November 2020 – Dylan Dodd & Mary Estes

Learning To Co-Exist With Humans: A Microbe’s Story

On November 3, 2020, we held a virtual conversation with Dr. Dylan Dodd and Dr. Mary Estes.

Dr. Dylan Dodd is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University. He received training as a physician scientist at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. His PhD work in Professor Isaac Cann’s laboratory looked at the molecular mechanisms for energy capture by gut bacteria. He then worked in Dr. Sonnenberg’s laboratory, where he studied how gut bacteria contribute to small molecules that impact host physiology. He has leveraged his research to co-found a company that engineers bacteria to modulate the immune system and his research group’s focus is to uncover the chemistry underlying host-microbe interactions in the gut. 

Dr. Mary Estes is a Professor of Virology and Microbiology in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the past president of the American Society for Virology, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has authored over 400 articles, She is a molecular virologist whose research is focused on understanding viral (rotavirus and norovirus) infections of the gastrointestinal tract. Her research group’s focus is to study how the viral proteins interact with receptors of the intestinal cells.