Dr. K. Leigh Greathouse is an Assistant Professor at Baylor University with appointments in Biology and Nutrition. Her background spands the fields of cancer biology, epidemiology, and nutrition. She recived her Ph.D. from the University of Texas and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and her M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed her postdoctoral training at the National Cancer Institute in the laboratory of Curtis Harris, where she discovered a novel microbiome-gene interaction in lung cancer. The focus of her laboratory at Baylor is on elucidating the relationship between diet and the microbiome and its impact on cancer etiology and treatment. The goals of the Greathouse lab are focused on 1) delineating the dietary factors that modify the microbiome and its function, 2) developing microbial multi-omic classifiers that improve stratification of patients for cancer treatment, and 3) identify key functional pathways and mechanisms of microbiota-host communication. Dr. Greathouse has received multiple awards for her work, including a Merit Award from the National Insitutes of Health, Excellence in Research Leadership, and Rising Star at Baylor Univeristy. Most recenlty, she was awarded a career development award from Department of Defense to study the relationsihp between diet and the microbiome in colon cancer treatment response and toxicity. Ultimately, the goal of her lab is to discover dietary factors and microbial targets for the development of clinical tools to prevent cancer development, and reduce morbidity and mortality from colon cancer.