Microbiome Research Initiative

The Fred Hutch Microbiome Research Initiative (MRI) links Fred Hutch investigators across every division who share a common interest in microbiome research, capitalizing on recent advances in the field and catalyzing nascent research that impacts cancer and infectious diseases. The MRI includes investigators with expertise in study design, laboratory methods, animal models, human intervention studies, data analysis, and visualization, including 16S and 18S rRNA gene sequence libraries, bacterial genomes and metagenomes, metatranscriptomes, metaproteomes, and metabolomes. Together we strive to predict health outcomes, understand the pathogenesis of disease, and manipulate the microbiota to promote health.

For more information, contact Sue Bartlett (sbartlet@fredhutch.org)

Anaerobe 2020

The 2nd Biennial Microbiome Symposium was co-hosted by the Fred Hutch Microbiome Research Initiative and the University of Washington (UW) Center for Microbiome Sciences & Therapeutics (CMiST). Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it was presented in an online webinar format. The event hosted 186 attendees and included presentations by 19 local and national investigators involving therapeutics, HIV and the microbiome, chemistry and the microbiome, models of disease, biostatistics and computational methods, the pediatric microbiome, and four student short talks.

Guest Speakers
Keynote: Ramnik Xavier, MD - Professor, Broad Institute and Harvard University
Keynote: Janet Jansson, PhD  - Chief Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Emily Balskus, PhD – Professor, Broad Institute and Harvard University
Jason Brenchley, PhD - Senior Investigator, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Robert A. Britton, PhD - Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
Gautam Dantas, PhD - Professor, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Pieter C. Dorrestein, PhD - Professor, University of California San Diego
Matthew Hayward, PhD - Research Fellow, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard
Scott Olesen, PhD - Scientific Director, OpenBiome
Bruce Roberts, PhD - Chief Scientific Officer, Vedanta Biosciences

UW and Fred Hutch Speakers
Julia Yue Cui, PhD - Assistant Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, UW
Kevin Forsberg, PhD, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Malik Lab, Basic Sciences Division, Fred Hutch
Christopher Johnston, PhD - Assistant Member, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, Fred Hutch
Kristopher Kerns, MPH, PhD Candidate, McLean Lab, Oral Biology, School of Dentistry, UW
Melissa Kordahi - PhD Candidate, DePaolo Lab, Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease Program, UW
Motoko Koyama, MD, PhD - Senior Staff Scientist, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch
Samuel Minot, PhD - Staff Scientist, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, Fred Hutch
Sandi Navarro, PhD, Staff Scientist, Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch
Jeanette Schwensen, BS, Research Technician, Koch Lab, Basic Sciences Division, Fred Hutch
Sujatha Srinivasan, PhD - Senior Staff Scientist, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, Fred Hutch
David L. Suskind, MD - Director of Clinical Gastroenterology, Seattle Children's; Professor, Pediatrics, UW
Michael Wu, PhD - Associate Member, Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch; Affiliate, Biostatistics, UW

“The scientific content was stellar, and the invited speakers brought top-quality presentations.”

“I could see the cutting edge of a fast-moving field.”


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Anaerobe 2020 Congress will occur as a virtual, online meeting. The revised schedule will be available soon. 

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