Marcelo Freire, DDS, PhD, DMSc, is an Associate Professor at J. Craig Venter Institute at the Department of Genomic Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Prior to joining JCVI, Dr. Freire was an Assistant Faculty at The Forsyth Institute and Harvard University (Division of Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity). He is currently the President of the Clinical and Translational Science Network at International Association of Dental Research. Freire’s research focuses on biological communications between host immune system and microbiome . In particular, Freire’s expertise is in the host response to the oral microbiome in the context of chronic inflammatory diseases.