On Thurday, November 29th, NYU School of Medicine presents another installment of their microbiology seminar series, hosting Prof. Emily Balskus of Harvard University. Prof. Balskus will give a talk titled, "Decifering the Human Microbiota Using Chemistry".
Prof. Balskus's work centers on uncovering new metabolic pathways and enzymes in microbial genome sequencing data, focusing on enzymes that perform interesting and novel chemistry, and elucidating the biochemical functions of genes linked to important biological activities with a particular emphasis on functions of the human microbiome. Her lab is also devising strategies for integrating synthetic organic chemistry with microbial metabolism by developing biocompatible, non-enzymatic chemical transformations capable of modifying cellular metabolites. All of the group’s research integrates knowledge of microbiology with an understanding of biochemical logic and organic chemistry.
For more information on the Balskus Lab, click here!