July 21 Lecture – Our microbiotas: mainly a gut reaction

Science at Cal Lecture Series

Us and our microbiotas: mainly a gut reaction

with Dr. Michael Shapira

Saturday July 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM
100 Genetics and Plant Biology,  UC Berkeley
We have more bacteria in our gut than cells in our entire body. This little piece of information, realized in the past decade or so, has directed a spotlight on the gut microbiota, as scientists scramble to understand what this means for our existence: What is it important for? Can we take advantage of it to treat pathology? And what can we learn about all this from worms?

Micro changes have macro results. Image: Darryl Leja, NIH

Dr. Michael Shapira

Dr. Michael Shapira

Michael Shapira received his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He then moved to Stanford University for postdoctoral training, where he found his preferred experimental model, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. He arrived to Berkeley at the end of 2007, and has been here, doing research and teaching, ever since then.

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