May 6, 2016 Research Forum

Alyson Yee, a new member to Jack Gilbert's Lab, provided the following summary of her Research Forum presentation:

The gut microbiota plays an important role in human growth and development. In healthy term infants, community assembly is affected by mode of delivery, breastfeeding, and environmental exposures, but preterm infants are subject to many insults, including emergency Caesarean section delivery and an extended stay in the NICU. We are using next generation sequencing and metagenomics techniques to model the assembly of the microbiota in preterm infants and predict long term health outcomes.