Dr Tommi Vatanen - University of Auckland

Dr Tommi Vatanen - University of Auckland

Location: 
Seminar Room 2
Start Time: 
Thu, 24/10/2019 - 12:00pm
End Time: 
Thu, 24/10/2019 - 1:00pm

​Infant gut microbiome in autoimmunity and type 1 diabetes

Special seminar hosted by Professor Len Harrison

Tommi Vatanen was a postdoctoral associate at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Boston, and is now a research fellow at the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland. He holds a PhD in computational biology from Aalto University, Finland. His research is focused around the human gut microbiome with specific expertise in early life microbiome in relation to immune development and type 1 diabetes.

In addition to working on longitudinal infant microbiome cohort studies, he is currently involved in investigating gut microbiome transfer between humans (Gut Bugs Trial) and in a large-scale structure and function prediction project of microbial proteins in collaboration with IBM World Community Grid (Microbiome Immunity Project).