A. Murat Eren (Meren), Ph.D.

University of Chicago

A. Murat Eren (Meren) is a computer scientist and microbial ecologist who studies microbial lifestyles in a wide range of habitats that span from oceans to insect ovaries. Established at the intersection between computer science and microbiology, Meren and his group (http://merenlab.org) combine state-of-the-art computational strategies and molecular approaches to shed light on the ecology and evolution of naturally occurring microbial populations, with the primary aim of understanding strategies by which microbes thrive within their ever-changing environments. Some of the most recent work from Meren’s group includes the integration of in silico protein biochemistry, metagenomics and pangenomics to study outcomes of long-term evolutionary processes within surface ocean microbial populations and studies of translational epi regulation that fine-tune microbial fitness in extremely short time scales.

Meren and his team are committed to making science open and accessible. They are among the most active developers of anvi’o, an open-source software platform that strives to empower microbiologists with analytical tools and visualization strategies they need to lead the data revolution in microbiology.

Meren received a B.S. in computer engineering from the Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey, in 2002, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of New Orleans in 2011. During his postdoctoral training with Mitchell L. Sogin at the Marine Biological Laboratory, he focused on high-resolution analyses of environmental microbial communities through marker gene amplicons and metagenomes. Meren is a recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Ocean Sciences and is a fellow of the Marine Biological Laboratory.