IN A NUTSHELLWhat can we learn from immigrants’ gut microbiomes and how they are influenced by health inequities?
Computational microbiologist Dan Knights is using data mining to link environmental conditions and human disease. Dan and his team are focused on dissecting the relationship between the gut microbiota individuals are born with, and conditions they may contract as adults such as obesity or autoimmune diseases. Dan has co-authored articles in top multidisciplinary journals, including six publications in Nature, Science and Cell. In 2015, he was named a McKnight Land-Grant Professor by the University of Minnesota. He has been the expert witness on National Public Radio's "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!", and was the official 2003 Rubik's Cube World Champion. He was also the first person in the world to solve Rubik's Cube blindfolded. Dan is currently is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Biotechnology Institute at the University of Minnesota.