What is Open Mic Science?
"Open Mic Science" invites the community to an evening at The Treehouse Café on Bainbridge Island to explore ideas in all aspects of science and technology in an informal, social setting. Talks are held the first Tuesday of every month at 8 PM. Enjoy pizza and beer, and stay abreast of current knowledge. Open Mic Science, A Bainbridge Science Café, is based on the principles of Cafe Scientifique and is committed to the public understanding of science.
Intellectual curiosity required.
No specific science knowledge needed.
All talks are Free
When: 8pm on the first Tuesday of the month
Where: The Treehouse Cafe
4569 Lynwood Center Road NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Presentation - March 7th, 8:00PM
Our March 2017 speaker is Elhanan Borenstein, PhD,
an associate professor of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington, with an adjunct position in the Department of Computer Science and engineering.
Meet your inner microbial zoo: A genomic tour of your microbiome
The abstract is:
We humans are mostly microbes. Microbial communities populate numerous sites in the human body and harbor over 100 trillion microbial cells. This complex ensemble of microorganisms, collectively known as the human microbiome, plays an essential role in our development, immunity, and nutrition, and has a tremendous impact on our health. In this talk, I will introduce the microbiome and the methods scientists now utilize to characterize its species and gene composition and its role in various diseases. I will further discuss challenges and opportunities in studying this vastly complex ecosystem and specifically the need for novel models and analysis techniques for investigating microbiome data. I will finally highlight exciting future clinical applications of microbiome research and the potential of microbiome-based therapy.