SISTA Colloquium Details
Date: Monday, October 4th, 2010
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Gould-Simpson Bldg., Room 906
Light refreshments: 9th floor atrium area - 11:50 a.m.
Speaker: Matthew B. Sullivan, Assistant Professor
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
The University of Arizona
Title: Expanding the viral protein universe through highly contextualized, global ocean viromics.
Abstract: Viruses are the most abundant biological entities on the planet, and play critical roles in global nutrient cycling, prokaryote population dynamics, and spreading new gene functions through microbial communities. However, due to technical limitations we have likely only scratched the surface of their importance and interactions in wild aquatic systems. Here I will briefly present our novel methods and approaches to studying the global ocean 'virome' as these breakthroughs allow for the first marginally comprehensive look at the whole viral community. I will then delve into a diversity of our lab's emerging informatic stories inspired from the exploration of large-scale sequence datasets at select ocean sites.