7:00 OMS Society Business: Announcements, Introductions, or Short Presentations
Nominations for 2022 Officers and Directors.
7:15 pm Presentation:
Fungi in the Human Gut, Heather Hallen-Adams
What fungi are you harboring? What exactly is it doing there? If you’ve ever asked that question, then this talk is for you. Heather begins with an overview of the composition and role of fungi in the healthy human gut, looking at adults on “conventional” and vegetarian diets, then stepping back to the past 100 years of literature on the topic. She then shifts gears to examine the foodborne yeast Debaryomyces hansenii and its potential use as a probiotic.
Speaker: Heather Hallen-Adams received her PhD at Michigan State University studying amatoxin-producing mushrooms, which she continued to study during her postdoctoral research. She is currently a professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she has been since 2010, where she considers her mandate to encompass “anywhere that food and fungi intersect” (including edible mushrooms, poisonous mushrooms, fermentations, mycotoxins, and fungi in the human gut).