David Sela is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He also holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Microbiology, and is a faculty member of interdepartmental Graduate Programs in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and Molecular and Cellular Biology.
His research is focused on the means by which dietary molecules influence the population structure and often the function of the microbiota that colonize the human gastrointestinal tract. Before joining the University of Massachusetts Dr Sela completed postdoctoral research in the Foods for Health Institute at University of California Davis. He holds an MS in Food Microbiology and a PhD in Microbiology from the same institution.