Public profile profile for willing

Benjamin
Willing
Position: 
Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Microbiology of Nutrigenomics
University of Alberta, Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science
Alberta
Research area/interests: 
My lab is interested in understanding the role of the intestinal microbiota and diet-microbe-host interactions in health outcomes, with particular focus on metabolic disease and infection resistance. We use rodent and pig gnotobiotic models with defined communities to understand the role of previously uncharacterized microbes in microbial ecology, metabolite production, and host responses. Microbes that we are currently focusing on include Prevotella, Parasutterella, Escherichia coli and yeast. We are also working on improving microbial formulations of kefir.
Researcher type: 
Academic
Microbiome sites of interest: 
Human microbiome
Animal microbiome
Gut microbiome
Skin
Vaginal
Animal models
Mouse models
Swine
Rat
Cattle
Other
Other microbiome sites: 
Chicken
Notable technologies or other expertise: 
Sequencing
Bioinformatics
Types of microbiome analyses: 
Transcriptomics
Metabolomics
16S sequencing
18S sequencing
Bacterial sequencing
Fungal sequencing
Shotgun metagenomics
Antibiotic resistance