Members of the lab have been busy criss-crossing the country this summer to present our research. John, Sean, and Michelle traveled to Chicago for the 2016 SEED Conference, and Michelle spent the following week at the 2016 SIMB Meeting in New Orleans.
6/2/16 Congrats to Justin, who is now a PhD Candidate!
Many congrats to Justin Yoo, who advanced to Candidacy today. Great work, Justin!
6/2/16 Congrats to our graduating seniors!!
Congrats to the Graduating seniors from the O'Malley Lab, who are all headed off to PhD programs! Andres will attend Stanford (Bioengineering), Charlotte will attend Northwestern (Chemical & Bimolecular Engineering), and Daniel will attend the University of Delaware (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering). We will miss you guys!
5/29/16 John wins UCSB Dissertation Fellowship
Congrats to John Henske, who was awarded a UCSB Dissertation Fellowship! This prestigious fellowship will partially fund John's final year of his PhD research.
5/25/16 O'Malley Lab partners with international researchers to publish Fungal Diversity Notes
O'Malley Lab researchers contributed to the newest release of the Fungal Diversity Notes, which updates the community on new fungal taxa, genera, species, and sub-species isolated from various parts of the world. This 141 author paper was a lot of fun to work on! If you don't want to read all 237 pages, have a look at the section we wrote about the Neocallimastigales (anaerobic fungi) featuring Piromyces finnis, Neocallimastix californiae, and Anaeromyces robustus!
5/23/15 ChE Biochemical Engineering class visits the Santa Barbara Zoo for outreach
The senior ChE's took a field trip to the local Santa Barbara Zoo to talk with kids about microbes in our world. Groups planned interactive activities that highlighted the role of microbes in food, our bodies, and in biotechnology. We also had a chance to visit with Chad, the newest member of the giraffe family at the SB Zoo!
5/24/16 Prof. O'Malley presents at UCGHI SVCF Event to promote solutions to planetary health
A delegation of faculty from UCSB visited with representatives from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) on the UC-San Francisco campus today. The topic of discussion was "Technology Solutions to Achieve Planetary Health" - we look forward to working with our fellow UC campuses and the SVCF on this exciting initiative!
5/20/16 Congrats to Dr. Guerrero!
Today Jennifer Guerrero successfully defended her PhD thesis to officially become the first PhD student to graduate from the O'Malley Lab. Jen will stay true to her California roots, as she accepted a position at Amgen in Thousand Oaks. Congrats, Jen - we are so proud of you!!!
5/16 2017 Class of ACS-PMSE Young Investigators includes Prof. O'Malley
The ACS Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) selected Prof. O'Malley as one of the 24 PMSE Young Investigators! The 2017 PMSE Young Investigators will present their work as part of a special symposium during the Spring ACS Meeting in San Francisco. More info on the winners of the Young Investigator Award can be found here.
5/5/16 Prof. O'Malley meets President Obama and accepts PECASE award!
Prof. O'Malley traveled to Washington DC to accept the 2013 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE) for her work on anaerobic fungi. Special thanks to the Department of Energy, who nominated Prof. O'Malley for the honor. Part of the festivities included a meet-and-greet with President Obama! Can you spot Prof. O'Malley among the awardees? (hint - look to the right)
4/22/16 Prof. O'Malley gives seminar in Chemical Engineering Department at MIT
Prof. O'Malley traveled back to Cambridge, MA to give a seminar in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT. It was great being back in the Boston area, and visiting with old (and new) friends!
4/6/16 Prof. O'Malley invited to speak at the 13th European Conference on Fungal Genetics
4/16 Candice Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Congrats to Candice Swift, who was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship today!
3/22/16 Prof. O'Malley presents at JGI User Meeting
The O'Malley Lab traveled to Walnut Creek, California to present at the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) annual user meeting. Sean, John, Nick, and Charles presented posters on their JGI-supported research and Prof. O'Malley gave a talk about at the meeting about recent results from the lab's JGI-EMSL funded project.
3/13/16 Manuscript published in MEX
Congrats to Kevin & Elisa, who had their manuscript accepted in Metabolic Engineering Communications today. Although Elisa is now a PhD student at UD, we were lucky to hear the news during the ACS-BIOT reception when she was visiting with the O'Malley Lab! You can read their paper, entitled "Mitochondrial-targeting increases specific activity of a heterologous valine assimilation pathway in Saccharomyces cerevisiae" here. The work was also a collaboration with researchers from Mitsubishi Rayon, who sponsored the study.
3/12/16 UC-Santa Barbara represents at ACS-BIOT!
