Microbiome Working Group


The microbiome working group intends to provide an informal infrastructure for networking and continuing education relevant to microbiome research. As the field is very new, rapidly evolving, and multidisciplinary by nature, the group strives to link basic, clinical, and population health sciences researchers, facilitating the exchange of ideas across CUMC.

To receive information about upcoming events, sign up for the listserv, or suggest speakers for the seminar series, please contact Ryan Demmer at rdemmer@columbia.edu .

Fall 2017 Seminars

April 20, 4pmHammer LL-110Elena Ladas, PhD
Assistant Professor of Nutrition, CUMC
The use of probiotic therapy in children undergoing hematopoietic cell transplant
March 23rd, 4pmHammer LL-110 Smita Gopinath, PhD

Iwasaki Lab
Yale School of Medicine
Antibiotic-mediated antiviral immunity
February 23rd, 4pmTBAFrancesco Beghini, MSc student

Segata Lab
Centre for Integrative Biology (CIBIO)   
Smoking and the oral microbiome in the New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Study (NYC-HANES II)


Fall 2016 Seminars

December 15th
1 pm
Hammer LL-107Brian Ji, MD/PhD Candidate
Dr. Dennis Vitkup Lab
Department of Systems Biology
Ecological Dynamics of Gut Microbiota
December 1st 1pmHammer 304
Levi Waldron, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics
CUNY School of Public Health. 
New York, NY
curatedMetagenomicData: curated taxonomic and functional profiles for thousands of human-associated microbiomes   (See Resources section for more information)
November 17th
Hammer LL-210Ravi Sheth, PhD Candidate
Dr. Harris Wang Lab
Department of Systems Biology
Comprehensive mapping of micron-scale microbial interactions in the gut
November 3rd
1 pm
MSPH 11th FloorDaniel Freedberg, MD,MS
Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases. CUMC
How the Hospital Environment Shapes Risk for C. difficile
October 26th
4 pm
Alumni Auditorium
650W 168th St
Ryan Demmer, PhD
Jeff Shaman, PhD
Brent Williams, PhD
The Microbiome of Population Health

Sponsored by: The Dean’s Grand Rounds on the Future of Public Health
Mailman School of Public Health


Spring 2016 Seminars

May 23
4 pm
Lasker Building, 310CJeremiah Faith, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mount Sinai
Understanding the role of gut microbes and diet in inflammatory disease
April 18
1 pm
Lasker Building, 3960 Broadway
Chris Mason, PhD
Associate Professor at Weill Cornell, Department of Physiology and Biophysics
Genetics, Epigenomics, and Metagenomics in cities and space stations
Click HERE to see the slidedeck.
March 21
4 pm
Irving Cancer Research Center, Room 816Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, PhD
Associate Professor, NYU School of Medicine
The ancestral and the early microbiome
February 22
4 pm
MSPH 11th FloorBrent Williams, PhD
Assistant Professor at Columbia University, Department of Clinical Pathology and Cell Biology
Seasonally Fluctuant Microbiota of Primates and Evidence Against the Enterotype Paradigm
January 28
4 pm
Hammer LL205Jesse Zaneveld, PhD
Oregon State University, Department of Microbiology
Predictive functional profiling of microbial communities: Theory, tools and current applications from chronic disease to wildlife conservation

Fall 2015 Seminars

December 14
4 pm
Hammer LL206Paul Planet, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center
The microbiome of cystic fibrosis
November 30 Susan Perkins, PhD
Curator, Molecular Systematics
Principal Investigator, SICG Genomics Lab
Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School

Eunsoo Kim, PhD
Assistant Curator, Protist Collectio
Principal Investigator, SICG Genomics Lab
Assistant Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School
Tour of the "Meet Your Microbiome" exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History
November 16
4 pm
Hammer LL206Dennis Vitkup, PhD
Associate Professor, Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Department of Biomedical Informatics
Stability in microbial and non-microbial ecosystems
November 9
4 pm
Hammer LL206Ryan Demmer, PhD
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University Medical Center
The subgingival microbiome and diabetes risk
October 26
4 pm
Hammer LL206Harris Wang, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology, Columbia University Medical Center
Functional genomics approaches for microbiome research
October 5
4 pm
Hammer LL206Sway Chen
MD/PHD Student, Dr. Harris Wang’s Lab, Department of Systems Biology
Digoxin metabolism by the gut microbiome
September 28
5 pm
PH-20Esi Lamousé -Smith, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediactric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
Affiliate Member, CCTI, Columbia University Medical Center
How intestinal flora impacts the immune system's development and function
September 14
4 pm
Hammer LL206Yana Bromberg, PhD
Assistant Professor, Rutgers University Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Tell me what you do and I'll tell you who you are: Functional basis of microorganism classification
August 24
4 pm
MSPH 11th FloorGerman Plata, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Dr. Dennis Vitkup's Lab, Department of Systems Biology
Review of computational methods to study bacterial communities and functions
August 10
5:30 pm
MSPH 11th FloorNitzan Soffer, PhD
Research Scientist, INTRALTIX, INC. (Baltimore, Maryland)
Microbiome 101


Talks and conferences of interest 

Date/TimeLocationSpeakerTitleSponsored by:
"Gut Health, Microbiota & Probiotics Throughout the Lifespan 2016: Metabolic & Brain Function” Available for viewing via webcast : HERE
March 6th, 2017 Skip Virgin, MD, PhD
Chair of the Department of Pathology & Immunology at the Washington University School of Medicine
 Precision Medicine Seminar
December 16th, 2016  Amy Tsou, MD Senior fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital Investigating the Role of the Gut Microbiome in Intestinal InflammationDivision of Pediatrics Gastroenterology at CUMC
26th, 2016
4 pm
Alumni Auditorium
650W 168th St
Ryan Demmer, PhD
Jeff Shaman, PhD
Brent Williams, PhD
The Microbiome of Population Health


The Dean’s Grand Rounds on the Future of Public Health
Mailman School of Public Health




Boris Grinshpun
PhD Candidate, Department of Systems Biology

Eugenia Lyashenko, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Department of Systems Biology

Janet Woollen
PhD Candidate, Department of Biomedical Informatics

Ravi Sheth
PhD Candidate, Department of Systems Biology

Ryan Demmer, PhD , MPH
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology