has focused primarily on the interactions among host diet, energy balance, and the gut microbiome, leading to a new model for the role that microbes can play in nutrition and obesity. Currently, his team is focusing on the metabolism of orally administered therapeutic drugs by the distal gut microbiome. He received a B.A. in biochemistry, biophysics, and molecular biology from Whitman College and a Ph.D. in microbial genomics from Washington University in St. Louis.
Johan van Hylckama Vlieg, Ph.D., is scientific director of gut microbiology and probiotics at Danone Research Center, Palaiseau, France, and head of the Science Group Gut Microbiology and Probiotics at Danone Research. He has more than 10 years of professional experience in running research programs at Danone Research, NIZO food research, Top Institute Food and Nutrition, and the Kluyver Centre for Genomics of Industrial Fermentation. He is author or co-author on more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and co-inventor on 5 patent applications on lactic acid bacteria for food and health applications. He has a Ph.D. in molecular microbiology.
James Versalovic, M.D., Ph.D., is head of the Department of Pathology, chief of the Pathology Service, and director of the Texas Children’s Microbiome Center. He serves as the Milton J. Finegold Professor of Pathology and Immunology and also is professor of pediatrics, molecular and human genetics, and molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). He is co-director of the medical scientist (M.D.-Ph.D.) training program at BCM. He pursued clinical pathology and microbiology residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Versalovic is board certified in clinical pathology and molecular genetic pathology. He is editor-in-chief of the Manual of Clinical Microbiology and editor of Therapeutic Microbiology: Probiotics and Related Strategies. As a principal investigator, his primary research interests include the human microbiome, probiotics, medical and molecular microbiology, innate immunity, digestive diseases, and gastrointestinal physiology. His research program is supported by NIH (R01 and Roadmap funding). Dr. Versalovic has authored 88 primary manuscripts, 30 book chapters, and 2 patents. He received the Lansky Award as a national leader in pathology under the age of 45 from the College of American Pathologists Foundation. He has also received the BioGaia Ivan Casas Probiotics Research Award and the BCM Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Award. He received his M.D. with honors and his Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology at BCM.
Jennifer Russo Wortman, M.S., is director of microbial informatics and is responsible for oversight of the bioinformatics, genome analysis, and software