The dynamic microbiome of bone marrow transplantation patients

Date of Event

Department of Biomedical Informatics


Guest Speaker: Joao Xavier, PhD Associate Faculty Member, Computational & Systems Biology Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Topic:  The dynamic microbiome of bone marrow transplantation patients
When: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Time: 3:00 – 4:00PM
Where: *change of venue * Biomedical Informatics conference room L3-045

The gut microbiome protects its human host against invasion by pathogens. Antibiotics, however, can compromise this protection and lead to resistant infections. We study this phenomenon in patients hospitalized to receive bone marrow transplantation, where due to their immune-compromised state the microbiome protection is even more important. This talk will describe lessons learned from analyses of thousands of patients, and the results of a pilot trial to restore microbiome composition with autologous microbiota transplantation

Learning Objectives:
1. Introduce the concept of microbiome colonization resistance
2. Characterize changes in microbiome composition using next-gem sequencing and data analysis
3. Model microbiome dynamics using ecological models
4. Present the results of pilot trial for auto-FMT

Joao Xavier is a Cancer Systems Biologist whose goal is to determine mathematical principles governing the behaviors of groups of cells in problems relevant to human health, and to help train the next generation of scientists to tackle Cancer problems from a Systems Biology perspective. As an associate member of MSKCC’s program for Computational and Systems Biology and a 2011 recipient of the NIH New Innovator Award he has worked at the interface of basic science and biomedicine to integrate theoretical analyses and quantitative experiments and determine how collective dynamics emerge from the interactions among individual cells. His group founded in 2010 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center applies mathematical models from ecology to cancer biology, to the human microbiome and to the evolution of drug resistance in bacteria.

**CME Credit Available**
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