The Evolution and Ecology of Our Microbial Self

Sunday, February 14, 2016: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM
Marshall Ballroom West (Marriott Wardman Park)
Christina Warinner, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
The newly appreciated importance of the human microbiome raises questions as to its origin, evolution, and ecology. The application of advanced genomic and proteomic sequencing technologies to ancient human microbiomes, such as coprolites (paleofeces) and dental calculus (calcified plaque), as well as to contemporary microbiomes in traditional and industrialized societies, allows us to advance understanding of the evolutionary history of our microbial self and its impact on human health today.