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Kylie Watts, PhD
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Eric Alm, PhD, is the Karl Van Tassel (1925) Career Development Associate Professor, Department of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Dr. Alm’s research is aimed at understanding and engineering microbial communities. Most recently, he has focused on the human microbiome - the microbial ecosystem that lives in and on the human body - and it's role in human health and disease. His research includes both computational/theoretical and experimental approaches to understanding the microbial ecology, emphasizing a 'systems-level' perspective. Some areas of special interest include metagenomic sequence data, modeling bacterial ecology, gene regulatory networks in bacteria and protein structure and design. His lab recently completed a study linking specific taxa of microbes to inflammatory bowel disease, and have been actively working on projects related to the interaction of gut microbiota with the immune system in mice. In the past, he developed the widely used MicrobesOnline database and website for comparative genomics, which has annotated over 3000 genomes.
Dr. Alm’s research got special scientific and media attention when in 2009 he and one of his graduate student decided to collect their own feces for a period of one year in order to analyze variation of bacterial content in those samples. Dr. Alm is part of the team at the OpenBiome, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding safe access to fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) therapies.
Dr. Alm earned his Bachelors from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), his Masters from the University of California (Riverside), and his PhD from the University of Washington (Seattle). He held a postdoctoral appointment at the University of California (Berkeley) and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab before joining the faculty at MIT.
Willie Davis, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical and Basic Sciences at Loma Linda University Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine. He received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Meharry Medical College. He completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dr. Davis joined Loma Linda University in 2004.
James Borneman, PhD, is Professor of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Dr. Borneman research focusses in understanding the role of microorganisms in several disease-associated processes in agriculture and medicine. It is recognized that microorganisms are important players in a myriad of activities, from soil formation to suppressing plant pathogens to both causing and preventing human cancers. However, the overall understanding of the microbial roles in such processes remains in its infancy, due in part to methodological limitations. To make progress in this complex research area, Dr. Borneman works with several multidisciplinary teams of researchers that are developing and utilizing a variety of ecological, molecular, genetic, algorithmic, and statistical approaches.
Dr. Borneman earned his Bachelor and Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Northern Illinois University. He complete a Post-Doctoral training at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, before joining the UCR faculty in 1997.