August 19, 2018


The team went to a baseball game today: Pittsburgh Pirates versus the Chicago Cubs. Pittsburgh won in the 11th inning with a home run!

August 10, 2018


Our work on microbiome classification was published today in the journal Microbiome. Congratulations to our lab's former undergraduate student, Adithya Murali, for his first publication!

August 1, 2018


We are pleased to announce that Andrew Beckley has joined the lab as our second PhD student. Andrew is coming to us from industry where he worked on the production-side of antibiotic development after performing antibiotics research as an undergraduate at the University of Rochester. In the Wright lab, Andrew will be working mining electronic health records to better understand the rise of antibiotic resistance in the clinic.

July 28, 2018


We had a great time attending BioC2018 in Toronto, Canada. Erik gave a talk on IDTAXA, Nick conducted a workshop on comparative genomics, and we even got to see Niagara Falls!

July 7, 2018


The team got together for a beautiful summer day in Pittsburgh to play some games.

July 2, 2018


We are excited to have Travis De Wolfe join our team! Travis recently completed a PhD in Food Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied the effects of probiotics on mitigating Clostridium difficile infection. In the Wright lab, Travis will be researching the role that spatial structuring plays in the microbiome.

June 11, 2018


We had a great time at ASM Microbe 2018 in Atlanta, GA. We learned a lot, Erik presented a poster, and we even got a chance to go on a team hike.