Dr. Jens Walter
Assistant Professor, Food Science and Technology Department
Food Industry Complex
Lincoln, NE 68583-0919

Research Area:
My research concerns the microbial ecology of the gastrointestinal tract, and how it relates to human and animal health and performance. Areas of interest involve the study of the ecological role and evolution of gastrointestinal inhabitants of the genus Lactobacillus, and the identification and characterization of genetic and phenotypic traits of lactobacilli that facilitate colonization of the gastrointestinal tract. I am further interested in the application of cultivation independent molecular approaches (metagenomics, population fingerprinting) to reveal how symbiotic gut organisms interact with host metabolism and performance, and how dietary factors can be used to influence gut microbiota composition and functionality.

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2011

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The Evolution of Host Specialization in the Vertebrate Gut Symbiont Lactobacillus reuteri, Steven A. Frese, Andrew K. Benson, Gerald W. Tannock, Diane M. Loach, Jaehyoung Kim, Min Zhang, Phaik Lyn Oh, Nicholas C. K. Heng, Prabhu B. Patil, Nathalie Juge, Donald A. MacKenzie, Bruce M. Pearson, Alla Lapidus, Eileen Dalin, Hope Tice, Eugene Goltsman, Miriam Land, Loren Hauser, Natalia Ivanova, Nikos C. Kyrpides, and Jens Walter

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Effect of Dam Parity on Progeny Gastrointestinal Microbiota, Erin E. Hinkle, Huyen Tran, Justin W. Bundy, Roman Moreno, Matthew Anderson, Jeffrey Perkins, Duane Reese, Phillip Miller, Jens Walter, and Thomas E. Burkey

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Effects of Lactose and Co-dried Milk-Yeast on Growth Performance and Gastrointestinal Health of Nursery Pigs, Huyen Tran, Justin W. Bundy, Erin Hinkle, Roman Moreno, Jens Walter, Thomas E. Burkey, and Philip S. Miller

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Host-microbial symbiosis in the vertebrate gastrointestinal tract and the Lactobacillus reuteri paradigm, Jens Walter, Robert A. Britton, and Stefan Roos

2010

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Individuality in gut microbiota composition is a complex polygenic trait shaped by multiple environmental and host genetic factors, Andrew K. Benson, Scott A. Kelly, Ryan Legge, Fangrui Ma, Soo Jen Low, Jaehyoung Kim, Min Zhang, Phaik Lyn Oh, Derrick Nehrenberg, Kunjie Huab, Stephen D. Kachman, Etsuko N. Moriyama, Jens Walter, Daniel A. Peterson, and Daniel Pomp

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Individuality in gut microbiota composition is a complex polygenic trait shaped by multiple environmental and host genetic factors, Andrew K. Benson, Scott A. Kelly, Ryan Legge, Fangrui Ma, Soo Jen Low, Jaehyoung Kim, Min Zhang, Phaik Lyn Oh, Derrick Nehrenberg, Kunjie Hua, Stephen D. Kachman, Etsuko N. Moriyama, Jens Walter, Daniel A. Peterson, and Daniel Pomp

2009

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Diet-Induced Metabolic Improvements in a Hamster Model of Hypercholesterolemia Are Strongly Linked to Alterations of the Gut Microbiota, Inés Martínez, Chaomei Zhang, Ryan Legge, Andrew K. Benson, Timothy P. Carr, Etsuko N. Moriyama, and Jens Walter