2021-22 Health Sciences Seminar Series – Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe

February 10, 2022 at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Location:This is a virtual event and will take place over Zoom (registration button below).

The Department of Health Sciences is delighted to host the next seminar in our series.

Bioreactors as tools to study the human gut microbiome: from bench to bedside and beyond

Microbes in the human gut are extremely important to health, but difficult to study because many of them are fastidious in their growth requirements. Culturing these microbes does, however, offer great insight into their function and contribution to the ecosystem as a whole. In my lab, we specialize in culture of microbes from the human gut, and we have developed a bioreactor platform (dubbed ‘Robogut’) to facilitate this. In this talk, I will provide some vignettes from my lab on the use of the Robogut in projects that span basic and translational research, including new work to uncover the gut microbiomes of Amerindians from the remote Venezuelan Amazon.


Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe
Professor and Canada Research Chair
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of Guelph