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WORKSHOP : Nutrition and the gut microbiome

Explore the interplay between diet and the microbiome

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CIVIS focus area
Open to
  • Master's
  • Phd
Field of studies
  • Medicine and Health
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • CIVIS Hub 3
Course dates
March 17-18 2022

The workshop will bring together students, professors and researchers within the CIVIS alliance to address and discuss crucial aspects of the nutrition-microbiota-health interplay.

Main topics addressed

This CIVIS course will address the following main topics:

  • The microbiota response to diet and dietary components;
  • Ways to modify the microbiota through dietary interventions;
  • Novel foods - regulatory frameworks and policies needed to support the uptake of novel foods with health beneficial effects;
  • Social aspects – Body composition, impact of overnutrition and undernutrition on the gut microbiota.

Learning outcomes

Nutrition is a critical parameter in dictating the structure and function of host-microbial systems, and thus is a prominent feature of microbiome research. Indeed, dietary patterns harbour a major influence on the microbiota and consequently on global nutritional status, body composition, health and wellbeing. Within this two-day online CIVIS workshop we will explore current and emerging knowledge on the human microbiome, its interaction with diet and the impact on human health. 

Course assessment

Students are expected to be involved in active discussion during the workshop.


Dates: March 17-18 2022 Duration of the course: 2 days

Format: Virtual

Contact point:
Language: English (C1 level) Host university: University of Bucharest

This workshop is a teaching offer of the CIVIS partners: Aix-Marseille Université, University of Bucharest, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

  • The workshop series will be delivered in the March 2022 (17-18 March 2022)
  • Each day will be of 2 academic hours - 40 estimated participants per presentation
  • Primary target audience: master students of Pharmacy, Medical Biology, Medicine, Chemistry, Biotechnologies, Microbiology courses and PhD students of courses in the relevant areas.


Workshop dedicated to Master and PhD students with expertise in the field of nutrition, microbiology or biochemistry.

A C1 level of English is required. 

Schedule of the course

DAY 1 - March 17, 2022 (10-12 CET)

Presenters: Charles Desmarchelier (AMU), Gratiela Gradisteanu (UB), Ionela Avram (UB), Chair – Consuelo Prado (UAM)


  • Overview of food digestion - Charles Desmarchelier, Aix-Marseille University - This course will present the major steps of food digestion: organs involved, mechanical and chemical processes and the digestive fate of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids.
  • The microbiota response to diet and dietary componentsGratiela Gradisteanu, University of Bucharest – Students will be introduced to the world of microbiome and omic technologies (metabolomics) and be familiarised with the mechansims behind the diet-microbioem interplay
  • Ways to modify the microbiota through dietary interventions – Ionela Avram, University of Bucharest – the course will answer 2 important questions in the field - Can we change the composition of our gut microbiota? What are the factors that affect the structure of our gut microbiota and how can we control them? The presentation will focus on probitoics – definitions, examples, use of probiotics for different diseases, impact of probiotics on the host microbiome

DAY 2 - March 18, 2022 (10-12 CET)

Presenters: Consuelo Prado (UAM), Bianca Tihauan (UB), Chair-Gratiela Gradisteanu (UB)


  • Novel foods - Bianca Tihauan , University of Bucharest. The presentation will focus on regulatory frameworks and policies needed to support the uptake of novel foods with health beneficial effects
  • Social aspects – Body composition, impact of overnutrition and undernutrition on the gut microbiota - Consuelo Prado, University Autonoma of Madrid. - The presentation focus on the different possibilities to estimate body composition and its variation by sex and age.


Students are expected to be involved in active discussion during the workshop.

How to join

You will be able to join the class by clicking here.
Meeting ID: 975 0614 0760
Passcode: 481974

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Ionela Avram (Sarbu), Senior Researcher and Lecturer at University of Bucharest , Faculty of Biology, Department of Genetics. Her main research interests include probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, the gut microbiota and dairy microbiology.

Charles Desmarchelier, Assistant Professor at the Center for CardioVascular and Nutrition research (C2VN), a joint research unit under the triple supervision of Aix-Marseille University, INSERM and INRAE, France . He teaches nutrition and analytical chemistry for pharmacy students and for health professionals.

Gratiela (Pircalabioru) Gradisteanu, Senior Researcher at the Research Intitute of University of Bucharest (ICUB). Her research interests include microbiome changes in diabetes and metabolic syndrome and coordinates the microbiome analysis platform at UB.

Consuelo Prado Martínez, Professor of the University Autonoma of Madrid in the area of Physical Anthropology. Her research focuses on the analysis of the human cycle lifem focusing on both biological and nutritional, as well a socio-environmental and cultural aspects that can modulate their variation.

Bianca Tihauan, PhD, is a postdoctoral researcher at UB, with expertise in assessment of dietary supplements and food by-products.