Dr. Curtis Huttenhower is a Professor of Biostatistics and Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an Associate Member at the Broad Institute. His lab works broadly on understanding microbial community function, particularly that of the human microbiome in public health, as well as on developing new computational methods for host-microbial systems biology. He participated extensively in the NIH Human Microbiome Project and co-leads the “HMP2” Center for Characterizing the gut microbial ecosystem in IBD. He directs the HSPH Microbiome Analysis Core (HMAC), led the Microbiome Quality Control Project, and the NIDDK Human Microbiome Bioinformatics Resource.
His lab focuses on computational methods for functional analysis of microbial communities. This includes systems biology reconstructions integrating metagenomic, metatranscriptomic, and other microbial community ‘omics, the human microbiome in autoimmune disease such as IBD, and its potential as a biomarker and route for therapeutic intervention. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2009, the NSF Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2011, and the ISCB Overton Prize in 2015.