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Jack Gilbert is Microbial Ecologist, Group Leader in Biosciences Division, Argonne National Laboratories; Associate Professor (Part-Time), Department of Ecology & Evolution, The University of Chicago; and Adjunct Senior Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory.
Gilbert is a microbial ecologist whose ongoing research is focused on exploring how microbial communities assemble themselves in natural and man-made environments. His interests include the use of ‘omics technologies (metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, metaproteomics, metametabolomics) and high-throughput sequencing to answer questions about microbial communities all over the world. He currently manages the Earth Microbiome Project, an ongoing effort to characterize the microbial diversity of our planet. Gilbert also develops predictive models that help extrapolate our understanding of the microbial ecosystem function mediated by bacteria to the continental and global scale, and is spearheading an effort to include microbial ecosystem dynamics into global climate models.
Gilbert is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, and Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago, where he runs two externally funded initiatives. The Home Microbiome Project that is exploring how humans interact with the bacteria living in their homes; and the Hospital Microbiome Project that is examining how adding patients and staff into a hospital building effects the development of microbial communities and important pathogens.