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The microbiome and Dermatological Diseases

English: A complete diagram of the human skin.
English: A complete diagram of the human skin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The human skin harbours hundreds of species of commensal organisms, collectively known as the skin microbiota. The composition of the microbiota can be modified by various factors, such as host genotype, diet, antibiotics, hygiene, and pathogen infections, among others. Changes in these factors can cause microbiome disruption known as dysbiosis, leading to the outgrowth of potential pathogenic bacteria or a decrease in the number of beneficial bacteria. Dysbiosis has been implicated in some dermatological diseases. This mini-review aims to discuss the topic of the skin microbiota and its potential effects on various skin diseases. (Source: Postepy higieny i medycyny doswiadczalnej)

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As a Dermatologist and Informatician my research mainly involves application of bioinformatics techniques and tools in dermatological conditions. However my research interests are varied and I have publications in areas ranging from artificial intelligence, sequence analysis, systems biology, ontology development, microarray analysis, immunology, computational biology and clinical dermatology. I am also interested in eHealth, Health Informatics and Health Policy.


Bell Raj Eapen
Hamilton, ON