Gut microbes and their role in obesity and malnutrition

Date(s) - 9 Dec 2013
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Biodesign Institute at ASU

ASU Biodesign Discovery Series

 Gut microbes and their role in obesity and malnutrition

Rob Knight


Rob Knight Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry   University of Colorado Boulder

Monday, Dec. 9 • 1 p.m.    

ASU Biodesign Institute Auditorium

 727 E. Tyler St., Tempe, AZ  



Rob Knight’s research is focused on understanding biological evolution at scales ranging from individual molecules to whole ecosystems. He uses a combination of techniques drawn from fields ranging from computer science to molecular biology to understand the evolution, structure, and function of the human microbiome (the microbes that inhabit each of our bodies) and, at a more fundamental level, the evolution of biochemical functions in random-sequence pools of RNA molecules.