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How the Indoor Microbiome Influence Health

  • British International School of Chicago 814 West Eastman Street Chicago, IL, 60642 United States (map)

Jack A. Gilbert, Ph.D. is the Director of the Microbiome Center and a Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago. He is also Group Leader for Microbial Ecology at Argonne National Laboratory, Associate Director of the Institute of Genomic and Systems Biology, Research Associate at the Field Museum of Natural History, and Senior Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory. Dr. Gilbert uses molecular analysis to test fundamental hypotheses in microbial ecology. He has authored more than 200 peer reviewed publications and book chapters on metagenomics and approaches to ecosystem ecology. He is currently working on generating observational and mechanistic models of microbial communities in natural, urban, built and human ecosystems. He is on the advisory board of the Genomic Standards Consortium (, and is the founding Editor in Chief of mSystems journal. In 2014 he was recognized on Crain’s Business Chicago’s 40 Under 40 List, and in 2015 he was listed as one of the 50 most influential scientists by Business Insider, and in the Brilliant Ten by Popular Scientist.

Come listen as Dr. Gilbert discusses some of the recent evidence highlighting the elaborate and intricate mechanisms of interaction between the microbiome and the immune system, and how the last 150 years have started to disturb the delicate balance of the immune-microbe equilibrium.