A delegation of students, postdocs, and former O'Malley lab members were happy to meet together at the ACS Division of Biochemical Technology (BIOT) reception onboard the U.S.S. Midway in the San Diego harbor! Here's everyone posing next to one of the vintage WWII planes on the ship.
3/9/16 O'Malley Lab presents at DOE Contractor Meeting
John and Sean presented posters on their work at the annual Dept. of Energy Genomic Sciences Contractor Meeting in Tyson's Corner, VA. The conference brought together hundreds of PIs, students, and national lab personnel for exchange and collaboration about their BER-funded work. We're looking forward to next year!
2/19/16 Prof. O'Malley featured on the BBC Newshour
Prof. O'Malley talked with the BBC Newshour regarding the group's recent Science paper on the discovery of powerful fungal enzymes from gut fungi in nature. The BBC also published a story on our work here. You can listen to the radio interview here!
2/18/16 Manuscript published in Science and Prof. O'Malley honored with PECASE Award!
Today was a big day for the O'Malley Lab! Kevin's manuscript, entitled "Early-branding anaerobic gut fungi possess a large, comprehensive array of biomass-degrading enzymes" was published in Science today (featured as a First Report). You can read it here. This work involved many authors and institutions, including those from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the DOE-Joint Genome Institute, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Harper Adams University in the UK. Congrats, all!!!
On the same day, Prof. O'Malley was notified by the White House that President Obama named her as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. In the spring, Prof. O'Malley will travel to DC to accept the award and meet POTUS himself! The White House Press Release is here.
2/10/16 Prof. O'Malley gives talks at DuPont and the ARL
Prof. O'Malley traveled to the east coast this week to meet with folks at the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware. She later braved a snowy drive down I-95 to join the 2016 Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB) Workshop on Synthetic Biology & Materials in Adelphi, Maryland. The gathering brought together MIT, Caltech, and UCSB academics to network with Army Research Lab researchers to plan future collaborations - many thanks to the ARL for your warm hospitality!
1/15/16 Susanna & Prof. O'Malley participate in the UCSB-Chalmers Materials Workshop
Michelle & Susanna participated in the 5th annual UCSB-Chalmers workshop on Materials - this time held in an unusually rainy Santa Barbara! Susanna gave a fantastic talk about the wonderful world of unusual membrane proteins and their potential for engineering & synthetic biology. We also enjoyed great discussions on the potential use of membrane proteins for biofunctionalized materials.
1/14/16 Prof. O'Malley selected as Alan P. Colburn Memorial Lecturer at the Unversity of Delaware
Prof. O'Malley will travel back to UD in May to give the Alan P. Colburn Memorial Lecture in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. The lectures series is named for Alan Colburn, a chemical engineering pioneer who served as chair of the UD Chemical Engineering Department and served as acting president and provost of the university. The lectureship recognizes young faculty who best exemplify his scholarly abilities. The illustrious list of previous lecturers also includes UCSB faculty Todd Squires, Glenn Fredrickson, and Gary Leal!
1/6/16 Prof. O'Malley awarded NSF CAREER Award
Prof. O'Malley's research proposal, entitled "CAREER: Designing Synthetic Anaerobic Communities for Bioproduction" was selected for funding by the Systems and Synthetic Biology program of the NSF-Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB). You can access the UCSB press release here. The 5-year proposal will provide $801,701 of funding to construct new partnerships between microbes that are inspired by natural anaerobic consortia. Thanks, NSF!
1/5/16 Manuscript published in ACS-Chemical Biology
The new year is off to a great start with the publication of Jen's manuscript in ACS-Chemical Biology! You can read her paper, entitled "Intracellular FRET-based screen for redesigning the specificity of secreted proteases" here.
12/5/15 O'Malley Lab survives Zumba!
As a going away gift for Kevin (and to settle a bet), the O'Malley lab banded together to attend Zumba class in downtown Santa Barbara! We especially enjoyed seeing Kevin in his element, and he got several opportunities to teach the class from the main stage. Lots of fun was had by all!
11/20/15 Mike Theodorou visits the O'Malley Lab
The O'Malley lab was once again privileged to host Prof. Mike Theodorou from Harper Adams University for the past 6 weeks. Mike helped us isolate some more specimens from the SB Zoo and our culture collection is thriving! See you next time, Mike!
11/20/15 Manuscript published in Anaerobe
Congrats to Kevin & John, who just had their work accepted in Anaerobe! You can read their paper, entitled "Robust and effective methodologies for cryopreservation and DNA extraction from anaerobic gut fungi" here.
