Both inside and out, our bodies harbor a huge array of bacteria and other microorganisms collectively known as the human microbiome. Although bacteria are often thought to be dangerous, many of those that comprise the microbiome are essential for life. Our researchers are focused on understanding the delicate bacterial balance in the human body and how slight changes in that balance can either improve health or lead to diseases.
JCVI Human Microbiome Research Impact
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.