Jill Banfield

Ph.D.  Johns Hopkins University
Berkeley, California
office: 510-643-2155   lab: 510-642-3804

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Geomicrobiology, Microbial Ecology, Biogeochemical Cycling

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Microbiology of the Subsurface (sediments, aquifer)

Metagenomic, proteomic and transcriptomics applied to sediments and groundwater from the Rifle site (Colorado) to study the diversity and metabolism of microorganisms that mediate biogeochemical cycling. Of particular interest are the numerous bacteria and archaea that are affiliated with phyla lacking cultivated representatives. Also under investigation is the link between phage (viruses) and microbial ecology and biogeochemistry.


Climate change impacts on organic carbon turnover in soil

Research at the Angelo Coastal Reserve in northern California leverages a long running rainfall manipulation experiment conducted in replicated meadow plots to investigate how microbial carbon turnover is impacted by changes in climate. We are using cultivation-independent "omics" methods to track, in detail, microbial processes that occur following the first Fall rain event(s). Samples will be collected from control and manipulated plots from different soil depths and at different times. Project started in late 2012.


Human microbiome research

Following birth, the human gut is colonized by microorganisms. Appropriate colonization is essential for infant development and aberrations in the colonization process can lead to disease, particularly in premature infants. We are studying premature infant gut colonization in hospitalized premature infants (healthy and sick; NIH projects) and investigating the link between gut colonization and the microbiology of the room environment (Sloan Foundation project).


Recent Teaching

2 - The Biosphere
N299 - Individual Research

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