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Welcome to the MOOC from the Lead Educator
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Dear Learner, I’m very pleased to welcome you to this MOOC.

In the next three weeks you will have the possibility to learn more about the intimate relationship we have with the microbes that colonize our body, with a specific emphasis on those that are present in our gastrointestinal tract. As you will find out, those are extremely important in our health and food plays a major role on their modulation and activity.

I’m a professor in food microbiology at the University of Turin, and for the last 25 years I have been investigating the microbial biodiversity in fermented foods. I have always been so fascinated by the interactions microorganisms establish in different ecosystems and how their communication can really affect the quality and safety of foods. In the last 10 years, I also started to study the relationship of the microbes we eat and those in our intestine to understand how we can manipulate this ecosystem and get the maximum benefits in terms of health.

Together with a great team of colleagues and experts, we have designed this MOOC which will give you the opportunity to dig deep into the fascination world of the human microbiota and microbiome.

I wish you a nice learning process!

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