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HOLLY BIK

principal investigator

Dr. Holly Bik is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nematology at the University of California-Riverside. She obtained her Ph.D. in molecular phylogenetics at University of Southampton, UK (working with John Lambshead at the Natural History Museum, London, in conjunction with the UK National Oceanography Center). She completed postdoctoral appointments with Kelley Thomas at the University of New Hampshire and Jonathan Eisen at the University of California–Davis. In 2014 she was awarded a Bioinformatics Fellowship at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Aside from research, Holly is heavily involved in science communication and social media, serving as Associate Editor for the popular marine blog Deep-Sea News and maintaining an active presence on Twitter (@hollybik). She has co-authored a number of peer-reviewed articles on the use of social media and online tools in academia, including “An Introduction to Social Media for Scientists” in PLoS Biology and “Ten Simple Rules for Effective Online Outreach” in PLoS Computational Biology.


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TIAGO JOSÉ PEREIRA

postdoctoral scholar

Dr. Tiago José Pereira is a molecular biologist and ecologist broadly interested in the study of marine meiofauna, particularly free-living nematodes. Previously, he worked with benthic meio- and macrofaunal organisms, mostly using them as bioindicators to access environmental disturbance in diverse marine/estuarine ecosystems. For his PhD, Tiago studied systematics and phylogenetics of soil and plant-parasitic nematodes, while maintaining a strong interest in marine biology/ecology. After completing his PhD, Tiago worked as postdoctorate researcher in the Baldwin Lab at UC Riverside on a project focused on using rapid methods (i.e. reverse taxonomy and metagenetics) to characterize soil nematode diversity in desert habitats. His current research in the Bik Lab focuses on patterns of diversity of meiofauna, especially free-living nematodes, in marine sediments from a variety of geographic regions (e.g. Alaskan Arctic, Gulf of Mexico, Gulf of California). This research integrates classical taxonomy (i.e. morphology-based) and molecular approaches (i.e. single individual DNA barcode and Illumina sequencing) as well as computational analysis of high-throughput sequencing datasets (i.e. metagenome assembly/annotation, ecological/statistical analyses of environmental RNA amplicons).


Hannah Kissinger

Graduate Student

Hannah Kissinger is a Ph.D. student in the Microbiology Graduate Program at UC Riverside. Her research interests are focused on the use of environmental -Omics for rapid biomonitoring of marine sediments, including high-throughtput bioinformatics workflows for assessing habitat status and species assemblages.


Patricia Holt-Torres

Graduate Student

Patricia Holt-Torres is a Ph.D. student in the Microbiology Graduate Program at UC Riverside. Her research interests are focused on host-microbe associations, with an emphasis on nematode microbiome taxa.


Mirayana Marcelino Barros

Graduate Student

Mirayana Marcelino Barros is a Ph.D. student in the Microbiology Graduate Program at UC Riverside. Her research interests are focused on nematode phylogenomics, deep-sea biodiversity, and molecular taxonomy.


Alejandro De Santiago Perez

UnderGraduate Student

Alejandro De Santiago Perez has worked as an undergraduate student researcher in the Bik Lab since 2017. His research interests are focused on developing bioinformatics workflows for the analysis of metabarcoding and metagenomics datasets.


Christian Udealor

UnderGraduate Student

Christian Udealor has worked as an undergraduate student researcher in the Bik Lab since 2018. His research interests are focused on marine sediment sample processing and bioinformatics data analysis.


Former Bik Lab Members

Taruna Schuelke (Bioinformatician and Lab Manager, 2016-2018) - currently a microbiology Ph.D. student in the Wilbanks lab at UC Santa Barbara

Vanessa Guzman (undergraduate researcher, 2017-2018)

Amy Hodges (SALSA summer undergraduate intern, 2017)