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  • Erica Sonnenburg, PhD

Understanding The Microbiome

Updated: Nov 15, 2019

Erica Sonnenburg, PhD, is a senior research scientist at the Stanford University School of Medicine in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology where she studies the role of diet on the human intestinal microbiota. She has published her ground breaking scientific findings related to the microbiota in prestigious journals such as The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Cell, and, Nature. She is the co-author, along with Justin Sonnenburg, of the book The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-Term Health. Erica has two school-aged daughters. In her free time she enjoys gardening and cooking for her family and their trillions of microbes! This is a video that Justin Sonnenburg did for the NY Times.

Contact information: To make a donation to help fund Erica's research at the Center for Human Microbiome Studies: Erica and Justin's book The Good Gut will be available for purchase at the salon. AT THE SALON: The trillions of microbes that we harbor within our gut are profoundly reshaping what it means to be human. These bacteria are wired into our immune system, our metabolism, and even our brains. Whether you have a food allergy, have trouble losing weight, or struggle with depression these conditions may be in some way dictated by what some refer to as our forgotten organ, our microbiome. At this salon, Erica discussed what we know and what we still need to learn about our microbiome. She discussed why she thinks our guts are undergoing a mass extinction event, and what we can do now to improve the state of our gut bacteria.

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Click here to view the salon powerpoint presentation.

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