The Noyes Lab received USDA Hatch funding to extend its custom bait enrichment technique to the swine virome. The goal is to develop a resource that will allow for full-genome sequencing of multiple viral targets from a single sample. Especially exciting is to work with Dr. Montse Torremorell on this project!
Chris receives award for student writing competition
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
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
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
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.
Carissa awarded Morrison Fellowship
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!
USDA NIFA project to support targeted antimicrobial therapy for metritis
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!
Zhang's research selected for 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 PennState
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
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!
NCBA funds study on AMR, protozoa, and the rumen microbiome
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: ProgressiveDairy.com, Kristen Phillips
USDA NIFA project focuses on environmental tracking potential of resistome data
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
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
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!
PRRS, swine health, antimicrobial use and resistance
April marked the official start of the second phase of a project funded by the National Pork Board, which aims to evaluate the impact of antimicrobial use in pigs with PRRS -- including health and welfare of the pigs, antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and food safety. The project involves longitudinal sampling of the same pigs from pre-weaning to post-harvest; use of metagenomic and culture-based methods; 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
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!
Noelle named co-editor of new PLoS Microbiome Channel
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
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.
New collaboration launched with researchers in Norway
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!