Both inside and out, our bodies harbor a huge array of bacteria and other micro-organisms collectively known as the human microbiome. Although bacteria are often thought to be dangerous, 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 devastating diseases.
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.
Genomics, Biomarkers and Mechanisms of Healing in Chronic Wounds
Utilize genomics approaches to identify the microbial composition and functional elements in non-healing and chronic wounds.
Genomics and Proteomics Approaches to T1D
This study addresses the complex interactions between the host and environmental factors as they relate to the development of Type I Diabetes (T1D).
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.
TEDDY Infectious Agents
In this study, we propose to investigate the Prokaryotic species associated with the gut microbiome using whole genome shotgun metagenomic sequencing of stool samples via Solexa sequencing technology.