Dirk Gevers is group leader of Microbial Systems & Communities in the Broad’s Genome Sequencing and Analysis Program. In this role, he has initiated and organized several large-scale metagenomics projects that are bringing together advanced sequence-based technologies and novel bioinformatic tools to characterize the vast complexity of the human microbiome in health and disease. The common theme in his work is his desire to maximize the value of metagenomic studies on the understanding and promotion of health, and our diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Gevers joined the Broad Institute in early 2008 as a computational biologist shortly after the National Institutes of Health funded four major U.S. Microbial Sequencing Centers to take on the Human Microbiome Project, an ambitious initiative to understand the microorganisms that live in and on humans. Within this large-scale metagenomics project, he has spearheaded the development of high-throughput capabilities for processing, organizing, and interpreting metagenomic datasets that enable a comprehensive examination of microbial communities.
Gevers was appointed group leader in 2010. His recent research efforts include the characterization of the microbial imbalance associated with diseases such as Crohn’s disease, type 1 diabetes, and colorectal cancer, and treatment of infectious diseases such as recurrent Clostridium difficile infection.
Gevers received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Ghent University, Belgium in 2002 and completed postdoctoral training at Ghent and at MIT in bioinformatics, comparative and evolutionary genome analysis, and microbial ecology.
Gevers D et al. The treatment-naïve microbiome in new-onset Crohn’s disease. Cell Host & Microbe. March 2014. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2014.02.005
Huttenhower C, Gevers D, et al. Structure, function and diversity of the healthy human microbiome. Nature. November 2011. doi:10.1038/nature11234
Gevers D et al. Re-evaluating prokaryotic species. Nature Reviews Microbiology. Sept. 2005. doi: 10.1038/nrmicro1236