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Samuel P. Forry (Fed)

Staff Scientist

As a member of the Complex Microbial Systems group, Sam’s research is focused on improving measurements of microbial consortia (microbiomes). Although popular interest in microbiomes has exploded in recent years, the methods used for their characterization remain subject to numerous sources of bias and variability. Sam has contributed to understanding these measurement challenges through engaging the scientific community external to NIST (e.g., IMMSAHESIworkshops), developing and characterizing reference materials (e.g., DARPA’s FoF program), and working in the lab to improve genomic (NGS) and metabolomic (LC-MS/MS) measurement methods. 

Research Opportunities 

NIST-NRC Postdoctoral Fellowships: 2-year fellowships at NIST, US citizens only, ~$72,000 salary plus benefits and relocation expenses. Application deadlines are Feb. 1 and Aug. 1, requires 10-page research proposal. sam.forry [at] (Contact Sam directly) if you are interested in writing a proposal on a microbiome research project; we currently have opportunities posted for engineering microbial consortiamicrobiome metrology, and building reproducible multispecies culturesamong others


Revealing thermodynamics of DNA origami folding via affine transformations

Jacob M. Majikes, Paul N. Patrone, Daniel R. Schiffels, Michael P. Zwolak, Anthony J. Kearsley, Samuel P. Forry, James A. Liddle
Structural DNA nanotechnology, as exemplified by DNA origami, has enabled the design and construction of molecularly precise objects for a myriad of

Automation of Antimicrobial Activity Screening

Samuel P. Forry, Meggan C. Madonna, Daneli Lopez-Perez, Nancy J. Lin, Madeleine D. Pasco
ABSTRACT: Manual and automated methods were compared for routine screening of compounds for antimicrobial activity. Automation generally accelerated assays and

Simple device for rare cell capture from whole blood

Jason G. Kralj, Samuel P. Forry, Matt S. Munson, Thomas P. Forbes, Chandamany Arya, Lynn Sorbara, Alessandro Tona, Sudhir Srivastava
We have developed a system to isolate rare cells from whole blood using commercially available components and simple microfluidics that can provide biologists
Created October 9, 2019, Updated June 15, 2021