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The Human Microbiome: The Role of Our Second Genome in Health and Disease

SCIENCE AS A WAY OF UNDERSTANDING. Dr. Jim Brown, an expert on the human microbiome - the collective genome of the thousands of species of microorganisms that live naturally within us - will speak on the role of that genome in human health and disease.

Dr. James (Jim) Brown, our neighbor at the Collegeville facility of GlaxoSmithKline, is Senior Research Fellow and Director in Computational Biology, Target Sciences where he leads research projects in Infectious Disease and the Microbiome.

Jim joined the bioinformatics group of SmithKline Beecham in 1996 and has extensive experience in providing computational support to multiple areas of drug discovery including infectious disease, oncology, and biotech alliances. Previously, Jim was a Medical Research Council of Canada post-doctoral fellow at Dalhousie University, Halifax where his research concerned the molecular evolution of early cellular life. He has M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Simon Fraser University, Canada, and a B.Sc. in Marine Biology from McGill University. He has authored over 100 publications in the areas of host-pathogen, the microbiome, drug discovery, molecular evolution, oncology and infectious diseases.