Department Welcomes Dr. Andres Gomez
Dr. Andres Gomez joins the Department of Animal Science as an Assistant Professor with expertise in the microbiome. Dr. Gomez will be a core component of the Integrated Animal Systems Biology Team (http://animalsystemsbiology.cfans.umn.edu/). In his role he will develop a research program related to the microbiome in food animal production, teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses, and recruiting and mentoring graduate students.
Dr. Gomez obtained a Bachelor of science degree in animal sciences from the National University of Colombia (Medellin), and a Masters of Science in Biotechnology (Microbial ecology) from the same university. After an internship at the USDA working with soil microbial ecology and bioremediation, he did his PhD in the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign under supervision of Dr. Bryan White, studying gastrointestinal microbial communities of humans and nonhuman primates in the context of of host ecology and health. He did his postdoctoral work at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where he worked with Dr. Ran Blekhman studying the host genetic and dietary factors shaping the gut microbiome of nonhuman primates and diverse human populations worldwide. Before joining the Department of Animal Science he worked as a staff scientist at the J. Craig Venter institute in San Diego California, where he focused on using genomics to keep exploring human and animal microbiomes.
At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Gomez's research focuses on understanding the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that shape animal and human microbiomes, in the context of physiology, nutrition, health, ecology and evolution. To that end, he uses traditional and high-throughput molecular techniques, along with bioinformatics and statistics tools to characterize single microbes and microbial communities, and employs an integral view of host-microbe systems.