11/8/15 O'Malley group presents at AIChE and visits Palo Alto
The O'Malley group presented several of our research efforts at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT. The annual gathering of chemical engineers was a lot of fun (but very cold!). Prof. O'Malley stopped at the DuPont Industrial Biosciences Facility in Palo Alto on the return home to give a seminar about gut fungal enzymes.
11/2/15 Prof. O'Malley presents at EmTech
Check out the short presentation about anaerobic microbiomes given by Prof. O'Malley on the main stage at EmTech. It was an honor to be counted among the 2015 Innovators Under 35!
10/21/15 UCSB-Cottage Hospital Special Research Award given to Prof. O'Malley
Prof. O'Malley was selected as the 2015 winner of the Cottage Health - UCSB Special Research Award for her proposal "Identification of novel bioactive compounds from anaerobic gut fungi".
10/21/15 Prof. O'Malley visits JBEI
Prof. O'Malley had a great time meeting folks and giving a seminar at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) in Emeryville, CA.
10/9/15 Prof. O'Malley gives seminar at Tulane University
Thanks to Anne Robinson and Julie Alpert for hosting Prof. O'Malley for a seminar in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Tulane!
8/26/15 Prof. O'Malley gives seminar at Georgia Tech
It was fantastic visiting the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech - special thanks to hosts Julie Champion and Mark Styczynski!
8/18/15 Prof. O'Malley named by MIT Technology Review as one of the 35 Top Innovators Under 35!
Prof. O'Malley was named one of the 35 Top Innovators Under 35 by MIT Technology Review! Other winners of this award include Mark Zuckerburg (the co-founder of Facebook) and Jonathan Ive (the chief designer of Apple). Read Prof. O'Malley's profile here, which will be published in MIT Tech Review soon.
8/15 O'Malley Lab joins Twitter!
Our lab will now be sharing news and updates on Twitter! Tweet us @omalleylab
8/15 Prof. O'Malley presents at the GRC on Cellulases, Cellulosomes, and Carbohydrate Modifying Enzymes in Andover, NH
7/1/15 O'Malley lab partners with the Santa Barbara Zoo for their Conservation Expo
The O'Malley lab visited the Santa Barbara Zoo today to share our knowledge of gut microbes with the world! Children and their families were introduced to the wonderful world of gut microbes, especially the role that they play in our health and the health of zoo animals. Lots of fun was had by all!
6/11/15 Manuscript published in Bioengineered
Congrats to Sean and John for the publication of their commentary entitled "Driving Biomass Breakdown through Engineered Cellulosomes", which was published in Bioengineered today. You can read the open-access article here.
6/10/15 O'Malley Lab presents at 2015 SEED conference in Boston
Today, Sean was awarded an NSF Graduate Fellowship for his proposal on synthetic fungal cellulosomes. Congrats, Sean!!!
3/27/15 O'Malley Lab visits collaborators at NREL and takes in the sites in Golden, CO
Following the Spring ACS Meeting, members of the O'Malley lab traveled the short distance to Golden, CO to visit the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Special thanks to NREL collaborator Mike Resch, who coordinated a fantastic visit for us (including a visit to the local brewhouse shown here)!
3/22/15 O'Malley Lab heads to the Spring ACS Meeting in Denver
Sean, John, Charles, and Prof. O'Malley all presented talks and posters in the BIOT division of ACS at the Denver Spring meeting (and enjoyed some tasty brews in town!).
3/16/15 Prof. O'Malley invited to speak at the AIChE Food Supply Chain Sustainability Workshop
Prof. O'Malley traveled to Princeton University to give an invited talk at the AIChE Workshop for Sustainability in the Food Supply Chain. Her talk focused on engineering anaerobic digestion for food and farm wastes.
2/23/15 Prof. O'Malley invited to speak at the DOE-BER contractor meeting
Prof. O'Malley gave an invited talk in the Fungal Biology breakout session at the DOE-BER Contractor meeting in Arlington, VA.
2/14/15 O'Malley Lab visits the Santa Barbara Zoo for Outreach Activities with CenSURF
Charles and Prof. O'Malley joined together with Alison Butler, Petra VanKoppen, and graduate student members of UCSB's Center for Sustainable Use of Renewable Feedstocks (CenSURF) to lead science demonstrations for visiting zoo campers. Color-change reactions were used to demonstrate what happens when carbon dioxide accumulates in the oceans and atmosphere - very educational!
2/11/15 Nikki Presents at Biophysical Society Meeting