The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences


Upcoming Microbiome Center Weekly Meetings


All meetings are Fridays from 11 AM – Noon, W203 Millennium Science Bldg. Links to recordings of the presentations are available to Microbiome Center members upon request.


Weekly Meeting

August 24, 2018

Speaker: Corien Bakermans, Associate Professor of Microbiology, Penn State Altoona

Title: Permafrost as a Model for Microbial Growth at Low Temperatures: Implications for Planetary Protection


Weekly Meeting

August 31, 2018

Speaker: Gabriel Leventhal, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT

Title: Uncovering co-evolution in natural microbial consortia using genomics: from wastewater granules to pink berries


Weekly Meeting

September 14, 2018

Speaker: Maria Stewart, Ingredion

Title: Dietary Fiber and Gut Microbiome: perspectives from food industry


Weekly Meeting

September 21, 2018

Speaker: Amy Apprill, Associate Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Title: The Secret Lives of Coral Microbiomes


Weekly Meeting

September 28, 2018

Speaker: Nathan Wasilko, Graduate Student, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Penn State

Title: Investigation of sulfur acquisition by a beneficial microbe during symbiosis establishment


Weekly Meeting

October 5, 2018

Speaker: Raquel Peixoto, Departamento de Microbiologia Geral, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Title: Can probiotics increase the resilience of coral reefs?


Weekly Meeting

October 26, 2018

Speaker: Xiang Zhang, Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Penn State

Title: Statistical Methods for Microbiome Association Analysis: from Global to Local


Weekly Meeting

November 9, 2018

Speaker: Pat Schloss, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Michigan

Title: Understanding Disease through the Lens of the Microbiome


Weekly Meeting

November 16, 2018

Speaker: Guy E. Townsend, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine, Penn State

Title: Dietary sugar silences a colonization factor in a mammalian gut symbiont

Speaker: Mauricio H. Pontes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Departments of Pathology, and Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine, Penn State

Title: Understanding host-microbial interactions through microbial physiology


Weekly Meeting

November 30, 2018

Speaker: Greg Ferry, Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Penn State

Title: Anaerobic Microbes of the Human Lower Intestinal Tract


Weekly Meeting

December 7, 2018

Speaker: Sofia Roitman, Graduate Student, Biology, Penn State

Title: The Orbicella microbiome and coral health: resilience and susceptibility in the face of a changing ocean



Previous meetings


All meetings are Fridays from 11 AM – Noon, W203 Millennium Science Bldg. Links to recordings of the presentations are available to Microbiome Center members upon request.


Weekly Meeting

March 23, 2018

Speaker: Dr. Susan Hafenstein, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Title: structural studies of virus and host interactions as cryo-EM enters a new era.


Weekly Meeting

March 30, 2018

Speaker: Michael Shreve, Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Engineering within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Title: What's new in Qiime 2: insights and applications for microbiome analysis and microbial ecology



Learning to apply R to microbiome data, presented by Terry Bell

Friday, March 30, 2018 from 1-3 pm, Buckhout Lab 208


Weekly Meeting

April 6, 2018

Speaker: Jim Adair, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Biomedical Engineering and Pharmacology

Title: Systemic Treatments of Human Disease and Effects on the Microbiome


Weekly Meeting

April 13, 2018

Speaker: Iliana Baums, Associate Professor of Biology

Title: Microbial associates of deep water corals reveal new insights into the ecology and evolution of coral symbioses


Weekly Meeting

April 20, 2018

Speaker: Victoria Knight-Connoni Ph.D, Senior Director, Microbial Evaluation. Indigo Agriculture, Boston, MA.

Title: Harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet


Student and Postdoc Workshop/Lunch

April 20, 2018

Speaker: Vasileios Bitas, Scientist II, Product Development, Indigo Agriculture, Boston, MA.

