Federico Rey is Assistant Professor in the Department of Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research program focuses on the human gut microbiome, with a special interest in how microbial metabolism impacts the nutritional value of food. He earned his bachelor’s degree in clinical chemistry from the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba in Argentina, where he did research exploring how free radicals modulate vascular tone and atherosclerosis. He did his doctoral work with Professor Caroline Harwood (University of Iowa) studying hydrogen metabolism in anaerobic bacteria. After obtaining his Ph.D., he went on to do postdoctoral studies with Professor Jeffrey Gordon (Washington University in St. Louis). His work revealed the metabolic niches of several key members of the gut microbiome, and identified ways by which gut bacteria contribute to host health and disease. In Madison, he is expanding on this work looking at how vascular disease is impacted by the interplay between gut microbiota and diet.
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