Terrence H. Bell, Assistant Professor
June 2020: Jeremy was just awarded a Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Fellowship through 2023. Congratulations Jeremy!
May 2020: We have received funding from the USDA AFRI Foundational Program to assess the importance of generalist microorganisms in agricultural systems.
April 2020: We are thrilled to welcome Sarah Richards as a new Ph.D. student in our group for Fall 2020! Sarah will be entering through the Ecology program, and comes to us from Indigo Ag and the University of New Hampshire.
April 2020: Laura just received a P.E.O. Scholar Award. Congratulations Laura!
April 2020: Ryan just accepted a Ph.D. position in Estelle Couradeau's lab at Penn State. Congratulations Ryan! He's going to be doing some super cool stuff, and selfishly, I'm very happy to still have him nearby...
March 2020: Caylon was just awarded a prestigious NSF GRFP award. Congratulations Caylon!
March 2020: We are really excited to announce the arrival of our first postdoc, William King. William comes to us from the University of Technology Sydney, and brings a wealth of experience in molecular biology, biotechnology, and microbiology. Welcome William!
February 2020: At our lab party, we came up with some more useful words for the science community. When your paper is stuck in an endless cycle of revisions, you are in papergatory. And when a talk promises to be very exciting, but actually has little to do with what you care about, it was powerpointless.
February 2020: Helen Senerchia has just joined our lab as an undergraduate research assistant. Welcome Helen!
February 2020: Laura's article on microbiome transfer and our white paper from the Wild and Tamed Phytobiomes Symposium were both among the 10 most downloaded articles in Phytobiomes for 2019.
January 2020: Jeremy passed the qualifying exam for the Bioinformatics and Genomics Program. Congratulations Jeremy!
December 2019: Congratulations to Jeremy for winning the PSU Student Leader Scholarship!
December 2019: Congratulations to Caylon and Miranda for being selected for Sloan Research Fellowships!
December 2019: Enjoyed speaking at PASA's Advanced Farmer Gathering. Lots of great discussions about the role of soil microorganisms in agriculture.
November 2019: Congratulations Ryan! Ryan's article on sustained soil-to-soil contact for microbiome transfer is online now.
November 2019: Our Organic Transitions project is featured in Penn State News, alongside two other innovative projects from the College.
November 2019: Great 'Article-in-a-Day' retreat at Shaver's Creek! Thanks to Suzanne Fleishman and Sarah Isbell for contributing to this lab project.
October 2019: Collaborative paper with labs of Kevin Hockett, John Pecchia, and Carolee Bull, led by Samuel Martins, has been published in Phytobiomes. This was one of the first class projects in PPEM 497 (now PPEM 440)!
October 2019: In response to the Extension article put out earlier this year by Laura and me, I was interviewed for USDA radio. Thanks to Rod Bain and the production team!
October 2019: Happy to announce that a collaborative article on approaches to understanding N-cycling in ag systems, led by Mara Cloutier and Mary Ann Bruns, has been published!
October 2019: Congratulations to Laura! Laura passed her candidacy exam for the Plant Pathology graduate program.
October 2019: Happy to announce that we have had our project funded by the USDA Organic Transitions Program! This project is in collaboration with Jason Kaye and Anna Busch at Penn State, and involves on-farm work with farmers across Pennsylvania and New York, integration in the long-term Cover Crop Cocktail project at Penn State, and collaboration with PASA's Soil Health Benchmark Study.
October 2019: Very pleased to announce that William King (University of Technology Sydney) will be joining us as our first postdoctoral associate in early 2020. Welcome William!
October 2019: Congratulations to Laura! Laura won the Microbiome Center Networking Event poster competition and earned travel money for microbiome-related professional development. Caylon also presented a great poster, and Miranda gave an expert speed talk!
September 2019: Laura and I gave a talk titled 'Can we enhance microbial contributions to regenerative ag systems?' at the PASA-sponsored event Regenerative Grazing from the Ground Up: https://pasafarming.org/event/regenerative-grazing-from-the-ground-up/. Our first in-barn presentation!
August 2019: Laura has started distributing microbial cages developed by her and Emily Grandinette to begin an on-farm microbial conditioning project (see Photos).
