Landmark Ideas Series: Dr. Rob Knight Title TBD

Speaker: Rob Knight, PhD, at The American Gut Project

Date: March 17, 2022 at 4:00PM - 5:30PM

Talk details will be forthcoming.

Rob Knight is the founding Director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation and Professor of Pediatrics and Computer Science & Engineering at UC San Diego. Before that, he was Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Computer Science in the BioFrontiers Institute of the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an HHMI Early Career Scientist. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Microbiology. He was recently honored with the 2019 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award for his microbiome research. He received the 2017 Massry Prize, often considered a predictor of the Nobel. In 2015 he received the Vilceck Prize in Creative Promise for the Life Sciences. He is the author of “Follow Your Gut: The Enormous Impact of Tiny Microbes” (Simon & Schuster, 2015), coauthor of “Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System (St. Martin’s Press, 2017) and spoke at TED in 2014. His lab has produced many of the software tools and laboratory techniques that enabled high-throughput microbiome science, including the QIIME pipeline (cited over 17,000 times as of this writing) and UniFrac (cited over 7000 times including its web interface). He is co-founder of the Earth Microbiome Project, the American Gut Project, and the company Biota, Inc., which uses DNA from microbes in the subsurface to guide oilfield decisions. His work has linked microbes to a range of health conditions including obesity and inflammatory bowel disease, has enhanced our understanding of microbes in environments ranging from the oceans to the tundra, and made high-throughput sequencing techniques accessible to thousands of researchers around the world. Dr. Knight can be followed on Twitter (@knightlabnews) or on his web site http://knightlab.ucsd.edu/. 


Publications

Hswen Y, Thorpe Huerta D, Le-Compte C, Hawkins JB, Brownstein JS. A 10-Year Social Media Analysis Exploring Hospital Online Support of Black Lives Matter and the Black Community. JAMA network open 2021.

Le TT, Gutiérrez-Sacristán A, Son J, Hong C, South AM, Beaulieu-Jones BK, Loh NHW, Luo Y, Morris M, Ngiam KY, Patel LP, Samayamuthu MJ, Schriver E, Tan ALM, Moore J, Cai T, Omenn GS, Avillach P, Kohane IS, , Visweswaran S, Mowery DL, Xia Z. Multinational characterization of neurological phenotypes in patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Scientific reports 2021.

Steffens MS, Dunn AG, Marques MD, Danchin M, Witteman HO, Leask J. Addressing Myths and Vaccine Hesitancy: A Randomized Trial. Pediatrics 2021.

Mohsen H, Gunasekharan V, Qing T, Seay M, Surovtseva Y, Negahban S, Szallasi Z, Pusztai L, Gerstein MB. Network propagation-based prioritization of long tail genes in 17 cancer types. Genome biology 2021.

Zhang HG, Hejblum BP, Weber GM, Palmer NP, Churchill SE, Szolovits P, Murphy SN, Liao KP, Kohane IS, Cai T. ATLAS: an automated association test using probabilistically linked health records with application to genetic studies. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA 2021.