Title: Work styles and things to know when considering a job in industry

Graduate students about to graduate and postdocs should send a CV and cover letter by April 17th.  More information will follow.


Weekly Meeting

March 16, 2018

Speaker Dr. Prem Kandel, Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Title: Tolerance of bacteriocins in Pseudomonas syringae.


Weekly Meeting

March 2, 2018

Speaker: Vasant Hanovar

Title: Initiating and Sustaining Interdisciplinary Research at the interface between Life, Health, and Agricultural Sciences and Computational and Data Sciences


Weekly Meeting

February 23, 2018

Speaker: Dr. Claire Thomas, Biology &  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Penn State University

Title: Bringing research to the classroom: Genetic screening with undergraduate power.


Weekly Meeting

February 16, 2018

Speaker: Dr. Allison Kerwin, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Biology, Penn State University. 

Title: Composition, development, and function of the Hawaiian bobtail squid ANG symbiosis.


Weekly Meeting

February 9, 2018

Speaker: Dr. Yuan Tian , Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Penn State University

Title: Prebiotic effects of white button mushroom feeding on succinate and intestinal gluconeogenesis.


Weekly Meeting

February 2, 2018

Speaker: Dr. Gang (Greg) Ning, Director of Microscopy, Huck Institutes, Penn State University

Title: What you should know about the Huck Microscopy Core Facility and Beyond


Weekly Meeting

January 19, 2018

Speaker: Robert Nichols, Graduate Student, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Penn State University

Title: Metabolomics and Microbiome Data Integration Through Network Analysis


Weekly Meeting

January 26, 2018

Speaker: Mara Cloutier, Ph.D. Candidate,  Ecosystem Science Management, Penn State University

Title: Investigating fungal diversity in cover cropped agroecosystems


Weekly Meeting

January 12, 2018;  

Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Klassen, Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Connecticut.

Title: What is a microbiome anyway? Mapping community interactions in a fungus-growing ant symbiosis

-Dr. Klassen will be having lunch with Postdocs and Graduate Students from (12:15-1:45 pm). Interested students should contact Sheila Kitchen (

-Dr. Klassen will be presenting a one-hour workshop on ‘Annotating and comparing secondary metabolite clusters in (meta)genomic data' on the afternoon of January 12 from 2-3 pm. Information on how to sign-up will be forthcoming.


All meetings are Fridays from 11 AM – Noon, W203 Millennium Science Bldg. Links to recordings of the presentations are available to Microbiome Center members upon request.


December 8, 2017 - Last formal event of 2017

Speaker: Jasna Kovac        

Title (tentative): Precision food safety supported by omics.



PREVIOUS EVENTS (recordings are available to Microbiome Center Members)


December 1, 2017

Speaker: Dr. Darrell Cockburn, Penn State University, Ag microbiome cluster hire

Title (tentative): Resistant starch processing and utilization by the human gut microbiota


November 17, 2017SPECIAL EVENT

Invited speaker: Dr. Kevin Kohl, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

Title: Friends for Life: The role of gut microbes in host physiology, ecology, and evolution   

***The invited speaker is being sponsored by the PSU Department of Biology and the Microbiome Center



November 10, 2017

Title: How to collaborate with artists for increased creativity and impact

In this session we will learn about the intersection between art and science as studied by three artists. The artists will help us to navigate the way to collaborations between artists and scientists. We hope that unimagined collaborations will come from this session.

Speakers: Art/Science Panel

Cristin Lindsay Millett,; Straddling traditional disciplinary boundaries, Cristin Millett's investigations of medicine and its history are integral to her artistic process.  She reinvents established methods of sculpture by incorporating new advances in digital technology, including CNC machining, 3D printing, and robotics, with the time-honored practices of stone carving and bronze casting.  The resulting objects and installations prompt and contemporary cultural critique of societal issues surrounding reproduction and gender identity.  For twenty years, Millett has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in sculpture, foundry, and installation.  Millett is a Professor of Art and an Embedded Faculty Researcher in the Art + Design Research Incubator.

