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A. Murat Eren


I am a computer scientist and a microbial ecologist. I develop algorithms and software platforms to make sense of the ecology of microbes through marker genes, metagenomes, and metatranscriptomes.

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Assistant Professor of Medicine

University of Chicago
October 2015
Department of Medicine
Dr. Eren’s research broadly focuses on the ecology of microbes. His group, which stands at the junction of computation, microbiology, and ecology, develops experimental approaches, algorithms, and software platforms to generate and make sense of high-throughput sequencing data, and to elucidate microbial community structure and/or functioning at the level of microbial marker genes, genomes, or pangenomes. Dr. Eren and his group create and utilize advanced visualization strategies and holistic approaches that combine multiple types of 'omics data to study complex medical and environmental questions.

Assistant Research Scientist

Marine Biological Laboratory
September 2013 - October 2015
Josephine Bay Paul Center
I have been working with multiple groups at the MBL and I plan to build even stronger bridges. In the long term, I wish to see the MBL as a hub for high-resolution microbiome research, where genome-resolved holistic computational approaches meet state-of-the-art molecular techniques and imaging to study microbes, and the environments in which they occur, at scales that would allow us to reach beyond “associations” and start investigating “mechanisms”. I wish to see the MBL become an authority on marine model organisms for microbiome research, and a frontier of host-microbe interactions, where the deep investigations of microbial communities are coupled with fundamental questions regarding the development, physiology, and the behavior of hosts with which they interact. Besides working towards these goals, I plan to continue teaching at MBL’s summer courses and explore ways to expand its course repertoire.

March 29, 2016
12 citations
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