“Chasing Ghosts: Race, Racism, and the Future of Microbiome Research”, Drs. Travis De Wolfe, Mohammed Rafi Arefin,. Maria Rebolleda-Gomez, Amber Benezra.
From Suzanne Pellegrini
The Microbes and Social Equity working group and the University of Maine Institute of Medicine present the MSE spring speaker series 2022.
March 9, 2022, 12:00 - 13:00 EST.
This talk features a panel presentation and discussion with Drs. Travis De Wolfe, Mohammed Rafi Arefin, Maria Rebolleda-Gomez (in absentia), and Amber Benezra; the authors of a recent publication, "Chasing Ghosts: Race, Racism, and the Future of Microbiome Research"
Travis J. De Wolfe is a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research-funded Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia and BC Children’s Hospital. His research interests include Clostridioides difficile infection, colonization resistance, inflammatory bowel diseases, host-microbe interactions, and ecology of the gut microbiome.
Mohammed Rafi Arefin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. His research and teaching are focused on urban environmental politics with a particular focus on sanitation, health, and environmental justice in the Middle East and North America.
María Rebolleda Gómez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine. Her research explores ecological and evolutionary dynamics in model microbial communities. She is also interested in Environmental History, Philosophy, and History of Science. María was born in Mexico City.
Amber Benezra is an Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Stevens Institute of Technology. She is a sociocultural anthropologist researching how studies of the human microbiome intersect with biomedical ethics, public health/technological infrastructures, and care. In partnership with human microbial ecologists, she is developing an “anthropology of microbes” to address global health problems across disciplines.
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