Dr. Jarrad Hampton-Marcell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His current research examines the microbial implications on cell and tissue physiology in humans. Utilizing machine learning and in vivo models, he studies the the role short chain fatty acid producers play in shaping bioenergetics, body composition, and gastrointestinal disorders. Prior to UIC, Dr. Hampton-Marcell spent nearly a decade at Argonne National Laboratory studying microbial ecology in the soil, marine, and built-environments. His contributions include the Earth Microbiome Project, American Gut Project, and assisting in the development of Quantitative Isight into Microbial Ecology – a widely used program for microbial bioinformatics. A first-generation student/researcher/academic, he is heavily involved in diversity, equity, and inclusion co-chairing Argonne’s High School Research Program, HEROH (a sports performance foundation in Chicago), and ISME’s Virtual Microbial Ecology Summit.