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2015 Microbiome Symposium

Microbial Diversity and Health

Dr. Marty Blaser


Dr. Blaser is Past President of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and Founder of the Foundation for Bacteriology and the Virtual Museum of Bacteria. He served as Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselor of the National Cancer Institute, and of the Advisory Board for Clinical Research at the NIH. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2011. He is a member of the editorial boards of Cell Host and Microbe, mBio, Helicobacter, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Gut, and Microbiome. Blaser recently appeared on the Daily Show to discuss his new book, The Missing Microbes.


From the Blaser Lab website: "Our studies focus on bacteria of the human microbiome including Campylobacter and Helicobacter species that live in the mucus layer overlying the mucosal epithelium of mammals, including humans. Specifically, we explore the biology of colonization and the nature of the interactions that lead to (or protect from) disease. For the normal microbiome, we study how early life perturbations affect host developmental phenotypes. Our on-going work focuses on the metabolic syndrome, and specifically on obesity and type 2 diabetes, as well as inflammatory disorders such as type 1 diabetes, asthma, psoriasis, and skin infections." 

Dr. Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello


Dr. Dominguez-Bello is Associate Professor at the New York University School of Medicine. Prior to that appointment she also held positions as Professor at the University of Puerto Rico and the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and of the Infectious Disease Society of America.


From the Dominguez-Bello Lab website: "For the last few years, my research has been focused on the microbiota function in vertebrate animals and humans, microbiota development and impact of modern practices, integrating data from microbiology, genomics/metagenomics, ecology, physiology, anthropology, architecture, environmental engineering and biostatistics to address broad questions on host-microbial interactions in different environments.


The focus is on how these interactions drive microbial evolution, diversity and symbiosis. We study the bacterial microbiota in vertebrates, including birds and mammals, and we have lead studies using next-gen sequencing of the human microbiome in peoples with different levels of integration to Western lifestyles, in the Amazon region."

The PharmacoNeuroImmunology Seminar (PNI) Seminar Series, The Biotechnology Institute and the UofM Metagenomics Supergroup are pleased to host the 2015 Microbiome Symposium at the University of Minnesota. The theme of the meeting is Microbial Diversity and Health.



The symposium will be held on April 17, 2015, in Cargill Auditorium, from 8:30 AM to 4:30PM.






Due to large response we are now at seating capacity for the April 17 Symposium. Therefore official registration is closed.


However, you can still register via the website if want to go, and then show up on the day of the event, and we will admit people to the auditorium according to space limitations based on their order of registration.


Guests are required to register for the event at this link.




 8:30- 9:00 Registration, coffee, pastries

 9:00- 9:10 Dan Knights - Introduction

 9:10- 9:50 Mike Sadowsky - Keynote, "The Use of Microorganisms to Restore Human Gut Functioning: Translational Microbial Ecology"

 9:50-10:35 Martin Blaser - Keynote, "Does perturbing the early life microbiome change the arc of development?"

10:35-10:50 Break

10:50-11:30 Kenny Beckman, "What is the Wright way to sequence 16S?"

11:30-12:00 Cheryl Gale, "Intestinal Fungi During Infancy and Their Role in Health and Disease"

12:00- 1:15 Lunch

 1:15- 1:55 Alex Khoruts, "Secondary Bile Acid Metabolism and Clostridium difficile Infection"

 1:55- 2:15 Tonya Ward, "BugBase: Predicting community-wide microbiome phenotypes"

 2:15- 2:35 Elise Morton, "The rural African gut microbiome across diet and parasitism"

 2:35- 2:50 Break

 2:50- 3:15 Jonathan Clayton, "Similar trends in microbiome shift between captive primates and modern humans"

 3:15- 4:00 Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello - Keynote, "The Impacted Human Microbiome"

 4:00- 5:00 Poster session, drinks + appetizers

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