Animals, humans and the environment are inextricably connected by microbes and infectious disease. This notion, termed 'One-Health', is a central tenant of veterinary medicine education and practice. Yet, it is becoming increasingly clear that 'bad' bugs are not the only microbes that veterinarians should be thinking about. In this talk, Dr. Dan Beiting, an Immunology researcher at PennVet, explores the emerging role of 'beneficial' microbial communities as key players in animal health and disease. By studying the microbial ecosystem that grows on the skin and in the gut of companion and agricultural animals, veterinarians will find themselves in a better position to diagnose and treat disease.
Presentation by: Dan Beiting, PhD
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Dan Beiting was born and raised in a small farming community in Southern Ohio. After attending college at Appalachian State University, Dan moved on to pursue his doctorate in Immunology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY where his studies focused on understanding how the immune system copes with chronic parasitic infections. After completing his Ph.D., he moved to the University of Pennsylvania for post-doctoral studies where he began to use genomic approaches -- cutting edge techniques that capture the activity of thousands of genes to understand how they all work together -- to study pathogens and the people and animals they infect. He is currently a Research Assistant Professor at UPenn in the School of Veterinary Medicine where he directs the newly formed Center for Host-Microbe Interactions, an innovative center within the school that helps faculty leverage genomics to understand how microbes can tip the scales from health to disease.
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