Homewood Science Pub’s speaker in November will ask the audience to get small. Really small.
The lecture will take a microbial perspective on the world.
Jack A. Gilbert is a microbial ecologist at Argonne National Laboratory whose ongoing research is focused on exploring how microbial communities assemble themselves in natural and man-made environments, according to the ANL website.
Gilbert manages the Earth Microbiome Project, a proposed massively multidisciplinary effort to analyze microbial communities across the globe.
The general premise is to examine microbial communities from their own perspective, according to the project website.
Science Pub will meet at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Ravisloe Country Club, 18231 S. Park Ave. in Homewood.
In addition to his duties at Argonne, Gilbert is also an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, and Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago, where he runs two externally funded initiatives, the Home Microbiome Project and the Hospital Microbiome Project.
The Home Microbiome Project is exploring how humans interact with the bacteria living in their homes. The Hospital Microbiome Project is examining how adding patients and staff into a hospital building effects the development of microbial communities and important pathogens.