RI Microbiome Symposium

Dr. Christopher Hemme, Bioinformatics Core Director

In January 2020, RI-INBRE hosted our first Rhode Island Microbiome Symposium at the University of Rhode Island’s College of Pharmacy. The symposium was designed to highlight clinical and environmental microbiome researcher in the state and the greater New England region. Over 100 researchers attended the two-day event that covered topics in the thematic areas of “Diet and the Microbiome”, “Pathogens, Antibiotics and the Microbiome”, “Healthy States: Commensal Microbiomes, Microbial Ecology”, and “Bioinformatics”.  Two keynote speakers headlined the event. Dr. Tammy Lieberman from MIT gave a talk on “De novo mutations in human skin microbiomes” and Dr. Sarah Hird gave a talk titled “Birds and Bacteria: Evolution of the Avian Microbiome”. Rounding out the symposium were over 30 local speakers, a poster session and vendor displays.  Thank you to everyone who helped organize and who attended the symposium. We plan to hold another symposium in 2022.