Jack A. Gilbert, PhD

Department of Surgery
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Professor Jack A Gilbert earned his PhD from Unilever and Nottingham University, UK in 2002, and received his postdoctoral training at Queens University, Canada. He subsequently returned to the UK in 2005 to Plymouth Marine Laboratory as a senior scientist until his move to Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago in 2010. Currently, Professor Gilbert is the director of the Microbiome Center and a professor of surgery at the University of Chicago. He is also group leader for Microbial Ecology at Argonne National Laboratory, research associate at the Field Museum of Natural History, scientific fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory, and the Yeoh Ghim Seng Visiting Professorship in Surgery at the National University of Singapore. Dr. Gilbert uses molecular analysis to test fundamental hypotheses in microbial ecology. He founded the Earth Microbiome Project and co-founded the American Gut Project. He has authored more than 250 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on metagenomics and approaches to ecosystem ecology. He is the founding editor in chief of the mSystems journal. In 2014, he was recognized on Crain’s Business Chicago’s 40 Under 40 List and in 2015, he was listed as one of the 50 most influential scientists by Business Insider and in the Brilliant Ten by Popular Scientist. In 2016, he won the Altemeier Prize from the Surgical Infection Society and the WH Pierce Prize from the Society for Applied Microbiology for research excellence. He also co-authored “Dirt is Good” published in 2017, a popular science guide to the microbiome and children’s health.

Speaker Disclosure Statement:

Jack A. Gilbert, PhD, has disclosed that he is the co-founder and president of BiomeSense Inc. He also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for Day Two Inc.