Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Nelson, Karen E.
Location The J. Craig Venter Institute
Primary Field Medical Genetics, Hematology and Oncology
Secondary Field Biochemistry
 Election Citation
Nelson has done groundbreaking work in microbial genomics and metagenomics. She led teams that gave us new insights into horizontal gene transfer in bacteria and changed the way we look at microbial communities in and on human beings. She is a transformative figure in microbial ecology.
 Research Interests
The work of Dr. Nelson's group focuses on the human microbiome and its impact on health and disease. In addition to investigating emerging infectious diseases and their impact on the microbiome, team members are focused on the microbiome in metabolic disorders, and chronic disease conditions. There are also ongoing investigations on the evolution of the microbiome in humans, possibilities for probiotics, and the microbiome in aging. In addition to looking at the microbial components, circulating metabolites, gene transcripts and proteins are also giving tremendous insight into the human microbiome.

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