GEM Science Work-In-Progress Talks: "Protists and Fungi in the Oral Microbiome" and “Pilot Study of Placental, Oral, and Gut Microbiome Related to Pregnancy”

Monday, August 28, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
144 Farber Hall, UB South Campus
Free and open to the public
Drs.Mira Edgerton, Gerald Koudelka, Vanessa Barnabei, Robert Genco
Genome, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence (GEM), Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPRED)


Protists and Fungi in the Oral Microbiome (Gerald Koudelka, PhD & Mira Edgerton, DDS, PhD): It is well known that certain bacteria are responsible for dental caries and periodontal disease, but the onset and severity of dental disease is not yet predictable solely by the composition of the oral bacteriome. We are characterizing the non-bacterial oral microbiome in an effort to uncover the complex microbe-microbe interactions that seemingly regulate the disease-causing capacity of oral bacteria.

Pilot Study of Placental, Oral, and Gut Microbiome Related to Pregnancy (Vanessa Barnabei, MD & Robert Genco, DDS, PhD): This is a longitudinal assessment of the human pregnancy-specific (vaginal, cervical, placenta and neonatal), oral, and gut microbiota and their association with pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth.

These informal talks are part of the GEM Work-in-Progress series held at 4:00 p.m. on the 4th Monday of each month. The location rotates among the Downtown Medical, North and South campuses. The speaker schedule is on the GEM website (

If you would like to present at a GEM Work-in-Progress session, let us know ( and we will get you onto the schedule.



For more information, contact:

Sara Thomas
Phone: (716)829-3890