Tom Lauerman,; Tom is an artist whose constant tinkering with robots, ceramic kilns, and design software informs his teaching and studio work. Recent collaborations with faculty and students in Engineering, Material Science, Architecture, and Art Education have aided in Tom’s development of a unique set of tools for 3D printing clay. Like an academic tumbleweed, Tom finds himself moving between the areas of New Media, Ceramics, Sculpture, Foundations, and General Education, teaching a wide range of courses.

Cynthia Niemeyer White,; Cynthia is a Research Associate in the Arts and Design Research Incubator. My background is documentary film. The Microbiome Center project (Interspecies microbial Migrations), in collaboration with Jason Rasgon and Joyce Sakamoto at the Vector Genetics and Control laboratory, is a film-driven investigation into the microbial pathways shared between animals and humans.


November 3, 2017

Speaker: Rebecca Strzelec, Penn State University,;  2016-17 Penn State Laureate, Rebecca uses CAD to design wearable art that has greater meaning that the object themselves.

Title:  Wearable Narratives: Combining Art, Science, and Technology


October 20, 2017

Speakers: John Carlson and Wanyan Wang, Penn State University

Title: Plant-microbe communication in the shrub willow rhizosphere: microbiome structure, functions and crop yield.


October 27, 2017

Speakers: Lee Ahern and Leland Glenna

Title: Penn State Faculty Microbiome Research Survey: Results and Analysis



11:15 AM in 127 Noll Laboratory ( 

Speaker: Andrew Patterson, Penn State University

Title: Intestinal Epithelial Cell Receptors as Modulators of Host-Microbiota


October 6, 2017.

Speaker: Dr. Marilyn Roossinck, Penn State Unviersity

Title: Viruses as an integral part of the holobiome



October 3, 2017

4:30-6:30 PM

Life Science Building Bridge

Plan your posters or videos for the 2017 2nd Annual Microbiome Center Networking EventTuesday October 3, from 4:30-6:30. There will awards for best efforts for the poster presentation and video. RSVP and sign up to attend, give a lightening talk, present a poster, or present a video (see attached flyer) RSVP by Monday Sep 25 at ( Here is a good example of a video for inspiration:

4:40 Introduction – Carolee Bull
4:45 Poster Presentations (Odd numbered)
5:05 Poster Presentations (Even numbered)

5:25 Microbiome Center – Carolee Bull
5:30 Lightening Talks – Leland Glenna

  • Christopher Smyth
  • Darrell Cockburn
  • Vishal Singh
  • Shamim Sinnar
  • Yasser El-Manzalawy
  • Wanyan Wang
  • Monica Medina
  • Jay Regan

5:50-6:00 Poster Award

6:00-6:30 Informal discussion and networking



September 29, 2017

Speaker: Dr. Nilam Ram, Penn State University

Title: The Screenome: A Behavioral Analogue of the Microbiome?



September 22, 2017SPECIAL EVENT

Invited Speaker: Dr. Lise Korsten, University of Pretoria, South Africa

TitleFrom plating to biomes do we know more about the microbial dynamics of the carpoplan?

Visitor’s website: 20 years of experience working on fresh produce focusing on postharvest disease, food safety and disease diagnostics using molecular methods. She has published 73 peer-reviewed papers and 11 invited book chapters and has also compiled two series of books for the FAO covering horticultural supply chain management and food safety in selected fruit and vegetable chains. She and her team have published research on microbiomes of several different food crops.

Please contact Marianne Stevens (mbs2@PSU.EDU) if you would be interested in meeting with Dr. Korsten and the postdoctoral scientists accompanying her to discuss research or share a meal. We will be having a reception for Dr. Korsten Friday evening chez Bull-Fillettaz. Please contact Marianne Stevens to join the fun.


