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Special Lecture – Katherine Amato

Tuesday October 11th, Katherine Amato PhD will be giving a special invited lecture for the evolutionary medicine class.

Location: Main Campus, Castetter 107. Time: 5:30pm

The topic of her talk:

Microbial variation and host plasticity: New perspectives on health and evolution in humans and non-human primates.


Dr. Amato is an exceptional scientist who is doing exciting work on the microbiome. She will share her recent findings with us next Tuesday.


Dr. Amato presenting at the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health Meeting in Durham, NC this summer.

Katherine Amato is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University. She studies the gut microbiota in the broad context of host ecology and evolution, using non-human primates as models for studying host-gut microbe interactions. Her accomplishments include experience as a Fulbright Fellow and a National Geographic Young Explorer in Mexico. Dr. Amato received a Ph.D in ecology, evolution and conservation biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. She was a presenter at TEDx Jackson Hole in 2014, and was recently selected to be an Azrieli Global Scholar for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and serves as an associate editor for the journal, Microbiome.


  1. Variable responses of human and non-human primate gut microbiomes to a Western diet
  2. Microbiome science and medicine co-evolution in context the importance of studying gut microbiomes in wild animals




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Joe Alcock

Emergency Physician, Educator, Researcher, interested in the microbiome, evolution, and medicine

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