UCI School of Biological Sciences
Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series
Microbiomes: Invisible Arbiters of Human and Environmental Health
Jennifer B.H. Martiny, Ph.D.
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Director, UCI Microbiome Initiative
University of California, Irvine
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Crystal Cove Auditorium, UCI Student Center
4:00 PM Lecture
Reception to follow at 5:00 PM
Microorganism communities like bacteria and fungi are complex and diverse and inhabit earth’s many environments, from the human body to oceans and soils. Our bodies contain thousands of bacterial species. Soil contains tens of thousands of bacterial and fungal species. A liter of seawater contains a billion viruses. This diversity is central to both human and environmental health, and we are only beginning to discover the complex interrelationships between our microbiome and medical conditions, including obesity, cancer and auto-immune diseases. Our health also depends on environmental microbiomes that are key to agricultural sustainability, ecological restoration and the response to climate change. Professor Martiny will discuss advances and future challenges in microbiome research and their implications for environmental and human health.
The event is open to the public and UCI campus community
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