Joel Babdor, PhD, is a postdoctoral researcher in the Spitzer lab. He uses high-throughput, high-dimensional technologies and computational methods to study the interactions between the human immune system and the microbiome at the systems level. He focuses on human research in healthy populations and in pathological settings where the immune system plays an important role (cancer, autoimmunity and organ transplantation).
One of the main projects Joel has developed in the Spitzer lab is the ImmunoMicrobiome Study, an IRB-approved human research protocol, which successfully enrolled 111 healthy individuals, to perform a comprehensive analysis of the peripheral immune system, the gut/oral/skin microbiome, and the metabolome. His study is designed to assess variations of the immune system and the microbiome across time and explore the interactions between these biological compartments. As "it takes a village", Joel is collaboratively developing novel, integrative computational strategies to analyze the ImmunoMicrobiome multi-OMIC dataset.