October 16, 2023
Pepsi Auditorium, Stocking Hall
3:30 PM - Refreshments
4:00 PM - Presentation
A Career in the Genomics Sciences
Karen Nelson, Ph.D.
Thermo Fisher Scientific, Chief Scientific Officer
The human microbiome refers to all the microorganisms that live in and on the human body. It is now estimated that about 57% of the cells in the human body are microbial cells and that 99% of the genes present in the human body are microbial genes. These microbial species and their associated genetic information have a significant impact on human health and disease. A prior team led by Dr. Nelson at the J. Craig Venter Institute published the first human metagenomics study in 2006 which went on to be the foundation for several large scale domestic and global sponsored research projects on the human microbiome. In parallel, many startups formed to investigate the potential of these species, as well as collaborations between pharma, biotech and academia. Today, the human microbiome remains a vast treasure trove of information that we are still trying to understand. In her presentation, Dr. Nelson will review how her work at Cornell in the Animal Sciences Department gave her the critical foundation for a successful career in the non-for-profit sciences and in Industry.
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About the lecture
The Dale E. Bauman Lecture was created in 2017 by the Faculty of the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University to recognize and honor the remarkable career accomplishments and outstanding contributions of Professor Emeritus Dale E. Bauman to animal biology, food science, and nutritional biochemistry. Initial endowment has been funded from gifts of individual faculty members to inaugurate this exciting lecture series, which aims to provide insightful and provocative information for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students across the Cornell University community.
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