Student Research Day at Del Mar College (DMC) features some of the brightest and most driven students pursuing studies in the natural sciences or fields that require knowledge and skills related to them. Friday, May 1, marks this semester’s Student Research Day with students presenting the graduate student level research they completed at locations locally and around the nation.

As part of Student Research Day, Rodney R. Dietert, Ph.D. and professor of Immunotoxicology at Cornell University, will provide a keynote address covering the human microbiome, “How to Train Your Superorganism: Via the Microbiome.” The Microbiome is the population of more than 100 trillion microorganisms that live in the gut, mouth, skin and elsewhere in our bodies. These microbial communities have numerous beneficial functions relevant to supporting life and are needed to digest food, prevent disease-causing bacteria from invading the body and synthesize essential nutrients and vitamins.

Dietert is among researchers appearing in “Microbirth,” an awarding-winning documentary recognized by the Life Sciences Film Festival in Prague in 2014. The feature-length documentary looks at birth in a whole new way … through the lens of a microscope … and investigates the latest scientific research that is starting to link the way babies are born with health in later life, particularly the increased risk of children developing certain immune-related conditions such as asthma, type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, mental health disorders and even some cancers.

Del Mar College invites the public to attend Student Research Day, a free event that begins at 11 a.m. with a welcome and Dietert’s keynote address. Student poster sessions, featuring students’ discussion of their research, starts at noon and a screening of “Microbirth” begins at 1:30 p.m.

All events are scheduled in the Retama Room on the second floor of the Harvin Student Center on Del Mar College’s East Campus at Ayers and Baldwin. For more information, contact Deborah Overath, Ph.D. and DMC National Science Foundation Advance Technology Education Director, at 361-698-1460 or roverath@delmar.edu.