann wrapped up her National Veterinary Summer Scholarship by presenting her work at the National Symposium in Worcester, Massachusetts.  She presented mastitis culture results from organic dairy heifers to the veterinary scientist community.  It was Carol's first scientific conference and her work was well-received. Carol did an amazing job during her summer research program and was a great addition to the Noyes Lab.  Congratulations Carol, and best of luck in second-year!

NCBA funds study on AMR, protozoa, and the rumen

July 01, 2019

The rumen contains a vast and complex microscopic community.  With funding from NCBA, the Noyes Lab will use existing rumen metagenomic data and advanced bioinformatic and statistical methods to generate hypotheses about how protozoa, bacteria and AMR genes interact within the rumen.  This amazing organ could hold immense potential for AMR control within beef production, and this rapid computational project will help to identify where that potential may be hiding and how it could be leveraged.

Image Credit:, Kristen Phillips

USDA NIFA project focuses on environmental AMR and the potential of resistome data

June 03, 2019

With funding from USDA NIFA, The Noyes Lab -- along with co-investigator Dr. Randy Singer -- will probe the potential of resistome data to improve environmental AMR tracking.   The multi-year project will involve computational developments related to resistome data, as well as generation of an open-source soil benchmarking dataset for future research focused on environmental AMR. 

The Microbiome of Recirculating Aquaculture Systems

May 29, 2019

With funding from the UMN College of Veterinary Medicine Signature Programs, Drs. Alex Primus and Noelle Noyes will launch a project to characterize the microbiome of recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS).  This partnership aims to provide stakeholders in aquaculture production with foundational information about important microbial ecological dynamics within these emerging systems.

Spring brings several new Noyes Lab members

May 24, 2019

The Noyes Lab has recently welcomed lots of great new people to the team, including: PhD students Ilya Slizovskiy and Britta Wass; post-docs Meera Nair and Enrique Doster; BICB MS student Blake Jorgenson; Veterinary Summer Scholar Carol Baumann; and undergraduate student Thomas Wehri.  Please visit our "People" page to learn more about all of these great people.  We are so excited to welcome this new cohort of extremely talented and dedicated individuals!  Welcome to the team!

WGS and Food Safety

April 08, 2019

We are excited to launch a project funded by the Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education that aims to understand the impact of various WGS analysis approaches.  This data-heavy project will be conducted in collaboration with Dr. Jamie Kaufman at IBM Research.  We look forward to a productive project and thank our funders! 

PRRS, swine health, antimicrobial use and AMR

April 01, 2019

April marked the official start of the second phase of a project funded by the National Pork Board.  This project aims to comprehensively evaluate the impact of antimicrobial use in pigs with PRRS -- including health and welfare of the pigs, antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and food safety.  Highlights of the project include longitudinal sampling of the same pigs from pre-weaning through to post-harvest product; use of metagenomic and culture-based methods to investigate AMR; and environmental sampling of the brand-new pig facility.  We are very excited to be partnering with veterinary-scientists at Pipestone Veterinary Services, including Dr. Carissa Odland, Dr. Scott Dee and Dr. Joel Nerem.

Chris receives IBM Summer Student Internship

February 01, 2019

Chris Dean, PhD student in the BICB program and The Noyes Lab, received a prestigious summer internship at IBM Research.  Chris will spend his summer at the Almaden branch in San Jose, California, working closely with IBM scientists from diverse fields.  Congratulations Chris!

Ilya receives AVEPM Student Award at CRWAD

December 04, 2018

Ilya Slizovskiy, VMED PhD student in The Noyes Lab, received an award from the Association for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine for his oral presentation at the 2018 Conference for Research Workers in Animal Diseases.  Ilya's talk was titled "Characterizing Risks of Mobilizing Antibiotic Resistance in Beef Production: A Metagenomics-Network Approach".  Congratulations Ilya!

November 28, 2018

PLoS has launched its much-anticipated Microbiome Channel -- a great resource for curated and exciting scientific literature on the microbiome.  Noelle has been working with the PLoS channel team and a great group of co-editors to put together the first list of featured content and Editor's picks.  The channel will be updated every two weeks, so be sure to check back for the latest hand-picked microbiome papers.  And of course, we welcome recommendations for papers to be included in the next update!

