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3-D Mapping of the Human Skin. Q and A with Dr. Pieter Dorrestein


In this clip, Dr. Pieter Dorrestein discusses his project to visually map microbes and molecules on human skin (3-D mapping).

Dr. Dorrestein is professor at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California at San Diego. He delivered a lecture at NIH in April 2015 on “Social Networks For Molecular Analysis.”

Watch his lecture here:

Q: Tell us about your project to develop 3D mapping of human skin for molecules and microbes.

A: The 3D human skin, one of the things that we were able to do for the first time was be able to map all the chemistries that are associated, that you can find on the surface of your skin, and that is quite remarkable. And at the same time we can correlate it with the distribution of these different microbial communities, so now we can correlate and see—what are the chemical environments of these different microbes living that live and harbor all over your different sites on the skin. To me this is pretty exciting. And so that allows you to begin looking into the spatial role of these different microbial communities that are present.

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