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Research Field Microbiology, Immunology

Medicine Meets The Microbiome

My interest in the human microbiome was sparked 20 years ago, when I was a fellow at Stanford University, studying immune system development and the environmental factors influencing the development of allergies and autoimmune disease. Back then, the microbiome was not the hot topic it is today. Next-generation sequencing had yet to hit the market and bacterial typing was still done by slow and laborious microbiological methods, so progress was slow.

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About the Author

Karim Dabbagh

Karim Dabbagh leads the R&D organization at Second Genome. Prior to that, he led the immunoregulation department at Pfizer, an R&D group focused on innovative approaches to elicit homeostatic immune responses, including microbiome research, for the treatment of immune related disorders. At Pfizer, he also led external R&D innovation for autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. He grew up surrounded by science fiction, and believes one day we will be able to harness the microbiome for nutritional and therapeutic benefits.

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