2nd Global Microbiome Network – Symposium for Africa

13-14th January 2022






Welcome session.

KARINA XAVIER (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal) & ALEXANDER KWARTENG (KNUST, Ghana & KCCR, Ghana)


The microbiome is precious and antibiotics are damaging it.

MARTIN BLASER (Rutgers University, USA)


Undernutrition and the microbiota in Africa.

PASCALE VONAESCH (University of Lausanne, Switzerland and National Competence Centre in Research Microbiomes)


Skin Microbiome and lymphatic filariasis.



The Global Microbiome Conservancy, preserving and understanding our microbial heritage

MATHIEU GROUSSIN (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA & University of Kiel, Germany)


Insect vectors microbiome and disease transmission

LUIS TEIXEIRA (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal)


Microbiome Research in Zimbabwe: Leveraging on Natural Experiments

KERINA DURI (University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe)  & LEOLIN KATSIDZIRA (University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe)


The gut microbiota and protection against intestinal pathogens 

KARINA XAVIER (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal)


Gut microbiome and Sickle cell disease in Angola

MIGUEL BRITO (Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde, Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, Portugal)


Insights into the role of the vaginal microbiome in sexually transmitted diseases.

JACQUES RAVEL (University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA)


Holobiont Uniqueness.

FOREST ROHWER (San Diego State University, USA)


Discussion: Networking session.



Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice on Antimicrobial Resistance and Climate Change: Qualitative study (Gut Microbiome in pastoralist community).

ABDIFATAH MUKTAR MUHUMMED (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute/University of Basel, Switzerland and Jigjiga University, Ethiopia)


Assessment and surveillance on intestinal bacteria and Rotavirus genotypes among under-five children in Bengo Province.

ELSA FORTES-GABRIEL (Instituto Superior Técnico Militar (ITSM), Luanda, Angola, Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Angola (CISA), Angola)


Application of next-generation sequencing and metagenomics in deciphering the human microbiome (with focus on respiratory virome).

AYODEJI EMMANUEL OGUNBAYO  (University of the Free State, Next Generation Sequencing Unit, South Africa)


Water Microbiome.



The Microbiota Vault History.



Collections and preservation: adapting to meet the needs of microbiome research.

ADRIAN EGLI (University Hospital Basel, Switzerland)


Microbiome conservation in Peru: lessons learn from the GloMiNe- Peru.

DEBORAH DELGADO PUGLEY (Pontificia Universidade Católica del Perú, Perú)


The Periodic Table of Food Initiative: Expanding our Chemical Understanding of Fermented Foods

JOHN DE LA PARRA (The Rockefeller Foundation, USA)


Collections in Africa: An overview of what exists and possibility of a microbiota collection. 

PANDAM SALIFU (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)


Multi-omics for human microbiome epidemiology and bioactive discovery.

CURTIS HUTTENHOWER (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)


Microbiota analyses from 30,000 feet high. 

ROB KNIGHT (University of California, USA)


Panel discussion & Networking session – Potential for local collections in Africa

Panel members: Alex Kwarteng, Augustina Sylverken, Dorcas Obiri Yeboah and Pandam Salifu

Updated on 20 april 2023