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November 9, 2018

The first paper from the Immigrant Microbiome Project was recently published in the journal Cell. The study showed that Hmong and Karen immigrants and refugees from Southeast Asia begin losing their native microbes and picking up US-associated strains almost immediatel...

June 27, 2018

PJ is making science more inclusive for Hmong and Karen populations in the US by investigating the link between the microbiome, and diabetes and obesity in immigrant populations, as well as first and second generations, who have much higher rates of diabetes and obesit...

December 8, 2017

Knights lab members contributed to a new analysis of intergenerational transfer of disease risks caused by antibiotics, published here in Nature Microbiology.

May 13, 2016

Dan was interviewed by Cathy Wurzer for MPR's Morning Edition to discuss the White House Microbiome Initiative.


April 6, 2016

Gabe Al-Ghalith presented NINJA-STAR, the Knights Lab's fast optimal genome search tool, at the 2016 ISCB-NGS in Barcelona.



March 25, 2016

The Knights Lab is joining the Blekhman, Myers, and Albert labs in a new computational biology space in the Molecular and Cellular Biology building. We now have our dry and wet labs right next door, and we are surrounded by excellent wet-bench research labs. We are als...

December 1, 2015

Congrats to PJ Vangay for making the University front page! . 




August 28, 2015


The Immigrant Microbiome Project, led by Knights Lab member Pajau Vangay, recently received funding from several sources. Here is a news story published by the UofM College of Biological Sciences:

July 6, 2015

Our paper is out today in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Chemotherapy causes severe taxonomic and functional dysbiosis. 


June 30, 2015


Dan appeared on The Daily Circuit with Tom Weber. The interview was accompanied by a web article written by Emily Kaiser.


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Dr. Dan Knights is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Biotechnology Institute at the University of Minnesota. The Knights lab models host-microbiome interactions in human disease, with labs in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Knights is a PI with the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute.

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