Gut Reaction: How Human Microbes Shape Our LivesSemester Course

Gut Reaction: How Human Microbes Shape Our Lives
Major Discipline(s)
Biology, Biomedicine / Biotechnology, Pre-Medicine / Health Science
Visiting Faculty Course
This course will only run in the Spring 2022 semester as it is taught by a visiting faculty.
Type
Elective Course
Available
Spring semester
Credit(s)
3

The human body serves as an ecosystem for billions of bacteria that live in and on us. In this course, we explore how the microbiomes living in our bodies affect health and disease. We learn how researchers use bioinformatics and animal models to study how microbes regulate metabolic processes, prime the immune system, and influence mood through the “gut/brain axis”. As part of this course you develop an independent project based on your interests.

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Neuroscience

Faculty

Jodi Schwarz

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Associate Professor in Biology at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA (2013-present). Assistant Professor in Biology at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA (2006-2013) Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Evolutionary Genomics at the Joint Genome Institute, Walnut Creek, CA, USA (2004-2006). Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA (2002-2004). PhD in Zoology at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA (1997-2002). MS in Marine Science at University of California Santa Cruz, USA (1994-1996). DIS visiting faculty 2022.