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Host Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 10:00am
Kahn Auditorium - BSRB

WE ARE NEVER ALONE. Diverse microbes populate our bodies inside and out.  We are just beginning to understand the importance of these microbial communities in human health and disease. The University of Michigan Medical School has initiated the Host Microbiome Initiative to foster research in this area. In collaboration with investigators who span the entire campus, Medical School faculty are exploring the significance of human/microbe interactions. Please join us for a day-long symposium featuring international leaders in this field. These world-renowned experts will share their insights in host-microbe interactions with the University of Michigan community.


Martin Blaser, M.D. – New York University Langone Medical Center
Effects of early life antibiotics on developmental phenotypes

Claire Fraser, Ph.D. – University of Maryland School of Medicine, Institute for Genome Sciences
Probiotics and the gut microbiota

Margaret McFall-Ngai, Ph.D. – University of Wisconsin Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
The diversity of host-microbe interactions across the animal kingdom and how biologists are studying these systems

Gary Wu, M.D. - University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
Diet and the Metabolome: Cross Talk Between the Gut Microbiota and its Host

Elodie Ghedin, Ph.D. – New York University Department of Biology
Topographic diversity of the respiratory tract microbiome

James Versalovic, M.D., Ph.D. – Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Genetics - The Pediatric Gut Microbiome and Microbial Amino Acid Metabolism

Seating is free but limited so register today at