You Are Exposed

You are exposed
How your microbiome and exposome influence health.

There’s no place like “ome.” Our microbiome is highly influential in determining your health. But it’s not the only “ome” doing so. Your exposome – environmental exposure over a lifetime – also plays a role. 

Hear how scientists hope to calculate your entire exposome, from food to air pollution to water contamination.

Plus, new research on the role that microbes play in the development of neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, and the hot debate about when microbes first colonize the body. Could a fetus have its own microbiome?

Also, choose your friends wisely: studies of microbe-swapping gazelles reveal the benefits – and the downsides – of being social. 

And, why sensors on future toilets will let you do microbiome analysis with every flush.


  • Rob Knight – Professor of Pediatrics, Computer Science and Engineering, and Director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation at the University of California, San Diego
  • Vanessa Ezenwa – Ecologist at the University of Georgia

  • Indira Mysorekar – Microbiologist, formerly at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, now at Baylor

  • Gary Miller – Professor of public health at the Rollins School of Public Health and director of the HERCULES Exposome Research Center at Emory University. After August 2018, his lab will be at Columbia University.

Originally aired May 14, 2018