September 15, 2017

Speaker: Kirsten Guckes, Penn State University

Title: Type VI secretion mediates Vibrio fischeri competition during host colonization


September 8, 2017

Speaker: John Round - Aleo BME

Title: Polymeric simulation of the plant microbiome


September 1, 2017

Speaker: Natay Aberra, Penn State University,

Title: "Predicting clinical outcomes from microbiome data. A machine learning approach."


Spring 2017 Events

Special Event

May 24, 2017, 9 AM to 4 PM

An Apple a Day!

Join the Microbiome Center for a day of discovery as we trace the life cycle of an apple from planting to its return back to the environment after eating. We will be asking the question: What role does the apple phytobiome have in keeping the doctor away. The afternoon will be filled with activities to stimulate research, outreach, and educational team building.

Faculty can register themselves and one student or postdoc at this link: registration

Tenative Schedule



Carolee Bull

Goals and Outcomes for the day

Crop Production


Phil Baugher & Bruce Hollabaugh

Apple Production in Pennsylvania


Terry Bell/Mary Ann Bruns

How does planting influence the soil microbiome and the apple phytobiome.


Kari Peter

What ecological effects do pesticide applications have on apple phytobiomes.


Kevin Hockett

For microbe-microbe interactions, is the apple leaf unique?


Charlie Mason


Are Insect and Apple Plant Microbiota Interdependent?







Harvesting and Handling


Lee Showalter

Apple storage and processing


Kari Peter

How does the built environment influence apple fruit phytobiomes


Edward Dudley or Luke LeBorde

How does processing enhance or change the apple microbiome


Lavanya Reddivari

How do host genetic variation and microbiome composition/function influence each other?






BREAK (10:50-11:00)


Human Interactions


Renate Winkels and Danny George

Effects of apple husbandry intervention on the microbiome?


Jairam Vanamala

What is the influence of the apple and its microbiome on the host gut microbiome and human health?


Josh Smyth

Does the apple phytobiome manipulate gut microbiota to influence behavior?


Connie Rogers

How does apple and its microbiome in our diet influence what we leave behind


Mary Ann Bruns

Can we take the apple full cycle and use composted manure as fertilizer?




Important Considerations


Vasant Honavar

What are the statistical and algorithmic needs for integrating pieces of a life cycle research project like an apple a day?


Cynthia White

What story do we tell to fascinate and engage the public?










Afternoon 1:00-4:00 Self organizing grant writing (PIs and postdocs only)

1:15 PM

Lorraine Mufflinger

What grants could we be targeting.

1:45 PM

Formation and work with grant writing teams

3:30 PM

Report out






PREVIOUS EVENTS of interest to Microbiome Center Members


2017 Weekly Microbiome Center Meetings and Special Events

Microbiome Center Weekly Meetings - Fridays W203 Millennium Science Bldg. 11:00 am-12:00 pm

April 28, 2017, Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Shamim Sinnar, Research Faculty, College of Medicine, Penn State
Title: Investigating the Ugandan Neonatal Septisome

May 5, 2017, Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
Dr. Renata Winkels, Penn State Cancer Insitute & Dr. Daniel George, Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities, Penn State College of Medicine
Title: Effects of a Gardening Intervention on the Microbiome


Special Event: April 24, 2017, 12:10 PM - 1:00 PM, 108 Wartik Lab

Phytobiomes/Microbiome Center Speaker: Dr. Jan E. Leach, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Agriculture, University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University, Adjunct Scientist at the International Rice Research Institute (Philippines) and Co-author of the Phytobiomes Road Map.

Title: Pieces of the Phytobiome: Multitrophic and Environmental Influences on Plant Health

Please contact Marianne Stevens mbs2@PSU.EDU if you would like to visit with Dr. Leach while she is visiting.


