The Era of the Microbiome
Monday, March 16
11:00AM - 12:00PM
110 E 2nd St
We live in a microbial world. You are covered in a cloud of about 100 trillion microorganisms, collectively known as your microbiome. Your home, and every environment you interact with, all host complex microbial ecosystems. We are just beginning to realize the potential that understanding these microbial communities holds for human health. What if in the near future, instead of relying on pills of chemically synthesized drugs, medicines relied on the trillions of beneficial microbes that naturally colonize our bodies? What if we could fine-tune the makeup of our microbiome to prevent and treat infectious, autoimmune, metabolic, or psychiatric diseases? Or are we overpromising? Given the tremendous potential of the field to impact human health, how should scientists and companies manage public expectations?
Dr. Bernat Olle is a Principal at PureTech. In 2013 Dr. Olle was named "Innovator of the Year" in MIT Technology Review Spain's "Innovators under 35" awards. He has been a member of the founding te...Show the rest
Dr. Bernat Olle is a Principal at PureTech. In 2013 Dr. Olle was named "Innovator of the Year" in MIT Technology Review Spain's "Innovators under 35" awards. He has been a member of the founding teams of Follica, Inc, Vedanta Biosciences, and Enlight Biosciences. He serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Vedanta Biosciences and is a member of the Board of Directors of Vedanta Biosciences and Follica Biosciences. He completed his doctoral work at the Chemical Engineering Department at MIT, where he co-developed a novel method to increase oxygen transfer in bioreactors by using colloidal nanoparticles During his graduate work, Dr. Olle was awarded the "la Caixa" fellowship by the King of Spain, and also consulted for established chemical and pharmaceutical companies, and life sciences start-ups. Dr. Olle received his B.Eng. In Chemical Engineering from Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain, his M.S. and PhD in Chemical Engineering Practice from MIT, and his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has authored several research and review articles, including publications in Nature and Nature Biotechnology.Hide the rest
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Carl Zimmer is a columnist at the New York Times, where his column “Matter” appears each Thursday. In his books, essays & articles, Zimmer reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists ar...Show the rest
Carl Zimmer is a columnist at the New York Times, where his column “Matter” appears each Thursday. In his books, essays & articles, Zimmer reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life. He is a popular speaker at universities, medical schools, and museums and a guest on the radio programs Radiolab and This American Life.
Zimmer is a lecturer at Yale University, where he teaches writing about science and the environment. He was the first Visiting Scholar at the Science, Health, and Environment Reporting Program at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He has won fellowships from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the AAAS's Journalism Award three times. His other honors include the Pan-American Health Organization Award for Excellence in International Health Reporting, the American Institute Biological Sciences Media Award, & the National Academies Science Communication Award among others.Hide the rest
Jonathan Eisen is a Full Professor at the University of California, Davis with appointments in the School of Medicine and the College of Biological Sciences. Dr. Eisen’s research focuses on communi...Show the rest
Jonathan Eisen is a Full Professor at the University of California, Davis with appointments in the School of Medicine and the College of Biological Sciences. Dr. Eisen’s research focuses on communities of microbes and how they provide new functions – to each other or to a host. His study systems have included boiling acid pools, surface ocean waters, agents of many diseases, and the microbial ecosystems found in and on plants and animals. He is also coordinating the largest microbial sequencing project to date – a Genomic Encyclopedia – being done at the DOE Joint Genome Institute where he holds an Adjunct Appointment. His overarching goal in all of his research is to create a “Field Guide to the Microbes” much as exists for birds and trees. In addition to his research, Dr. Eisen is a vocal advocate for “open science” especially “open access” to scientific publications and is the Academic Editor-in-Chief of PLoS Biology. He is also an active and award-winning blogger and microblogger. Prior to moving to UC Davis he was on the faculty of The Institute for Genomic Research in Rockville, Maryland and held an Adjunct Appointment at the Johns Hopkins University. He earned his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and his undergraduate degree in Biology from Harvard College.Hide the rest