Dr Rob Knight

Catch Today, 1-4pm, Dr. Rob Knight Microbiome Talk

UPDATE:  You’ve missed the talk but can definitely catch the synopsis at “Optimal Microbiome Diet From American Gut Data.  Dr. Knight gave an “Eleven Point” punch list of factors that hugely affect the microbiome.  Totally intriguing and insightful data is now being generated!


Hey! I am copying yesterday’s Facebook post that shouted out today’s unique opportunity for all to hear FREE Dr. Rob Knight (bio is at end of post) speak on the human microbiome and diet implications.  Sorry for the late notice but I received the invitation email only yesterday.

Anyway, it is a great opportunity to hear one of the most leading edge microbiome researchers that I know.  You can catch it live free (this is a continuing education course) if you live near University of Colorado Boulder, and if not, you can catch a live stream online,  http://conted.colorado.edu/courses/introduction-to-your-human-microbiome/#, and possibly throughout the weekend.  I encourage all to take advantage of hearing Rob… he is amazing! If the links don’t work.. email me and I’ll forward the letter. Have a great weekend!

The email:

We have a couple of updates for you before the weekend.

Come see Rob speak Saturday!
Rob is participating in a “CU on the weekend” continuing education event on Saturday from 1-4 pm here at the BioFrontiers Institute. It is open to the public and seats are first come, first serve. He will give a talk about the human microbiome, and answer questions.

You can find out details here, or cut and past this link:  http://conted.colorado.edu/courses/introduction-to-your-human-microbiome/#. The description is called:  Introduction to Your Human Microbiome | CU Continuing Education, Rob Knight, Location:  Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building, Butcher Auditorium A115.

If you don’t live in the area, you can also catch his talk streaming online here, or cut and paste this link:  http://classcapture.colorado.edu/Mediasite/Play/59d9b6a47234492c8308bbe5a048ce851d. The stream may be available throughout the weekend, but no promises so try to catch it live if possible. Note: as this is not a Coursera event, we are not providing technical support.

Thanks and have a great weekend.

Jess, Katie, and Rob

The class synopsis:  WKND 101B Introduction to Your Human Microbiome

“In many ways — including counts of the cells and the genes in and on our bodies — we are more microbial than human. Today it is a million times cheaper to sequence DNA than it was a decade ago, enabling us to find out about the microbial side of ourselves. This talk provides an introduction to the techniques we use to find out about microbes across the human body, including the gut; some of the ways we are finding that microbes contribute to diseases including obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, heart disease, cancer, and (in mouse models) autism and multiple sclerosis; outlines the open-access Human Microbiome Project and American Gut studies; and describes progress towards a pipeline for personalized medicine based not on our human genes, where we are all 99.9 percent identical, but on our microbial genes, where we can be 90 percent different from one another.”

CU on the Weekend is a series of one-day community programs that are free and open to the public.

Oct 18, 2014  1-4 pm
Rob Knight
Rob Knight is an Early Career Scientist with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a Professor in the BioFrontiers Institute, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the Department of Computer Science. He is the Principal Investigator of the grants supporting the Earth Microbiome Project, and co-founder of the American Gut project, the largest crowdfunded citizen science initiative that we are aware of. He is a Senior Editor of the ISME Journal, the leading journal in microbial ecology, and currently develops technologies for studying microbial communities around our bodies and our planet.
Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building, Butcher Auditorium A115

In health through awareness,


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