Matters Microbial #34: Artificial gut feelings: Gut microbes and the ECM

April 4, 2024

Today, Dr. Ana Maria Porras of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida, joins the #QualityQuorum to chat about her work studying gut microbes and the gut, IBDs, representation, and even how fiber arts can inspire microbial wonder!

Host: Mark O. Martin

Guest: Ana Maria Porras

Download MM#34 (50 MB .mp3, 69 min)
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  • The announcement of Dr. Porras’ prestigious CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation.
  • A basic introduction to irritable bowel syndrome.
  • An overview of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • An article about “remodeling” of the gut epithelia during IBS.
  • The journal article from Dr. Porras’ research group discussed in today’s podcast.
  • A video by Dr. Porras about her research.
  • A video by Dr. Porras about her microbial outreach using fabric arts, as well as an article on that topic.
  • Instructions from Dr. Porras describing how to crochet a microbe of your own!
  • Dr. Porras’ faculty website.
  • Dr. Porras’ laboratory website.

Intro music is by Reber Clark

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