Author Archives: An Bollenessor

Paper out: Are pangenomes adaptive or not?

I have been interested in bacterial pan genomes for some time: apart from acquiring mutations in genes shared between strains, bacteria are able to pick up genes (via several Lateral Gene Transfer processes), duplicate genes and also lose genes. These … Continue reading

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PhD opportunities

The BBSRC GW4 Universities Doctoral Training Program is currently advertising PhD projects. This is a slightly complicated process, but basically comes down to prospective students picking a project offered by scientists working at participating universities and institutions and applying to … Continue reading

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Group Update

High time for another Group Update, as I have a great bunch of (inter)national students working in the lab at the moment. Back left on the photo is Rafael Hernandez (USA), who is a second year Medical Student at Stony … Continue reading

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Michael Mosley vs The Superbugs

Last night the documentary “Michael Mosley vs The Superbugs aired on BBC4 (still available for a month on iPlayer for people in the UK). Anne Leonard, PhD and now postdoc with Will Gaze, is featured with her ‘Beach Bum‘ study … Continue reading

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Paper Out: Prokaryote genome fluidity is dependent on effective population size

Last year, I had the pleasure to host (now Dr.) Nadia Andreani from the University of Padua in Italy for a six-month visit in 2015. She did lab work on blue, food-spoiling Pseudomonas but we also did a population genomics … Continue reading

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visit to the StrAda lab at the University of Nancy

Last week I visited the ‘StrAda’ (Streptomyces Adaptation) lab of Pierre Leblond at the University of Nancy in France. Pierre and his colleagues, including Cyril Bontemps, have been isolating and genome-sequencing Streptomyces from very fine spatial scales which formed the … Continue reading

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Pipelines for bacterial evolutionary genomic analysis meeting in Bath

I attended a small, but very nice meeting last week at the University of Bath. The topic was the development of software to measure all important parameters in bacterial population genomics datasets. It was organized by Daniel Falush, who is … Continue reading

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