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Qinglong Zeng (Duke University)

Ecological and evolutionary models of short term microbiome dynamics

Microbial communities associated with human are implicated in the day-to- day functioning of their hosts. However, we do not yet know how these host-microbiome associations evolve. In this project, I will develop a computational framework for modelling the short term evolution of microbiomes. I expect these models to provide a framework for studying the dynamics of microbiome assembly. In doing so, we hope to show how patterns of microbiome composition are related to processes that may influence health outcomes and how these processes may be ameliorated.