Course overview

Know Thyself: Quantifying your Human Body & Its One Hundred Trillion Microbes 

In this course, detailed examples of episodic evolution of the coupled immune-microbial system are presented to demonstrate the human body and it's trillions of microgranisms are a superorganism. 

Larry Smarr, PhD

 Board Review Series

AIHM 2016 Annual Conference

 Required Lessons


 Time to Complete

45 minutes

 Non-CME Eligible*

0 Credits 

What you will learn

  • Course Summary

  • The human body is host to 100 trillion microorganisms, ten times the number of DNA-bearing cells in the human body and these microbes contain 300 times the number of DNA genes that our human DNA does. The microbial component of our "superorganism" is comprised of 100s of species with immense biodiversity. I have been collecting massive amounts of data from my own body over the last 5 years, which reveals detailed examples of episodic evolution of the coupled immune-microbial system.
    By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

    • Discuss Tracking Your Microbiome Ecology in Health and Disease.
    • State an Example of Measuring the Impact of Pharmaceutical Therapy on the Microbiome.
    • Identify New Non-Pharmaceutical Therapies Emerging to Manipulate the Microbiome.

Course includes:

  • Video recording
  • Downloadable audio
  • Speaker handout(s)
  • 1 Quiz
  • Certificate of Completion

Included in this course

Course Faculty

Larry Smarr, PhD

About larry
Larry Smarr holds the Harry E. Gruber professorship in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) of UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering. On moving to UC San Diego in 2000 he became the founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership. For the previous 20 years, he was a professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. In 1985 he became the founding director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

*CME/CEU Credits

The CME for this course has expired, however you will continue to have access to your purchased content. 

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This course is self-paced with no set beginning or end date. You may complete this course on your own schedule and pace. Enrolling in and purchasing this course grants you access to its contents in perpetuity.