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Microbiome Seminar Series brings in leading microbiome scientists from across the globe to share their trailblazing research discoveries. Click here to see the schedule. Meeting information is communicated through our listserv (to join, use the contact form on the right).

Microbiome Monthly Meeting assembles Vanderbilt investigators monthly to discuss ongoing research, grant proposals, and infrastructure needs. Please use the contact form on the right to join the listserv for these meetings.

Microbiome Office Hours are available for Vanderbilt students, staff, and faculty who would like consultation on microbiome experimental design or analytics. Please use the contact form on the right to request more information about meeting times.

Microbiome Boot Camp is a workshop offered three times a year to train students and staff in microbiome experimental design and sequence analytics. To express interest and receive news, join the listserv by using the contact form on the right.

Microbiome Innovation Center Logo provides a set of downloadable wordmarks in black and white for members to acknowledge the Center in presentations, letters, etc. Click the linked title to access the logos.

VI4 The Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology, and Inflammation (VI4) was established in 2017 to bring together leading researchers in the areas of infection biology, immunobiology, and inflammation in a concerted effort to understand key processes underlying disease. With its membership of over 160 faculty, VI4 capitalizes on the strengths of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in areas such as personalized medicine, structural biology, vaccinology, immuno-metabolism, immuno-oncology, and nutrition, while simultaneously creating the infrastructure required to support new research initiatives.

VANTAGE (Vanderbilt Technologies for Advanced Genomics) is a core laboratory to help create new collaborative shared resources that accelerate discoveries in genome sciences and personalized medicine. Microbiome community profiling is available using either 16S or whole shotgun metagenomics.  Analysis is done using either Mothur or Qiime (by investigator’s choice) for 16S data, or using Kraken for shotgun metagenomic data.  Additional options available on request.

BioVU is a biorepository of de-identified DNA samples extracted from blood samples during routine clinical testing. The goal is to provide Vanderbilt scientists a resource for studies of genotype-phenotype associations. One of the long term aims of the Microbiome Innovation Center is to link microbiome variation with genotype variation to enable comprehensive personalized medicine.

Center for Human Nutrition provides a resource for scientists who do not have access to personnel with expertise in state-of-the-science methodology for obtaining valid and reliable assessment, intervention, and analyses of dietary intakes, nutritional status, body composition, physical activity, and energy balance. The goal is to provide valid, reliable, appropriate and cost effective methods to investigators to facilitate human research and study designs. The Vanderbilt Microbiome Innovation Center and the core are conducting a dietary intervention study of human gut and oral microbiomes.

Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) is a state-of-the-art small molecule omics shared resource center and collaborative analytical facility specializing in a range of mass spectrometry and confocal screening techniques and has experience measuring microbial metabolites. The CIT can measure the complex array of small molecule metabolites present within a fluid, cell, or tissue and can identify reproducible steady state and/or temporal changes associated with disease state or drug administration for context dependent analysis. Consequently, the results can reveal unique biochemical fingerprints of cellular processes specific to each sample. This can be exploited as a discovery-based approach for generating novel hypotheses or used for a better understanding of physiological processes mediated by genetic or environmental perturbations. If needed, new workflows can be established for method development, targeted biomolecule measurement acquisition, and/or metabolite validation.