When Good Milk Goes Bad: Milk Glycans and Pathogens In the Gut of Neonates

Date: 
Monday, 2 November 2015 - 11:00am

Seminar by Dr Steve Frese, Senior ScientistEvolve Biosystems, University of California, Davis When Good Milk Goes Bad: Milk Glycans and Pathogens In the Gut of Neonates McMeekan CentreMonday 2nd November, 11:00am-12:00pm Steven Frese is a Senior Scientist at Evolve Biosystems, a startup company borne out of over a decade of research at the University of California, Davis, and focused on diet and microbial manipulation of the infant gut.Until quite recently, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California Davis in the Department of Food Science and Technology, supported by a Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health.  Dr Frese studies how the gut microbiome of nursing pigs is shaped by milk, how the gut community contributes to digestion, and how problematic populations in the gut can be reduced by understanding this ecosystem in light of evolutionary and ecological principles.Previously, Dr Frese’s work at the University of Nebraska focused on understanding how host-associated populations of a vertebrate gut microbe, Lactobacillus reuteri colonized host animals, and how divergence in this species produced a host-specificity among subpopulations.  His work uncovered biofilm formation as a primary mechanism by which Lactobacillus species colonize animal hosts (especially rodents, chickens, and pigs).  For this work, he was awarded the biennial Jules Tournut Probiotics Prize for its relevance to animal nutrition by the European Probiotics Association in 2014.Publications Available on Google Scholar              URL:  mills.ucdavis.edu/steve-a-frese

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