In the past few years there has been a surge in understanding and cataloguing the human microbiome and its relation to health and disease.  Rapid advances in sequencing technology are allowing us to probe the microbial communities within ourselves at depths never before possible.  There are many new and exciting studies coming out almost daily using novel approaches and technologies.

The HMjc was created in order to provide a forum for discussion and debate of such studies, as well as to give trainees and Faculty at McMaster interested in the microbiome the opportunity to get acquainted with each other.  We will try our best to turn our monthly meetings into blog posts so that you can read along with us and so that we can get your feedback.

Jennifer Stearns is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.

The header images are used under Creative Commons license from Wellcome Images http://images.wellcome.ac.uk/, accessed on September 15th 2011.


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