Keynote Speaker – Dan Knights
Talk Title: Opportunities and challenges in industrial and agricultural applications of microbiome profiling
Dan Knights develops computational methods for doing precision medicine with gut bacteria, and he applies those methods to study human disease. In his multidisciplinary research lab Knights combines expertise in data mining and biology to advance detection of microbiota-related disease in children, adults, and non-human primates. On the computational side, Knights develops algorithms and software for making more precise measurements of microbial communities and for building more accurate predictive models of the microbiome for clinical applications. He then applies those tools to perform early detection of microbiome defects in infectious diseases, colorectal cancer, obesity, and other diseases.