Lucy Mailing is an MD/PhD student at the University of Illinois. She recently completed her PhD in Nutritional Sciences but continues to perform research on how diet and exercise impact the gut microbiome in states of health and disease. She has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles related to the microbiome and health and was named an Emerging Leader in Nutritional Sciences by the American Society for Nutrition in 2017. Lucy has also served as staff research associate for the Kresser Institute for Functional and Evolutionary Medicine since 2015. Lucy is the founder and sole author of NextGen Medicine, writing evidence-based articles about gut and skin health, nutrition, the microbiome, and exercise science. She is regularly invited to speak on gut health around the country and has been recognized as one of the most trusted experts in the integrative health space. Lucy plans to continue her training and begin her MD at the University of Illinois in 2020 after a year dedicated to her blog, one-on-one consultations with clients, and the launch of a gut-related startup.