The human microbiome is a complex assemblage of organisms that colonize the human body and play a key role in human health and disease. These microbial communities vary longitudinally over both space and time. The bacteria that colonize the vagina can change dramatically over time and shifts in this community have been linked with pregnancy, premature delivery, and susceptibility to sexually transmitted infections. We have recently developed methods for analyzing and visualizing these changes over time and will present them in the context of a longitudinal study of women who develop bacterial vaginosis.
Dr. Taylor is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Parasitology at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He also serves as Director of the Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, and Computational Biology Core of the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network. He researches microbial community structure and is particularly interested in the human microbiome and interactions with antibiotics and probiotics. His lab develops methods for analysis and visualization of high-throughput sequencing data with a primary focus on 16S rRNA sequencing of microbial communities.