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Understanding Microbiome Resilience on a Changing Planet

Dr. Ashley Shade received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin Microbiology Doctoral Training Program in 2010, and afterwards was a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation postdoctoral fellow of the Life Sciences Research Foundation at Yale University. In 2014, she started her position in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University, joining the Department of Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences with a partial appointment in 2017. She is faculty with the Plant Resilience Institute, a research program funded through the Global Impact Initiative, and serves as a project lead with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. Dr. Shade serves as an editor for the American Society for Microbiology journal mSystems and for the journal Ecology Letters. She is an Early Career Fellow for the Ecological Society of America and the recipient of an NSF Early CAREER award. Her research program is funded by the US National Science Foundation, the US Department of Agriculture, and the US Department of Energy.

Dr. Shade is an advocate of reproducible and open science. She has developed a popular NIH-funded workshop on microbial bioinformatic analysis, which has trained students from across the US and abroad. She cares deeply about mentoring and training the next generation of scientists, and applies the philosophy of Scientific Teaching in the classroom.

Special Note: She was invited to participate and just returned from an interagency workshop on deciphering the microbiome, held at the NSF office in D.C. This is a signal that NSF, NIH, DOE and USDA (all present) are interested in this topic and funding is likely to follow.



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