TEDxTuesday: Daniel P. Beiting, Ph.D.

In the spring of 2016, Peddie launched its inaugural TEDx Peddie event. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. In this spirit, TED has createdTEDx, a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Organized by students, and with the help of the Alumni & Development office, TEDx Peddie brought to campus six industry leaders, some of whom are Peddie alumni, to speak on the theme "The future as we know it."

In his TEDx talk, Dr. Beiting discusses the role of microbiomes and understanding the connection between humans, animals and their environments is revolutionizing our understanding of both health and disease.

Speaker biography: Daniel Beiting was born and raised in Ohio. After attending college at Appalachian State University, Dan moved on to pursue his doctorate in immunology at Cornell University, where his studies focused on understanding how the immune system copes with chronic parasite infections. After completing his Ph.D., Beiting moved to the University of Pennsylvania for postdoctoral studies where he began to use genomic approaches to study pathogens and the people and animals they infect. He is currently a research assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the School of Veterinary Medicine where he directs the newly formed Center for Host-Microbe Interactions.