“2%” – Hunting elusive microbes with computational approaches

“2%” – Hunting elusive microbes with computational approaches

January 1, 2022

Dr. Sara Gushgari-Doyle is an environmental microbiologist with a background in engineering. She obtained her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and M.S./Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Environmental Engineering with a focus on microbiology. She is currently a postdoctoral scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division. 

Dr. Gushgari-Doyle’s current research focuses on mining big data to develop new ways to culture and isolate new microorganisms, as scientists currently estimate that we can only grow 2% of the microbes on Earth in the laboratory.

This video is based on her presentation at LBNL SLAM 2020. In this video, you’ll hear about the microbial data Dr. Gushgari-Doyle works with and why we care about microorganisms in the first place!

“Microbes are so amazing! Think about all the discoveries we have made by growing microbes in a lab, like producing antibiotics, converting carbon dioxide to fuel, treating wastewater, fermenting food. All of these and more represent less than 2% of all the microbes on Earth! The more we learn about them, the more it seems like there is nothing they cannot do.”

When she is not in the lab, Dr. Gushgari-Doyle enjoys running, hiking, playing golf, anything to be outside! 

Dr. Sara Gushgari-Doyle

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