We are happy to share that our past member, Jesse Willis has won the award with the thesis Oral Microbiome: Composition, Interactions and Shaping Factors (2021), directed by Toni Gabaldón and performed in our group. .

This thesis provides for the first time a global view of the oral microbiome of the Spanish population, revealing significant connections with oral health, systemic health and other lifestyle factors. The nearly 3,000 samples analyzed by this thesis come from the citizen science project called “Saca la Lengua“, of which Jesse has been part. For more information you can find the thesis here. Jesse Willis is currently working as a data scientist at Asserta Global Health Care.

This first edition of Excellence in Doctoral Thesis in Bioinformatics Awards has been organized by Bioinformatics Barcelona (BIB) in conjunction with the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRI) and is sponsored by Roche Diagnostics.