KAUST Research Workshop: The Metaorganism Frontier
February 19 – 21, 2018
February 19, 2018 | Open Research Conference
Level 0 Auditorium between buildings 2 and 3
February 20 – 21, 2018 | Participants Research Workshop
Building 2, Level 5, Room 5220
Recent years have brought a changing imperative in life sciences sparked by the revolution of genomic tools to study the molecular setup of organisms. In particular, the development of next-generation sequencing changed our understanding of microbial diversity associated with organisms and environments. There is now a multitude of studies that support the notion that a host-specific microbiome provides functions related to metabolism, immunity, and environmental adaptation to their animal and plant hosts. The sum of all member organisms forms a metaorganism/holobiont that opens new routes to understanding organismal health and environmental adaptation.
The "KAUST Research Workshop: The metaorganism frontier" brings together researchers from KAUST and international experts in microbial ecology and metaorganism evolution to showcase the current state of knowledge and discuss future research directions with an emphasis on how to address issues of animal and plant health through the lens of the metaorganism. The 1-day research conference is on February 19, 2018 in the Auditorium between Buildings 2 and 3 and open to all. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.
More information about this workshop here.