Microbiome Research Program

We are thrilled to announce the awardees of the 2020 Microbiome Research Program

Click here to go to the 2020 Request for Proposals

Trainee Pilot Awards

Trainee pilot awards were each granted $10,000 for a one year project.

Joel Babdor (postdoc, PI: Spitzer)

Integrative analysis of the metabolome and the immune system in patients with solid organ transplantation and immunosuppressant therapy – a biological framework to explore the impact of the microbiota derived metabolome on immune-mediated organ rejection

Pauline Basso (postdoc, PI: Noble)

Interrogating the host response to gut colonization with Candida albicans


Annamarie Bustion (graduate student, PI: Pollard)

Identifying bacterial enzymes responsible for drug metabolism in the human gut microbiome.


Miqdad Dhariwala (postdoc, PI: Scharschmidt)

Dissecting early life microbial imprinting of skin immune function


Ying Lu (staff, PI: Den Besten)

Oral microbiome in the pathogenesis of mucosal complications and blood stream infection (BSI) in children undergoing hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT)


Elze Rackaityte (postdoc, PI: DeRisi)

Establishing a Reference Human Microbiome Peptidome for Identification of Autoantibodies


Ryan Rampersaud (fellow, PI: Wolkowitz, Mellon)

Genotypic and Phenotypic Studies of Human Lactobacillus Isolates from Major Depressive Disorder


Lea Sedghi (grad student, PI: Kapila)

Effect of Processed Grain Consumption on the Dentogingival Microbiome and Immune Response in Periodontal Disease


Vaibhav Upadhyay (fellow, PI: Turnbaugh)

The Gut Microbiome in Predisposition to and as a Marker of Sars-CoV-2 Infection


Karin Wu (fellow, PI: Schafer)

Role of the Gut Microbiome in Bone Metabolism in Severe Obesity and After Sleeve Gastrectomy


Faculty Pilot Awards

Faculty pilot awards were each granted $150,000 for a two year project.

Nadav Ahituv (Professor)

Characterization of the interaction between breast milk supply, metabolome, maternal genetics and microbiome with the infant gut microbiome in the first year of life


Joanna Halkias (Assistant Professor)

Double-humanized mice to study the influence of early-life microbes on human immune development


Matt Spitzer (Assistant Professor)

ImmunoMicrobiome: Multi-OMIC pipeline for discovery of immunomodulatory microbiota-derived metabolites


Martin Valdearcos (Assistant Professor)

Microglial memory of the maternal microbiome in the early life programming of metabolic function