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Join our third episode on 30th September at 3pm BST/2pm GMT with Dr Emily Davenport, Penn State University.


What are we going to talk about in this episode?


The gut microbiome is associated with health, digestion, and immunity, but we lack a comprehensive understanding of how it is established and maintained. While diet, antibiotic usage, and other environmental factors are known to play large roles, host genetics is also implicated in determining the abundance of certain bacteria that live in the gut. Here, we will discuss the heritability of gut microbes and the host genetic variants that underlie that heritability. Identifying these host genetic determinants of the microbiome gives us insights into the physiological mechanisms that shape the microbiome in the gut. Additionally, it is informative for identifying microbes that can (or cannot) be altered for therapeutic potential.


The slides for this event can be found here.


Series programme:


  • 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


If you'd like to present at your own Researcher Live event, please email kristine.lennie@researcher-app.com 

Date and Time
Friday, September 30, 2022
03:00 pm BST / 02:00 GMT
Speakers Avatar Dr Emily Davenport, Penn State University

Dr Emily R. Davenport is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Penn State University who is interested in understanding the relationship between humans and our microbiomes. Having long been interested in microbes, Dr. Davenport earned a Bachelor of Science degree with comprehensive honors in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. She became familiar with genomic techniques while working at the microarray company Roche NimbleGen between 2007 and 2009. She merged her interests in bacterial and eukaryotic genomics during her PhD in Human Genetics, which she earned from the University of Chicago in 2014. She continued to explore the role between host genetics, the microbiome, and phenotype during a postdoc at Cornell University between 2014 and 2019, which included a year as a visiting postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology between 2018 - 2019. Since fall 2019, she has lead a lab at Penn State interested in understanding how human gut microbiomes are determined and what role they have on human health and evolution.

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