Unraveling the Interactions of Oral Microbiome and Disease Using Bioinformatics Approaches

Students will explore the use of bioinformatics tools to explore the fascinating world of oral microbiome.

Join us in exploring the fascinating world of oral microbiome and disease using bioinformatics tools! 

Project description

The microbiome in the oral cavity is one of the most complex and diverse human microbiomes, with over 700 bacterial species identified. Several of these bacteria have essential roles in maintaining oral as well as systemic health and normal function. You will learn and use bioinformatics tools to investigate the role of oral microbiome in the development of diseases and the corresponding interactions. As part of the project, students will be responsible for analyzing oral microbiome datasets using bioinformatics tools in MATLAB, R, and Python. You will also be involved in data integration and interpretation, as well as statistical analysis of the results. The ideal candidates should have a background in bioinformatics, computer science, or a related field, with a strong interest in microbiology and/or oral health. Proficiency in programming languages, such as MATLAB, R, or Python, is highly desirable, as well as experience working with large-scale datasets and knowledge of statistical analysis. 

Project outcome

The project will provide students with hands-on experience in analyzing large-scale datasets using state-of-the-art bioinformatics tools, as well as exposure to cutting-edge research in oral health and disease. There will be opportunities to present research work at scientific meetings or in journals. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment 1 year
Start time Anytime
In-person, remote, or hybrid? In-Person
Level of collaboration Individual Student Project
Benefits Academic credit & Research Experience
Who is eligible All undergraduate students 

Project mentor

Patricia Diaz

Professor of Empire Innovation, Director UB Microbiome Center

Oral Biology

Phone: (716) 829-5822

Email: pidiazmo@buffalo.edu

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Preparation activities

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Bioinformatics; Oral Biology