My name is Dr. Elizabeth Bent, and I’m a molecular microbial ecologist with 20+ years of research experience who is interested in many things involving microbial communities, including how the ones in your intestines interact with the rest of your body. I currently work part-time for two Canadian universities, and do consulting work with people from other universities in Canada as well. I have removed my contact information from the websites of the universities I work at because I have a fear of stalkers.
My background consists mostly of soil- or plant-based research, but I am finding that this background enables me to make connections in human microbiome work between data that would not occur to scientists trained in only medicine. I’m also an avid reader and I’ve been making use of what spare time I have (I worked full-time studying greenhouse gas production from agricultural soils when I wrote this) to read up on how gut microbes might be affecting their hosts, and on microbial physiological phenomena related to my hypotheses. Because I don’t consider myself an expert in physiology or diseases, I also communicate regularly with medical researchers and gut microbe specialists. I have also written a hypothesis paper describing my ideas in detail, but can’t publish it without more experimental work, which I am currently seeking ways to fund.
I’ve recently written a letter of intent (with two colleagues) as the first step in a grantwriting process to gain funds to investigate my hypotheses further. I kept the donation button I posted up around the time of my initial 2014 crowdfunding efforts- I do not expect donations but if they are made they will be put toward paying off the bank loan I took out to be able to pay for the preliminary work.
Twitter: @bent_elizabeth [Note: due to abuse I don’t get mentions from people I do not follow, so I encourage you to use the below or write to me at email@example.com. I will discontinue use of this email address if it is abused or if I get too much unwanted mail.]
I don’t sell probiotics and I won’t endorse any products; I suggest if you are interested in taking probiotics for your health, that you ask your doctor to find information about clinically proven probiotic preparations. I do not know when any products based on the Lactobacillus johnsonii strain I studied at UCLA may be available for sale. If you are interested in such products, please contact Microbio Pharma, a company which I think is developing these products: http://www.microbiopharma.com/ I have no affiliation with this company and do not endorse their products (or won’t until I learn about clinical trials in humans).
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