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Jornada académica para jóvenes universitarios en Casa Pueblo

Academic day for university students at Casa Pueblo
March 25, 2013

Una treintena de científicos puertorriqueños en entrenamiento será expuesta a la cruda situación que enfrenta el planeta y a cuestionamientos éticos sobre su responsabilidad ante esta realidad.

Mientras las universidades públicas y privadas entrarán en el receso académico por motivo de Semana Santa, Casa Pueblo celebra en Adjuntas una jornada de concientización ética con una treintena de universitarios desde el Domingo de Ramos hasta el Miércoles Santo. Complete Article, Español  ::  English

DNA Extraction: Overcoming Obstacles in Microbial Studies

BioTechniques - Janelle Weaver, Ph.D.
October 3, 2012

What are the most efficient methods to extract microbial DNA that accurately represents the community it is isolated from? Janelle Weaver reports on efforts to identify the best methods for DNA extraction from unknown frontiers in the human body and across the globe.
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Into the Mouths of Babes

Katherine Hunt’s study of microbes in mothers’ milk expands the human biome
June 18, 2012

It’s time to get beyond us and them, says Katherine Hunt, who completed her doctoral studies Friday, June 15, in the University of Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and found her work discussed in the New York Times new window icon. Into the Mouths of Babes new window icon.

U-Idaho, University of Maryland Study Finds Vaginal Microbes Vary Over Time Among Healthy Women

"...each woman seems to have her own 'healthy' state."
May 2, 2012

The delicate balance of microbes in the vagina can change drastically over short periods of time in some women, while remaining the same in others, according to a new joint study by the University of Idaho and the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Institute for Genome Sciences.Full IBEST news release new window icon. article abstract new window icon.

V is for…   the word we're afraid to speak

Changing women's health at the global level

Larry Forney, professor of biological sciences and director of the Initiative for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST), also knows that silence on a topic that affects 3 billion people globally is detrimental to women's health. Brace yourself: it involves the "V" word!.
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Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine

Visiting professor

Larry J. Forney, was recently appointed as a visiting professor in the Department of Histology and Embryology at Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. more… new window icon.


U-Idaho Receives $557,577 from Competitive Proposals as part of BEACON Science and Technology Center

December 2, 2010

University of Idaho faculty members in the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) were awarded $557,477 for the next academic year, as part of the NSF BEACON Science and Technology Center on "Evolution in Action." These funds will support 11 U-Idaho faculty members, seven graduate students and two postdoctoral students for the next academic year. more… new window icon.

Study Provides New Insights About Women's Reproductive Health

Research on the human vagina and the ecology of the vaginal microbial ecosystem
June 3, 2010

Larry J. Forney, professor of biological sciences and director of the Initiative for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) at the University of Idaho, is focusing his research efforts to increase understanding about normal vaginal microbiota – or bacteria – so that physicians can better identify conditions that make women prone to infections and other diseases, and avoid the development of health problems. more… new window icon.

Idaho Technology Creates Lucid Path to Texas

Lucid Diagnostics - a biomedical diagnostic protocol for women
March 12, 2010

It is the first time students from the University of Idaho and WSU have partnered on a business plan team and the first time a team from Idaho has been accepted to either prestigious competition. In fact, it is the first time a business plan team from the University of Idaho has competed outside of the state of Idaho or the Palouse. more… new window icon.

New Research Center Targets Chlamydia’s Climate and Chromosomes

The nation’s fifth sexually transmitted infections cooperative research center funded
September 4, 2009

Scientists from the University of Idaho are teaming up with colleagues around the world to wage a genetic war against the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the western world: chlamydia. more… new window icon.

The World Out There

Me, myself, us

Looking at human beings as ecosystems that contain many collaborating and competing species could change the practice of medicine
August 18, 2012

WHAT’S a man? Or, indeed, a woman? Biologically, the answer might seem obvious. A human being is an individual who has grown from a fertilised egg which contained genes from both father and mother. A growing band of biologists, however, think this definition incomplete. more... new window icon.

Ribosomal Database Project

Provides ribosome related data and services to the scientific community
June 1, 2012

The Ribosomal Database Project (RDP) provides ribosome related data services to the scientific community, including online data analysis, rRNA derived phylogenetic trees, and aligned and annotated rRNA sequences. more... new window icon.

Human Microbiome Project (HMP)

The National Institute of Health (NIH) Common Fund Human Microbiome Project (HMP)
August 15, 2012

The Common Fund's Human Microbiome Project (HMP) aims to characterize the microbial communities found at several different sites on the human body, including nasal passages, oral cavities, skin, gastrointestinal tract, and urogenital tract, and to analyze the role of these microbes in human health and disease.The Human Microbiome Project… new window icon.
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Dr. Jacques Ravel Lab

University of Maryland School of Medicine

The focus of my research group is on the application of microbial genomics to three main topics: 1 Exploring the human microbiome: ecology and metagenomics; 2 Microbial genome sequence comparative analyses: the making of a genome, 3 Chemical genomics: from genes to structure.The Ravel Laboratory for Microbial Genomics… new window icon.

Dr. Luke Harmon Lab

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Idaho

Our research investigates ecological and evolutionary aspects of adaptive radiations. We are interested in the causes and effects of both speciation and trait change, and how species interactions shape macroevolution.Harmon Lab… new window icon.


Dr. José Miguel Ponciano Lab

Biology department, University of Florida

Here you’ll find links to publications, projects and working ideas from my Lab at University of Florida. Ponciano Lab… new window icon.



Dr. Michael Fischbach Lab

Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

Our lab focuses on three emerging principles that are changing our understanding of which microbes make natural products, what roles they play in the biology of their producers, and how best to discover them...The Fischbach Group… new window icon.




Larry Forney and Eva Top

Advances in Tropical Microbial Ecology.
March 24-27, 2013

Casa Pueblo offers a course on ethics of the "scientific citizen" with Drs. Larry Forney and Eva Top. Casa Pueblo is a community self organization in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico. One of the activities of Casa Pueblo, working with the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez (UPRM), is to bring in visiting scientists to conduct workshops and residential courses for university students. (music by Manu Chao and Radio La Colifata).   Video… new window icon.


Larry Forney

Institute of Medicine - of the National Academies
Microbial Ecology in States of Health and Disease
March 18, 2013

Dr. Forney's presentation, "Community ecology and the human vaginal microbiome".   Video… new window icon.


Larry Forney

Discussing his current research related to women’s health.
June 3, 2010

Larry Forney, professor of biological sciences and director of the Initiative for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST), discussing his current research. Video… new window icon.


“Ceci n’est pas une pipe”

How René Magritte’s “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” relates to Larry Forney’s approach to research.
May 25, 2010

Trying to understand the real world through the concepts we develop.Video… new window icon.

UI Wordmark Department of Biological Sciences

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