April 21, 2017, Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
Speaker: Anahita Bharadwaj
, Graduate Research Assistant,  Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Adviser:  Dr. Tom Richard
Title: Microbiome studies on anaerobic digestion with and without cotreatment

April 14, 2017, Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
Dr. Vasant Honavar, College of Information Science and Techonlogy, Penn State
Title: TBD

April 7, 2017, Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
Cynthia White, Research Assoicate, Art & Design Research Incubator, College of Arts and Architecture, Penn State
Microbial Migrations from Household Pets to Humans


Special Event

March 31, 2017, Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Michelle Nishiguchi, New Mexico State University,
Title: Evolutionary trade-offs between ecological adaptation and host specificity in an environmentally transmitted symbiosis

Please contact Dr. Monica Medina if you would like to meet with Dr. Nishiguchi.


March 24, 2017, Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Regina Lamendella, Juniata College
Tentative title: Microbiota analysis using 16S rRNA gene sequencing.
More about the Lamendella lab can be found at Please contact Dr. Vishal Singh if you would like to schedule a one-on-one meeting with Dr. Lamendella or to go to lunch with her after the presentation.

March 17, 2017, Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Kevin Hockett, Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology, Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology
Title: The Roles and Opportunities of Narrow-spectrum Bacterial Antibiotics within the Phyllosphere
Kevin is one of the first two scientists hired as part of the PSU Microbiome Cluster Hire.

Friday March 3, 2017, Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Siu Hung Joshua Chan, Postdoctoral Scientist, Department of Chemical Engineering
Title: Metabolic modeling of the gut microbiome.

Friday February 24, 2017, Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Terry Bell, Assistant Professor of Phytobiomes, Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology
Title: Developing reproducible soil microbiome lines.  
Terry is one of the first two scientists hired as part of the PSU Microbiome Cluster Hire.

Friday February 10, 2017, Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Carolee T. Bull, Interim Director of the Microbiome Center, Head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, Professor of Plant Pathology and Systematic Bacteriology
Title: State of the Microbiome Center

February 9, 2017 Metagenomics Hands-on Workshop led by Dr. Murat Eren( from the University of Chicago on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Registration is closed. Dr. Eren will be giving the Genomics Seminar on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 4-5PM in 501 Wartik. People will begin to gather around 3:30 pm for cookies and conversation Title: Genome-resolved metagenomics: A perfect mixture of opportunities and challenges. Those participating in the workshop will benefit from attending his talk as well. Check for information.

February 3, 2017

Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
Friday, February 3, 2017 2016 at 11:00 to 12 pm: W203 Millennium Science.
Title: Data Science for Microbiome Research
Speaker: Dr. Yasser EL-Manzalawy, Center for Big Data Analytics and Discovery Informatics, College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State

December 13, 2016
Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
TUESDAY , 2016 at 12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science.
Title: The reality versus theory for PacBio and Illumina
Speaker: Craig Praul, the Director of the Expression Analysis, Genomics Core Facility

December 6, 2016
Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
TUESDAY , 2016 at 12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science.
Speaker: Connie J. Rogers, Ph.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Nutrition and Physiology
Title: The role of probiotics in attenuating inflammation and improving gut health in obese adults

November 29, 2016
Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
TUESDAY , 2016 at 12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science.
Speaker: Istvan Albert
Title: What Makes Metagenomics So Difficult?

November 15, 2016
Tuesday at 12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science
Speaker: Mary Ann Bruns
Title: Next-Gen Sequencing and Soil Eukaryotes

November 8, 2016
Microbiome Initiative Weekly Meeting
TUESDAY , 2016 at 12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science.
Speaker: Muammar Mansor
Title: “Functions of intracellular calcification in Achromatium populations elucidated by single-cell genomic sequencing.”

November 7, 2016
When: November 7, 2016, 12:10 PM – 1:00 PM

What’s Hidden in the Bog? Sequencing the Peatland Microbiome, from Individual Plants to the Globe

November 8, 2016

November 3, 2016
USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Agricultural Research Services’ Animal. Health Stakeholder webinar on Microbiome held Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 1:30  4:30 pm (eastern).  During this webinar we will identify, discuss, and prioritize the most pressing animal health research, education and extension needs.  Please visit  to see the list of topics and to register for the webinar(s). Registration is limited.

