Published on April 10, 2012  

Samford will host a free public lecture by University of North Carolina-Charlotte genome expert Anthony Fodor April 13 at 2 p.m. in the university's Planetarium.

Fodor, assistant professor in the Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics at UNC-Charlotte, will report recent studies that show strong correlations between the bacteria in the human intestine, inflammation and cancer expression in mice and humans.

Fodor's lab specializes in developing new computer-based tools to visualize and interpret genomic data. His areas of research include: the role of the human gut microbiota as contributors to fatty liver; the use of next generation sequencing technology to characterize infections in Cystic Fibrosis; the role of bacteria in normal colon of patients with and without adenomas (glandular tumors;) and probiotics as mediators of gut inflammation and as chemopreventive agents.
 
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