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Venture Fund

Microbiome Venture Fund

Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and students can apply for venture funding of a project that connects microbiome scholarship with diverse topics and investigators.

The fund welcomes proposals that (i) stimulate new microbiome scholarship for the applicants, (ii) support the development of collaborations across disciplines or institutes, and (iii) may subsequently seed a larger project. Collaborations among faculty and undergraduate students are especially encouraged. The amount of funding is $3000 or less and must be used by March 1, 2019.

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Fall 2019 Recipients:

  1. Uropathogenic Escherichia coli interactions with gut, vaginal, and urinary microbiota by Dr. Maria Hadjifrangiskou, Dr. W. Stuart Reynolds, Dr. Jonathan SchmitzDr. John BrannonDr. Joseph Panza, Dr. Siobhan Hartigan, and Robert Markowitz
  2. Does a Dysregulated Microbiome Contribute to the Dioxin-Associated Increased Rick of NEC? by Dr. Kaylon Bruner-Tran, Jelonia Rumph, and Madison Dallas
  3. How gut microbiota perturbations affect host metabolism leading to non-communicable diseases by Dr. Mariana Byndloss, Catherine Shelton, and Julia Thomas
  4. Defining the airspace microbiome in mechanically ventilated patients by Dr. Julie Bastarache and Dr. Junhui Li.
  5. Spatially Targeted Proteomics of Bacterial Proteins in the Human Gut Microbiota by Dr. Richard Caprioli, Emma Guiberson, Dr. Jeffery Spraggins, Dr. Aaron Wexler, and Emilio Rivera
  6. Vanderbilt Undergraduate Microbiome Society (VUMS) by Asia Miller and undergraduate colleagues
  7. Estimating Wolbachia Infection Rates in Arthropods in the Nashville Area Through a Collaboration Across Multiple Metro Nashville Public High Schools by Joshua Swartz, Ann Ouyang, and Jennifer Ufnar

Fall 2018 Recipients:

  1. Gastrointestinal Microbiota Diversity and Clinical Outcomes in Infants with Congenital Heart Disease by Dr. Stephanie Waterhouse
  2. Leveraging Human Milk Oligosaccharides to Repair Dysbiotic Minimal Microbiomes by Dr. Stephen Townsend, Dr. Jennifer Gaddy and students
  3. Timekeeping Dimensions in the Relationship between Bacteria and Hosts by Dr. Carl Johnson 
  4. Defining the Gastric Microbiome in Autoimmune Gastritis: an International Collaboration by Dr. Shailja Shah and collaborators
  5. Microbiome-Epithelial Cell Crosstalk During Tuft Cell Hyperplasia by Dr. Ken Lau 
  6. Stress, Learning, and the Microbiome: Disentangling the Feedback Loop by Dr. Nicole Creanza 

Fall 2017 Recipients:

  1. Interactions Between Stress and the Microbiome by Dr. Nicole Creanza and Kara Boyer
  2. Immune Mechanisms Associated with Sodium-Induced Cardiovascular Disease: Effect of Excess Dietary Salt on the Gut Microbiome by Dr. Annet Kirabo
  3. Pathogenetic Interactions between Uropathogenic E. coli and the “Background” Urinary Microbiome by Dr. Gerald Van Horn and Dr. Jonathan Schmitz
  4. Intestinal Epithelial Cell-derived Extracellular Vesicles (EVs) Promote Growth and Functions of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) by Dr. Fang Yan
  5. Resident Gut Protozoa as Modulators of Gut Immunity and Susceptibility of Bacterial Infection by Dr. Ann Tate and Abby Perry