Title: Computational Approaches to Characterizing Microbial Diversity
Presenter: Keith Crandall, PhD
Abstract: Microbes impact health for a variety of organisms and in a variety of ways, from infectious disease to microbiome diversity associated with health and disease. An expanding way of surveying microbial diversity is through the use of genomic sequence analysis. Our team has developed a variety of software approaches to help analyze genomic data from both host and microbes to examine the interactions and how those interactions are associated with disease and health. We apply our tools (and many others) to a wide variety of questions impacting human health, other organismal systems in a health context, as well as to ecosystem health and diversity. My talk will introduce a few of our key bioinformatic tools for assessing microbial diversity and provide examples of applications in human health and biodiversity studies.