Microbiome Connect: Animal 2022

Microbiome Connect: Animal 2022

Advancing the development and commercialization of nutritional and therapeutic solutions from lab to label to improve the health of livestock and companion animals

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Boston, MA
21-22 June, 2022

“The program was well-designed and balanced to promote a good discussion across expertise, the sessions were well-chaired and, and there was time for networking”

David Yáñez-Ruiz, Spanish National Research Council

Why Attend

Advancing the development and commercialization of nutritional and therapeutic solutions from lab to label to improve the health of livestock and companion animals

Welcome to the 5th Annual industry-leading conference on the Animal Microbiome, where you will hear about the cutting-edge research taking place in the use of feed additives and supplements to improve companion and production animal gut health through effective microbiome manipulation.

The event will focus on bringing the latest concepts and techniques in microbiome modulation being used across industry and research groups to provide solutions in: Improving feed efficiency through microbiome modulation; Metagenomic, metatranscriptomic and metabolomic analysis techniques; Disease prevention through the microbiome; Understanding host-microbe interactions; Innovations in nutrition through ingredients improvements; and Bringing products to market for the animal microbiome

You will have the opportunity to join the exclusive community of Animal Microbiome researchers to network and learn from leading experts in animal nutrition and health in this exciting field. Across 2 content packed days, our expert speakers will converge to discuss microbiome modulation strategies and how best this research can be applied in product development – this is not one to miss!

Speaker List

 

Jirayu ‘Boo-Boo’ Tanprasertsuk, PHD

Scientist
NomNomNow

Boo Boo received his PhD in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition at Tufts University. He was trained as a nutrition researcher with a focus on examining the relationship between dietary intake, nutrition status, and healthy aging in humans. At Nom Nom, his role has shifted to the investigation of nutrition and health in companion animals, including the impact of gut microbiome on health maintenance and personalized nutrition.

Jirayu ‘Boo-Boo’ Tanprasertsuk, PHD

Scientist
NomNomNow

Jirayu ‘Boo-Boo’ Tanprasertsuk, PHD

Scientist
NomNomNow

Boo Boo received his PhD in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition at Tufts University. He was trained as a nutrition researcher with a focus on examining the relationship between dietary intake, nutrition status, and healthy aging in humans. At Nom Nom, his role has shifted to the investigation of nutrition and health in companion animals, including the impact of gut microbiome on health maintenance and personalized nutrition.

 

Holly Ganz

Chief Science Officer
Animal Biome

Holly Ganz

Chief Science Officer
Animal Biome

Holly Ganz

Chief Science Officer
Animal Biome
 

Chris Belnap

CEO and Co-Founder
Resilient Biotics

Chris Belnap

CEO and Co-Founder
Resilient Biotics

Chris Belnap

CEO and Co-Founder
Resilient Biotics
 

Itzhak Mizrahi

Professor - Department of Life Sciences
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Prof. Itzhak Mizrahi is a professor at BGU leading the microbial ecogenomics group. His major research interests focus on understanding the microbial ecosystems of the rumen environment and other gut microbial ecosystems. Prof. Itzhak Mizrahi is internationally recognized in the field of rumen genomics and microbial ecology. He was granted the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) starting and consolidator grants by which he continues to pursue his research interests. 

Itzhak Mizrahi

Professor - Department of Life Sciences
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Itzhak Mizrahi

Professor - Department of Life Sciences
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Prof. Itzhak Mizrahi is a professor at BGU leading the microbial ecogenomics group. His major research interests focus on understanding the microbial ecosystems of the rumen environment and other gut microbial ecosystems. Prof. Itzhak Mizrahi is internationally recognized in the field of rumen genomics and microbial ecology. He was granted the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) starting and consolidator grants by which he continues to pursue his research interests. 

