Dirk Gevers joined the Broad Institute in early 2008 as a computational biologist shortly after the National Institutes of Health funded four major US 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.
In 2010, Gevers was appointed group leader of Microbial Systems and Communities in the Genome Sequencing and Analysis Program. Together with his colleagues and collaborators, he is taking on several projects that bring together advanced sequence-based technologies and novel bioinformatic tools to characterize the vast complexity of the human microbiome in both health and disease.
Gevers received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Ghent University, Belgium, in 2002 and has completed postdoctoral training at Ghent and at MIT in bioinformatics, comparative and evolutionary genome analysis, and microbial ecology.
Huttenhower C, Gevers D, et al. Structure, function and diversity of the healthy human microbiome. Nature doi:10.1038/nature11234
Kuczynski J, Lauber CL, Walters WA, Parfrey LW, Clemente JC, Gevers D, Knight R. Experimental and analytical tools for studying the human microbiome. Nat Rev Genet. doi: 10.1038/nrg3129.
Kostic AD, Gevers D, et al. Genomic analysis identifies association of Fusobacterium with colorectal carcinoma. Genome Research. doi: 10.1101/gr.126573.111 .