Featured St. Norbert’s College Lecturer: Dr. David Hunnicutt
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2014
We usually associate bacteria with disease or contamination, but the average healthy person is composed of roughly 1 trillion human cells and 10 trillion bacterial cells. Recent advances in genomics and microbiology allow a glimpse into who these “commensals” are, how they function, and how they interact with us, their hosts. Some researchers are beginning to talk about these commensals as an additional organ. This lecture will focus on recent studies describing the “human microbiome” and how such discoveries open up new ways of thinking about health, disease, and what it means to be human. Dr. Hunnicutt is a microbiologist and Associate Professor of Biology at St. Norbert College.