 

Alain Labbé, PhD

Director of Research
Microsintesis

Alain Labbé, PhD

Director of Research
Microsintesis

Alain Labbé, PhD

Director of Research
Microsintesis
 

Ching-Yen Lin

Nutrition Scientist
Blue Buffalo

Ching-Yen Lin

Nutrition Scientist
Blue Buffalo

Ching-Yen Lin

Nutrition Scientist
Blue Buffalo
 

Jennifer Radosevich

Worldwide Director - Research
HillsPet

Dr. Jennifer Radosevich is Worldwide Director of Research at Hill’s Pet Nutrition where she is responsible for leading the early research team to develop and accelerate new technologies for Hill’s products.

Jennifer Radosevich

Worldwide Director - Research
HillsPet

Jennifer Radosevich

Worldwide Director - Research
HillsPet

Dr. Jennifer Radosevich is Worldwide Director of Research at Hill’s Pet Nutrition where she is responsible for leading the early research team to develop and accelerate new technologies for Hill’s products. She oversees the Nutrition Innovation, Bioinformatics and Research Laboratories teams to further research platforms including nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, metabolomics, and microbiomics. She completed her PhD in Biochemistry/ Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology at Iowa State University and has over 25 years industry experience leveraging innovation to further business goals in the agribusiness, human and pet food markets.

 

Chrysi Sergaki

Intertim Head of the Microbiome Section
NIBSC/MHRA

Dr Chrysi Sergaki is the interim Head of Microbiome section at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC), working on microbial interactions and how to utilise them for the benefit of human health.

Chrysi Sergaki

Intertim Head of the Microbiome Section
NIBSC/MHRA

Chrysi Sergaki

Intertim Head of the Microbiome Section
NIBSC/MHRA

Dr Chrysi Sergaki is the interim Head of Microbiome section at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC), working on microbial interactions and how to utilise them for the benefit of human health.

At NIBSC, Chrysi is leading the microbiome standardisation program, with 18 World Health Organization (WHO) endorsed project to develop International Reference Reagents for the microbiome field as well as research projects investigating the role of the microbiome in gut health and disease. Prior to this, Chrysi has been working at NIBSC as scientist for two years leading research projects as well as the development of reference reagents for the DNA extraction of microbiome samples and will be evaluated as candidates for the first World Health Organization Whole Cell Reference Reagents for the microbiome.

Before joining the NIBSC in 2019, Chrysi completed her PhD at the University of Warwick, UK, researching microbial interactions in fungi and bacteria and their impact on the host by combining laboratory and bioinformatics approaches.

 

Joe Bartges

Professor of Medicine and Nutrition
University of Georgia

Dr.

Joe Bartges

Professor of Medicine and Nutrition
University of Georgia

Joe Bartges

Professor of Medicine and Nutrition
University of Georgia

Dr. Joe Bartges is from West Virginia and a graduate of Marshall University.  After receiving his DVM in 1987 from the University of Georgia, he completed an internship and dual residency in internal medicine and nutrition and a PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1993.  He joined the faculty at the University of Georgia and in 1997 joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee where he remained until 2014.  At Tennessee, he was Professor of Medicine and Nutrition, held the Acree Endowed Chair of Small Animal Research, and served as department head.  He was internist, nutritionist, and academic director at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in Stamford CT and was an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine at Cornell University.  He joined the faculty at The University of Georgia in 2016 and is currently Professor of Medicine, Interventional Radiology, and Nutrition in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery.  He is board certified in small animal internal medicine and nutrition.  He is a past president of the American Society of Veterinary Nephrology and Urology. Dr. Bartges is known for his research and publications in veterinary nephrology and urology and nutrition.  He has published over 350 peer reviewed manuscripts, research abstracts, review articles, and book chapters and is the primary editor of Nephrology and Urology of Small Animals with Dr. Dave Polzin.  He has spoken at over 250 meetings.  He is focused on minimally invasive procedures, on pedagogy, and on clinical research in urinary tract diseases and nutrition.

