Save the Date: The Future Of Microbiomes

On Friday May 13, livestream the White House's announcement on how it will support future research in understanding the human and environmental microbiomes.

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On Friday May 13, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will be announcing their plans for supporting future work in understanding microbiome behavior and maintaining healthy microbial communities, both in hosts and and in diverse environmental ecosystems. This event will include John Holdren, the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Jo Handelsman, Associate Director for Science, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, as well as other officials and leaders in fields related to microbiomes.

Time: 1:00-4:00 PM EDT

Where: Well, the White House, but for those of us without a White House press card, the event will be webcast live at

So tune in to see where the future of microbiome research is taking us.

Michael Chao

Project Manager, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

I first developed an interest in bacterial pathogenesis while at Cornell University. I then earned my PhD in Biomedical and Biological Sciences from Harvard University in Eric Rubin’s laboratory, studying cell wall remodelling in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. From 2012-2015, I continued my training as a postdoctoral fellow in Matthew Waldor’s lab at Harvard Medical School, investigating the role of DNA methylation on regulating fundamental cellular processes in Vibrio cholerae.