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Duke Microbiome Center Seminar Series

The Duke Microbiome Center organizes a monthly seminar series featuring diverse researchers at the cutting edges of the microbiome field. The DMC Seminar Series is largely run by graduate students, postdocs, and fellows in DMC labs, and provides DMC trainees opportunities to build their networks and meet leaders in the field. All seminars are at 4:00pm on the third Monday of the month, with the exception of January. There will be a Zoom option, but — if conditions allow — there will also be an in-person meeting in MSRB3 1125. Email Pat Massard for details on how to join the seminar on Zoom.

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Recent seminars are listed below:
  • February 3, 2021: Steven D. Townsend, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Vanderbilt University “Prospecting human milk for non-infant uses”
  • March 3, 2021: Eric A. Franzosa, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health “New and improved methods for computational profiling of metagenomes”
  • April 7, 2021: Sarah Preheim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Environmental Health and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University “Capturing in situ virus-host range and interaction dynamics in bacterial populations through gene fusion with epicPCR”
  • May 5, 2021: Doug Kwon, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard and Director of Clinical Operations at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard “Vaginal and gut microbiomes in global HIV disease”
  • June 2, 2021: Ariangela J. Kozik, Ph.D., Research Fellow, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor “Airway microbial-immune relationships in adult asthma”

DMC Research-In-Progress Talks

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are working on microbiome-centered projects have the opportunity to get together in an informal setting to present their research findings and get feedback and advice from peers and faculty affiliated with the DMC bioinformatics group. These talks are scheduled for the first Monday of the month, 4:00-5:00pm. There will be a Zoom option, but — if conditions allow — there will also be an in-person meeting in MSRB3 1125. Email Pat Massard for details on how to join the Zoom meeting. If you would like to present in this forum, please email Josh Granek.

2021-2022 Academic Year

    • October 4, 2021 – Marc Deshusses and Marina Blanco & Lydia Greene
    • November 1, 2021 – Diego Bohórquez and Ru-Rong Ji
    • December 6, 2021 – Dustin Middleton and Matthew Kelly & Alex McCumber
    • January 3, 2022 – Jay Jawahar
    • February 7, 2022 – Elizabeth Hughes and Pixu Shi
    • March 7, 2022 – Zeni Ramirez and Matthew Tillman
    • April 4, 2022 – Chin Yee Tan and Katherine Mueller
    • May 2, 2022 – TBD
    • June 6, 2022 – Lawrence David & Sarah Armstrong and Anthony Sung & Paul Wischmeyer

DMC Startup Club

The Duke Microbiome Center has initiated the DMC Startup Club. Led by Dr. Raphael Valdivia, the DMC Startup Club aims to bring together community members from DMC and the rest of the Duke community to learn about translation, commercialization, and company formation in the microbiome sciences. The timing for this initiative is ideal, as venture investment in microbiome technologies is large and growing, and DMC labs have a number of different projects that need to be vetted. By focusing on translation and commercialization, we aim to motivate a culture shift on how DMC labs think about their own microbiome research. The DMC Startup Club provides a venue for understanding the current microbiome commercialization space and identify needs and opportunities. It will also create opportunities to learn about financing trends and opportunities in venture capital with a focus on the microbiome. Speakers include experts in venture capital, intellectual property and licensing, as well as CEOs and founders of microbiome companies. This will allow the DMC community to learn about the ABCs of starting a company and build professional networks that can help them do so. If you would like to receive updates on DMC Startup Club activities, please email Pat Massard.

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