Pre-Conference Workshop Day

Tuesday 28th March 2023

Workshop A

Precision Exfoliomics: Non-Invasive Host-Microbiome Multi-Omic Data Integration to Predict Infant Health Outcomes

  • Robert Chapkin Distinguished Professor, Texas A&M University, Program in Integrative Nutrition & Complex Disease


While maternal-infant microbiome understandings progress, there is a need for new tools to identify and explore genomic structure, metabolic potential, and the complex interplay in microbial communities. This workshop will delve into some of the methodologies behind the latest analytical innovations

This workshop will highlight:

  • Assessment of the stool-based host exfoliated cell transcriptome (exfoliome) and how it reflects intestinal gene expression profiles.
  • Introduction to noninvasive molecular fingerprinting to assess the multivariate relationship between the host exfoliome and microbiome in response to diet.
  • Looking into the future using personalized longitudinal deep phenotyping

1:59 pm 14:00-16:00
Workshop B
Immunity in the Infant: Examining the Maternal-Infant Interaction

Determining How Immunity is Transferred from Mother to Infant to Understand the Effects of Vaccination


We see varying immunological responses linked with the maternal-infant microbiome. Here we will deep dive into

immunity in the infant and the impact of the microbiome

This workshop will highlight:

  • Exploring the interaction of the adaptive immune system in the intestine and the microbiota
  • Passive protection post vaccination by transfer of immunoglobulins through breast feeding
  • Understanding immunological mechanisms between maternal-infant immunity
  • Malnourished and pre-term infant immunological response to vaccination