Midsummer Nights' Science: Why Microbes Matter

Midsummer Nights' Science: Why Microbes Matter

Midsummer NIghts' Science series, Broad Institute July 6

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 6:00pm

Why Microbes Matter

Microbes influence nearly every aspect of our lives. Though they have gotten a bad rap for causing disease, our bugs can protect us from disease, feed us, and they might even affect the way we think! We are also learning how human activity, including the use of antibiotics, has influenced our microbes with profound implications for human health. I will discuss some of the modern ways that we investigate microbes and what these investigations are telling us about why our microbes — and what we do to them! —matter.

Ashlee Earl

Ashlee Earl is a Research Scientist and Group Leader of Bacterial Genomics within the Broad Institute's Genome Center for Infectious Diseases. Her work seeks to understand the relationship between microbes and human health, including how antibiotic resistant pathogens emerge and spread.

Previously, Earl managed much of the Broad’s research in the Human Microbiome Project, and led the analysis and publication that established priorities for capturing and sequencing the "most wanted bacteria" from the human body.

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