10/05/2017 - 12:00 - Auditori PRBB

Stick out your tongue!: citizen-science to unveil the oral microbiome

Scientific sessions, CRG Group Leader Seminars

Toni Gabaldón

Comparative Genomics, Bioinformatics and Genomics Programme, CRG

Short biography
Toni Gabaldón is ICREA Professor and head of the Comparative Genomics group at the Centre for Genomic Regulation. His research interests concern how genomes and phenotypes evolve across and within species, with a particular focus on phenotypes and processes relevant to disease. He has published over 100 publications and has been awarded the ERC Starting and Consolidator grants. 

Talk abstract
Developments in sequencing technologies have enabled us to study the human microbiome, a complex system of microbial life that lives on us and plays important roles in our health and disease. Stick out your tongue is the first citizen-science project performed at the CRG, whose aim is to study the microbes that inhabit our mouth, one of the most heavily colonized sites of our body and an entry point to the digestive and respiratory tracks. In this talk I will provide an introduction to the fascinating world of the microbiome, show our recent results of the stick out your tongue project, and discuss the intricacies of science performed hand-in-hand with the citizens.