August 2019: Enjoyed participating in Science on Tap with Kevin Hockett! Thanks to Jeremy Sutherland and other members of Penn State's Science Policy Society for organizing the event.
July 2019: We are happy to welcome back Emily Grandinette! Emily will be working on a DARPA-funded project led by Dr. Howard Salis.
July 2019: Recent graduate and NSF PRFB awardee Rondy Malik gave an invited talk at UMass-Boston on success, titled "What makes you tick? Recalibrating the road to success". Congratulations Rondy!
July 2019: Our white paper from the Wild and Tamed Phytobiomes symposium is currently the most read paper in Phytobiomes!
June 2019: Had a great time presenting at USDA APHIS with Dr. Maria Jimenez-Gasco, Laura Bautista, Emma Rosenthal, Caylon, and Miranda. Thanks to Drs. Martha Malapi-Wight and Gloria Abad for hosting, and for everyone who facilitated our tour of the PPQ facility!
May 2019: A response to a response to our recent Trends in Biotechnology article here. Thank you to Drs. Beth Gugino and John Carlson for contributing their expertise!
May 2019: Congratulations Rondy! Rondy successfully passed his Ph.D. dissertation defense, and will be moving on to a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Kansas.
May 2019: Nice article about Laura in Penn State News.
May 2019: Congratulations Ryan! Ryan was awarded the Ambassador Award by the College of Agricultural Sciences. This award is given to the staff member in the College who best exemplifies service to others, both internal and external to the unit, and exhibits a high level of professionalism, uses university resources for effective problem solving, and practices the philosophy of continuous quality improvement.
April 2019: A very cool Extension article by Laura: click here. Thank you to Zach Larson for encouraging this submission, comments on our draft, and helping to assemble the final product.
April 2019: A new term from last night's lab party: When you are ready to perform a clean assay in the molecular lab and there is soil all over your bench, you are the victim of "A Dirtsturbance".
April 2019: Congratulations Miranda! Miranda successfully passed her written and oral candidacy exams for the Ecology program.
April 2019: Congratulations Laura! Laura is now an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, and will be using her award to explore the conditions that promote or inhibit microbial establishment in soils.
April 2019: Congratulations Caylon! Caylon successfully passed his written and oral candidacy exams for the Ecology program.
April 2019: Congratulations Rondy! Rondy was awarded an NSF postdoctoral fellowship (PRFB), which he will be making use of at the University of Kansas in the lab of Dr. James Bever.
March 2019: Excited that our white paper from the Wild and Tamed Phytobiomes meeting has been published. Got to work with many great co-authors! https://apsjournals.apsnet.org/doi/10.1094/PBIOMES-01-19-0006-W
February 2019: Congratulations to the mBiome cohort for a successful first outreach event! https://mbiome.weebly.com/outreach.html
January 2019: Welcome to two new co-advised graduate students! Rondy Malik (co-advised with Dr. David Eissenstat) and Jeremy Sutherland (co-advised with Dr. Jesse Lasky) recently joined our group.
January 2019: Welcome to undergraduate Patrick Brown! Patrick will be assisting with graduate student projects in our lab.
December 2018: Thoroughly enjoyed the International Phytobiomes Conference in Montpellier, France. Laura Kaminsky gave a great poster presentation. Thanks to the organizing committee for selecting me to speak!
November 2018: From a strange brainstorming session in a February lab meeting, to article acceptance in November: Congratulations to Laura, Ryan, Rondy, and our collaborator Dr. Kevin Hockett on having our Opinion article accepted in Trends in Biotechnology! Thanks also to Idalys and Emily for creative contributions to the brainstorming session.
October 2018: Congratulations to Laura Kaminsky! She was awarded funds from the College of Agriculture Tag Along Fund to present at the International Phytobiomes Conference in December.
October 2018: Congratulations to Caylon Yates! Caylon won the Lightning Talk competition at the 3rd Annual Microbiome Center Networking Event. He was awarded $250 for travel to a conference.
September 2018: Thanks to Sarah Hind and the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois for inviting me to speak, and for hosting me during my visit. A great experience meeting everyone!
August 2018: Congratulations to Laura Kaminsky for having her first career article accepted in Phytobiomes!