Save the date: Microbiome Research Symposium

The event on June 2 will showcase the newly established capabilities of the Microbiome Core Facility (MCF) and prominent researchers in the field from a variety of disciplines to show the significance and relevance of such data to the study of human health and disease, as well as ecological and agricultural applications.

The major goal of the National Institutes of Health Human Microbiome Project Roadmap Initiative is to take advantage of recent technological advances and to develop new ones that allow the study and characterization of microbial populations that impact human health and disease.

UNC-Chapel Hill recently established the MCF to help the community of North Carolina researchers achieve this goal. The mission of the MCF is to generate and analyze microbiome data in support of a variety of research disciplines both internally and beyond the borders of the UNC-Chapel Hill medical research community.

Confirmed Speakers and presentations:

Overview of UNC Microbiome Research Core
M. Andrea Azcarate-Peril, PhD, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology; and Director, Microbiome Research Core, UNC School of Medicine

Diet and the Gut Microbiome
Gary Wu, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Chief for Research, Division of Gastroenterology, University of Pennsylvania

Gastrointestinal Microbiota, Diet and Colon Cancer
Temitope Keku, MSPH, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, UNC School of Medicine

Host Habitat Selection in the Zebrafish Gut Microbiota
John Rawls, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology, UNC School of Medicine

The Interaction of the Gut Microbiome in Human Metabolism
John Ryals, PhD, President and CEO, Metabolon, Inc.

A Light in the Tract - Application of Omic Tools to Probiotic Microbes
Todd R. Klaenhammer, PhD, Distinguished University Professor and William Neal Reynolds Professor, Departments of Food Science, Microbiology, Genetics, North Carolina State University; Director, Southeast Dairy Foods Research

The Effect of Antibiotics and Microbial Diversity in Chronic Cystic Fibrosis Lung Infection
Matt Wolfgang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, UNC School of Medicine

The Role of Host Genetics and Epigenetics in Modulating the Oral Microbiome
Steven Offenbacher, PhD, DDS, Distinguished Professor, UNC School of Dentistry

Molecular Ecology and the Microbiome: Why Soils and Babies Are Alike
Rob Jackson, PhD, Professor, Department of Biology; and Nicholas Professor of Global Environmental Change, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

Plant Rhizosphere Metagenomics
Jeff Dangl, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Department of Biology, UNC School of Arts and Sciences

The Human Skin Microbiome
Julie Segre, PhD, Senior Investigator, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health

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