Karen E. Nelson, PhD is adjunct faculty and former president of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI). Prior to being appointed President, she held a number of other positions at the Institute, including Director of JCVI's Rockville Campus, and Director of Human Microbiology and Metagenomics in the Department of Human Genomic Medicine at JCVI. Dr. Nelson received her undergraduate degree from the University of the West Indies, and her PhD from Cornell University. She has authored or co-authored over 200 peer reviewed publications, edited three books, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal Microbial Ecology and the newly announced PNAS Nexus.

Dr. Nelson is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. Other honors include being named ARCS Scientist of the Year 2017; a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology; being inducted into the Indian National Academy of Sciences in 2018; and being appointed an Honorary Professor at the University of the West Indies as well as a Helmholtz International Fellow.

Dr. Nelson has extensive experience in microbial ecology, microbial genomics, microbial physiology and metagenomics. Dr. Nelson has led several genomic and metagenomic efforts, and led the first human metagenomics study that was published in 2006. Additional ongoing studies in her group include metagenomic approaches to study the ecology of the gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals, studies on the relationship between the microbiome and various human and animal disease conditions, reference genome sequencing and analysis primarily for the human body, and other -omics studies.

    Research Priorities

    Microbiome in health and disease
    • Interrogating microbiome profiles and host microbe interactions
    Emergence of Antimicrobial Resistance
    • Understanding the intricate play between infectious species, gene transfer and the emergence of resistance
    Understanding Resistance mechanisms in microbial species
    • Deep investigations into how microbes respond to different types of drugs
    Identification of novel species
    • In different environments including the oral cavity, plants, and artic sediments