 

 

Leluo Guan

Professor, Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science
Univerity of Alberta

Leluo Guan

Professor, Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science
Univerity of Alberta

Leluo Guan

Professor, Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science
Univerity of Alberta
 

Kevin Kessler

Senior Veterinarian
Tyson Foods

Kevin Kessler

Senior Veterinarian
Tyson Foods

Kevin Kessler

Senior Veterinarian
Tyson Foods
 

Greg Sunvold

Director of Nutrition
Cool Springs International, LLC

With over 25 years of pet food industry experience and over 200 scientific publications, Dr. Greg Sunvold at Cool Springs International is responsible for implementing nutritional innovations in hundreds of pet food products.  Additionally, Dr. Sunvold founded Microbiome Health, LLC, a company focused on applying innovative microbiome technologies into pet supplements.  

Greg Sunvold

Director of Nutrition
Cool Springs International, LLC

Greg Sunvold

Director of Nutrition
Cool Springs International, LLC

With over 25 years of pet food industry experience and over 200 scientific publications, Dr. Greg Sunvold at Cool Springs International is responsible for implementing nutritional innovations in hundreds of pet food products.  Additionally, Dr. Sunvold founded Microbiome Health, LLC, a company focused on applying innovative microbiome technologies into pet supplements.  

 

Ravi Sheth

Co-Founder
Kingdom Supercultures

Ravi Sheth is co-founder of Kingdom Supercultures, an ingredient and biotechnology company that designs and supplies a new class of natural ingredients (Supercultures) based on combinations of natural cultures. These Supercultures enable leading food, beverage and personal care manufacturers to create new products that are healthier, sustainable and natural.

Ravi Sheth

Co-Founder
Kingdom Supercultures

Ravi Sheth

Co-Founder
Kingdom Supercultures

Ravi Sheth is co-founder of Kingdom Supercultures, an ingredient and biotechnology company that designs and supplies a new class of natural ingredients (Supercultures) based on combinations of natural cultures. These Supercultures enable leading food, beverage and personal care manufacturers to create new products that are healthier, sustainable and natural. Ravi received his PhD from Columbia University as a Hertz and NSF fellow where his work studying the gut microbiome was published in top scientific journals including Science, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Methods and more. During his PhD, he also spent a summer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation working on childhood malnutrition. He received his undergraduate degree in bioengineering at Rice and where he cofounded an edtech startup, STEAMtrax, that was acquired by a public company. 

 

Rod Mackie

Professor of Microbiology
University of Illinois

Rod Mackie

Professor of Microbiology
University of Illinois

Rod Mackie

Professor of Microbiology
University of Illinois
 

Emily Stein

CEO
Primal Health

Emily Stein, PhD. Founded Primal Health, LLC in 2017 to focus on improving the dental health of both humans and animals by producing oral microbiome modulation products. She has spent 12 years developing SMMRT technology at Primal Therapies, Inc., which is focused on using metabolic influences to re-engineer disease-causing bacterial biofilms into those that are health-promoting, to decrease inflammation and to improve outcomes.

Emily Stein

CEO
Primal Health

Emily Stein

CEO
Primal Health

Emily Stein, PhD. Founded Primal Health, LLC in 2017 to focus on improving the dental health of both humans and animals by producing oral microbiome modulation products. She has spent 12 years developing SMMRT technology at Primal Therapies, Inc., which is focused on using metabolic influences to re-engineer disease-causing bacterial biofilms into those that are health-promoting, to decrease inflammation and to improve outcomes. Prior to that, she spent 7 years as a research fellow at Stanford University in Rheumatology and Immunology focused on the neuro-endocrine-immune axis in autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases. She holds a Phd. in Microbiology from the University of California at Berkeley where she studied inter- and intra-cellular signalling pathways involved in stress response and community development in bacteria and received her B.S. in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Iowa where she studied the interaction between M. tuberculosis and innate immune cells

 

Garret Suen

Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Garret Suen studies how symbiotic microbes convert biomass into usable nutrients for their herbivore hosts and how this is applicable to the production of biofuels. ​His research includes understanding the microbes associated with the deconstruction of biomass and what genetic or molecular mechanisms are used. In application, the highly efficient cellulose degraders found in these microbial communities could be applied to the breakdown of biomass material allowing biofuels to be created using less energy.

