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At the National Institutes of Health, Lita Proctor served as Coordinator of the 10-year $215 million Human Microbiome Project. Through the White House’s 2016 National Microbiome Initiative and the International Human Microbiome Consortium, Proctor was able to unite researchers across disciplines, igniting a field that promises to upend medicine from immunology to psychiatry. As an expert in oceanography, molecular genetics, and microbial ecology, Proctor will speak on microbiome science writ large, explaining how new research and new thinking is changing our understanding of ecosystems, evolution, and human health.


Listening to the Microbes’ Song: The New Field of Microbiome Science

January 2020, UH Mānoa Campus