Prior to joining the world of blogging, Holly participated in a number of outreach programs, including ‘Nature Live’ meet-a-scientist events at the Natural History Museum, London and ‘Researchers in Residence’, a National UK program that places early-career scientists into local schools. She also owns at least 50 pairs of shoes (and counting).
Dr. Holly Bik is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Jonathan Eisen’s lab at the University of California, Davis. Despite her role as a computational biologist, she is marine biologist and molecular ecologist at heart—although occasionally she must convey enthusiasm about Unix commands in order to appease colleagues (but she also secretly loves command line). Her current research uses high-throughput sequencing technologies (Illumina, 454) to study the community structure and phylogeography of microbial eukaryotes in marine sediments, with a specific focus on deep-sea habitats. Holly is a strong advocate of integrative biology, aiming to merge expertise and synthesize historically disparate fields such taxonomy, molecular biology, computer science and design. Her doctoral research focused on nematode phylogenetics and evolution in the order Enoplida, an early-splitting group of worms proposed to represent the ‘ancestral nematode’