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Rosenberg Institute Seminar Series - Dr. Sean Jungbluth

Wednesday, September 07
Event Time 03:30 p.m. - 04:30 p.m.
Location BCC and Zoom
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Submarines, Supercomputers, and Sequence Data: Aquatic Ecology Enabled by Computational Biology

Dr. Sean Jungbluth, Adjunct Professor of Biology, SF State

Exploration of Earth’s taxonomic and genomic diversity has accelerated in recent history. This acceleration is due to the combined application of 1) high-throughput molecular sequencing techniques to generate massive catalogs of DNA (and other) sequence data and 2) advances in computational tools and workflows enabling findable, accessible, interoperable, and reproducible biological research. This presentation brings together my experience cataloging novel deep subseafloor microbial diversity using cutting-edge bioinformatic tool applications and leveraging high-performance computing and software development to conduct massive-scale data science. Results from the published forefront of deep subseafloor microbial ecology and diversity, large-scale exploration of biological diversity, and eDNA diversity monitoring work will be presented.

Sean’s primary appointment is as a research scientist in the Environmental Genomics and System Biology division at the DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Since July 2022,he’s been an Adjunct Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University. His focus on the System Biology Knowledge Base (KBase) team is on the interface of microbiology,environmental sciences, molecular sequencing, and computational biology where he works on developing software that enables and accelerates research outcomes across diverse fields of biological sciences.Sean received his BS in microbiology from the University of Wisconsin and PhD in biological oceanography from the University of Hawaii.