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Tahila is a visiting PhD student from Brazil. She started bioinformatics research during her Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences at Universidade de Caxias do Sul. After graduation, she continued in the bioinformatics domain while performing her Master’s degree in Genetics from Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) in 2013, where she worked with metagenomics data analysis. Her PhD degree is being officially carried out at UNESP with meta-omics data analysis being a major part of her focus.
She joined the Korcsmáros group at Earlham Institute to work with meta-omics data analysis of the gut microbiome and its interaction with the human host. In her project at EI, she aims to integrate the gut microbiome meta-omics data – such as metagenomics, metaproteomics and metatranscriptomics – obtained from gut samples of individuals with ulcerative colitis and various cancers associated with the colon. She will compare these signatures in order to evaluate common and unique microbial mechanisms and proteins which could underlie the development of ulcerative colitis and its possible progression into colorectal cancer. Understanding better the changes which may be caused by the gut microbiome to turn cells into the carcinogenic state could help develop strategies for better prognosis/treatment of cancers associated with the colon.