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Kylie Watts, PhD
Phone: 909-558-1000 Ext. 83394
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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 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.