DEVELOPMENT OF A GRADUATE LEVEL COURSE ON METAGENOMICS AND THE HUMAN MICROBIOME. 

F. Zambito1, J. Buescher1

1Department of Microbiology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia PA.

The study of metagenomics and the human microbiome is an emerging topic in the field of human health. Advances in high-throughput sequencing and informatics have lead to a flood of information about microbial communities in the human body and their interactions with each other, pathogens, and host. A graduate level course consisting of nine modules covering different aspect of metagenomics and the human microbiome will prepare students for this growing field. The course developed covers the following topics: Introduction; Tools and Technology Used in Research; Microbiota Development; Microbiome-Host Interactions; GI Microbiome; Oral Microbiome; Skin, Respiratory, and Genital Microbiomes; Viromics; and Implications to Human Health. These lectures will require completion of previous classes in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, and Immunology. Due to the great demand of online education, the course includes interactive online components, but is still based on classroom lectures and discussions. The course utilizes a textbook as well as current published literature.