Adventures in Our Microbial World

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People in the developed world spend more than 90 percent of their lives in the built environment. This new human ecosystem may be both the source and the solution to modern health concerns like depression, anxiety, allergies, and autism. In this lecture, microbiologist Jack Gilbert will explain how microorganisms in these environments shape our health and development. His research explores the interface between the microbial world and our lives, blurring the boundaries between our planet’s ecosystems.

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Event Details

6:00p.m.  Registration and networking
6:30p.m.  Presentation and discussion
7:30p.m.  Reception

$10/recent graduate (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Free for Class of 2015 UChicago alumni
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Chicago, Harper, Phoenix, and Medical and Biological Alumni Leadership Societies

Featured Faculty


Jack Gilbert is the group leader for microbial ecology at Argonne National Laboratory, associate professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, associate director of the Institute for Genomic and Systems Biology, and adjunct senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory. He has authored more than 150 scientific papers on microbial ecology in myriad environments, including our built environment and the human body.

To learn more about the connections between humans and the environment, visit the Gilbert Lab or read from a selection of his articles:

“Longitudinal Analysis of Microbial Interaction between Humans and the Indoor Environment,” Science

“Toward Effective Probiotics for Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders,” Cell

“Development of the Preterm Infant Gut Microbiome: A Research Priority,” Microbiome