November 1, 2016
Microbiome Initiative Weekly Meeting
TUESDAY , 2016 at 12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science.
Speaker: James H. Adair, Professor of Materials Science & Engineering,
Biomedical Engineering, and Pharmacology

October 31, 2016 
Dr. Elizabeth A. Shank  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill “Chemical Communication within the Soil Microbiome” 4:00 p.m.  108 Wartik Laboratory Host: Dr. Manuel Llinas (867-3444)

Tuesday October 25, 2016
Microbiome Initiative Weekly Meeting

12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science.
Title: Partnering to Explore the Ethical, Legal and Social Impacts (ELSI) of Microbiome Research
Speakers: Lee Ahern, College of Communications and Matthew Johnson, Center for Science and The School
The need for broader impacts research in federal grant applications is an area of growing interest, with agencies looking for innovative approaches. Developing mutually-beneficial relationships with social and behavioral scientists is one key to success. This session will explore opportunities and resources at Penn State that support such collaborative efforts

Microbiome Initiative Weekly Meeting
TUESDAY October 18, 2016 at 12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science.
Speaker: Ed Dudley, Department of Food Science, CoAS
Title: GenomeTrakr: Opportunities for the PSU food safety community and challenges ahead

Microbiome Initiative Networking Event
Monday October 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at the Life Sciences Bridge.
This introductory session will help to connect researchers that are working in or would like to get involved with microbiome research. Lightening talks from different microbiome groups at Penn State will introduce variety of topics of interest. The talks will be followed by a poster session and discussion. Everyone is encouraged to present posters describing their ideas, current work, expertise, and results from existing and future microbiome projects.

4:40 Introduction
4:45  Odd numbered posters present
5:05 Even numbered posters present
5:30 Lightening talks -The lightening talks will take place at 5:30 pm. There won’t be a slide projector so come prepared to share your thoughts on your research and/or micro biome research in general in an informal but quick way. You will have 2 minutes sharp  for your talk.
5:50-6:30 additional discussions

Microbiome Initiative Weekly Meeting – October 11
Tuesday 2016 at 12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science.
Title: “Challenges in Holobiont Research”
Presenter: Bishoy Hanna, Ph.D. Department of Biology, Penn State

Microbiome Initiative Weekly Meeting – October 4
Tuesday  2016 at 12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science.  Joe Pollack and Vijay Kumar provide 15 minute introductions to their research and skill sets. From coral to gut microbiomes.

Microbiome Initiative Weekly Meeting – September 27
Tuesday at 12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science. Wayne Figurelle, Assistant Director, ICS and Derek Leydig, Client Engagement Lead/Project Manager from the Institute for CyberScience Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ICS-ACI, will lead the discussion by presenting resources available and cost to PSU researchers. Bring your questions and issues so the microbiome community and the ICS-ACI can help you make progress in your work.

Microbiome Initiative Weekly Meeting – September 20
Tuesday at 12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science.
Our first speaker will be Dr. Fabrício Rocha Vieira (Visiting Post Doctoral Scientist in PPEM) discussing his research in an informal talk on the Microbial Community in an Experimental Compost for Agaricus bisporus Cultivation. Please lend your expertise to our discussion about the methods and next steps.

Invited Speaker – September 12
Phytobiome Initiative Seminar: Johan Leveau, Associate Professor of Plant Pathology, UC Davis, “(Inter)activities in the Phytobiome,” 108 Wartik Laboratory, Monday, September 12, 2016, 12:10 – 1:00 pm. (see attached flyer) Dr. Leveau has a unique way of looking at communities of microorganisms, where they are, and what they are doing.