Bay Area Harper Lecture with Jack Gilbert

Adventures in Our Microbial World

$20/person for general admission
$10/person for recent graduates (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Alumni Leadership, Chicago, Harper, and Phoenix Societies

Includes program and refreshments

6:00–7:00 p.m. Registration and reception
7:00–8:30 p.m. Presentation and discussion

Online registration for the event has now closed. We will be accepting walk-in registrations at the event. 

People in the developed world spend more than 90 percent of their lives in the built environment. This new human ecosystem may be both the source and the solution to modern health concerns like depression, anxiety, allergies, and autism. In this lecture, microbiologist Jack Gilbert will explain how microorganisms in these environments shape our health and development. His research explores the interface between the microbial world and our lives, blurring the boundaries between our planet’s ecosystems.

Jack Gilbert is the group leader for microbial ecology at Argonne National Laboratory, associate professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, associate director of the Institute for Genomic and Systems Biology, and adjunct senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory. He has authored more than 150 scientific papers on microbial ecology in myriad environments, including our built environment and the human body.

To learn more about the connections between humans and the environment, visit the Gilbert Lab or read from a selection of articles and interviews:

Longitudinal Analysis of Microbial Interaction between Humans and the Indoor Environment,” Science

Toward Effective Probiotics for Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders,” Cell

Development of the Preterm Infant Gut Microbiome: A Research Priority,” Microbiome


Event Contact
Mary Kovacs

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Jen Lenard-Benson