The Microbiome Health Research Instistute (MHRI) & Finch Therapeutics Seminar Series

The MHRI-Finch Seminar Series is a series of discussions on diverse topics in microbiome research, jointly hosted by Finch Therapeutics and OpenBiome (also known as the Microbiome Health Research Institute). The seminar series features the work of scientific experts on subjects including basic microbiome research, human disease and the microbiome, and microbial therapeutics. Each seminar will comprise two halves: a brief, non-technical summary of the speaker's work, and a technical research talk.



Chris Weidenmaier


Sonny Qazi

February 9, 2018

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Dr. Sonny Qazi, advanced IBD fellow at Boston Medical Center

Sonny gave a talk on lessons learned from the Crohn’s & Colitis Congress, including the pre-conference workshop on FMT.

Faazil Kassam

January 12, 2018

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Dr. Faazil Kassam, Opthamologist

Faazil gave a talk on the gut-eye connection, looking at the connection between uveitis and the gut microbiome in patients with IBD.

Tami Lieberman

November 16, 2017

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Dr. Tami Lieberman, Assistant Professor of Medical Engineering and Science, and Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT

Tami gave an in-depth research talk about her work on bacterial adaptation within the digestive tracts of OpenBiome donors. 

For more information on Professor Lieberman's research, see:

Dave Vaninsberghe

August 15, 2017


Dave Vaninsberghe, PhD candidate, Polz Lab at MIT

Dave spoke about how diarrheal illnesses drive susceptibility to asymptomatic Clostridium difficile colonization.