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BIO 94 W — Gut Bacteria in Health and Disease: An Introduction to the Microbes Within

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jun 20—Jul 22
Refund Deadline: Jun 23
Unit: 1
Tuition: $345
Instructor(s): Tobi Schmidt
Limit: 60
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Jun 20—Jul 22
5 weeks
Refund Date
Jun 23
1 Unit
Tobi Schmidt
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
The microbes that live on and in us are collectively known as the microbiota. Studies have demonstrated that the gut microbiota exert a strong influence over our health. In particular, the bacteria residing in our digestive tract can influence a spectrum of diseases. Unhealthy lifestyle, especially a poor diet, is a key factor contributing to the types of gut bacteria that promote diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, colorectal cancer, depression, and even neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Recent discoveries show that gut microbiota can be modulated by lifestyle choices and that healthy and unhealthy populations of bacteria can be predicted based on specific lifestyle patterns. In this course, students will be introduced to the key microbiota that have a profound influence on our health. We will explore how they exert this influence and what lifestyle factors contribute to healthy and unhealthy gut microbiota populations. The course emphasis is on the role of diet in influencing the gut microbiota and our overall health. However, we will also explore other lifestyle factors, such as exercise, sleep, and stress, and how they can modulate gut bacteria.

Immunotherapy Researcher; Personal Health Educator

Tobi Schmidt works in the field of inflammation and immune health. She has studied and researched human disease to understand human health for over two decades, including leading research into the treatment of cancers, autoimmune disorders, infections, and lifestyle- and age-related chronic diseases. Schmidt received a PhD from the Stanford School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.