Adults, teachers, middle and high school students, and the general public are invited to attend free lectures on topical issues in science and conservation.

2015 Lectures

Previously scheduled lectures for February 11 and March 18 have been canceled. Please check back for a schedule of lectures in March and April.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
7:30 p.m., Free admission

Trust Your Gut: A Microbial View of Human Development– The Gut Microbiota and Childhood Undernutrition

Jeffrey I. Gordon, Ph.D.

Jeffrey I. Gordon, Ph.D., is an Academy Fellow and 2012 Peter H. Raven Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Lifetime Award recipient. He is the Dr. Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor of Pathology/Immunology and Director of the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology, Washington University School of Medicine. 

Studies of the human gut microbiome are beginning to have a disruptive effect on our views of human nutrition. Washington University Director of the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology, Jeffrey Gordon, Ph.D., will illustrate the intimate relationship between diet, our gut microbiome, human health and childhood undernutrition. He will also explore how discoveries from the human gut microbiome are being integrated with efforts to develop more nutritious foods. These foods will address the challenges of feeding the world's rapidly expanding population and improving global health to usher in a new era of microbiome-directed therapeutics.

The Science Seminar Series is co-sponsored by the the Saint Louis Zoo and the Academy of Science-St. Louis. 

More Information

Reservations are not necessary. Admission is free. All lectures take place in the Anheuser-Busch Theatre in The Living World/North Entrance at the Saint Louis Zoo. For more information, call (314) 646-4544.