Dr. Daniel McDonald, PhD

The American Gut Project

The American Gut Project, using lasers, robots and supercomputers, can tell you about the different types of microbes that live on and inside of you.

Dr. Daniel McDonald is the Scientific Director for the American Gut Project. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Colorado focusing on the development of gut microbiome reference databases that span thousands of people, and is a developer on a suite of common microbiome analytic packages such as QIIME.

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The American Gut Project

Dr. Daniel McDonald, PhD

Founded in 2012, The American Gut Project is a crowd sourced and crowd funded project that it is considered “citizen science.” It allows anyone to participate, and all data collected is a part of public domain. At this time, The American Gut Project has received samples from individuals from 45 different countries. In this interview, you will learn about some of the major findings so far.

Duration: 20m13s