Garret Suen

Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Garret Suen

Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Garret Suen studies how symbiotic microbes convert biomass into usable nutrients for their herbivore hosts and how this is applicable to the production of biofuels. ​His research includes understanding the microbes associated with the deconstruction of biomass and what genetic or molecular mechanisms are used. In application, the highly efficient cellulose degraders found in these microbial communities could be applied to the breakdown of biomass material allowing biofuels to be created using less energy.

 

John Gregg

CEO
BalinBac Therapeutics

John Gregg

CEO
BalinBac Therapeutics

John Gregg

CEO
BalinBac Therapeutics
 

John Parkinson, PhD

Senior Scientist - Molecular Medicine
University of Toronto

John is a Senior Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and holds cross-appointments in the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. Research in his group focuses on the application of computational and systems approaches to study the role of microbes in health and disease. Of particular interest is the application of metatranscriptomic and in silico modelling to study complex microbial communitites.

John Parkinson, PhD

Senior Scientist - Molecular Medicine
University of Toronto

John Parkinson, PhD

Senior Scientist - Molecular Medicine
University of Toronto

John is a Senior Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and holds cross-appointments in the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. Research in his group focuses on the application of computational and systems approaches to study the role of microbes in health and disease. Of particular interest is the application of metatranscriptomic and in silico modelling to study complex microbial communitites. Applied to poultry, John and his group are investigating the interactions between age, diet, prrebiotics, probiotics and biogeography on the structure and function of microbial communities in the chicken gut

 

Mirja Huhtinen

Director, Animal Health RD
Orion Pharma

With more than 22 years of experience in Animal Health Research and Development, Mirja contributed significantly to several novel pharmaceutical product authorizations for companion animals in EU and US.

She graduated in 1988 from Veterinary College in Helsinki and started her career as a Research Fellow at MTT Agrifood Research, where she worked at the stud farm and carried out research regarding equine reproduction and embryo transfer.Having completed herPhD in 1999, she joined the pharmaceutical industry.

Mirja Huhtinen

Director, Animal Health RD
Orion Pharma

Mirja Huhtinen

Director, Animal Health RD
Orion Pharma

With more than 22 years of experience in Animal Health Research and Development, Mirja contributed significantly to several novel pharmaceutical product authorizations for companion animals in EU and US.

She graduated in 1988 from Veterinary College in Helsinki and started her career as a Research Fellow at MTT Agrifood Research, where she worked at the stud farm and carried out research regarding equine reproduction and embryo transfer.Having completed herPhD in 1999, she joined the pharmaceutical industry.

Since 2005 she has been the Head of Animal Health in the joint (human and AH) Clinical R&D, and more recently the Director of Animal Health R&D at Orion Corporation, who  develops proprietary products for global markets. Our best known Animal Health brands are Domosedan, Dexdomitor, Domitor, Antisedan, and the new product for treatment of noise aversion in dogs, Sileo. In the microbiome area, we have been the forerunner with our competitive exclusion product, Broilact

 

Renee Petri

Research Scientist
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

Dr. Renée Petri is a dairy rumen and gut microbiome research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Sherbrooke, Canada. She was hired in 2020 after obtaining her B.Sc. (2005) at the University of Alberta and her M.Sc. (2009) and Ph.D (2013) degrees at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Petri had also completed 5 years as a senior scientist for the Dairy Feed-Gut Microbiome research group at the University of Veterinary Medicine, in Vienna, Austria.

