Welcome to an Afternoon in the Science Basement! We have invited researchers-in-training from various faculties and backgrounds to share their work in an accessible manner. If you’re generally curious about what researchers do, or if you are interested in one of our monthly seminar topics, come listen and interact with us. Our seminars are meant to be casual and informative. See you there.
On 30 September 16:30 the title of the event is Shedding light on your gut microbiota with a novel biosensor.
We live in a world with many microbes, they even live in our guts (scientists call these microbes: gut microbiota). Our gut microbiota, consisting of various species of bacteria and fungi, is associated with a variety of diseases for which the mechanisms are still unclear, including mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. The Aalto-Helsinki 2021 iGEM team designed a biosensor called Gutlux, which allows scientists to explore the connections between gut microbiota and mental health. This biosensor works by detecting individual compounds produced by the gut microbiota and potentially associated with a specific state of health.