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Microbiomes Institute

Microbiomes Institute

Past Events

Upcoming Meetings

All upcoming meetings and seminars will be announced on the News and Events page.  

Past Meetings

Previous seminars / webinars are listed here.  Video recordings and PowerPoints are included, when available. 

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  • September 2023

    Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at 12:30 pm

    Multiomics Approach to Anemia in Preterm Infants

    Thao (Tina) Ho, DO

    Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Division of Neonatology
    USF Morsani College of Medicine

  • August 2023

    Wednesday, August 9th, 2023, at 10:00 am

    Translocating Pathobionts in Extraintestinal Autoimmunity

    Martin Alexander Kriegel, M.D. Ph.D.

    Chief of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology
    Tenured (W3) University Professor
    University of Münster

    Associate Professor Adjunct
    Department of Immunobiology
    Yale School of Medicine

  • July 2023

    Tuesday, July 25th, 2023, at 2:00 pm

    Exploiting microbial metabolites to improve anti-tumor immunity

    Rahul S. Shinde, D.V.M., Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Immunology, Microenvironment &Metastasis Program
    Ellen and Ronald Caplan Cancer Center
    The Wistar Institute

  • June 2023

    Wednesday, June 14th, 2023, at 2:00 PM

    Gut-brain communication: a new frontier in biomedicine

    Christoph Thaiss, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Microbiology Department, Perelman School of Medicine
    University of Pennsylvania

  • May 2023

    Wednesday, May 10th, 2023, at 12:30 PM

    Microbiome and chemical analysis of sphalerite denitrifying biofilters used for domestic wastewater treatment

    Erica A. Dasi, PhD

    ASEE Engineering Postdoctoral fellow
    USF Environmental Engineering

  • April 2023

    Wednesday, April 19th, 2023 12:30 pm

    Microbiomes Town Hall

    USF Research Park (New Research Building)
    3814 Spectrum Blvd.
    Meeting Room #124
    Tampa, FL 33612


  • March 2023

    Wednesday, March 8th, 2023, at 12:30PM

    The role of the gut microbiome in immune dysregulation of a genetic combined immunodeficiency

     Jolan Walter, MD, PhD

    Division Chief and Associate Professor
    Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
    USF Morsani College of Medicine


    Joseph Dasso, MD, PhD

    Research Scientist Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
    USF Morsani College of Medicine   

  • February 2023

    Tuesday, February 21st, 2023, 2:30 PM

    The Gut Microbiome Impacts Parkinson’s disease in Mouse Models

    Sarkis Mazmanian, Ph.D.

    Luis & Nelly Soux Professor of Microbiology in the Division of Biology & Biological Engineering
    California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

  • January 2023

    Wednesday, January 11th, 2023, 12:30 PM

    Harnessing the renin-angiotensin system and gut microbiome to prevent age-related disability

    Thomas Buford, Ph.D.

    Professor, Department of Medicine (Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics & Palliative Care)
    Professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences
    Director, UAB Center for Exercise Medicine Co-Director, Nathan Shock Center for Basic Biology of Aging
    Investigator, VA Medical Center's Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric, Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC)

  • December 2022

    Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 12:30 pm EST

    Gut Microbiota in Severe Obesity: Importance of B Vitamin Status

    Prof Karine Clément MD, PhD

    Sorbonne Université/ INSERMNutriOmiqueResearch group
    Nutrition Department, Pitié-SalpêtrièreHospital

  • October 2022

    Wednesday, October 12, 202212:30 pm EST

    Using microbiomes as sustainable bioresources

    George Philippidis, PhD

    Associate Dean of Research and Director of Sustainable Energy
    Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS)
    University of South Florida

  • August 2022

    Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 3:00 pm EST

    A new look at why chronic diseases continue to ‘bug’ us: The gut microbiome, stress, and health disparities  

    Tiffany L. Carson, PhD, MPH, FTOS

    Associate Member
    George Edgecomb Scholar Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior
    H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

  • May 2022

    Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 3:00 PM EST

    Diabetes Mellitus and the Microbiome: The Features of this Complex Relationship including “Phase”

    Barbara Hansen, PhD

    Director of Obesity, Diabetes and Aging Research Center
    Professor, College of Medicine Internal Medicine
    Professor, College of Medicine Pediatrics

  • April 2022

    Thursday, April 21st, 2022, 3:00 PM EST  

    Call for collaborations -Microbiome in aging Gut and Brain (MiaGB) study paving the ways to predict age-related cognitive decline  

    Hariom Yadav, M.Sc., Ph.D.

