Terrence H. Bell, Assistant Professor
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 for winning the Lightning Talk competition at the 3rd Annual Microbiome Center Networking Event! Caylon 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!
July 2018: Welcome to our 3rd grad student Caylon! Now time to herd some soil microbes.
July 2018: We are super excited to officially welcome Miranda to the lab! Finally starting to feel like a team around here.
May 2018: Very grateful for support from the Joan Luerssen Faculty Enhancement Fund and PSU College of Agriculture, which will allow me to attend the International Phytobiomes Conference in December.
May 2018: Enjoyed meeting with faculty and students from the Department of Microbiology at Cornell. Thanks to Andrew St. James and FoMS for the invitation!
March 2018: Lots of fun leading today's Microbiome Center workshop, "Working in R for Microbiome Analysis". We had a packed house!
March 2018: Laura placed first in her category for the poster competition at the Gamma Sigma Delta Research Expo. Congratulations Laura!
March 2018: We are excited to welcome Miranda DePriest, who will be joining us as an Ecology Ph.D. student in Fall 2018. She will be supported in part by fellowships from the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Huck Institutes. Congratulations Miranda!
February 2018: We are excited to welcome Caylon Yates, who will be joining us as an Ecology Ph.D. student in Fall 2018. He will be supported in part by fellowships from the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Huck Institutes. Congratulations Caylon!
February 2018: New lab word for crud inside a centrifuge is 'centrifudge'.
February 2018: Congratulations to Laura, who was awarded a PPEM Library Sequence Data Generation and Curation Grant!
February 2018: Excited to collaborate with PD Dr. Michela Centinari and Co-PD Dr. Dave Eissenstat on a new USDA AFRI Foundational grant, allowing us to look at how grapevine root-associated microbiomes are shaped by depth and root architecture.
January 2018: Feature story on the Schreyer Institute website about PPEM497 (changing to PPEM440 next Fall):
January 2018: Welcome to our new undergraduate, Brandon Wilt!
January 2018: Welcome to Laura Kaminsky, as she gets started in the lab!
December 2017: Emily Grandinette was selected for a 2018 summer internship at Monsanto in San Diego, CA. Congratulations Emily!
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.
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.