BwoB Talk: Human Bacterial Relationships In Health and Disease

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Date(s) - Wednesday, April 24, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Biotech Without Borders

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Human Bacterial Relationships In Health and Disease

A talk by Danny Chan

In the 1800’s scientists began to provide evidence supporting the idea that microscopic organisms could cause disease. Since then, we have described a great diversity of interactions between humans and the microscopic life that lives on and in our bodies. One type of microbe, the bacteria, are now commonly known to participate not only in disease processes but also in healthy functioning. Join us for a disucssion through various examples of how bacterial genes can help or harm our bodies and how our own genes participate in these processes.



Instructor Danny Chan received his MSc in microbiology during the course of his PhD candidacy at the University of Chicago studying the interaction of methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) with lab-grown skin in an a department focused on infectious disease. He has been a research technician for many years in multiple fields including cellulostic ethanol production, protein crystallography, prefrontal cortex development and heat shock proteins. He seeks to apply his skills and knowledge of science in order to foster new institutions of research and learning. Currently, he makes his living fact checking pharmaceutical ads in an agency while trying to defend his time to pursue independent research centered around protocol development for the DIY science community and teaching. You can follow his activities online at or find him in person around NYC.