Department of Medicine
A. Murat Eren’s research broadly focuses on the ecology of microbes. His group, which works at the conjunction 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. His research seeks to understand the diversity and functioning of naturally occurring microbial communities in environments ranging from the human gastrointestinal tract and oral cavity to sewage, oceans, and soils.
His research has been published in PeerJ, the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME) Journal, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
Eren studied computer engineering at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University in Turkey and received his PhD in computer science from the University of New Orleans. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). He recently received a four-year appointment as an MBL Fellow and is also affiliated with the University of Chicago’s Committee on Microbiology.