GEM Work-in-Progress Talk: "Famine, microbes, and growth: A delicate balance that shapes human evolution and health.”

Monday, September 26, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Remote - Zoom presentation
Omer Gokcumen, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
Genome, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence (GEM); Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPRED)

Please join us on Monday, September 26th for a GEM Work-in-Progress talk presented by Omer Gokcumen, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Title: "Famine, microbes, and growth: A delicate balance that shapes human evolution and health.”

Summary: Our laboratory investigates how human evolution has generated extant genetic variation with health consequences. To do so, we integrate computational evolutionary genomics and molecular dissection of phenotypes, often using transgenic mouse models. In this context, we will discuss our recent investigations of common genetic variations in humans contributing to interacting sex-specific phenotypic diversity in metabolism, growth, and immunity.

These informal talks are part of the GEM Work-in-Progress series held at 4:00 p.m. on the 4th Monday of each month. Talks will take place remotely via Zoom. The speaker schedule is available on the GEM website:

GEM is seeking faculty, post-doc and student speakers whose work focuses on genomics, the environment or the microbiome for our GEM Work-In-Progress series! If you would like to present at a GEM Work-in-Progress session, please contact us at and we will get you onto the schedule.


For more information, contact:

Sara Thomas