I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago, the Department of Medicine. I study the ecology of microbes with my background in computer science.

My e-mail address is a.murat.eren at gmail (please do not send anything sensitive through e-mail without encryption; you can get my GPG key, or simply encrypt a message for me via https://keybase.io/meren).

I develop algorithms to make sense of high-throughput sequencing data and better understand the diversity of microbes in nature. Even though I enjoy working with bacterial samples from many different habitats, I am mostly focused on human microbiome. Here is an article that represents my research and I like, and here is another one by someone else about it. Please see click here for more.

I am an open-source advocate, and an open-science / open-access supporter, and until very recently, I was proud to be one of the developers of Pardus Linux.

Here is my LinkedIn profile. Here is the public GitHub repository I use to keep track of some of the bioinformatics tools I develop.


Photography is something I do passionately (even though I slowed down lately). You can see some of my photography here. I also have a photography blog in Turkish.



Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough. Work as hard and as much as you want to on the things you like to do the best. Don’t think about what you want to be, but what you want to do. Keep up some kind of a minimum with other things so that society doesn’t stop you from doing anything at all.

–Richard Feynman

Yes! Fall in love with some activity. Fall in love with some people, too. Don’t ever let the society intimidate you. Keep it when you find it, and don’t let it go. Be the honey badger.


This is where I am originally from (more photos):

In a parallel universe I am still a shepherd on these mountains, and have never met you.