Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics

Unraveling the rules of microbiomes

Communities of microbes (microbiomes) play important roles in human health and disease, agriculture and plant growth, environmental management and many more critical processes. Until recently, however, microbiologists focused on microbes in isolation. As a result, we do not know much about how they function when they come together in complex communities.

The Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics is developing an integrated understanding of microbiomes. Our goal is to establish general functional principles that can explain and predict the behavior of microbial communities for a variety of applications.

 

 

Director

Ferran Garcia-Pichel, PhD

 

Ferran Garcia-Pichel’s current focus on microbial adaptations involves studying mechanisms carbonate dissolution, the production of sunscreen compounds and the microbial ability to produce hydrogen from water. Current applied aspects of his research include developing strategies for the sustainable recovery of degraded arid lands and searching for novel microbial capacities and products that have potential use in biomedicine and technology.

Faculty members

Jennifer Barrila

Assistant Research Professor

Heather Bean

Assistant Professor

Gillian Gile

Assistant Professor

Efrim Lim

Assistant Professor

Rajeev Misra

Professor

Susanne Neuer

Professor

Cheryl Nickerson

Professor

C. Ryan Penton

Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Reifsnider

Professor

Dhara Shah

Assistant Professor

Everett Shock

Professor

Abhishek Shrivastava

Assistant Professor

Arvind Varsani

Associate Professor

Corrie Whisner

Assistant Professor

Qiyun Zhu

Assistant Professor

Faculty associates

Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown

Professor and Center Director

   

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