The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has named Faculty Fellowship awardees for 2018-2019. These six Illinois faculty members will work with NCSA to investigate a wide array of subjects including cancer, agriculture, cinema, economics, civil infrastructure and more.
Each faculty member will work closely with experts at NCSA on a project that aligns with research focus areas and/or major projects (i.e., the Blue Waters project, XSEDE, the Midwest Big Data Hub, Industry program).
Hannah Holscher, Food Science and Human Nutrition
Microbial communities have a significant impact on human health. Growing research has demonstrated the influence of the host microbiota in cancer and the interaction with the human immune system, which impacts potential diagnosis and treatment. Also, gastrointestinal microbiome perturbations and diet are independently linked to public health issues including obesity, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and type 2 diabetes. Holscher’s project will study the impact of the human microbiome on health status using machine learning approaches developed by Dr. Zhu and the VI-Bio group. Her work will also inform the development of the NCSA VI-Bio group’s prototype OmiX, an informatics tool which will enable scientists to study microbiome-human interaction.
Learn about the other fellows and NCSA: