Photo of Stanford student and Stanford Bio-X Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant Eunice Yang.
2020 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Computer Science
Mentor: Ami Bhatt, Medicine (Hematology) and Genetics

“Analyzing the Functional Role of Akkermansia Muciniphila in the Gut Microbiome Using a Multi-Omics Approach”

The complex network of commensal host-microbe interactions in the human gut is critical to the maintenance of proper immune function. Eunice will be investigating the role of Akkermansia muciniphila (A. mucin) in the gut microbiome. A. mucin is a significant microbe implicated in a broad array of immune-related disorders, including autoimmune diseases, inflammation, and cancer. This project will involve developing computational tools to characterize the transcriptional responses of A. mucin to environmental stresses commonly found in the gut. By uncovering the role of this microbe, Eunice’s work will support further research into the therapeutic potential of microbiome manipulation for graft-versus-host-disease prevention.