Dr. Rob DeSalle, PhD

American Museum of Natural History

Clinicians of the future will need to become ecologists and evolutionary biologists.

Rob DeSalle is a Curator in the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, where he leads a group of researchers working on molecular systematics, molecular evolution, population and conservation genetics, and evolutionary genomics of a wide array of life forms ranging from viruses, bacteria, corals, and plants, to all kinds of insects, reptiles, and mammals.

Rob is also Adjunct Professor at Columbia University (Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology), Distinguished Professor in Residence at New York University (Department of Biology), Adjunct Professor at City University of New York (Subprogram in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior), Resource Faculty at the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology, and Professor at the AMNH Richard Gilder Graduate School.

Additional Reading

Tessler, M., Brugler, M., DeSalle, R., Hersch, R., Velho, L., Segovia, B., Lansac-Toha, F. and Lemke, M. (2016). A Global eDNA Comparison of Freshwater Bacterioplankton Assemblages Focusing on Large-River Floodplain Lakes of Brazil. Microbial Ecology, 73(1), pp.61-74.

Tessler, M., Neumann, J., Afshinnekoo, E., Pineda, M., Hersch, R., Velho, L., Segovia, B., Lansac-Toha, F., Lemke, M., DeSalle, R., Mason, C. and Brugler, M. (2017). Large-scale differences in microbial biodiversity discovery between 16S amplicon and shotgun sequencing. Scientific Reports, 7(1).

Yudell, M., Roberts, D., DeSalle, R. and Tishkoff, S. (2016). Taking race out of human genetics. Science, 351(6273), pp.564-565.

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The Curation of “The Secret World Inside You” Exhibit

Dr. Rob DeSalle, PhD

An exhibit called “The Secret World Inside You” was hosted at the American Museum of Natural History in 2016 – learn why the microbiome was chosen as the focus, directly from the curator.

Duration: 16m34s

Our Connection to the Microbial World Around Us

Dr. Rob DeSalle, PhD

In the last five years, technology has allowed us to better understand the human microbiome – scientists have now identified and named 8,000 microbes and are learning more about their complex interactions each day.

Duration: 17m02s