Jonathan Eisen studies the ecology and evolution of microbial communities — and their co-evolution with their hosts.

Why you should listen

Research in Jonathan Eisen's lab focuses on the “phylogenomics of novelty” in microbes.  Among their major research themes are:
    • the genomic basis for the origin and evolution of new functions
    • the ecology and evolution of microbial communities
    • the co-evolution of microbes and their carrying vessels (i.e., hosts)
    • variation in “evolvability”
    • the development of phylogeny driven computational tools to analyze genomic and metagenomic sequence data.
Eisen is also a strong proponent of the Open Access movement in scientific publishing and is Academic Editor in Chief of PLoS Biology. Dr. Eisen is also an active and award-winning science blogger on The Tree of Life. For recent news see @phylogenomics.

Jonathan Eisen’s TED talk

Jonathan Eisen on the TED Blog

Health

6 great things microbes do for us

July 10, 2012

The word ‘microbe’ sounds scary — we associate them with the flu, ebola, flesh-eating disease, you name it. But microbiologist Dr. Jonathan Eisen has given an illuminating TEDTalk that will make you put down the hand sanitizer. As Eisen explains, “We are covered in a cloud of microbes and these microbes actually do us good […]

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Quotes from Jonathan Eisen

What we need is a full field guide to the microbes that live in and on people, so that we can understand what they're doing to our lives. We are them; they are us.
Jonathan Eisen
TEDMED 2012 • 580K views Jul 2012
Informative, Fascinating
Everybody focuses on the [microbes] that kill us.
Jonathan Eisen
TEDMED 2012 • 580K views Jul 2012
Informative, Fascinating
We actually have 10 times as many cells of microbes on us as we have human cells. … We are literally a teeming ecosystem of microorganisms.
Jonathan Eisen
TEDMED 2012 • 580K views Jul 2012
Informative, Fascinating