    Gut microbiome differences between amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients and spouse controls.
    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis & frontotemporal degeneration. 2022-02-01; 23.1-2: 91-99.
    PMID: 33818222
    Tetramic Acids Mutanocyclin and Reutericyclin A, Produced by Streptococcus mutans Strain B04Sm5 Modulate the Ecology of an in vitro Oral Biofilm.
    Frontiers in oral health. 2022-01-07; 2.796140.
    PMID: 35048077
    Antibiotics at birth and later antibiotic courses: effects on gut microbiota.
    Pediatric research. 2022-01-01; 91.1: 154-162.
    PMID: 33824448
    Oral Microbial Species and Virulence Factors Associated with Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
    Microbial ecology. 2021-11-01; 82.4: 1030-1046.
    PMID: 33155101
    Microbial Species that Initially Colonize the Human Gut at Birth or in Early Childhood Can Stay in Human Body for Lifetime.
    Microbial ecology. 2021-11-01; 82.4: 1074-1079.
    PMID: 33410935
    Correction to: Oral Microbial Species and Virulence Factors Associated with Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
    Microbial ecology. 2021-11-01; 82.4: 1047.
    PMID: 33219400
    Vertical Transmission of Gut Microbiome and Antimicrobial Resistance Genes in Infants Exposed to Antibiotics at Birth.
    The Journal of infectious diseases. 2021-10-13; 224.7: 1236-1246.
    PMID: 32239170
    Urethral Catheter Biofilms Reveal Plasticity in Bacterial Composition and Metabolism and Withstand Host Immune Defenses in Hypoxic Environment.
    Frontiers in medicine. 2021-06-23; 8.667462.
    PMID: 34249966
    The Oral Host-Microbial Interactome: An Ecological Chronometer of Health?
    Trends in microbiology. 2021-06-01; 29.6: 551-561.
    PMID: 33279381
    Characterizing Microbial Signatures on Sculptures and Paintings of Similar Provenance.
    Microbial ecology. 2021-05-01; 81.4: 1098-1105.
    PMID: 32440698
    Protein signatures from blood plasma and urine suggest changes in vascular function and IL-12 signaling in elderly with a history of chronic diseases compared with an age-matched healthy cohort.
    GeroScience. 2021-04-01; 43.2: 593-606.
    PMID: 32974878
    Predicting antimicrobial mechanism-of-action from transcriptomes: A generalizable explainable artificial intelligence approach.
    PLoS computational biology. 2021-03-29; 17.3: e1008857.
    PMID: 33780444
    Forensic Microbiome Database: A Tool for Forensic Geolocation Meta-Analysis Using Publicly Available 16S rRNA Microbiome Sequencing.
    Frontiers in microbiology. 2021-03-23; 12.644861.
    PMID: 33833745
    Advances in Microbiome Research for Animal Health.
    Annual review of animal biosciences. 2021-02-16; 9.289-311.
    PMID: 33317323
    Traditional Human Populations and Nonhuman Primates Show Parallel Gut Microbiome Adaptations to Analogous Ecological Conditions.
    mSystems. 2020-12-22; 5.6:
    PMID: 33361321
    Inflammatory Networks Linking Oral Microbiome with Systemic Health and Disease.
    Journal of dental research. 2020-09-01; 99.10: 1131-1139.
    PMID: 32459164
    Predictive Signatures of 19 Antibiotic-Induced Escherichia coli Proteomes.
    ACS infectious diseases. 2020-08-14; 6.8: 2120-2129.
    PMID: 32673475
    Applications of weighted association networks applied to compositional data in biology.
    Environmental microbiology. 2020-08-01; 22.8: 3020-3038.
    PMID: 32436334
    Author Correction: Microbiome disturbance and resilience dynamics of the upper respiratory tract during influenza A virus infection.
    Nature communications. 2020-06-16; 11.1: 3132.
    PMID: 32546784
    Microbiome disturbance and resilience dynamics of the upper respiratory tract during influenza A virus infection.
    Nature communications. 2020-05-21; 11.1: 2537.
    PMID: 32439901
    Longitudinal Study of Oral Microbiome Variation in Twins.
    Scientific reports. 2020-05-14; 10.1: 7954.
    PMID: 32409670
    Persistent Gut Microbial Dysbiosis in Children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) During Chemotherapy.
    Microbial ecology. 2020-05-01; 79.4: 1034-1043.
