How do intestinal microbiota interact with host genome-encoded
processes to impact vertebrate health and disease

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John F. Rawls, Ph.D.

Emory University, B.S., Biology, 1996
Washington University, Ph.D., Developmental Biology, 2001
Advisor: Dr. Stephen L. Johnson
Washington University, Postdoctoral Training, 2001-2006
Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey I. Gordon







Assistant Professor, Department of Cell & Molecular Physiology, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC.
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC.
Associate Professor, Department of Cell & Molecular Physiology, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC.
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC.
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, Duke University, Durham, NC.
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC.
Director, Center for Genomics of Microbial Systems, Duke University, Durham, NC.




2009, 2010

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.
Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Medical Scientist Fellow, Washington University, St. Louis, MO.
Victor Hamburger Prize in Developmental Biology, Washington University,St. Louis, MO.
NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual National Research Service Award.
NIH Mentored Research Scientist Development Award.
Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, Pew Charitable Trusts.
Kavli Fellow, National Academy of Science’s Kavli Frontiers of Science Program.
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science.
INVITED TALKS: (since 2010)

- Microbiology Doctoral Training Program, Department of Medical Microbiology and - Immunology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
- Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK
- 22nd Annual U.S. Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies, Irvine, CA
- Conference on Non-Mammalian Models for Human Lipid Metabolism and Related Diseases, Fondation des Treilles, Tourtour, France
- Department of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
- Scynexis Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC

- Department of Immunology and Microbiology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
- Department of Biological Sciences, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
- International Zebrafish Gastroenterology Interest Group Workshop, Mayo Clinic
- Center for Cell Signaling in Gastroenterology and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Rochester, MN
- Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, Duke University, Durham, NC
- Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

- Center for the Genomics of Microbial Systems, Duke University, Durham, NC
- Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
- Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
- Division of Extramural Research and Training, NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, NC
- Annual Meeting of the Pew Scholars and Latin American Fellows Program, Gamboa, Panama
- Department of Pathology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
10th International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics, Madison, WI
- 6th Biannual Southern Plains Zebrafish Meeting, University of Texas, Austin, TX
- 2nd International Conference on Model Hosts, Rhodes, Greece
- Department of Biology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

- Institute for Zoology, Kiel University, Kiel, Germany
- Institute of Developmental Biology, Cologne University, Cologne, Germany
- NIH Enterics Research Investigational Network (ERIN) Cooperative Research Center Workshop, Traverse City, MI
- 6th Aquatic Animal Models for Human Disease Conference, Milwaukee, WI
- 6th Zebrafish Disease Models Workshop: Inflammation, Immunity, Infection and Cancer, University of Murcia, Spain
- FASEB Conference on Microbial Pathogenesis, Snowmass, CO
- Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Meeting on Molecular Pathogenesis and Host Response, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
- Department of Embryology, Carnegie Institution for Science, Baltimore, MD

- Aquaculture Workshop, Plant and Animal Genome Conference XXII, San Diego, CA
- 50th Annual Biochemical Winter Meeting of the Norwegian Biochemical Society, RÝros, Norway
- Department of Biotechnology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
- 109th International Titisee Conference: Microbiome-Host Mutualism in the Shaping of Host Immunity, Titisee, Germany
- Collaborative Workshop on Aquatic Models and 21st Century Toxicology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
- 114th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Symposium: It Takes a Villus - Mechanisms of Enteric Pathogens, Boston, MA
- FASEB Conference on Molecular Mechanisms of Intestinal Lipid Absorption and Metabolism, Snowmass, CO
- Symposium on Host-Microbe Systems Biology, META Center for Systems Biology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
- Health Research Alliance Meeting, Durham, NC
- Nuclear Receptor Signaling Atlas (NURSA) Retreat, Bethesda, MD
- NIDDK Workshop: Host-Microbiota Interactions - How Host Physiology and Disease Pathophysiology Are Affected by the Gut Microbiota, Bethesda, MD
- Symposium on Microbial Communities in Health and Disease, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
- NIDDK Workshop: Drosophila and Zebrafish Models of Genetically Complex Human Diseases, Bethesda, MD
- Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
- Center of Evolutionary and Theoretical Immunology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

-Keystone Symposium on Mitochondria, Metabolism; Heart Failure/Diabetes & Metabolic Dysfunction, Santa Fe NM
-Center for Lipid Research, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
-Keystone Symposium on Gut Microbiota Modulation of Host Physiology: The Search for Mechanism, Keystone CO
-Department of Medicine (Division of Gastroenterology), University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
-Department of Biology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
-Departments of Biology & Chemistry, High Point University, High Point, NC
-Department of Microbiology, University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign, IL
-Center for Gastrointestinal Biology & Disease, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
-NIDDK Workshop on the Microbiome and Obesity, Bethesda, MD

-Department of Microbiology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
-Department of Embryology, Carnegie Institution for Science, Baltimore, MD
-Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
-Conference on Integrative Physiology, Fondation des Treilles, Tourtour, France
-International Symposium on the Feeding and Nutrition of Fish, Sun Valley, ID
-Symposium on Host-Microbe Interactions in the Gut, Wenner-Gren Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden
-The Allied Genome Conference, Workshop on Feeding Behavior, Nutrition and Metabolism, Orlando, FL
-Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA
-6th International Human Microbiome Consortium Congress, Houston, TX
-NIEHS Environmental Health Fest, Durham, NC