Eric Wommack

 Eric Wommack

University of Delaware, USA

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The central purpose of Microbiome is to unite investigators conducting microbiome research in environmental, agricultural, and biomedical arenas.

Topics broadly addressing the study of microbial communities, such as, microbial surveys, bioinformatics, meta-omics approaches and community/host interaction modeling will be considered for publication. Through this collection of literature Microbiome hopes to integrate researchers with common scientific objectives across a broad cross-section of sub-disciplines within microbial ecology.


 

Delaware Biotechnology Institute, University of Delaware

Dr. Wommack is a Professor of Environmental Microbiology in the Departments of Plant & Soil Sciences, Biological Sciences, and the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of Delaware. For most of his career Dr. Wommack has focused on research questions surrounding the role of viruses in microbial communities. He was among the first scientists to explore the ecology of viruses within soils using direct procedures that do not require isolation and cultivation of microorganisms, and has conducted research expeditions at deep sea hydrothermal vents at depths of up to two miles.

Dr Wommack’s lab seeks to define the abundance, diversity, and activity of indigenous viral assemblages with a particular focus on uncovering those genetic elements essential to key viral functions within a given microbial community. In this work he has used a range of approaches to investigate the influence of viruses on ecosystem productivity and the population dynamics of viral communities within aquatic and soil environments. More recently, his lab has focused on using shotgun metagenomic approaches to advance scientific understanding of the prevailing biological features of viruses that ultimately influence their emergent impacts on microbial communities and ecosystems.

He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in Marine, Estuarine, Environmental Sciences and was a National Research Council post-doctoral fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lab and the University of Georgia School of Marine Programs in Athens, Georgia.

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