Michael A. Fischbach, PhD

University of California, San Francisco
Cindy Chew6/3/11Dr. Michael Fischbach

Presentation entitled, “Insights from a global view of secondary metabolism: Small molecules from the human microbiota.” Recently profiled by San Francisco Business Times as one of the city’s “Top 40 under 40,” Michael Fischbach’s work involves discovering new drugs from the human microbiome. He is currently examining bacteria in the

Rob Knight, PhD

Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Colorado at Boulder
Rob Knight

Presentation entitled, “Meta-analyses and cross-cohort studies of the human gut microbiome with application to IBD.” Recipient of multiple awards and champion of Human Food Project’s “American Gut,” Rob Knight is making critical strides in the study of microbes. Knight’s research explains how microbial ecology causes some common diseases and indicates

W. Ian Lipkin, MD

Columbia University, Center for Infection & Immunity

Presentation entitled, “Small Game Hunting.” Internationally acclaimed virus hunter and recent recipient of a $31 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant, Professor Ian Lipkin has made fascinating discoveries in his research of how microbiomes link to illnesses like myalgic encephalitis and chronic fatigue syndrome. Lipkin is exploring the potential

Margaret McFall-Ngai, PhD

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Presentation entitled, “Using animal models to discover the ‘rules’ of epithelial-surface colonization by bacteria.” A recipient of nearly a dozen awards since 2001 and recently added to the National Academy of Sciences, Margaret McFall-Ngai is internationally renowned for her expertise in immunology and animal-bacterial symbiosis. Her research on how microbes