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Are you dirty enough? Microorganisms in you, on you and around you
May 30, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm$10 - $30
How “clean” is your world? You’ve seen scary headlines about what microorganisms are found in public bathrooms, in gyms, on your phone, on men’s beards…. But what’s true and what’s click bait? Come hear the truth about the exciting new discoveries in the field of microbiology.
You’ll learn why human bodies are not just humans, how we have evolved in partnership with a wide array of microorganisms that live in us, on us and all around us. These are not to be scoured away because they’re just benign, but because they’re critical to our health and well-being. These microorganisms create in each of us our own personal microbial fingerprint (we’re all unique snowflakes!), which means we could be tracked through all the built environments (homes, cars, offices, etc.) we go through. Sean Gibbons, a microbiologist at Argonne Lab, will explain how and why researchers conducts studies – many done in Chicago pubic places – on the Microbiome. You’ll get the answer to the eternal question, “Are you dirty enough?”
Sean Gibbons is a resident associate in the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology at Argonne National Laboratory and a doctoral candidate in the biophysical sciences program at The University of Chicago. He is currently a lead data analyst for the Earth Microbiome Project. His research focuses on the ecology and evolution of microbial communities in natural and man-made environments. Sean will begin a postdoctoral position in September at MIT where he will focus on microbial communities residing in the human gut. Originally from Montana, Sean spent a year abroad as a Fulbright Scholar, studying renewable energy in Uppsala, Sweden before coming to Chicago. He has degrees in French, microbiology, molecular biology, and biophysics.
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