Oakton STEM speaker series focuses on the health effects of cleanliness
(Feb. 14, 2017) A free lecture at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, will focus on the question, “How clean is too clean?” Alyson Yee will present “How Antibacterial Affect Our Health” in Room 1604 at Oakton Community College’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road, is free and open to the public.
Yee, a Fulbright grantee and National Institute of Health Intramural Research and Training Award Fellow, will examine the antimicrobial compound triclosan, found in many soaps and household products, which has been proven to change the gut microbiota of fish and rats. Yee will explore if such effects can occur in humans, and if so, what possible impacts may be.
“Over the last two years, the Center for Promoting STEM has been focusing on the negative and positive effects of bacteria on our health,” said Gloria Liu, coordinator of Oakton’s Center for Promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the sponsor of the program. “This will provide another perspective on the topic.”
Yee also studies the structure, diversity and succession of bacterial communities in human health and built environments focusing on the human gut microbiome, particularly during early life. She is simultaneously working on a Ph.D. in microbiology while studying to be a doctor at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.
For more information, contact Gloria Liu at 847.635.1738 or firstname.lastname@example.org.