    PMID: 31754744
    Mechanism-of-Action Classification of Antibiotics by Global Transcriptome Profiling.
    Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy. 2020-02-21; 64.3:
    PMID: 31907190
    An unsupervised learning approach to identify novel signatures of health and disease from multimodal data.
    Genome medicine. 2020-01-10; 12.1: 7.
    PMID: 31924279
    Long-term impact of oral surgery with or without amoxicillin on the oral microbiome-A prospective cohort study.
    Scientific reports. 2019-12-10; 9.1: 18761.
    PMID: 31822712
    Gastro-intestinal and oral microbiome signatures associated with healthy aging.
    GeroScience. 2019-12-01; 41.6: 907-921.
    PMID: 31620923
    Host-Microbial Interactions in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Periodontitis.
    Frontiers in immunology. 2019-11-12; 10.2602.
    PMID: 31781106
    Interplay between the human gut microbiome and host metabolism.
    Nature communications. 2019-10-03; 10.1: 4505.
    PMID: 31582752
    Gut Microbiome-Based Metagenomic Signature for Non-invasive Detection of Advanced Fibrosis in Human Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.
    Cell metabolism. 2019-09-03; 30.3: 607.
    PMID: 31484056
    Impact of intrapartum and postnatal antibiotics on the gut microbiome and emergence of antimicrobial resistance in infants.
    Scientific reports. 2019-07-23; 9.1: 10635.
    PMID: 31337807
    Gut microbiome composition of wild western lowland gorillas is associated with individual age and sex factors.
    American journal of physical anthropology. 2019-07-01; 169.3: 575-585.
    PMID: 31025322
    Self-Assembled STrap for Global Proteomics and Salivary Biomarker Discovery.
    Journal of proteome research. 2019-04-05; 18.4: 1907-1915.
    PMID: 30848925
    Co-occurrence of Anaerobes in Human Chronic Wounds.
    Microbial ecology. 2019-04-01; 77.3: 808-820.
    PMID: 30141127
    A novel approach for the identification and phylogenetic delineation of human Mycoplasma species and strains using genomic segment sequence analysis.
    Infection, genetics and evolution : journal of molecular epidemiology and evolutionary genetics in infectious diseases. 2019-03-01; 68.68-76.
    PMID: 30529087
    OMeta: an ontology-based, data-driven metadata tracking system.
    BMC bioinformatics. 2019-01-07; 20.1: 8.
    PMID: 30612540
    The Airplane Cabin Microbiome.
    Microbial ecology. 2019-01-01; 77.1: 87-95.
    PMID: 29876609
    Xylitol and sorbitol effects on the microbiome of saliva and plaque.
    Journal of oral microbiology. 2019-01-01; 11.1: 1536181.
    PMID: 30598728
    Papio spp. Colon microbiome and its link to obesity in pregnancy.
    Journal of medical primatology. 2018-12-01; 47.6: 393-401.
    PMID: 30039863
    Supragingival Plaque Microbiome Ecology and Functional Potential in the Context of Health and Disease.
    mBio. 2018-11-27; 9.6:
    PMID: 30482830
    Nasopharyngeal Lactobacillus is associated with a reduced risk of childhood wheezing illnesses following acute respiratory syncytial virus infection in infancy.
    The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology. 2018-11-01; 142.5: 1447-1456.e9.
    PMID: 29330010
    Relationships Between Gastrointestinal Parasite Infections and the Fecal Microbiome in Free-Ranging Western Lowland Gorillas.
    Frontiers in microbiology. 2018-06-15; 9.1202.
    PMID: 29963018
    Spatial and Environmental Variation of the Human Hair Microbiota.
    Scientific reports. 2018-06-13; 8.1: 9017.
    PMID: 29899411
    Microbial metagenome of urinary tract infection.
    Scientific reports. 2018-03-12; 8.1: 4333.
    PMID: 29531289
    Social behaviour and gut microbiota in red-bellied lemurs (Eulemur rubriventer): In search of the role of immunity in the evolution of sociality.
    The Journal of animal ecology. 2018-03-01; 87.2: 388-399.
    PMID: 29205327
    Bacterial Species Identified on the Skin of Bottlenose Dolphins Off Southern California via Next Generation Sequencing Techniques.
    Microbial ecology. 2018-02-01; 75.2: 303-309.
    PMID: 29080910
