Institute for Integrative Genome Biology


Holly BikHolly Bik

Assistant Professor

Mailing Address:

Genomics / 2202A
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521

Phone: (951) 827-4230
Email: holly.bik@ucr.edu


PhD 2010 University of Southampton, UK
BSc  2005 King's College, UK

College/Division Affiliation:

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Center/Inst Affiliation(s):

UCR Data Science Center

Areas Of Expertise:

rRNA amplicon sequencing, metagenomics, free-living marine nematodes, phylogenomics, computational biology

Awards / Honors:

2014  Birmingham Fellowship in Bioinformatics (University of Birmingham, UK)
2013  "Professors for the Future" Fellowship (UC Davis 2013-2014 Cohort)

Research Summary:

My research is intensely interdisciplinary, using high-throughput sequencing and diverse –Omics approaches to explore broad patterns in microbial eukaryote assemblages (biodiversity and phylogeography, functional roles for microbial taxa, and the relationship between species and environmental parameters), with an emphasis on nematodes in marine sediments. My long-term research interests lie at the interface between biology and computer science, using biological questions and evolutionary hypotheses to drive the development and refinement –Omic approaches focused on marine microbial eukaryotes. Microbial eukaryotes (organisms <1mm, such as nematodes, fungi, protists, and other ‘minor’ metazoan phyla) are abundant and ubiquitous across every ecosystem on earth, performing key functions such as nutrient cycling and sediment stability in marine habitats. Yet, their unexplored diversity represents one of the major challenges in biology and currently limits our capacity to understand, mitigate and remediate the consequences of environmental change. Given this knowledge gap, my research vision spans three key areas: 1) "Is Everything Everywhere?": Testing seminal biodiversity hypotheses using –Omics, 2) “Systems Ecology” to investigate ecosystem function and species interactions, with an emphasis on microbial eukaryotes in marine sediments, and 3) Evolutionary phylogenomics and targeted genome sequencing of microbial eukaryotes as a complement to environmental –Omics.

Further information and specific research projects can be found on the lab website: https://biklab.github.io

Selected Publications:

List of publications from PubMed

More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Career OpportunitiesUCR Libraries
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Genomics Information

Institute of Integrative Genome Biology
2150 Batchelor Hall

Tel: (951) 827-7177
E-mail: Aurelia Espinoza, Managing Director