Editing Genes in the Microbiome to Prevent Disease

By Robin Marks on May 15, 2023
TED Audacious Grant Combines CRISPR Gene Editing with a Genomic Understanding of the Human Microbiome to Address Asthma and Other Conditions

DOM Grand Rounds: Our Emerging Understanding of the Gut Microbiome in Health and Disease

December 15, 2021
In this UCSF Medicine Grand Rounds, we will explore the latest innovations surrounding the gut microbiome, including its key role in maintaining our general health and how it goes awry in inflammatory bowel diseases. Dr. Susan Lynch, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and...

BCMM receives Burroughs Wellcome Fund grant

August 19, 2021
As part of a team of trans-disciplinary researchers, BCMM Director Dr. Sue Lynch, together with partners in the UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi), have been awarded funding from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in research. The Burroughs Wellcome...

BCMM welcomes interns as part of the Mayor's Opportunities for All program

August 19, 2021
We are thrilled to be participating as an employer for Opportunites for All summer internship program. Our two interns spent a month with Drs. Connie Ha and Moriah Sandy, learning about the microbiome and pathways to careers in research. After conducting experiments and demonstrating impressive...

Microbiome Medicine: Scientists Harness the Body’s ‘Bugs’ to Treat Asthma, MS, and More

By Robin Marks on June 30, 2021
Plenty of probiotic yogurts, pickles, and kombuchas claim to boost our digestive health with armies of microbes, but some scientists have more ambitious therapeutic plans for the “bugs” that colonize us. They hope to leverage these microbes as living therapeutics for a range of health conditions,...

Dr. Katie Pollard elected to AIMBE College of Fellows

February 24, 2021
Katie Pollard, PhD, director of the Gladstone Institute of Data Science and Biotechnology, has been elected into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). This distinguished community represents the top two percent of the world’s leaders in...

Expanded Newborn Screening Could Save Premature Infants’ Lives

By Lorna Fernandes on October 05, 2020
A new study, published in Nature Pediatric Research by scientists at the UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBI-CA), assessed an expanded newborn screening method to improve outcomes in preterm-born infants.

Science is Fun! Podcast

July 27, 2020
BCMM executive committee member, Dr. Peter Turnbaugh, has launched a Science is Fun! podcast. Check it out at

Early life focus featured on Biomes podcast

July 20, 2020
BCMM Director, Sue Lynch, was interviewed on the Biomes podcast. They discuss the hygiene hypothesis, which suggests that early life exposure to infections may protect against allergy and asthma, and how this may be relevant to the early life gut microbiome.

Ketogenic Diets Alter Gut Microbiome in Humans, Mice

May 21, 2020
Study Suggests Potential Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Ketone Bodies Via Effects on Gut Microbial Ecosystems