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Yassour M, Vatanen T, Siljander H, et al. DIABIMMUNE Study Group, Xavier RJ. Natural history of the infant gut microbiome and impact of antibiotic treatment on bacterial strain diversity and stability. Sci Transl Med. 2016 Jun 15;8(343):343ra81.

Vatanen T, Kostic AD, d'Hennezel E, et al. DIABIMMUNE Study Group, Xavier RJ. Variation in Microbiome LPS Immunogenicity Contributes to Autoimmunity in Humans. Cell. 2016;165(4):842–853.

Schirmer M, Smeekens SP, Vlamakis H, et al. Linking the human gut microbiome to inflammatory cytokine production capacity. Cell. 2016;167(4):1125–1136.e8.

Hera Vlamakis, Ph.D.

Hera Vlamakis is a group leader/research scientist in the Infectious Disease and Microbiome Program at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, working with Ramnik Xavier and Curtis Huttenhower on microbiome projects. Her research focus is understanding how the trillions of bacteria in the human gut, and the small molecules they produce, interact with each other and with the host during health and disease.

Prior to joining the Broad Institute in 2015, Vlamakis was an instructor at Harvard Medical School in the lab of Roberto Kolter.

Vlamakis holds a Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from University of California at Berkeley as well as a B.S. in microbiology from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her postdoctoral research in microbiology and molecular genetics was undertaken at Harvard Medical School.

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December 2016