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Rob Knight


Jean Andrews Distinguished Professor 2018


We are pleased to welcome Dr. Rob Knight from the University of California at San Diego. Dr. Knight is a world leader in exploring microbiomes of many kinds, and he is the co-founder of the American Gut Project and the Earth Microbiome Project.  His laboratory has applied their expertise in characterizing microbial communities to studies of human disease and metabolic function, understanding changes in the environment, forensic science, basic physiology, and host-microbe interactions. The Knight Lab uses and develops state-of-the-art computational and experimental techniques to ask fundamental questions about the evolution of the composition of biomolecules, genomes, and communities in different ecosystems, including the complex microbial ecosystems of the human body. Dr. Knight's tools for the analysis of large, complex datasets are used worldwide, and he is a captivating speaker.  


Public Talk:

"Our Dynamic Microbiomes and Gut Health”

February 15, 2018 6-7:30 pm

Hogg Memorial Auditorium


Science Talk:

“Mapping Microbes on Scales from our Bodies to our Planet”

February 16, 2018, 2-3:15 pm

CMA - Jesse H Jones Building - A, room 2.306



Past Speakers

Past Speakers

In 2017, the Jean Andrews Distinguished Lecturer was Dr. Edward Giovanucci from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who spoke about nutritional, hormonal, and genetic factors are related to various malignancies, especially those of the prostate and large bowel. 

In 2016, our speaker was Dr. Bruce Spiegelman, the Stanley J. Korsmeyer Professor at Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The featured speaker for 2015 was Dr. David Heber, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Public Health and Founding Chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

In 2014, our speaker was Dr. Randy Jirtle, Professor of epigenetics at the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Bedfordshire, Bedford, UK and a senior scientist at McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

In 2013, our speaker was Dr. Walter Willett, Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health.

In 2012, the speaker was Dr. John Milner, Chief of the Nutritional Science Research Group in the Division of Cancer Prevention of the National Cancer Institute. 



History of lectureship

The Jean Andrews Centennial Faculty Fellowship in Human Nutrition was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on June 17, 1983, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by Jean Andrews, Ph.D. of Austin, Texas, a 1944 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences. 

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