Purpose and Scope

The goal of Seattle’s Informal Microbiome Research (SIMR) Seminars is to provide a constructive and supportive space to offer & receive feedback on our microbiome research, including on work in progress.

Seminars aren’t recorded (to encourage presentations on new work), and most of the audience are members of the academic/clinical microbiome community in the greater Seattle area and its alumni.


SIMR Seminars are held approximately every other Wednesday between 3:30-4:30pm PST. Check out the upcoming schedule here!

Typically, we have 2 x 20 minute presentations per session, with 3-5 minutes of questions/discussion after each. Presenters are encouraged to stay beyond 3:30-4:30 for continued discussion, if possible. We recognize that these are quite short talks, but this fits with our theme of being informal and allows us more space for more presenters, and more time for audience questions.

At present, seminars are virtual held via Zoom – please contact us for the zoom link!

Contact us

Contact Amy Willis (she/her) and/or Sean Gibbons (he/him) to receive Zoom links to the call, and to sign up for the available slots! You can get in touch with them at ad[kangaroo]@uw.edu and s[moose]@isbscience.org, but you should replace the names of mammals with their actual last names.

Past schedule

Former SIMR Seminars have included talks from

  • Nov 3 2021: Nick Bohmann and David Clausen
  • Nov 17 2021: Sam Minot and Sean Koester
  • Dec 15 2021: Christian Diener and Abigail Schindler
  • Jan 12 2022: Evan Pepper
  • Jan 26 2022: Matt Ciorba and Tomasz Wilmanski
  • Feb 2 2022: Muyiwa Awoniyi (co-hosted with the UW Division of Gastroenterology)
  • Feb 9 2022: Jonathan Golob and Christian Jobin
  • Feb 23 2022: Nicole Maloney Belle (co-hosted with the UW Division of Gastroenterology)
  • March 23 2022: Karolline May and Lauren Rajakovich
  • April 6 2022: Kelsey Jesser and Erica Fuhrmeister
  • April 20 2022: Norma Morella and Kendra Kamp
  • May 4 2022: Purna C Kashyap and Smritee Dabee