Terrence H. Bell, Assistant Professor
November 2017: We are recruiting 5 Ph.D. fellows to a new graduate cohort (mBiome), funded by Penn State's College of Agriculture, to look at microbiome manipulation across the agricultural chain. Contact me, or see here for details about positions:
November 2017: Ryan presented his work on microbiome transfer at the Allegheny Branch of ASM meeting at Juniata College.
September 2017: I am giving a keynote talk on phytobiomes at the International Phytotechnologies Conference in Montreal.
September 2017: PPEM 497 students have started working on microbiome-based projects to assist the research of Dr. Michela Centinari (vineyard root-associated microbiomes), Dr. Kevin Hockett, and Dr. Carolee Bull (microbiomes associated with mushroom cap disease).
July 2017: Received course enhancement funds from Penn State's Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, which will allow us to work on actual faculty research projects in PPEM 497.
May 2017: Along with Dr. Mary Ann Bruns, awarded metatranscriptomic sequencing funds through the Small-scale Microbial/Metagenome Program at the Joint Genome Institute to look at interactions between a soil surface consortium and underlying soil microbiomes.
April 2017: Manuscript comparing soil microbiome transfer methods, authored by Mia Howard, myself, and Dr. Jenny Kao-Kniffin, accepted in FEMS Microbiology Letters.
March 2017: Laura Kaminsky has just agreed to a position as the lab's first graduate student. Laura was also awarded a competitive University Graduate Fellowship. Congratulations Laura, and look forward to you joining in the fall!
March 2017: The lab welcomes its second new member! Ryan Trexler will be joining us soon as a research technologist.
March 2017: The lab welcomes its first new member! Idalys Bonet will be working as an undergraduate research assistant.
February 2017: Enjoyed discussing new project ideas with the Penn State Microbiome Center!
January 2017: I am an invited speaker for the Soil Health, Microbiomes, and Climate-Adaptive Agriculture session at the National Council for Science and the Environment Conference in Washington, D.C., January 24th, 2017.