Microbiome Symposium 2019
Monday October 28, 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Now in its fourth year, the purpose of the conference is to bring together leading minds looking to catalog the human microbiome using modern genetics tools and especially those looking to apply new computational technologies to solve complicated problems in metagenomics to answer such questions such as:

  • How are changes in the microbiome associated with diseases in the population,
  • How can you identify novel microbes using sequence-based analysis,
  • How can you improve patient outcomes by characterizing microbiome dynamics,
  • How can you better understand host-microbiome symbiosis to be able to understand and target microbial vulnerabilities,
  • How can you track dynamic microbiome shifts during disease, etc.


While genetics tools to characterize the human microbiome is no doubt important, the goal of this conference is to focus on computational tools that help solve any or all of the above complicated metagenomics problems.

Poster Session

We encourage students and postdoctoral fellows to showcase their microbiome projects by submitting an abstract for consideration as a poster or oral presentation. There will be poster prizes for our best posters!

Poster abstracts should be no more than 250 words and the last day for poster session registration will be Friday October 11th, 2019.

Submit your abstract with the registration form or HERE

Selected poster presenters will be notified prior to Symposium.


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Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall

616 Serra Street
Stanford, CA 94305
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There is limited visitor parking in front of Encina Hall. The closest large parking lot to Encina Hall is Knight Management Center Garage under the Graduate School of Business.

Stanford Shuttle

Stanford Marguerite shuttle system provides connectivity from various points around campus. In the morning, coming to Encina Hall from Palo Alto Caltrain take Marguerite line Y. In the evening going from Encina Hall to Palo Alto Caltrain take Marguerite line X. Please tell the driver that you want the Encina Hall stop. The bus stop is right in front of the building.


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Online registration 

Please register at the Eventbrite site for the Bioinformatics for Microbiome symposium on Monday, October 28, 2019.

Register before September 28th to get discounted Early Registration Fee!

Early Registration fee $35 for Academic Affiliates and $200 for Industry affliates.


Event Organizers

Ami Bhatt, Assistant Professor, Departments of Medicine and Genetics, Divisions of Hematology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Stanford University

Ami is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Genetics at Stanford University School of Medicine. She earned an M.D. and Ph.D. (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) at the University of California, San Francisco and did her post-graduate training at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Broad Institute.

The Bhatt laboratory (http://bhattlab.com) investigates relationships between the human microbiome and noncommunicable diseases, including cancer. Specifically, they focus on (1) the use of next generation sequencing to define the microbiome and host immunologic features in patients with human diseases and (2) developing molecular and ccomputational tools for the identification of novel organisms and strain variation in these inpatient populations, and (3) using statistical and functional biological methods to understand the complex interplay between the human microbiome and host biology.

Ami enjoys creative applications of genetics and computational biology in the field of microbiome research and is the winner of the 2016 Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award. In her spare time, she co-founded a nonprofit (Global Oncology) and she directs the Global Oncology Program for the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health.  

Ramesh Nair, PhD, Director, Bioinformatics, Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine, Stanford University

As Director, Bioinformatics at Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine (SCGPM), Ramesh is the bioinformatician in residence for the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) initiated Stem Cell Center of Excellence (CESCG). He is responsible for diverse bioinformatics needs for the Center Initiated Projects and its extensive collaboration network. He brings a diverse engineering and extensive scientific background to solve some of the biggest technical challenges in biotechnology.

Prior to joining SCGPM, Ramesh was a Bioinformatics Analyst at Center for Cancer Systems Biology (CCSB) where among other things, he was sole developer of next-generation sequencing (NGS) pipelines for genome sequencing (Exome-Seq) applied to follicular lymphoma and transcriptome sequencing (RNA-Seq) applied to lung cancer tumor microenvironment. Prior to joining Stanford, he was a Sr. Scientist at various Biotech firms in Bay Area including Cobalt Biofuels, Iconix BioSciences (now Entelos), Lynx Therapeutics (now Illumina) and DuPont. Ramesh has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and MTech in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.