    Director, USF Center for Microbiome Research, Microbiomes Institute
    Associate Professor, Neurosurgery and Brain Repair
    Associate Professor, Internal Medicine-Digestive Diseases and Nutrition Faculty, Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair Faculty, Byrd Alzheimer's Center/ USF Neuroscience Institute

  • February 2022

    Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 3:00 pm EST

    Caring for Life's little things: Microbial management for healthy ecosystems

    Erika Díaz-Almeyda, Ph.D

    Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies
    New College of Florida

  • October 2021

    Thursday, October 14th, 2021, 3:00 PM EST
    Microbiome Research Hub

    Gut Aging: Interventions and Implications for Physical and Cognitive Decline

    Christy S. Carter, PhD


    Translational Exercise, Aging, and Microbiome Laboratory
    Department of Medicine; Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care
    Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging
    Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging
    Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute
    Center for Exercise Medicine UAB | The University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • September 2021

    Thursday, December 9th, 2021 at 3:00 pm EST

    Dissecting the connections between host genetic variation, gut microbes and metabolites

    Federico E. Rey, PhD

    Associate Professor of Bacteriology
    University of Wisconsin, Madison

  • July 2021

    Thursday, July 14 12:30 pm EST  

    Botanical Medicine Research and Education Consortium  

    Mark Kindy, PHD, FAHA

    Professor, College of Medicine Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology
    Professor, TCOP Dept. of Pharmaceutical Science Senior Research Career
    Scientist, James A. Haley VA Director, Botanical Medicine Research and Education Consortium

  • June 2021

    Thursday, June 10th, 2021, 3:00 PM EST  

    Mitigating Alzheimer's disease risk for APOE4 carriers via gut-brain axis: integrating neuroimaging, multi-omics and artificial intelligence  

    Ai-Ling Lin, PhD

    Associate Professor, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
    Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences
    Department of Neuroscience and Department of Biomedical Engineering
    University of Kentucky  

  • April 2021

    April 8th, 2021

    Setting the Stage for innovative microbiome studies to address cancer disparities using an integrative approach. 

    Doratha "Armen" Byrd, PhD, MPH

    Assistant Member
    Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Gastrointenstinal Oncology
    Moffitt Cancer Center

  • December 2020

    December 16, 2020

    Bats and Viruses: A Successful Story of Coevolution?

    Linfa (Lin-Fa) Wang, PhD

    FTSE Professor
    Programme in Emerging Infectious Disease
    Duke-NUS Medical School


  • September 2020

    Analyzing microbial compositions

    Daniel Ian McSkimming, PhD

    Director, Bioinformatics Core
    Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
    Morsani College of Medicine

    Amplicon sequencing in the era of highly-accurate long reads

    Benjamin J. Callahan, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    Dept. of Population Health & Pathobiology
    North Carolina State University

  • August 2020

    Wednesday,August 26th 2020, at 2:00pm

    Microbiome data characteristics, statistical methods and challenges of analyzing microbiome data

    Yinglin Xia, PhD

    Research Associate Professor
    Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
    Department of Medicine
    University of Illinois at Chicago

  • July 2020


    Monday, July 13th, 2020 3:30 PM

    Microbiome dynamics in metabolic disease

    Christoph A. Thaiss, PhD

    Assistant Professor Department of Microbiology
    Perelman School of Medicine
    University of Pennsylvania

    Monday, July 6th  2020, at 2:00pm

    Using the Data - All the data: The Challenges of Heterogeneous Data from the Microbiome

    Susan Holmes, PhD

    Professor, Statistics  Department
    John Henry Samter Fellow in Undergraduate Education
    Stanford University

  • June 2020

    Wednesday, June 24 at 12:00 PM

    MedZIM: Mediation analysis for Zero-Inflated Mediators with applications to microbiome data

    Zhigang Li, Ph.D.

    Associate  Professor (University Preeminence hire) Dept. of Biostatistics
    University of Florida

    Thursday, June 18th, 2020 12:00 PM

    Microbiome Metagenomics of an Antarctic Ascidian to Guide the Discovery of the Palmerolide Biosynthetic Gene Cluster

    Bill Baker, PhD

    Professor, Department of Chemistry
    University of South Florida
    Nicole Avalon PhD Student Department of Chemistry
    University of South Florida 

    Monday, June 1st 2020, at 2:00pm

    Interrogating the Gut Microbiome: Estimation of Growth Dynamics and Prediction of Biosynthetic Gene Clusters

    Hongzhe Li (Lee), Ph.D.

    Perelman Professor of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics
    Director, Center for Statistics in Big DataVice Chair for Research Integration
    Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics

  • May 2020

    May 13, 2020

    Host - Microbiota Interaction at the Mucosal Surface: Importance of a Proper No Man’s Land  

    Benoit Chassaing, PhD, HDR

    Team leader
    Mucosal Microbiota in Chronic Inflammatory Diseases
    INSERM U1016 Institut Cochin Paris, France  

  • April 2020

    April 16, 2020 

    Dietary Fibers and the Foundation Guild of Gut Microbiota for Human Metabolic Health

    Liping Zhao, PhDProfessor

    Eveleigh-Fenton Chair of Applied Microbiology
    Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology
    School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
    Rutgers University


  • February 2020

    February 14th, 2020

    Endogenous viral elements and their role in antiviral immunity in mosquitoes

    Maria Carla Saleh, Ph.D.

