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Human guts host a wide diversity of microorganisms: fungi, bacteria and virus. The impact of those microbial communities on the host is undeniable. We are just beginning to understand how we interact with them. We also need to understand how these communities interact one with another. If you want to learn more about your inner world, join Pint of Science.
Therapeutic potential of bacteriophages
Dr. Mohammadali Khan Mirzaei (Postdoctoral fellow in the Maurice lab - Department of Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University)
I'm keen on understanding the bacteriophage-bacteria interactions in different diseases such as infection and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Bacteriophages (or phages) are viruses that are specific to bacteria. Therefore their therapeutic application is safe to human. However, their interactions with the bacterial host and the human host is not fully understood.
The human gut: a microbial reservoir
Professor Corinne Maurice (Assistant Professor - Department of Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University)
I am fascinated by the way different members of a microbial community interact with each other, especially in the human gut. Bacteriophages are viruses that only infect bacteria. They are the most abundant biological entity on the planet, and the human gut is home to one of the densest bacterial communities whose metabolic activity is essential for our health. Yet, how bacteriophages and bacteria interact in the human gut is unknown.