Microbiome Research Program - 2021 Awardees

We are thrilled to announce the awardees of the 2021 Microbiome Research Program.

Trainee/Staff Pilot Awards

Trainee pilot awards were each granted $10,000 for a one-year project. Select awards (denoted by *) are co-funded by UCSF ImmunoX.

Carla Grazielle Bueno Silva

Postdoc, PI: Bayrer
Microbiotic and Metabolomic Consequences of Gut LRH-1 Modulation

Youn-Jeong Choi

Postdoc, PI: Saba
Sphingosine-1-phosphate lyase (SPL) controls redox balance at microbe-gut mucosa interface


Laura Dwyer

Grad Student, PI: Scharschmidt 

Identifying Microbial Metabolites Critical to the Immune Trajectories of Preterm Birth Infants


Jacqueline Harris

Resident, PI: Sharon
Establishing the microbiome of eustachian tube dysfunction and allergic rhinitis


Sakeen Kashem

Postdoc, PI: Basbaum
Contribution of the commensal microbiota to mouse sensory behavioral response and peripheral nerve anatomy 


Abigail Lind

Postdoc, PI: Pollard
Protective impacts of commensal protists on the human gut microbiome


Xiangpeng Li

Postdoc, PI: Abate
Sequencing 100,000 individual bacterial transcriptomes on a commercial platform


Cecilia Noecker*

Postdoc, PI: Turnbaugh
Applying new tools to assess drivers and consequences of strain-level variation in prevalent gut bacteria


Claire O'Leary*

Postdoc, PI: Locksley
Biliary immunity is shaped by the microbiome


Neil Patel

Resident, PI: Loftus 

Impact of Probiotic Sinus Rinse on the Microbiome of the Post-Radiation Nasopharynx of Patients with Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma  


Nathan Shaw

HS Clinical Instructor, PI: Breyer
Transposition of Oral Buccal Mucosa for Urethral Replacement: Impact on Urinary Microbiome and Urethral stricture outcomes


Claire Schachtschneider*

Jr. Specialist, PI: Lynch
Identification of Bacteriophage Targeting the Asthma-associated Respiratory Pathogen M. catarrhalis


Archana Venkataraman

Postdoc, PI: Ingraham
Uncovering estrogen-dependent changes in the gut microbiome



Faculty Pilot Awards

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

Katrina Abuabara

Associate Professor

Environmental microbes, climate, and allergic disease

Sagar Bapat

HS Clinical Instructor

Identifying In Vivo Microbial Determinants Shaping Long-Range Immune Responses in Obesity


Stephanie Gaw

Assistant Professor

The impact of maternal COVID-19 disease severity on the neonatal intestinal microbiome and its effect on intestinal epithelial barrier function


Jennifer Lai

Associate Professor

Understanding the role of the gut microbiome in the pathogenesis of primary sclerosing cholangitis after liver transplantation through integrative analysis of the gut microbiome and host metabolome


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