    Principal Investigator, Viruses and RNAi Unit
    Department of Virology, Institut Pasteur Paris

    February 12th, 2020

    From virus-blocking Wolbachia to synthetic gene drives: How can we better control mosquitoes that transmit arboviruses

    Gordana Rašić, PhD

    Senior Research Officer
    QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia

    February 5, 2020

    Microbiome Initiative Workshop 1: Operating Infrastructure, Funding Opportunities, and Team Building for Microbiome Research at USF



    Proteomics Applications
    Elizabeth Wood MS, MT (ASCP)

    Proteomics Facility Director MCOM

    Bacteriology Interest Group
    Sophie Darch, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    College of Medicine, Molecular Medicine

    Animal Facilities
    Robert W. Engelman, DVM, Ph.D.

    Associate Vice President & Professor
    Comparative Medicine

    Jenna Oberstaller, PhD

    Interdisciplinary Sciences Liaison
    USF Genomics Managing Consultant, USF Omics Hub

  • January 2020 

    January 22, 2020

    Kaposi’s Sarcoma and Human Herpesvirus: Lessons Learned from Sub-Saharan Africa

    Charles Wood, PhD

    Lewis Lehr/3M University Professor
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln, School of Biological Sciences
    Director, Nebraska Center for Virology

     January 15, 2020

    Gut microbiome as a bonanza of therapeutic targets and biomarkers of aging‐related metabolic diseases

    Hariom Yadav, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Molecular Medicine
    Wake Forest School of Medicine

  • October 2019

    October 30, 2019

    Microbiome Research Award Information Session

    Christian Brechot, MD, Ph.D.

    Senior Associate Dean for Research in Global Affairs, Morsani College of Medicine
    Associate Vice President, International Partnerships and Innovation
    Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine

  • July 2019

    University of South Florida and Moffitt Cancer Center Joint Workshop on Microbiomes and Cancer

    Ongoing Activities at USF and Moffitt

    Christian Brechot, MD, PhD

    Senior Associate Dean for Research in Global Affairs, Morsani College of Medicine
    Associate Vice President, International Partnerships and Innovation
    Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine
    University of South Florida

    Anna R. Giuliano, PhD

    Dorothea Bennett Memorial – American Cancer Society (ACS) Clinical Research Professor
    Director, Center for Immunization and Infection Research in Cancer (CIIRC)
    Moffitt Cancer Center

    Microbiota reconstitution restores intestinal integrity after cisplatin therapy

    Jose R. Conejo-Garcia, MD, PhD

    Chair and Senior Member, Immunology Moffitt Cancer Center

    Gut microflora and urinary estrogen profiles: Exploring a new paradigm for breast cancer risk reduction

    John M. Koomen, PhD
    Associate Member, Molecular Oncology
    Moffitt Cancer Center

  • May 2019

    A Microbiome Joint Workshop between the University of South Florida and the University of Florida  


    Gestational  Age, Growth, Human milk and the PretermInfant Gut Microbiome      
    Maureen Groer, PhD, RN, FAAN

    Professor, College of Nursing
    Professor, College of Medicine Internal Medicine
    University of South Florida

    Using metagenomic approaches to understand microbialcontributions to cancer immunotherapy
    Raad Gharaibeh, Ph.D

    Assistant Professor
    Director, UF Health Cancer Center Microbiome Genomics
    Division of Gastroenterology Department of Medicine, University of Florida

    Lactation and Association with Gut Microbiome
    Adetola Louis-Jacques, MD

    Assistant Professor, College of Medicine Obstetrics & Gynecology
    Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
    University of South Florida

    Gut dysbiosis and systemic lupus erythematosus
    Laurence Morel, PhD

    Mary and Bryan Whisenant Professor of Pathology
    Vice Chair for Research and Academic Affairs
    Department of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine
    College of Medicine
    University of Florida

  • February 2019

    February 27, 2019


    Introduction: The Microbiome Research Award

    Christian Brechot, MD, PhD

    Asst Vice President, College of Medicine Internal Medicine
    Professor, College of Medicine Internal Medicine
    Sr. Assoc. Dean for Research for Global Affairs, Morsani College of Medicine
    Assoc.Vp, International Partnerships & Innovation, Morsani College of Medicine


    General Discussion - New Topics to be Covered

    Christian Brechot, MD, PhD
  • January 2019

    First Microbiome Club Meeting - January 30, 2019

    Introductory Remarks

    Christian Bréchot, MD, PhD

    Asst Vice President, College of Medicine Internal Medicine
    Professor, College of Medicine Internal Medicine
    Sr. Assoc. Dean for Research for Global Affairs, Morsani College of Medicine
    Assoc.Vp, International Partnerships & Innovation, Morsani College of Medicine


    The Bacteriology Interest Group

    Burt Anderson, Ph.D

    Professor, Molecular Medicine
    Professor & Associate Dean, College of Medicine Molecular Medicine

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