Renee Petri

Research Scientist
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

Renee Petri

Research Scientist
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

Dr. Renée Petri is a dairy rumen and gut microbiome research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Sherbrooke, Canada. She was hired in 2020 after obtaining her B.Sc. (2005) at the University of Alberta and her M.Sc. (2009) and Ph.D (2013) degrees at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Petri had also completed 5 years as a senior scientist for the Dairy Feed-Gut Microbiome research group at the University of Veterinary Medicine, in Vienna, Austria. Her research group has focused on the feed-microbe-host interactions associated with feed additives and feed management during lactation. Dr. Petri has published a total of 43 scientific papers and 42 conference proceedings. Dr. Petri has secured over $4 million dollars in research funds as a Co-PI and is currently an adjunct professor at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and at Laval University in Quebec city. Dr. Petri`s current research focuses evaluating the impact of feed, feed-management, and feed additives on AMR, host-microbe crosstalk, immunity and the mitigation of production related diseases. As well as working to develop alternatives to antibiotics to reduce antibiotic usage. Individual project range from miRNA involvement in rumen cross-talk to screening plant compounds for impacts of rumen microbiology and physiology, as well as the role of trace mineral feeding on metal resistance genes across agricultural landscapes. Dr. Petri is also an organizing committee member for the Animal Nutrition Conference of Canada and an associate editor for the Canadian Journal of Animal Science.

 

Monika Proszkowiec- Welgarz Ph.D.

Research Molecular Biologist
USDA-ARS

Monika Proszkowiec- Welgarz Ph.D.

Research Molecular Biologist
USDA-ARS

Monika Proszkowiec- Welgarz Ph.D.

Research Molecular Biologist
USDA-ARS
 

Ivan Rychlik

Leader of Salmonella Group
Veterinary Research Institute, Brno, Czech Republic

Ivan Rychlik is a leader of Salmonella group and vice-director of the Veterinary Research Institute, Brno, Czech Republic. Current research interests include composition and function of chicken gut microbiota, chicken response to microbiota of different composition and use of defined mixtures of gut microbiota for the prevention of chicken colonisation with Salmonella and Campylobacter.

Ivan Rychlik

Leader of Salmonella Group
Veterinary Research Institute, Brno, Czech Republic

Ivan Rychlik

Leader of Salmonella Group
Veterinary Research Institute, Brno, Czech Republic

Ivan Rychlik is a leader of Salmonella group and vice-director of the Veterinary Research Institute, Brno, Czech Republic. Current research interests include composition and function of chicken gut microbiota, chicken response to microbiota of different composition and use of defined mixtures of gut microbiota for the prevention of chicken colonisation with Salmonella and Campylobacter.

 

Linda Oyama

Lecturer
Queens University Belfast

Dr. Linda Oyama is a Lecturer in Microbiomics at Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom She has a substantial track record in publishing within the field of microbiology in relation to tackling key societal challenges including infectious diseases in the clinical and agricultural sectors.

Linda Oyama

Lecturer
Queens University Belfast

Linda Oyama

Lecturer
Queens University Belfast

Dr. Linda Oyama is a Lecturer in Microbiomics at Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom She has a substantial track record in publishing within the field of microbiology in relation to tackling key societal challenges including infectious diseases in the clinical and agricultural sectors. She is currently studying livestock gastrointestinal tract microbiomes, with a particular focus on understanding the evolution and dispersal of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Specifically, she has expertise in meta-‘omic approaches to study gut microbiomes for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance and the discovery of novel antimicrobials within livestock microbiomes to combat the challenges of AMR. In the last 6 years, Dr. Oyama's research has resulted in excellence in the design, implementation and analyses of multi-‘omic datasets, including metagenomics and metatranscriptomics, pioneering the combination of in-silico and wet-lab molecular microbiology approaches to escalate drug discovery research addressing the imminent AMR problem facing veterinary and human medicine.

 

John Maurer, PHD

Professor - Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences
Virginia Tech

John J. Maurer, PhD, is is trained microbial physiologist and geneticist.  He received his PhD from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1990 studying lipoteichoic acid synthesis in neonatal pathogen, Streptococcus agalactiae.  He later did a postdoctoral fellowship with Roy Curtiss III, at Washingtion University, in St. Louis, investigating expression and regulation of LPS in Salmonella.  Dr.

