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Seeing the unseen: Vanderbilt science hub helps set a standard for innovative microbiome research, education December 19, 2019

  • VMI has become a standard for other microbiome programs which was recently highlighted thanks to an article in Nature Microbiology.

Fecal Micrbobiota Transplantation for C. Difficle by Dr. Maribeth Nicholson

  • A study that demonstrated the safety and efficiency in pediatric populations.

Congratulations to Steven Townsend for the recognition as a Top 12 talent in 2019 for his work on the chemistry of human milk by Chemistry & Engineering News.

Host-microbe interactions in the gut by Dr. Fang Yan and colleagues, August 13, 2019.

  • A study using the p40 production model to investigate the symbiosis between intestinal epithelial cells and the microbe, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG.

Fecal microbiota transplant found safe and effective in children with C. difficile, by Dr. Maribeth Nicholson and colleagues, June 3, 2019.

  • The largest study to date of FMT in children finds the procedure to be safe and effective in eradicating an infection that is on the rise among children, even those without known risk factors.

Ethnicity proves reliable indicator of what microbes thrive in the gut, by Andrew Brooks, Dr. Seth Bordenstein, and colleagues,  December 4, 2018.

  • A new study that indicates that out of factors such as gender, age, weight, and ethnicity; ethnicity is the most constant factor when looking at the gut microbiome.

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Scientific Retreat shines light on microbiome , May 10, 2018.

  • Dr. Lang Wu, postdoc, and Chloe Snider, graduate student, were honored for their scientific research focusing on the association between cancer development, the immune system and the microbiome at the VICC Retreat.

Bacteriophage genes and mosquito control by Dr. Seth Bordenstein and colleagues, April 23, 2018.

  • Discovery of the genes that cause insect infertility advances understanding of new vector control strategy

Bile acids, microbiota, and cancer by Dr. Fang Yan and colleagues, July 5,  2017.

  • Secondary bile acid alters the microbial community and promotes intestinal carcinogenesis in mice.

Role for mouth microbes in diabetes? by Dr. Jirong Long and colleagues, March 8th, 2017.

  • Targeting the oral microbiome may offer opportunities for treating diabetes.

Each animal species hosts a unique microbial community and benefits from it. by Dr. Seth Bordenstein, Dr. Kevin Kohl, and Andrew Brooks, November 28, 2016.

  • A laboratory study of four animal species and their microbiota finds that each species hosts a unique community of microbes that can significantly improve its health and fitness.

Study shows excess dietary zinc worsens C. diff infection by Dr Eric Skaar and colleagues, September 26, 2016.

  • Too much dietary zinc increases susceptibility to infection by Clostridium difficile — “C. diff” — the most common cause of hospital-acquired infections.