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Ami S. Bhatt, MD, PhD

Chemotherapy and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) can cure otherwise deadly cancers such as leukemias and lymphomas. Unfortunately, there are many serious complications associated with these aggressive forms of therapy. A significant proportion of these complications have been associated with alterations in the microbiome - the bacteria, viruses and fungi that naturally live within and on us. Dr. Bhatt applies cutting-edge molecular, microbiology and computational biology approaches to understand how the microbiome may mediate these serious complications. In her bench-to-bedside and back research, the safety and effectiveness of live bacterial therapies (probiotics) will be explored.

Project title: "Applying microbiome-based therapeutics in cancer patients"
Institution: Stanford University
Award Program: Clinical Investigator
Sponsor(s) / Mentor(s): Linda Boxer, MD, PhD, and Michael Snyder, PhD
Cancer Type: Blood
Research Area: Experimental Therapeutics