Author Archives: Jennifer Stearns

About Jennifer Stearns

Farncombe Family Chair in Microbial Ecology and Bioinformatics and Assistant Professor at McMaster University

Delivery by C-section Has No Effect on the Infant Microbiome… Wait What?

Every paper on the infant microbiome starts with known determinants… infant diet (formula or breastfeeding), oral antibiotic use and delivery method. But a new paper just out from Kjersti Aagaard’s group, who you may remember as the placental microbiome folks, … Continue reading

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A network based approach to longitudinal analysis of the microbiota

Analysis of the microbiome over time is hard. You can treat the abundance of each bacterial taxa as a separate outcome and look at them all individually but then you lose interactions between them. Worse yet, you can treat each measurement … Continue reading

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Sign up now for the human microbiome journal club

Journal club continues this year with a powerpoint presentation and discussion from 3 – 4 pm in MUMC 3N10A, then continuing the discussion at the Phoenix for those who are interested. See the schedule here and sign up for empty spots! A … Continue reading

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Microbiome Working Group is on a roll!

  As the Microbiome Working Group picks up momentum we’ve needed to move to bigger rooms to facilitate more than one discussion at a time. I would like to congratulate everyone who participated so far and welcome you keep the momentum going … Continue reading

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Fork vs. Spoon: How do you consume your science literature?

Today’s journal club discussion was about how to stay on top of the literature for your field. To me there are three parts to this question: How do you find out about new papers then what do you do store these … Continue reading

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Sifting through microbial lineages within metagenomes

We’re starting the year off by discussing a new paper out this month on metagenomic data analysis (Darling et al. 2014 PeerJ 2:e243). Members of the Matsen and Eisen labs came together to explore methods for phylogenetic-based microbial community analysis and the result … Continue reading

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Stability of the gut microbiota

Two pitchers later we’d only gotten through the first figure. Here are the notes but I spent more time discussing than typing so they’re incomplete. Does anyone have a suggestion for the next paper?

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Stability of the human gut microbiota

The work of Dr. Gordon and colleagues has generated a lot of excitementabout the gut microbiome and its impact on health and disease, and their recent work is no different. After a first read, this substantial Science paper (see link in … Continue reading

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Next week’s journal club papers on the lung microbiome

Does immunodeficiency associated with HIV infection associate with an altered microbiota in the lungs? In a recent issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine Lozupone et, al. show that it does, by reporting that 13% of HIV-positive subjects have … Continue reading

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The microbial cloud

One of my favourite microbiologist is Jonathan Eisen, mostly because of the way he thinks about the microbial world around us and challenges conventions in science and elsewhere, but also because he’s creative and funny and outspoken in social media. … Continue reading

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