Microbiome Symposium

The Computational Biology Initiative group at Tufts invites you to a half-day informal symposium on the microbiome. The program includes invited talks from Tufts/TMC researchers and outside experts.
THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Venue: HNRCA Auditorium, 711 Washington St. Boston, MA 02111 

Program:

1:00-1:05 Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Sarah Booth, PhD, Associate Director, JM-USDA HNRCA at Tufts, Director, Vitamin K Laboratory Lax Iyer, PhD, CNR, Neuroscience,TUSM, MCRI, TMC

1:05-1:50 Human Microbiome Analysis: Bioinformatic Challenges and Tools
Curtis Huttenhower, PhD
Assistant Professor Dept. of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health, and The Broad Institute

1:50-2:10 Short talks:
Shira Doron MD, Assistant Professor, Div. of Infectious Diseases, Hospital Epidemiologist, TMC.
The effect of Lactobacillus GG on stool microbiota in an attempt to eliminate vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus carriage: a randomized, placebo controlled, double blind trial.

Jimmy Crott, PhD, Scientist I, Vitamins and Carcinogenesis Laboratory, JM-USDA HNRCA Host-Microbiome interactions altering mRNA and metabolomic profiles in colonic carcinogenesis

2:10-2:55 Gut Microbiota for Human Metabolic Health: A Top-Down Systems Perspective
Liping Zhao, PhD
Professor, Laboratory of Microbial Ecology and Ecogenomics, Laboratory of Nutritional Systems Biology, Shanghai Center for Systems Biomedicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

2:55- 3:30 Networking Break (coffee, tea and prebiotics)

3:35-4:05 Short talks
Laurence Parnell, PhD Computational Biologist, ARS Nutrition and Genomics Laboratory, JM-USDA HNRCA Obesity & aging – clocks and bugs join the mix

Honorine Ward, MD, Associate Professor Departments of Medicine and Family Medicine and Community Health, TUSM, Immunology Program, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.
Longitudinal analysis of the intestinal microbiota of children with and without stunting from birth to 2 years of age in India.

Simin Meydani, DVM, PhD, Dir. JM-USDA HNRCA, Senior Scientist & Director Nutr. Immunology Laboratory TBD

4:10-4:55 Drug Metabolism and Resistance in the Human Gut Microbiome Peter Turnbaugh, PhD
Assistant Professor, FAS Center for Systems Biology, Harvard University

4:55-5:00 Summary and Closing Remarks
Martin S. Obin, PhD
Scientist I, Obesity and Metabolism Laboratory, JM-USDA HNRCA

 
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