Concurrent Session 2C: Personalized Nutrition: The Impact of Diet and the Microbiome on Disease Risk

Wednesday, September 12
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Learning Objectives:

Moderator :
Purna C. Kashyap, MBBS

Assistant Professor of Medicine, College of Medicine and Science
Center for Individualized Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

Purna Kashyap, MBBS is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biomedical Engineering. He is the Associate Program Director of the Microbiome program at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. Dr. Kashyap’s Gut Microbiome Laboratory is interested in understanding mechanisms by which gut microbes influence health and disease. The human gastrointestinal tract harbors trillions of microbes that live in harmony with their human host and perform processes vital for health. Deleterious alterations in gut microbiota have been associated with a number of disease states such as Clostridium difficile colitis, diseases associated with changes in gastrointestinal function such as irritable bow el syndrome, and metabolic diseases such as obesity. However, the functional role of gut microbes in the development of these diseases remains largely unknown. Dr. Kashyap's laboratory aims to elucidate the complex interactions between diet, gut microbes, and gastrointestinal function. To pursue these objectives, they integrate data generated from multi-omic platforms with in vivo and in vitro physiological measurements from human research participants and gnotobiotic mouse models. These data allow the team to understand the interactions among microbiota-derived bioactive molecules and the key regulators of gastrointestinal function. By combining experimental strategies with bioinformatics analysis, Dr. Kashyap's research team hopes to develop novel microbiota-targeted therapies to treat patients with disorders resulting from altered microbiota function.


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Concurrent Speaker :
Tali Raveh-Sadka, PhD

Director of Research

Tali Raveh-Sadka, PhD is the Director of Research at DayTwo. Tali holds a PhD in computational biology. She has a background in Machine learning, Computational Biology and Metagenomics. Tali completed her doctoral thesis on transcriptional regulation in the lab of Prof. Eran Segal at the Weizmann Institute and did her postdoctoral research on gut microbiomes of preterm infants in the lab of Prof. Jill Banfield at UC Berkeley.


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Concurrent Speaker :
Christoph A. Thaiss, PhD

Assistant Professor
University of Pennsylvania


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Concurrent Speaker - Int:
Jens Walter, PhD

Associate Professor
Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional Science.
University of Alberta


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