Gary Trubl

Postdoctoral Researcher
Nuclear and Chemical Sciences
Phone: +19254221623

I use meta -omic approaches combined with other tools, such as stable isotope probing, to detect and characterize viruses in soil ecosystems.

Orcid: 0000-0001-5008-1476

Research Interests

  • Microbial ecology
  • Virology
  • Environmental Science
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Astrobiology
  • Geobiology
  • Soil microbiology
  • Meta-omics
  • Climate change
  • Biotechnology


2018   Ohio State University, PhD

2013   University of Nevada, Reno, MS

2011   University of Arizona, BS


  • Coming-of-Age Characterization of Soil Viruses: A User’s Guide to Virus Isolation, Detection within Metagenomes, and Viromics (2020). Trubl G., Hyman P., Roux S., Abedon, S. Soil Syst. 4(23).
  • Characteristics of Wetting-Induced Bacteriophage Blooms in Biological Soil Crust (2019). Van Goethem M.W., Swenson T.L., Trubl G., Roux S., & Northen T.R. mBio, 10(6).
  • Towards optimized viral metagenomes for double-stranded and single-stranded DNA viruses from challenging soils (2019). Trubl G., Roux S., Solonenko N., Li Y-F., Bolduc B., Rodríguez-Ramos J., Eloe-Fadrosh E.A., Rich V.I., & Sullivan M.B. PeerJ 7:e7265.
  • Optimizing de novo genome assembly from PCR-amplified metagenomes (2019). Roux S., Trubl G., Goudeau D., Nath N., Couradeau E., Ahlgren N.A., Zhan Y., Marsan D., Chen F., Fuhrman J.A., Northen T.R., Coleman M.L., Sullivan M.B., Rich V.I., Malmstrom R.R., & Eloe-Fadrosh E.A. PeerJ 7:e6902.
  • Soil viruses are underexplored players in ecosystem carbon processing (2018). Trubl G., Jang H-B., Roux S., Emerson J.B., Bolduc B., Solonenko N., Ellenbogen J., Runyon A.T., Vik D.R., Solden L., Woodcroft B.J., Tyson G.W., Wrighton K.C., Saleska S.R., Sullivan M.B., & Rich V.I. mSystems, 3(5), pp.e00076-18.
  • Host-linked soil viral ecology along a permafrost thaw gradient (2018). Emerson J.B., Roux S., Brum J.R., Bolduc B., Woodcroft B.J., Jang H-B., Singleton C.M., Solden L.M., Naas A.E., Boyd J.A., Hodgkins S.B., Wilson R.M., Trubl G., Li C., Frolking S., Pope P.B., Wrighton K.C., Crill P.M., Chanton J.P., Saleska S.R., Tyson G.W., Rich V.I., & Sullivan M.B. Nature Microbiology, 3(8), p.870.
  • Chemodenitrification in the cryoecosystem of Lake Vida, Victoria Valley, Antarctica (2016). Ostrom N.E., Gandhi H., Trubl G. and Murray A.E. Geobiology, 14(6), pp.575-587.
  • Optimization of viral resuspension methods for carbon-rich soils along a permafrost thaw gradient (2016). Trubl G., Solonenko N., Chittick L., Solonenko S.A., Rich V.I., Sullivan M.B. PeerJ 4:e1999.
  • Illuminating structural proteins in viral “dark matter” with metaproteomics (2016). Brum J.R., Ignacio-Espinoza J.C., Kim E-H., Trubl G., Jones R.M., Roux S., VerBerkmoes N.C., Rich V.I. and Sullivan M.B., 2016. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(9), pp.2436-2441.
  • Brine Assemblages of Ultrasmall Microbial Cells within the Ice Cover of Lake Vida, Antarctica (2014). Kuhn E., Ichimura A.S., Peng V., Fritsen C.H., Trubl G., Doran P.T., Murray A.E. Appl. Environ. Microbiol, 80 (12) 3687-3698.


  • College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resource’s Outstanding Graduate Student, University of Nevada, Reno (2013)
  • Agouron International Geobiology course scholar  (2014)
  • University of Arizona Sky School fellow (2014–2015)
  • 2016 NASA astrobiology institute summer school scholar (Santander, Spain)
  • Astrobiology Science Conference 2017 travel award
  • DOE-SCGSR fellowship at JGI (June 4–November 1, 2018)
  • Best poster award at LLNL postdoc symposium (May 1, 2019)
  • LLNL Research Slam finalist (Oct. 29, 2019)