John Maurer, PHD

Professor - Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences
Virginia Tech

John Maurer, PHD

Professor - Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences
Virginia Tech

John J. Maurer, PhD, is is trained microbial physiologist and geneticist.  He received his PhD from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1990 studying lipoteichoic acid synthesis in neonatal pathogen, Streptococcus agalactiae.  He later did a postdoctoral fellowship with Roy Curtiss III, at Washingtion University, in St. Louis, investigating expression and regulation of LPS in Salmonella.  Dr. Maurer is currently professor in the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences at Virginia Tech.  He was formerly faculty in the Poultry Diagnostics and Research Center, and a member of the Center of Food Safety at the University of Georgia. He is a member of American Association of Avian Pathologists and American Society for Microbiology. His research interests include development, validation and implementation of molecular tools for on-farm surveillance of foodborne pathogens, molecular epidemiology and population genetics of veterinary and zoonotic pathogens, and ecology of antibiotic resistance and foodborne pathogens in the food production environment.  Dr. Maurer has 75 peer-reviewed publications and 17 book chapters and reviews.  He is currently collaborating with Margie D. Lee; faculty in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology and senior author on the seminal publication characterizing the microbiome of the developing chicken intestine.  Their collaboration is focused on determining how the intestinal microbiome excludes pathogens like Salmonella from the chicken gut.  Their earlier work, in collaboration with Michael McClelland at University of California, Irvine, discovered Salmonella starvation response is key in dominance of poultry-adapted S. Kentucky in the chicken cecum.

 

Siobhan Bridglalsingh

Veterinary Clinical Nutrition Resident
University of Georgia

Dr. Siobhan Bridglalsingh is from the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. She attended the School of Veterinary Medicine at The University of the West Indies in Trinidad and completed her DVM in 2005 after which, she was hired initially as a teaching assistant then later as an assistant lecturer in the department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. Her interest in veterinary education led her to completion of a Masters in Higher Education Teaching and Learning in 2016. One year later she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for a PhD program at The University of Georgia.

Siobhan Bridglalsingh

Veterinary Clinical Nutrition Resident
University of Georgia

Siobhan Bridglalsingh

Veterinary Clinical Nutrition Resident
University of Georgia

Dr. Siobhan Bridglalsingh is from the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. She attended the School of Veterinary Medicine at The University of the West Indies in Trinidad and completed her DVM in 2005 after which, she was hired initially as a teaching assistant then later as an assistant lecturer in the department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. Her interest in veterinary education led her to completion of a Masters in Higher Education Teaching and Learning in 2016. One year later she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for a PhD program at The University of Georgia. After completion of the PhD in 2020, she returned to the School of Veterinary Medicine in Trinidad where she resumed her duties until she returned the University of Georgia to begin a residency in veterinary clinical nutrition in 2021. Dr. Bridglalsingh has presented her PhD research at the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Symposium 2020 and as a poster presentation in at the Global Animal Nutrition Summit 2020 for which she was awarded the prize for best poster in the category of new methodology. Her research focus is on advanced glycation end products, pet food processing and effects on companion animal health. After finishing the clinical nutrition residency program, Dr. Bridglalsingh’s future goals include attaining board certification as a veterinary nutritionist to provide clinical service in this area and to continue research into the effects of processing on nutrients and health in animals.

 

Dipti Pitta

Assistant Professor in Ruminant Nutrition and Microbiology
University of Pennsylvania – School of Veterinary Medicine

Dipti Pitta

Assistant Professor in Ruminant Nutrition and Microbiology
University of Pennsylvania – School of Veterinary Medicine

Dipti Pitta

Assistant Professor in Ruminant Nutrition and Microbiology
University of Pennsylvania – School of Veterinary Medicine
 

Ben Willing, PhD

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair - Microbiology of Nutrigenomics
University of Alberta

Dr. Benjamin Willing is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Microbiology of Nutrigenomics at the University of Alberta.  He and his team have made important contributions in the understanding of microbes in intestinal development, inflammatory bowel disease, infection resistance, and metabolic health. His research group is working to understand both fundamental and applied questions in gut microbiology.

