Dr. Ehsan Khafipour is an Associate Professor at University of Manitoba. He is also the Lead Scientist of the “Gut Microbiome Laboratory” and a Research Scientist at the Children Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM), and Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM). Ehsan’s laboratory uses cutting-edge sequencing technologies, combined with bioinformatics and statistical approaches to link the composition, function, and dynamics of microbiomes in the gut, vaginal tract, and mammary system with individuals’ diet, lifestyle factors, and health/disease status. His goal is to move from the current “one-size fits all” recommendations for prevention and treatment of metabolic diseases –in food producing animals as well as in humans – toward personalized/precision nutrition and medicine. He is also working closely with a diverse group of researchers to characterize microbial communities in other environments, such as digesters, soil, and water in order to address ecologically important questions.
Recent advances in high-throughput sequencing technology has led to an increasing body of knowledge on the role of microbiome in human and animal heath and disease. The potential of microbiome to be used as a therapeutic agent(s) has created a rapidly growing interest among the agricultural and pharmaceutical industries, academia and government resulting in expansion of microbiome startups. Such interest has also resulted in rapid development of bioinformatic and biostatistical tools, and machine learning techniques for the analyses of microbiome data. In this talk, I will present some of our ongoing research in dairy and swine and explain how microbiome information can be used for prevention and treatment of diseases in lieu of antibiotics.
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