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Harris H. Wang, PhD Columbia University-“Spatial metagenomics, culturomics, and engineering of human and environmental microbiomes”

October 27, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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BWH Computational Pathology Special Seminar

Harris H. Wang, PhD
Associate Professor of Systems Biology
Interim Chair, Department of Systems Biology, Columbia University

Microbes that colonize the gastrointestinal tract play important roles in host metabolism, immunity, and homeostasis. Microbes that live in soil are responsible for a variety of key decomposition and remediation activities in the biosphere. Better tools to study and alter these microbiomes are essential for unlocking their vast potential to improve human health and combat climate change. This talk will describe our recent efforts to develop next-generation tools to study and modify microbial communities. Specifically, I will discuss new advances in spatial metagenomics, AI-enabled culturomics, and precision microbiome editing to program different microbiomes with new traits. These capabilities provide a foundation to accelerate the development of microbiome-based products and therapies.

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Harris Wang is an Associate Professor of Systems Biology and serves as the Interim Chair of the Department of Systems Biology at Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is also jointly appointed the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology. Dr. Wang received his B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Physics from MIT and his Ph.D. in Biophysics from Harvard University. His research group mainly develops enabling genomic technologies to characterize the mammalian gut microbiome and to engineer these microbes with the capacity to monitor and improve human health. Dr. Wang is an Investigator of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science, Blavatnik National Award Finalist, NSF CAREER, Sloan Research Fellowship, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

Date: Friday October 27, 2023
Time:  2:00-3:00pm ET
In Person: Wolf Conference Center, Hale BTM 02006B, 60 Fenwood Rd Boston 02115
Meeting ID: 891 9982 9402


October 27, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Hybrid – Wolf Conference Center and Zoom
3rd Floor, 60 Fenwood Road
Boston, MA, Massachusetts 02115 United States