Argonne OutLoud: Bacteria and You
The next installment of the Argonne OutLoud public lecture series will be held at the University of Chicago. Argonne Environmental Microbiologist Jack Gilbert will present “Bacteria and You: A Love Story.”
The event will take place Friday, June 5, 2015, at the International House at the University of Chicago 1414 E. 59th Street, Chicago, IL.
- Friday, June 5, 2015
- International House, University of Chicago
- Reception: 6 – 6:30 p.m.
- Presentation and Q&A: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact the International House Office of Programs & External Relations at (773) 753-2274 in advance of the event.
Gilbert will discuss the microbial life on the human body that outnumber our cells 10 to 1. He will explore this brave new world, examining some examples of how your microbial world influences your health and highlighting the ways in which your lifestyle, diet and medical treatment can influence your microbiome. He will also discuss how bacteria could help combat Alzheimer’s, autism and cancer.
Gilbert’s research team will even swab shoulders or cell phones of audience members who are interested in having their microbial world sequenced and interpreted.
About the Researcher
Jack A. Gilbert is the group leader for Microbial Ecology in the Biosciences Division. His ongoing research is focused on exploring how microbial communities assemble themselves in natural and man-made environments. His interests include the use of metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, metaproteomics and metametabolomics to answer questions about microbial ecology, microbial physiology, and biogeochemistry. Gilbert also develops predictive models that help capture our understanding of ecosystem function mediated by microorganisms.