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K2I Distinguished Lecture - Dr. Larry Smarr - "Quantifying Your Superorganism Body Using Big Data Supercomputing"
date:4:00PM   US Central (GMT −0500)
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
location:McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall
sponsor:Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology

The human body is host to 100 trillion microorganisms, ten times the number of cells in the human body and these microbes contain 100 times the number of DNA genes that our human DNA does. The microbial component of this "superorganism" is comprised of hundreds of species spread over many taxonomic phyla. The human immune system is tightly coupled with this microbial ecology and in cases of autoimmune disease, both the immune system and the microbial ecology can have excursions far from normal. There are even some tantalizing clues that certain types of dysbiosis in the gut microbiome can be precursors of some forms of cancer. Using massive amounts of data that I collected on my own body over the last five years, I will show detailed examples of the episodic evolution of this coupled immune-microbial system. To decode the details of the microbial ecology requires high resolution genome sequencing feeding Big Data parallel supercomputers. We have also developed innovative scalable visualization systems to examine the complexities of my time-varying microbial ecology and its relations to the NIH Human Microbiome Program data on people in states of health and disease.

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