2016 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Computer Science
Supported by: Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Mentor: Ami Bhatt, Medicine (Hematology) and Genetics

Joyce is investigating the role of the human gut microbiome, the collective genomes of all the microorganisms in the intestine, in immunocompromised patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation (BMT), a treatment that aims to cure certain blood-related cancers. Specifically, Joyce plans to use a combination of wet lab techniques, next-generation DNA sequencing, and genetic analyses of genomic data to examine the link between changes in the microbiome and graft-versus-host disease, a common and debilitating complication of BMT in which the donor stem cells attack the recipient.

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

Identifying Microbiome Signatures of Steroid-Refractory Graft-vs-Host Disease in HSCT Patients

Joyce Kang1, Tessa Andermann2, Jessica Ribado1, Katia Tkachenko1,3, Eli Moss1, Ami Bhatt1,3
[Departments of Genetics1 and Medicine (Divisions of Infectious Diseases2 and Hematology3), Stanford University]