Ran Blekhman

Genetics, Cell Biology & Development
College of Biological Sciences
Twin Cities

Award Year
University Award
McKnight Land-Grant Professorship
Research Title
Using genomics to understand how the microbiome impacts human health

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The microbial communities that colonize the human body are involved in many human diseases. Since the same diseases are also affected by human genes, characterizing the interplay between the microbiome and human genetics is central to understanding human biology and disease. Ran Blekhman utilizes high-throughput genomic technologies and advanced analytical approaches to integrate human and microbiome genomic big data, with the goal of understanding how the microbiome affects disease and developing microbiome-based therapies.