CNJIFT Dinner Meetings


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Networking 5:00 pm | Speaker 6:00 pm  | Dinner 7:00 pm

Date:              Wednesday,  February 13, 2019
Title:              “Can the Gut Microbiome be used to Treat Diabetes?”
Speakers:      Dr. Liping Zhao – Rutgers University
Venue:          The Heldrich Hotel – 10 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 Directions

Eveleigh-Fenton Chair of Applied Microbiology at Rutgers University and Distinguished Professor of Microbiology at Shanghai Jiao Tong University

“You are what your gut bacteria eat”. Our diet provides nutrition to both our human cells and our gut bacteria. Different diets would sustain the growth of different gut bacteria which may produce different bioactive compounds to impact our health. Metagenomics and metabolomics-integrated approach can help us find out how our diet modulate the gut microbiome and change our risks to diseases and responses to medications.

Dr. Liping Zhao is currently the Eveleigh-Fenton Chair of Applied Microbiology at Rutgers University and Distinguished Professor of Microbiology at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is a senior editor of the ISME Journal and associate editor of the journal Microbiome. He is a fellow of American Academy of Microbiology. He is a senior fellow of Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). He serves on Scientific Advisory Board for the Center for Microbiome Research and Education of American Gastroenterology Association (AGA).

Dr. Zhao has pioneered the approach of applying metagenomics-metabolomics integrated tools and dietary intervention for systems understanding and predictive manipulation of gut microbiota to improve human metabolic health. Following the logic of Koch’s postulates, Dr. Zhao has found that an endotoxin-producing opportunistic pathogen isolated from an obese human gut can induce obesity in germfree mice. Their clinical trials published in Science and EBioMedicine showed that dietary modulation of gut microbiota can significantly alleviate metabolic diseases including a genetic form of obesity in children and type 2 diabetes in adults. The Science magazine featured a story on how he combines traditional Chinese medicine and gut microbiota study to understand and fight obesity.

Reference: (Science 336: 1248,

$55 – NY/CNJ IFT Members before 12:00 noon 2/8/19
$60 – NY/CNJ IFT Nonmembers & Members after 12:00 noon 2/8/19
$30 – Students, Unemployed & Retired Members before 12:00 noon 2/8/19
$40 – Students, Unemployed & Retired Members after 12:00 noon 2/8/19


Mixed Field Greens with Assorted Toppings and Dressings
Caesar Salad with Marinated Anchovies and Garlic Crostini

Tarragon Roasted French Breast of Chicken, Sauce Supreme
Grilled Salmon, Smoked Apple Glaze
Farfelle Pasta, Artichoke Hearts, Sundried Tomatoes, Green Peas, Lemon Caper Sauce

Herbed Wild Rice, Sauteed Seasonal Vegetables, Rolls and Butter

Pastry Chef’s Selection of Desserts
Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Tea

Cash Bar!


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