    Genetic risk, dysbiosis, and treatment stratification using host genome and gut microbiome in inflammatory bowel disease.
    Clinical and translational gastroenterology. 2018-01-18; 9.1: e132.
    PMID: 29345635
    Impact of stress on the gut microbiome of free-ranging western lowland gorillas.
    Microbiology (Reading, England). 2018-01-01; 164.1: 40-44.
    PMID: 29205130
    Comparative genomics of four Mycoplasma species of the human urogenital tract: Analysis of their core genomes and virulence genes.
    International journal of medical microbiology : IJMM. 2017-12-01; 307.8: 508-520.
    PMID: 28927691
    A Microbiomic Analysis in African Americans with Colonic Lesions Reveals Streptococcus sp.VT162 as a Marker of Neoplastic Transformation.
    Genes. 2017-11-09; 8.11:
    PMID: 29120399
    The Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance on the Human Microbiome.
    Microbial ecology. 2017-11-01; 74.4: 1001-1008.
    PMID: 28492988
    Gastric acid suppression promotes alcoholic liver disease by inducing overgrowth of intestinal Enterococcus.
    Nature communications. 2017-10-16; 8.1: 837.
    PMID: 29038503
    Host Genetic Control of the Oral Microbiome in Health and Disease.
    Cell host & microbe. 2017-09-13; 22.3: 269-278.e3.
    PMID: 28910633
    Integrating the microbiome as a resource in the forensics toolkit.
    Forensic science international. Genetics. 2017-09-01; 30.141-147.
    PMID: 28728057
    Type 1 Diabetes: Urinary Proteomics and Protein Network Analysis Support Perturbation of Lysosomal Function.
    Theranostics. 2017-07-07; 7.10: 2704-2717.
    PMID: 28819457
    Patterns in Gut Microbiota Similarity Associated with Degree of Sociality among Sex Classes of a Neotropical Primate.
    Microbial ecology. 2017-07-01; 74.1: 250-258.
    PMID: 28124727
    Gut Microbiome-Based Metagenomic Signature for Non-invasive Detection of Advanced Fibrosis in Human Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.
    Cell metabolism. 2017-05-02; 25.5: 1054-1062.e5.
    PMID: 28467925
    Utilization of defined microbial communities enables effective evaluation of meta-genomic assemblies.
    BMC genomics. 2017-04-13; 18.1: 296.
    PMID: 28407798
    Reducing the Bottleneck in Discovery of Novel Antibiotics.
    Microbial ecology. 2017-04-01; 73.3: 658-667.
    PMID: 27896376
    HSV-1 clinical isolates with unique in vivo and in vitro phenotypes and insight into genomic differences.
    Journal of neurovirology. 2017-04-01; 23.2: 171-185.
    PMID: 27739035
    The Human Microbiome and Cancer.
    Cancer prevention research (Philadelphia, Pa.). 2017-04-01; 10.4: 226-234.
    PMID: 28096237
    The blood DNA virome in 8,000 humans.
    PLoS pathogens. 2017-03-22; 13.3: e1006292.
    PMID: 28328962
    The Oral Microbiome of Children: Development, Disease, and Implications Beyond Oral Health.
    Microbial ecology. 2017-02-01; 73.2: 492-503.
    PMID: 27628595
    Characterization of Early-Phase Neutrophil Extracellular Traps in Urinary Tract Infections.
    PLoS pathogens. 2017-01-27; 13.1: e1006151.
    PMID: 28129394
    Comprehensive Metaproteomic Analyses of Urine in the Presence and Absence of Neutrophil-Associated Inflammation in the Urinary Tract.
    Theranostics. 2017-01-01; 7.2: 238-252.
    PMID: 28042331
    Effect of Macondo Prospect 252 Oil on Microbiota Associated with Pelagic Sargassum in the Northern Gulf of Mexico.
    Microbial ecology. 2017-01-01; 73.1: 91-100.
    PMID: 27815589
    Differences in the Nasopharyngeal Microbiome During Acute Respiratory Tract Infection With Human Rhinovirus and Respiratory Syncytial Virus in Infancy.
    The Journal of infectious diseases. 2016-12-15; 214.12: 1924-1928.
    PMID: 27923952
    Shared genetic effects between hepatic steatosis and fibrosis: A prospective twin study.
    Hepatology (Baltimore, Md.). 2016-11-01; 64.5: 1547-1558.
    PMID: 27315352
    Effect of Antibiotic Treatment on the Gastrointestinal Microbiome of Free-Ranging Western Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla g. gorilla).
    Microbial ecology. 2016-11-01; 72.4: 943-954.
    PMID: 26984253
