Gut microbiome in early childhood affects immune development Event as iCalendar

22 August 2018

12:30 - 1:30pm

Venue: Liggins Institute – Room 505-003

Location: 85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland

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Dr Tommi Vatanen

About the talk: The human gut microbiome matures toward the adult composition during the first years of life. In order to study the role of the gut microbiota in T1D onset, we performed longitudinal metagenomic characterization of gut microbiome development from birth until age three in 222 children in Northern Europe. We have identified extrinsic factors affecting the microbial community assembly as well as microbial features interacting with the host immune system.

About the speaker: Tommi Vatanen is a research fellow in Liggins Institute. He holds a PhD in computational biology from Aalto University, Finland. During his PhD, he investigated the developing early gut microbiota in relation to autoimmune disorders including type 1 diabetes and inflammatory bowel diseases. In his previous role as a postdoctoral associate at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, he investigated strain-level variability of human microbiomes in relation to microbial metabolism and host immune development.