San Diego State University

Rob Edwards, Ph.D., is at the forefront of 21st century genome sequencing, annotation, and bioinformatics analysis, with a primary focus on microbial genomics. Using his strong background in computational science, he developed MG-RAST, a fully-automated service available for rapid functional annotation of metagenome samples–a system that has been put to work by many, including Forest Rohwer for his analysis of data from the Line Islands. A scientific SCUBA diver, Rob has studied coral reefs in both the Pacific and the Atlantic. He holds joint faculty appointments in the Biology Department, Computer Sciences Department, and the Computational Sciences Research Center at SDSU.

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Thurber, RV, D Willner-Hall, B Rodriguez-Mueller, C Desnues, RA Edwards, F Angly, EA Dinsdale, L Kelly, F Rohwer (2009) Metagenomic analysis of stressed coral holobionts. Environmental Microbiology. 11(5). 1-16.

Rob EdwardsThurber, RLV, Barott, KL, Willner-Hall, D, Liu, H, Rodriguez-Mueller, B, Desnues, C, Edwards, RA, Haynes, M, Angly, FE, Wegley, L, Rohwer, F (2008) Metagenomic analysis indicates that stressors induce production of herpes-like viruses in the coral Porites compressa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 105 (47). 18413–18418.

Marhaver KL, RA Edwards, F Rohwer (2008) Viral communities associated with healthy and bleaching corals. Environmental Microbiology. 10 (9). 2277-2286.

Dinsdale, EA, O Pantos, S Smriga, RA Edwards, F Angly, L Wegley, M Hatay, D Hall, E Brown, M Haynes, L Krause, E Sala, SA Sandin, RV Thurber, BL Willis, F Azam, N Knowlton, F Rohwer (2008) Microbial ecology of four coral atolls in the Northern Line Islands. PLoS One. 3(2) e1584. 1-17.

Wegley, L, R Edwards, B Rodriguez-Brito, Hong Liu, F Rohwer (2007) Metagenomic analysis of the microbial community associated with the coral Porites astreoides. Environmental Microbiology. 9 (11). 2707-2719.

Smith JE, M Shaw, RA Edwards, M Hatay, D Obura, O Pantos, E Sala, SA Sandin, S Smriga, F Rohwer (2006) Effects of algae on coral: Algal-mediated, microbe-induced coral mortality. Ecology Letters. 9 (7). 835-845.