Early life: the crucible for microbiome and host development.
A central feature of mammalian development across an evolutionary timeframe is the high fidelity intergenerational transfer of resident microbes. Prof. Blaser’s researchgroup has shown that early life antibiotic exposures can alter microbiota development with metabolic consequences. They have extended these studies to both antibiotic and dietary effects. Very early life antibiotic exposures also led to profound and long-lasting immunological effects.

Prof. dr. Blaser is a world-renowned expert on microbiome research. He is Professor of Medicine and Microbiology at the New York University School of Medicine, where he directs the Human Microbiome Program. Moreover, he is Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB) in the United States. In his latest book, Missing Microbes, prof. Blaser discusses his hypothesis that the overuse of antibiotics, c-sections, and antiseptics have permanently changed our microbiome and are causing an increase in modern diseases such as obesity, juvenile diabetes, and asthma.