    A robust ambient temperature collection and stabilization strategy: Enabling worldwide functional studies of the human microbiome.
    Scientific reports. 2016-08-25; 6.31731.
    PMID: 27558918
    Gastrointestinal microbial populations can distinguish pediatric and adolescent Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at the time of disease diagnosis.
    BMC genomics. 2016-08-15; 17.1: 635.
    PMID: 27527070
    Host age, social group, and habitat type influence the gut microbiota of wild ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta).
    American journal of primatology. 2016-08-01; 78.8: 883-92.
    PMID: 27177345
    Microbial diversity in individuals and their household contacts following typical antibiotic courses.
    Microbiome. 2016-07-30; 4.1: 39.
    PMID: 27473422
    Nasopharyngeal Microbiome in Respiratory Syncytial Virus Resembles Profile Associated with Increased Childhood Asthma Risk.
    American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine. 2016-05-15; 193.10: 1180-3.
    PMID: 27174483
    Gut Microbiome of Coexisting BaAka Pygmies and Bantu Reflects Gradients of Traditional Subsistence Patterns.
    Cell reports. 2016-03-08; 14.9: 2142-2153.
    PMID: 26923597
    Phylogenetic and ecological factors impact the gut microbiota of two Neotropical primate species.
    Oecologia. 2016-03-01; 180.3: 717-33.
    PMID: 26597549
    Temporal variation selects for diet-microbe co-metabolic traits in the gut of Gorilla spp.
    The ISME journal. 2016-02-01; 10.2: 514-26.
    PMID: 26315972
    Minimally Invasive Sampling Method Identifies Differences in Taxonomic Richness of Nasal Microbiomes in Young Infants Associated with Mode of Delivery.
    Microbial ecology. 2016-01-01; 71.1: 233-42.
    PMID: 26370110
    Heritability of Hepatic Fibrosis and Steatosis Based on a Prospective Twin Study.
    Gastroenterology. 2015-12-01; 149.7: 1784-93.
    PMID: 26299412
    Meta-omics uncover temporal regulation of pathways across oral microbiome genera during in vitro sugar metabolism.
    The ISME journal. 2015-12-01; 9.12: 2605-19.
    PMID: 26023872
    Variable responses of human and non-human primate gut microbiomes to a Western diet.
    Microbiome. 2015-11-16; 3.53.
    PMID: 26568112
    Library preparation methodology can influence genomic and functional predictions in human microbiome research.
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2015-11-10; 112.45: 14024-9.
    PMID: 26512100
    Similar Neutrophil-Driven Inflammatory and Antibacterial Responses in Elderly Patients with Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Bacteriuria.
    Infection and immunity. 2015-10-01; 83.10: 4142-53.
    PMID: 26238715
    Stool microbiota composition is associated with the prospective risk of Plasmodium falciparum infection.
    BMC genomics. 2015-08-22; 16.631.
    PMID: 26296559
    Quantitative Differences in the Urinary Proteome of Siblings Discordant for Type 1 Diabetes Include Lysosomal Enzymes.
    Journal of proteome research. 2015-08-07; 14.8: 3123-35.
    PMID: 26143644
    High-quality draft genome sequences of five anaerobic oral bacteria and description of Peptoanaerobacter stomatis gen. nov., sp. nov., a new member of the family Peptostreptococcaceae.
    Standards in genomic sciences. 2015-07-18; 10.37.
    PMID: 26221418
    Gut microbiome composition and metabolomic profiles of wild western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) reflect host ecology.
    Molecular ecology. 2015-05-01; 24.10: 2551-65.
    PMID: 25846719
    Diagnosing inflammation and infection in the urinary system via proteomics.
    Journal of translational medicine. 2015-04-08; 13.111.
    PMID: 25889401
    Where next for microbiome research?
    PLoS biology. 2015-01-20; 13.1: e1002050.
    PMID: 25602283
    An Update on the Status of Current Research on the Mammalian Microbiome.
    ILAR journal. 2015-01-01; 56.2: 163-8.
    PMID: 26323626
    Supplementation of saturated long-chain fatty acids maintains intestinal eubiosis and reduces ethanol-induced liver injury in mice.
    Gastroenterology. 2015-01-01; 148.1: 203-214.e16.
    PMID: 25239591
