Precision and Personalized Medicine Seminar

March 29, 2017
March 29, 2017
Speaker: Dr. George Weinstock
                 The Jackson Laboratory
Title: Probing the Medical Microbiome
Location: Center for Integrated Proteomics Research
                  174 Frelinghuysen Road, Room 120
                  Busch Campus
Time: 1:15 p.m.
Bio: George Weinstock, Ph.D., is a professor in and the director of the Microbial Genomics Department at The Jackson Laboratory. His laboratory leverages advanced technologies to investigate infectious diseases and mammalian microbiomes. Over the past ten years, advances in DNA sequencing technologies have transformed our ability to collect and analyze genomic information. This revolution has allowed for the exploration of entirely new areas of study, from human to microbial and infectious disease research. Currently, understanding the microbiome (the vast collection of microbes in our body with which we coexist), its interactions with its host, and its contributions to health and disease is a vital new research area. Dr. Weinstock has received numerous awards, such as recently becoming a AAAS Fellow in 2008, and is author on over 300 publications.
Brief Abstract: While the human genome is constant in an individual (except for somatic mutation), our second genome, encoded by the human microbiome, varies both within and between individuals. The microbiome is the totality of microbes that live in and on the human body, and the combined genomes of these organisms, the metagenome, produces a wealth of gene activity whose impact is largely unknown but expected to be significant. Each tissue in the body carries the same human genome in its cells, but each tissue presents a different habitat to microbes, and the microbial communities of these habitats have different compositions, and thus different metagenomes. The goal of many projects is to describe these communities, and determine the phenotype-genotype relations essential for understanding the role of the microbiome in health and disease.
For participation in a pre-lecture networking catered event with the speaker and key campus leaders, please RSVP by March 28, 2017 with Kate O’Neill,