About the event
Jointly sponsored by: College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences & Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Janet K. Jansson, Ph.D., Chief Scientist for Biology in the Biological Sciences Division and Laboratory Fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) will present Multi-Omics of the Microbiome.
Location information: Spokane: SAC 501, Pullman: Lighty 405, Wenatchee: TFREC Stockwell Room, WSU Tri-Cities: TWSC 260 (Wine Science Library), Puyallup: K 109, Dial up information: 777995
Jansson has more than 30 years of experience in microbial ecology. She earned an M.S. in Soil Microbiology at Colorado State University (1983) and a Ph.D.in Microbial Ecology at Michigan State University (1988). She was a researcher in Sweden for 20 years from 1988-2007 and was Professor, Chair of Environmental Microbiology, and Vice Dean at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences prior to moving back to the United States in 2007.
Before coming to PNNL in June 2014, Jansson was a senior staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2007-2014). From 2012-2014, she was an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley and at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Jansson’s specific expertise is in the use of molecular approaches (omics) to study complex microbial communities, such as those residing in soil, sediments, and the human gut. Jansson is currently studying the impact of climate change on microbial communities in prairie and arctic ecosystems, including a focus on the impact of warming on permafrost soil microbiomes and drought on grassland soils.
Her research also focuses on the human microbiome, including the impacts of diet, host genetics and inflammatory bowel disease on gut microbial functions. Currently she is coordinating Microbiomes in Transition (MinT), a PNNL research initiative that uses a multidisciplinary approach to determine how microbiomes are impacted by perturbations, such as climate change, and how the human microbiome is impacted by environmental exposures. Jansson is also Co-Principle Investigator for the Science Focus Area (SFA): Phenotypic Response of the Soil Microbiome to Environmental Perturbations.
Jansson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the Washington State Academy of Science. She has authored more than 160 publications, and is the editor of two books on molecular microbial ecology and a textbook on soil microbiology. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the International Society for Microbiology and on numerous advisory panels, including the National Academy of Science Committee on Science Breakthroughs for Food and Agriculture by 2030.