Hiram College

Cheryl Kerfeld, Education Program Head for the Joint Genome Institute, U.S. Department of Energy, speaks Friday, May 2 at 11 a.m. in Gerstacker 123.

Her speech, “Opportunities for Students to Help Write the Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea,” is free and open to the public.

The Joint Genome Institute (JGI) is one of the world’s leading sequencing centers and is launching an ambitious program, the Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea (GEBA), aimed at sequencing thousands of microbial genomes. Cheryl Kerfeld is working to bring undergraduates into GEBA, both in genomic sequence annotation and functional genomics.  Prior to joining the JGI, Cheryl was a faculty member at UCLA where she developed and directed the UCLA Undergraduate Genomics Research Initiative. Cheryl is a structural biologist interested in the structural and functional characterization of bacterial micro-compartments and of proteins involved in photo-protection in photosynthetic organisms. Cheryl has degrees in biology (B.A. and Ph.D.) and English (B.A. and M.A.) and has longstanding interests in bio-informatics, research-based and interdisciplinary education, writing, biology, and art.