Ben Willing, PhD

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair - Microbiology of Nutrigenomics
University of Alberta

Ben Willing, PhD

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair - Microbiology of Nutrigenomics
University of Alberta

Dr. Benjamin Willing is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Microbiology of Nutrigenomics at the University of Alberta.  He and his team have made important contributions in the understanding of microbes in intestinal development, inflammatory bowel disease, infection resistance, and metabolic health. His research group is working to understand both fundamental and applied questions in gut microbiology. Fundamental research includes identifying mechanisms through which specific core members of the microbiome regulate host physiology using germfree rodent and piglet models. Applied questions include utilizing diet and microbiome to shape immune development to support resistance to enteric pathogens and general disease resilience of poultry and swine.

 

Matt Koci

Professor - Viral and Mucosal Immunology
North Carolina State University

Matt Koci got his BS in Biology from Virginia Tech, followed by his MS and PhD from the University of Georgia. Following a post-doc at the University of Wisconsin, he joined the faculty at NC State where he is professor of viral and mucosal immunology in the Prestage Department of Poultry Science. His lab focuses on gut health and enteric diseases of poultry. It was this research and the need for novel ways to augment the avian immune system that led his group to study the microbiome. 

Matt Koci

Professor - Viral and Mucosal Immunology
North Carolina State University

Matt Koci

Professor - Viral and Mucosal Immunology
North Carolina State University

Matt Koci got his BS in Biology from Virginia Tech, followed by his MS and PhD from the University of Georgia. Following a post-doc at the University of Wisconsin, he joined the faculty at NC State where he is professor of viral and mucosal immunology in the Prestage Department of Poultry Science. His lab focuses on gut health and enteric diseases of poultry. It was this research and the need for novel ways to augment the avian immune system that led his group to study the microbiome. 

 

Connie Rojas, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher
University of California, Davis

Connie Rojas, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher
University of California, Davis

Connie Rojas, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher
University of California, Davis
 

Ermias Kebreab

Associate Dean of Global Engagement and Director of World Food Center
University of California, Davis

Dr. Ermias Kebreab is Associate Dean of Global Engagement and Director of World Food Center at University of California, Davis. He also holds the Sesnon Endowed Chair in Sustainable Agriculture. He conducts research in nutrition modeling and impact of livestock on the environment. He is contributing author to 2019 IPCC update, chairs the methane committee of UN FAO and delivered a TED talk in 2021. He is a member of National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine Committee on nutrient requirement of dairy cattle.

Ermias Kebreab

Associate Dean of Global Engagement and Director of World Food Center
University of California, Davis

Ermias Kebreab

Associate Dean of Global Engagement and Director of World Food Center
University of California, Davis

Dr. Ermias Kebreab is Associate Dean of Global Engagement and Director of World Food Center at University of California, Davis. He also holds the Sesnon Endowed Chair in Sustainable Agriculture. He conducts research in nutrition modeling and impact of livestock on the environment. He is contributing author to 2019 IPCC update, chairs the methane committee of UN FAO and delivered a TED talk in 2021. He is a member of National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine Committee on nutrient requirement of dairy cattle. He has authored over 250 peer-reviewed articles and over 150 invited presentations globally. He received several awards including Excellence in Ruminant Nutrition and International Agriculture from American Society of Animal Science. Dr. Kebreab received BSc from University of Asmara, Eritrea, MSc and Ph.D. from University of Reading, UK.

 

Andres Gomez

Assistant Professor
UMN

Andres Gomez

Assistant Professor
UMN

Andres Gomez

Assistant Professor
UMN

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