Meeting: Chemistry of Microbiomes in Human Environments – 11/9/16

November 9 Seminar: The Chemistry of Microbiomes in Human Environments

Hosted by the Chemical Sciences Roundtable

Wednesday, November 9
2pm – 5pm EDT

When most people think about microbes, they think disease. For well over 100 years the medical community’s mantra has been that “the only good bug is a dead bug.” But the functions of the human body rely not only on our own cells, but on the intricate interplay between complex communities of bacteria, archaea, viruses and microscopic eukaryotes living within us. Its overall health and wellbeing is a reflection of the interactions and balance among these many microbial mini-ecosystems and the host.

The ability of these communities to properly perform vital functions, and to recognize and respond to environmental changes both outside and inside the human body depends on molecular networks comprising signaling and target molecules and their biosynthetic and regulatory pathways. These molecular networks including the many chemical molecules necessary for their function remain mostly unknown.

The Human Microbiome Seminar will explore the advances, opportunities and challenges to unveil the “chemical dark matter” of the human microbiome and its role in health and disease. The seminar will be webcast online at Please register to be a webcast participant or to attend in person by clicking this link:

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Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities).  In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements.