Plenary #8: Microbiome and Mental Health / Thomas Sharpton, PHD

I am interested in how the human microbiome, especially the gut microbiome, relates to health. My lab specializes in the development and application of high-throughput computational and statistical tools that characterize microbiome biology and investigates how microbiomes are associated with host health, environmental exposures, and animal evolution. We aim to develop testable hypotheses about how humans and their microbiome interact and strive to understand the evolutionary and ecological processes that influence community assembly, maintenance, and function within a host. Ultimately, this knowledge will be used to discover disease mechanisms, identify predictive and diagnostic biomarkers of disease, and develop tools to treat disease through manipulation of the microbiome.