    Pregnancy's stronghold on the vaginal microbiome.
    PloS one. 2014-06-04; 9.6: e98514.
    PMID: 24896831
    Draft Genome Sequence of Enterococcus faecium PC4.1, a Clade B Strain Isolated from Human Feces.
    Genome announcements. 2014-02-06; 2.1:
    PMID: 24503986
    Microbiome analysis of stool samples from African Americans with colon polyps.
    PloS one. 2013-12-20; 8.12: e81352.
    PMID: 24376500
    Draft Genome Sequence of Enterococcus faecalis PC1.1, a Candidate Probiotic Strain Isolated from Human Feces.
    Genome announcements. 2013-02-21; 1.1:
    PMID: 23469340
    Microbiome in human health and disease.
    Science progress. 2013-01-01; 96.Pt 2: 153-70.
    PMID: 23901633
    A multi-omic systems-based approach reveals metabolic markers of bacterial vaginosis and insight into the disease.
    PloS one. 2013-01-01; 8.12: e56111.
    PMID: 23405259
    The Human Microbiome Project: a community resource for the healthy human microbiome.
    PLoS biology. 2012-08-14; 10.8: e1001377.
    PMID: 22904687
    Quantification of the relative roles of niche and neutral processes in structuring gastrointestinal microbiomes.
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2012-06-19; 109.25: 9692-8.
    PMID: 22615407
    Bacterial translocation and changes in the intestinal microbiome in mouse models of liver disease.
    Journal of hepatology. 2012-06-01; 56.6: 1283-92.
    PMID: 22326468
    Cloud BioLinux: pre-configured and on-demand bioinformatics computing for the genomics community.
    BMC bioinformatics. 2012-03-19; 13.42.
    PMID: 22429538
    Molecular analysis of the diversity of vaginal microbiota associated with bacterial vaginosis.
    BMC genomics. 2010-09-07; 11.488.
    PMID: 20819230
    Bacterial diversity in the oral cavity of 10 healthy individuals.
    The ISME journal. 2010-08-01; 4.8: 962-74.
    PMID: 20336157
    Antimicrobial resistance of the coral pathogen Vibrio coralliilyticus and Caribbean sister phylotypes isolated from a diseased octocoral.
    Microbial ecology. 2010-05-01; 59.4: 646-57.
    PMID: 20309538
    Microbial fuel cells and microbial ecology: applications in ruminant health and production research.
    Microbial ecology. 2010-04-01; 59.3: 415-27.
    PMID: 20024685
    Insights into plant cell wall degradation from the genome sequence of the soil bacterium Cellvibrio japonicus.
    Journal of bacteriology. 2008-08-01; 190.15: 5455-63.
    PMID: 18556790
    Population diversity and dynamics of Streptococcus mitis, Streptococcus oralis, and Streptococcus infantis in the upper respiratory tracts of adults, determined by a nonculture strategy.
    Infection and immunity. 2008-05-01; 76.5: 1889-96.
    PMID: 18316382
    Metagenomic analysis of the human distal gut microbiome.
    Science (New York, N.Y.). 2006-06-02; 312.5778: 1355-9.
    PMID: 16741115
    Chromosome evolution in the Thermotogales: large-scale inversions and strain diversification of CRISPR sequences.
    Journal of bacteriology. 2006-04-01; 188.7: 2364-74.
    PMID: 16547022
    Molecular analysis of the bacterial microbiota in the human stomach.
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2006-01-17; 103.3: 732-7.
    PMID: 16407106
    Diversity of the human intestinal microbial flora.
    Science (New York, N.Y.). 2005-06-10; 308.5728: 1635-8.
    PMID: 15831718
    Major structural differences and novel potential virulence mechanisms from the genomes of multiple campylobacter species.
    PLoS biology. 2005-01-01; 3.1: e15.
    PMID: 15660156
    Ruminococcus albus 8 mutants defective in cellulose degradation are deficient in two processive endocellulases, Cel48A and Cel9B, both of which possess a novel modular architecture.
    Journal of bacteriology. 2004-01-01; 186.1: 136-45.
    PMID: 14679233
    Complete genome sequence of the oral pathogenic Bacterium porphyromonas gingivalis strain W83.
    Journal of bacteriology. 2003-09-01; 185.18: 5591-601.
    PMID: 12949112
    Suppressive subtractive hybridization detects extensive genomic diversity in Thermotoga maritima.
    Journal of bacteriology. 2002-08-01; 184.16: 4475-88.
    PMID: 12142418

