Headshot portrait of Christina Ren - Bio-X Undergraduate Fellow
2016 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Biology
Supported by: Anonymous Donor
Mentor: David Relman, Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

It has been shown that the gut microbiota has significant consequences on human health; however, much of the research to date has focused on bacteria. For this project, Christina plans to critically examine the role of fungi, especially the interactions between fungi, bacteria, and the host that could contribute to predicting gut microbiota stability and resistance to disturbances. Towards this end, she will collect and analyze samples from human participants with and without introduction of certain perturbations such as antibiotics, diet modification, and colonic cleansing.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 24, 2016:

Mingling Microbes: Assessing Fungi-Bacteria Interactions in the Human Gut Microbiota

Christina Ren1, Les Dethlefsen1, Arati Patankar1, Amy Lorber1, David Relman1
[Department of Microbiology & Immunology1, Stanford University]