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 12PM noon on the first Wednesdays of the month. Email Pat Massard for details on how to join the seminar. Upcoming 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 third Wednesday of the month, 12pm to 1pm, except for the talk on January 27th. Until further notice, talks are online only. Email Pat Massard for details on how to join the talks. If you would like to present in this forum, please email Josh Granek.

2020-2021 Academic Year

    • August 19, 2020 – Jennifer Ingram
    • September 16, 2020 – Emily Derbyshire & Chin Yee Tan
    • October 21, 2020 – Zoie Diana & Dan Rittschof
    • November 18, 2020 – Jack Ganley & Junyao Gu
    • December 16, 2020 – Cece Kelly & Jennifer Zhang
    • UPDATED: January 27, 2021 – Sarah Heston & Jia Wen
    • February 17, 2021 – Jay Jawahar & Andrea Weiss
    • March 17, 2021 – Danting Jiang
    • April 21, 2021 – Jessica McCann & Nazema Siddiqui
    • May 19, 2021 – Sweta Patel & Zeni Ramirez
    • June 16, 2021 – Sheng Yang He

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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