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Hours to complete

Approx. 20 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Catalan

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Introduction to Microbes and the Human Microbiome

Welcome Citizen Scientists! We're very pleased to have you join us on an exploration of the human microbiome. This is a fascinating area of study, and we hope you will find this six-module course worthwhile. Each module's content will be presented in similar fashion; our team will introduce topics by way of pre-recorded video lectures interspersed with guest interviews by subject matter experts. Module 1 will provide a broad overview about microbes and their diversity on earth and in the human body....
Reading
10 videos (Total 60 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video10 videos
Welcome to the Course3m
What are Microbes?8m
Interview: Jack Gilbert7m
Interview: Valerie McKenzie5m
The Human Microbiome14m
Where Do You Get Your Microbes?5m
Web interview: Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello5m
Web interview: Elizabeth Costello4m
Rob's Module 1 wrap-up1m
Reading3 readings
About This Course10m
Assignments10m
Part 1: You and Your Gut10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Introduction to Microbes and the Human Microbiome12m
Week
2
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Studying the Microbiome

In this module, we will dive into the fundamentals of how we study the human microbiome. We highlight recent advances in microbiome research methods and take you on a tour of the Knight lab. Please keep in mind, that Modules 2 and 3 are meant to provide a glimpse into our world of data generation and analysis. Modules 4, 5, and 6 will be less technical and provide a broad overview of fascinating research on the human microbiome. Stick with us! ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 50 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
The history of studying microbes with Norm Pace6m
Basics of high-throughput DNA sequencing11m
Demo: Tour of the Knight Lab8m
'Omics' and other useful technologies6m
Interview: Luke Thompson3m
Web interview: Janet Jansson4m
Web interview: Pieter Dorrestein7m
Rob's Module 2 wrap-up56s
Reading2 readings
Assignments10m
Part 1: You and Your Gut (continued)10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Studying the Microbiome14m
Week
3
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Making Sense Out of Microbial Data

This module highlights the basics of generating and analyzing microbiome data. We will also discuss how computational scientists are revolutionizing the development of tools for analyzing large, complex biological data sets and show you some of the cool ways that we visualize data! This module will help you understand data plots in later modules, but do not get discouraged if the material here is too technical, a full understanding is not required to complete the course! ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 52 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Web interview: Philip Hugenholtz11m
Basics of alpha-diversity with fuzzy microbe demo8m
Beta-diversity, and visualizing differences13m
Demo: EMPeror, a QIIME visualization tool2m
Web interview: Gregory Caporaso9m
Rob's Week 3 wrap-up1m
Reading2 readings
Assignments10m
Part 1: You and Your Gut (continued)10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Making Sense Out of Microbial Data12m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

The Human Gut Microbiome and Your Health

Now that we've given you some background about the methods we use to analyze microbial data, it's time for us to talk more about recent discoveries in microbiome research. This module will focus on the main factors impacting the gut microbiota as well as the influence of the gut microbiota on nutrition and gut health. This is the fun part, so get excited!...
Reading
8 videos (Total 51 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
Obesity and the gut microbiota8m
Human microbiome and gut disease6m
Interview: On location in Tanzania with Martin Blaser6m
Interview: On location in Tanzania with Jeff Leach6m
Interview: On location in Tanzania with Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello2m
Manipulating the microbiome through fecal transplants5m
Rob's Module 4 wrap-up1m
Reading1 reading
Assignments10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
The Human Gut Microbiome and Your Health16m
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Top Reviews

By AFFeb 11th 2017

Very informative! Everybody should take this course, to know more about their own microbiome...\n\nThe first lessons are not so exciting, but hang in there! The most interesting parts come later ;)

By GRJul 1st 2018

It was a good experience, and while I'm not too big on microbiology in general, I was intrigued in the role our microbiome plays in our lives. The summer I did this changed my life in a way. :)

Instructors

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Rob Knight

Professor
Pediatrics and Computer Science & Engineering. Director, Center for Microbiome Innovation, University of California, San Diego
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Dr. Jessica L. Metcalf

Senior Research Associate
BioFrontiers Institute
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Dr. Katherine R. Amato

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Anthropology, BioFrontiers Institute

About University of Colorado Boulder

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