Animal Microbiome Studies


In addition to research on the Human Microbiome, the J. Craig Venter Institute has numerous projects and programs that are focused on this emerging research area to identify and characterize the microbiomes of various animal species. Animal Microbiome Sciences focuses on studying the microbial populations that natively inhabit these animals, allowing us determine their role in health, disease, and development. In parallel, researchers at JCVI have lead comparative approaches on animal models, including diverse primate species, to understand how human microbiomes have evolved. This comparative framework have set the basis to explore the evolutionary baseline of human disease.