Meeting report for the 1st skin microbiota workshop, boulder, co October 15-16 2012

Jack A. Gilbert*, Madeleine Ball, Paul Blainey, Martin J. Blaser, Brendan J.M. Bohannan, Ashley Bateman, John Bunge, Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, Slava Epstein, Noah Fierer, Dirk Gevers, Tracy Grikscheit, Leila J. Hamdan, James Harvey, Curtis Huttenhower, Benjamin Kirkup, Heidi H. Kong, Christian Lauber, Katherine P. Lemon, Susan V. LynchLance Martin, Charlene Mello, Joseph Palma, Roy Parker, Joseph Petrosino, Julia A. Segre, Leslie Vosshall, Rui Yi, Rob Knight

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This report details the outcome of the 1st Skin Microbiota Workshop, Boulder, CO, held on October 15th-16th 2012. The workshop was arranged to bring Department of Defense personnel together with experts in microbial ecology, human skin physiology and anatomy, and computational techniques for interrogating the microbiome to define research frontiers at the intersection of these important areas. The workshop outlined a series of questions and created several working groups to address those questions, specifically to promote interdisciplinary activity and potential future collaboration. The US Army provided generous grant support and the meeting was organized and hosted by the University of Colorado at Boulder. A primary forward vision of the meeting was the importance of understanding skin microbial communities to improve the health and stealth of US Army warfighters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number13
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalStandards in Genomic Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 8 2014


  • Army
  • Bioinformatics
  • Skin microbiome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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