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Widely Applied Mathematics Seminars

Building microbial communities from the bottom up

Dr. Jeff Gore, Associate Professor of Physics, MIT

Nov 21, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm | Pierce Hall, 209

Dr. Jeff Gore, Associate Professor of Physics, MIT

Microbes exist in complex, multi-species communities with diverse interactions that play an essential role in both human health as well as the health of the planet. Over the last decade tremendous progress has been made in characterizing these communities, but the lack of experimentally tractable model systems has made it difficult to discern the rules governing microbial community assembly and function. In this talk I will describe our recent experimental efforts to develop a bottom-up approach to understanding the dynamics of these communities. We find that simple, phenomenological descriptions of microbial interactions provide a surprising amount of insight into how communities assemble and change under stress. 

Speaker Bio

Jeff Gore is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his research focuses on how interactions between individuals determine the form, function, and emergent dynamics of microbial communities.  



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