’40 Under 40′ scientist to lecture at USF

Jack Gilbert

Jack Gilbert

“40 Under 40” biologist Jack Gilbert will present Adventures in the Microbial World at the University of St. Francis (USF) on Monday, Feb. 9.

The public is invited to this seminar at in the Sexton Auditorium in the Moser Performing Arts Center on the university’s 500 Wilcox St. campus in Joliet. For information, call 815-768-8350.

Gilbert, named to the Crain’s Chicago Business 2014 “Chicago’s 40 Under 40” list, is group leader for Microbial Ecology at Argonne National Laboratory; associate professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago; associate director of the Institute of Genomic and Systems Biology and senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory.

Gilbert uses molecular analysis and sequencing tools to test fundamental hypotheses in microbial ecology. He has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on metagenomics and approaches to ecosystem ecology (www.gilbertlab.com). He is currently working on generating observational and mechanistic models of microbial communities in natural, urban built and human ecosystems.

He is on the board of the Genomic Standards Consortium (www.gensc.org), is a section editor for PLoS ONE and senior editor for the ISME Journal and Environmental Microbiology. Among other projects, he leads the Earth Microbiome Project (www.earthmicrobiome.org), Home Microbiome Project (www.homemicrobiome.com), Hospital Microbiome Project (www.hospitalmicrobiome.com) and co-founded American Gut (www.americangut.org).

Gilbert earned his Ph.D. from Unilever and Nottingham University, United Kingdom and received postdoctoral training at Queens University, Canada.

Gilbert’s Adventures in the Microbial World presentation is sponsored by the USF Gamma Kappa Chapter of TriBeta, the national biology honor society.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., has 46,000 alumni throughout the country. USF serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and sciences, business, education, nursing, health care and social work. For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit www.stfrancis.edu.

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