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Microbiome Pattern Hunting

Researchers at BU are using computers housed at the MGHPCC to hunt down the governing principles underpinning the dynamics and community ecology of microbial systems on scales from the human gut up to that of the planet itself.

With the advance of high-throughput sequencing, the potential to map microbial biodiversity has enabled multiple large-scale microbial surveys such as the Earth Microbiome Project, the Human Microbiome Project, and the European Metagenomics of the Human Intestinal Tract project. Combining reanalyses of these massive datasets with numerical simulation and mathematical analysis of biological models, drawing on insights from statistical physics, machine learning, and theoretical ecology, scientists are sifting for patterns in the ecology of microbial systems, to extract generalizable statements.

Robert Marsland III
Postdoctoral Scholar, Theoretical Biophysics Group, Department of Physics, Boston University

Research projects

Dusty With a Chance of Star Formation
Checking the Medicine Cabinet to Interrupt COVID-19 at the Molecular Level
Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold But Still, Is It Just Right?​
Smashing Discoveries​
Microbiome Pattern Hunting
Modeling the Air we Breathe
Exploring Phytoplankton Diversity
The Computer Will See You Now
Computing the Toll of Trapped Diamondback Terrapins
Edging Towards a Greener Future
Physics-driven Drug Discovery
Modeling Plasma-Surface Interactions
Sensing Subduction Zones
Neural Networks & Earthquakes
Small Stars, Smaller Planets, Big Computing
Data Visualization using Climate Reanalyzer
Getting to Grips with Glassy Materials
Modeling Molecular Engines
Forest Mapping: When the Budworms come to Dinner
Exploring Thermoelectric Behavior at the Nanoscale
The Trickiness of Talking to Computers
A Genomic Take on Geobiology
From Grass to Gas
Teaching Computers to Identify Odors
From Games to Brains
The Trouble with Turbulence
A New Twist
A Little Bit of This... A Little Bit of That..
Looking Like an Alien!
Locking Up Computing
Modeling Supernovae
Sound Solution
Lessons in a Virtual Test Tube​
Higgs Boson Spotted in Holyoke?
Crack Computing
Automated Real-time Medical Imaging Analysis
Towards a Smarter Greener Grid
Heading Off Head Blight
Organic Light-Harvesting Antennae
Art and AI
Excited by Photons
Tapping into an Ocean of Data
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