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Join our second episode on 23rd September at 3pm BST/2pm GMT with Prof. Emma Allen-Vercoe, University of Guelph.
What are we going to talk about in this episode?
There is now abundant evidence that the microbial consortium associated with a host – i.e. the host’s microbiome – is critically important to the health of the host. Health is generally associated with high diversity of gut microbiota. When this diversity is degraded, damage to the microbial ecosystem may occur. It’s becoming clear that lifestyle changes in the developed world have contributed to gut microbial diversity loss.
Prof. Emma Allen-Vercoe studies human gut microbes using a model system called ‘Robogut’. In this presentation, she will talk about using Robogut to understand how gut microbes utilize the food we eat, and how we can study ‘missing microbes’ that we may have lost through industrialization.
- 7th September at 4pm BST/3pm GMT - ‘Effects of a Low-carbohydrate/High-protein Diet on Gut Microbiome Composition in Individuals with Chronic Spinal Cord Injury’ with Dr Jia Li, University of Alabama at Birmingham
- 23rd September at 3 pm BST/2 pm GMT - ‘From bench to bedside and beyond: adventures in modelling gut microbiomes’ with Prof. Emma Allen-Vercoe, University of Guelph
- 30th September at 3 pm BST/2 pm GMT – ‘Host genetic determinants of the gut microbiome’ with Dr Emily Davenport, Penn State University
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The slides for this event can be found here.
03:00 pm BST / 02:00 pm GMT
Emma obtained her BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of London, and her PhD in Molecular Microbiology through an industrial partnership with Public Health England. Emma started her faculty career at the University of Calgary in 2005, with a Fellow-to-Faculty transition award through CAG/AstraZeneca and The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, to study the normal microbes of the human gut. In particular, she was among the few that focused on trying to culture these ‘unculturable’ microbes in order to better understand their biology. To do this, she developed a model gut system to emulate the conditions of the human gut and allow communities of microbes to grow together, as they do naturally. Emma moved her lab to the University of Guelph in late 2007, and has been a recipient of several Canadian Foundation for Innovation Awards that has allowed her to develop her specialist anaerobic fermentation laboratory further. This has been recently boosted by the award of a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Human Gut Microbiome Function and Host Interactions . In 2013, Emma co-founded NuBiyota, a research spin-off company that aims to create therapeutic ecosystems as biologic drugs, on a commercial scale. The research enterprise for this company is also based in Guelph.
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