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Meeting: Applications, Promise and Public Implications of Metagenomics in Urban Settings

Just got pointed to a description of this 1-day meeting in New York on October 12, 2018… “It’s a Brave New World: Applications, Promise and Public Implications of Metagenomics in Urban Settings”.   Sounds like a great lineup of speakers and certainly a fascinating topic!   Meeting description below:


This 1-day symposium brings together urban microbiome researchers, government scientists, and public health policy makers to identify where the interests of the science and the public sector may overlap. It will provide an opportunity for frank and open discussion that considers the promise and application of urban microbiome research and ways it may enhance the quality of city life. Ten presentations from leaders in the field will be followed by a panel discussion that explores how the research and its findings can be explained effectively and responsibly to the public.


Martin Blaser, Director, NYU Human Microbiome Program: “Our disappearing microbiota and its consequences”

Jill Taylor, Director Wadsworth Center, NYS Dept. of Health: ““Environmental metagenomics and public health diagnostics: moving hand-in-hand”

Jack Gilbert, Faculty Director U. Chicago Microbiome Center: “Microbiology of the built environment: homes, hospitals and human health”

Coby Schal, North Carolina State University: ““Cockroach, bed-bug, and home microbiomes”

Marc Edwards, Virginia Tech: “Perils of metagenomics in the midst of a Federal emergency”

Holly Bik, UC Riverside: “Small organisms, big data: A technological view of microbiomes and metagenomics”

Brian Raphael, Centers for Disease Control: “A survey of the distribution and diversity of Legionella in US cooling towers”

Jason Munshi-South, Fordham University: ““Microbiomes and genetic connectivity of rats in New York City”

Jane Carlton, Faculty Director NYU Center for Genomics & Systems Biology: “Don’t forget the protists! New York City sewage, pets and pests”

Enoma Omoregie, NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene: “NYC’s drinking water microbiome”


Katherine Lyon-Daniels, Assoc. Director for Communications, Centers for Disease Control

Sam Miller, Assoc. Director Office of External Affairs, NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene

Daniel Kass, Senior Vice President Environmental Health at Vital Strategies

…and more….

A wine & cheese reception will round-off the event !!


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, as proof of registration

What can I bring into the event?

No food or beverages allowed in the NYU auditorium. Coffee available during breaks in the lobby.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Dr. Julia Maritz: jmm1005@nyu.edu


David Coil

David Coil is a Project Scientist in the lab of Jonathan Eisen at UC Davis. David works at the intersection between research, education, and outreach in the areas of the microbiology of the built environment, microbial ecology, and bacterial genomics. Twitter

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