Transdisciplinary NIH grant will tackle challenges of "big data" and AMR

November 30, 2018

USDA NIFA-funded "open-ROAMER" project begins

September 28, 2018

The Noyes Lab launched a USDA NIFA-funded project in September.  The multi-year, multi-regional project aims to identify and then exploit microbiome dynamics associated with protection from mastitis in dairy heifers.  A large part of the project is focused on expanding the reach of microbiome research, both through educational and outreach-based content to producers, extension specialists and agricultural researchers.  Our awesome collaborators on this project include Luciano Caixeta and Bradley Heins at University of Minnesota; Vinicius Machado at Texas Tech University; Pablo Pinedo at Colorado State University; and Alice Formiga at Oregon State University.  

Noelle speaks at Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

September 26, 2018

Noelle was invited to speak on a scientific panel at a public meeting of PACCARB.  The topic of the meeting was The Environment and One Health, and Noelle spoke on a panel about "Detection and Control of Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment."  The meeting included scientific experts across a variety of fields, all working on the issue of antimicrobial resistance using a One Health approach.  It was great to be part of this effort and to hear the public's views on this important topic.

Noelle advises DVM/PhD dual-degree candidates on career paths

August 02, 2018

Noelle was invited to speak about her experiences as an early-career DVM/PhD graduate, at the 2nd National Colloquium for Combined DVM/PhD Biomedical Scientists at Texas A&M University.  She joined several other recent (as well as more seasoned!) dual-degree holders in a panel session that covered a range of topics pertinent to veterinary scientists.  After the Colloquium, Noelle was able to stay for the 2018 National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, which featured exciting research from hundreds of current veterinary student researchers.  It is great to see the amazing scientific contributions of the veterinary community, and Noelle sends a wholehearted "thank you" to the conference organizers and sponsors.

New collaboration with scientists in Norway

May 09, 2018

The Noyes Lab will be teaming up with Henning Sørum at Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Katrine Lekang at University of Oslo in a project that aims to develop new metrics for quantifying selection pressures on the resistome.  The team also includes University of Minnesota researchers Alex Primus, Tiffany Wolf and Kim VanderWaal.  We look forward to building this transatlantic partnership, with the generous support of the Norwegian Centennial Chair.

Noelle speaks at IBM Distinguished Speaker Series

October 04, 2018

The IBM Distinguished Speaker Series hosted Noelle at Almaden Research.  She spoke about The Noyes Lab's work on antimicrobial resistance in livestock production.  There was an extended Q&A, and Noelle was able to spend several days working with the IBM food safety team on joint research questions.  Thanks to IBM for a wonderful visit!

Chris Dean accepted into BICB PhD Program

March 30, 2018

Chris Dean was accepted into the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology PhD program at the University of Minnesota.  He will be matriculating at UMN in the Fall of 2018, and we look forward to having him join the team!    Congratulations Chris!

Kathryn Crone accepted into BMBB PhD Program

April 28, 2018

Kathryn Crone was accepted into UMN's BMBB PhD Program.  Congratulations Kathryn!  Kathryn is currently Lab Coordinator for the Microbial Ecology Group, and will continue pursuing research related to metagenomics and drug discovery at UMN.  Kathryn will help our lab get off to a  great start this summer, before she begins her formal studies in Fall 2018.  Welcome, Kathryn, we are glad to have you!

Dr. Noyes speaks at CUGH One Health Session

March 15, 2018

Noelle spoke about antimicrobial resistance in livestock production at the One Health Session of the 2018 Annual Conference of the Consortium of Universities in Global Health.  It was a lively, interactive session and many great ideas were exchanged.  Many thanks to the session organizers; Dean Hendricks for her invitation; and to Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences for financial support!

Britta Wass accepted into UMN VMED PhD Program

February 08, 2018

Britta received a research assistantship for the UMN College of Veterinary Medicine's PhD program in Veterinary Medicine.  Congratulations Britta!  Britta is currently a lab manager in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at UMN.  We are excited to have Britta rotate through our lab as part of her research assistantship!

Ilya Slizovskiy accepted into UMN VMED PhD Program

February 08, 2018

Ilya received a research assistantship for the UMN College of Veterinary Medicine's PhD program in Veterinary Medicine.  Congratulations Ilya!  Ilya will finish up his DVM at Colorado State University before making the move to the Twin Cities.  We look forward to welcoming Ilya to the U in Fall of 2018!

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