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Research On Tap

The Oklahoma State University Division of the Vice President for Research, in partnership with Iron Monk Brewery, is excited to present an opportunity for you, the public, to meet and interact with experts from a wide range of research fields at OSU. Researchers from the sciences, arts and humanities will be joined by Dr. Kenneth Sewell, the Vice President for Research, to have a conversation regarding their work and the impact it has on you and your community. Ample time will be provided for you to interact with the researcher and questions are encouraged in this informal, but informative, setting.

We hope you will join us the third Monday of each month to enjoy some of Stillwater’s own local brew while chatting about some of the impactful and interesting research happening here on the OSU campus. Each session will be approximately 20 minutes of open dialogue between Dr. Sewell and the researcher, followed by questions and discussion from the audience.

Please join us Monday, February 19 at 5:30 pm to hear Dr. Tyrrell Conway, Regents Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics! Here’s a brief overview of the topic:

One of the hottest areas of biomedical research is the human microbiome. The microbiome is purported to impact aspects of human health from disease resistance, to obesity, to mood. Scientists have learned what species of microbes inhabit the microbiome, but there is little evidence to link, for example, particular species to obesity or mood. To illuminate basic principles of microbiome function, Dr. Tyrrell Conway and his students determined what nutrients E. coli grows on in the intestine. Building on that knowledge, the Conway research team currently is working to determine how E. coli competes for those nutrients with hundreds of other species in the gut microbiome. It now is clear that E. coli lives in a beneficial, symbiotic relationship with other members of the microbiota. Hence the title, “E. coli and friends”.

We look forward to seeing you at the Iron Monk Brewery Taproom, 519 South Husband, on Monday, February 19, at 5:30 pm.


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Upcoming Schedule:

February 19, 2018 – Dr. Tyrrell Conway, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
March 12, 2018 – Dr. Dani Bellmer, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
April 16, 2018 – Dr. Arvind Santhanakrishnan, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
May 21, 2018 – Dr. Holly Karibo, History