    Leonardo da Vinci DNA Project

    This project utilizes genomics approaches to confirm the identity of the remains purported to be that of Leonardo da Vinci as well as to characterize the microbial population on aging artwork.

    Proteomics for UTI diagnosis

    Understanding host-pathogen interactions is critical when it comes to improving diagnostic approaches to urinary tract infections. 

    Human Microbiome Project

    The Human Microbiome Project involves characterizing human microbial isolates using whole genome shotgun sequencing.

    Identifying Healthy Aging Biomarkers

    This study aims to identify specific biomarkers that correlate with longevity and healthy aging using genomics and proteomics approaches.

    Zoo in You Traveling Exhibition

    Our bodies are home to trillions of bacteria. This project provides an education resource to middle and high school aged children who are interested in science and medicine.

    Vaginal Microbiome Project

    A metagenomics approach to understanding the relationship between the vaginal microbiome, bacterial vaginosis, vaginal health and preterm birth.

    Western Lowland Gorilla Microbiome

    The gastrointestinal microbiota composition and function of free range wild Western Lowland Gorillas mirrors macro-ecological patterns.

    Howler Monkey Microbiome

    Gastrointestinal microbial community composition and habitat structure in howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra).

    Mouse Microbiome

    Enteric dysbiosis associated with a mouse model of alcoholic liver disease. The translocation of bacteria and bacterial products into the circulation contributes to alcoholic liver disease.

    TEDxIEMadrid — Karen Nelson: We are not alone: The depths of the human superorganism
    Salk Institute Lecture — Karen Nelson on overcoming the challenges in a scientific career
    Precision Medicine Leaders Summit — The Invisible Ecosystem – Illuminating the Microbiome with Precision Medicine
    Science — Harnessing the Power of Metagenomics: Applications, Methods, and Real World Examples
    Press Release

    Biology in Art: Genetic Detectives ID Microbes Suspected of Slowly Ruining Humanity’s Treasures

    DNA science may help restore, preserve historic works, unmask counterfeits

    The trait elite baseball hitters share with Leonardo da Vinci: A “quick eye” with higher “frames per second.” A function of training, genetics, or both?

    Press Release

    Maintaining a Healthy Upper Respiratory Tract Microbiome May Help Prevent Secondary Infections in Influenza A Patients

    An influenza-impacted upper respiratory tract microbiome may invite opportunistic bacterial pathogens

    The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Pink shoes and a lab jacket: Finding your way as a female scientist

    Women in science tell high school girls they, too, can change the world

    Workshop Alert

    JCVI/AADR Fall Focused Symposium

    Integrating Omic Datasets Towards Translation


    BioVision Alexandria 2018

    Press Release

    Karen Nelson, Ph.D., Named President, Robert Friedman, Ph.D., Appointed as Chief Operating Officer of J. Craig Venter Institute

    Both will report directly to J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Press Release

    JCVI Researchers, as Part of NIH Human Microbiome Project Consortium, Publish Papers Detailing the Variety and Abundance of Microbes Living on and in the Human Body

    Study Represents Largest Group of Healthy Individuals Studied to Date

    JCVI also Details its Metagenomics Reports (METAREP) Open Source Bioinformatics Tool

    Press Release

    Karen E. Nelson, Ph.D., Named Director of J. Craig Venter Institute Rockville, MD Campus

    Nelson Joins Robert M. Friedman, Ph.D., Director of JCVI San Diego, CA Campus, as Senior Leaders Reporting to J. Craig Venter, Ph.D.

    Press Release

    J. Craig Venter Institute Names Robert Friedman, Ph.D., Deputy Director of West Coast Facility

    Other Key Senior Scientist Promotions Announced

    Press Release

    More Extensive Analysis Casts Doubt on Claim of Bacterial Genes in Humans

    New findings do not support a recent analysis of the rough draft of the human genome that suggests that bacterial genes have been laterally transferred into the human genome.