584. Meet-the-Professor
Session: Meet-the-Professor Session: A Users' Guide to Microbiome Analysis
Friday, October 4, 2013: 7:00 AM
Room: The Moscone Center: 250-262
Vincent B Young, MD, PhD, FIDSA, Internal Medicine-Infectious Diseases, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI

Dr. Young received his bachelor of science in life sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then received his medical degree and a PhD in microbiology from Stanford University. Dr. Young returned to the Boston area where he completed his residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Following postdoctoral research in the lab of Dr. David Schauer at MIT, in 2001 Dr. Young took his first faculty position at Michigan State University in the College of Human Medicine. It was there that he first began to study the gut microbiota in earnest. In 2007, he moved to the University of Michigan where he is currently an associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Research in the Young lab is directed at understanding the role of bacteria that inhabit the gastrointestinal tract and how they influence the health status of the host. To this end, we study the role of what would traditionally be considered “pathogenic bacteria” in gastrointestinal illness, with a particular emphasis on Clostridium difficile . In addition, we also examine how the population structure of the indigenous GI microbiota can influence the host-pathogen interaction and how changes in the community structure of the indigenous microbiota itself can lead to pathogenic states. This research is being conducted both with material from human subjects as well as animal models of disease.

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