Environmental Microbiologist, Department of Biosciences, Argonne National Laboratory - Associate Professor, University of Chicago Departments of Ecology&Evolution and Surgery - Senior ScientBiography
Dr. Jack A Gilbert earned his Ph.D. from Nottingham University, UK in 2002, and received his postdoctoral training in Canada at Queens University. He subsequently returned to the UK in 2005 and worked for Plymouth Marine Laboratory as a senior scientist until his move to Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago in 2010. Dr. Gilbert is currently applying next-generation sequencing technologies to microbial metagenomics and metatranscriptomics to test fundamental hypotheses in microbial ecology. He has authored more than peer reviewed 120 publications and book chapters on metagenomics and approaches to ecosystem ecology (www.gilbertlab.com). He has focused on analyzing microbial function and diversity, community assembly processes, and dynamic interactions between taxa, with an aim of predicting the metabolic output from a community. He is currently working on generating observational and mechanistic models of microbial communities in natural, urban, built and human ecosystems. He is on the board of the Genomic Standards Consortium (www.gensc.org), is an section editor for PLoS ONE and senior editor for the ISME Journal and Environmental Microbiology, and is PI for the Earth Microbiome Project (www.earthmicrobiome.org), Home Microbiome Project (www.homemicrobiome.com), Gulf Microbial Modeling Project (www.microbial-models.com), Hospital Microbiome Project (www.hospitalmicrobiome.com), and the Chicago River Microbiome Project.