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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 Boot Camp is an annual workshop to train students and staff in microbiome analytics. To express interest and receive news, join the listserv by using the contact form on the right.

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. For more information on microbiome sequencing and analysis, please see Microbiome Services.

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 Initiative is to link microbiome variation with genotype variation to enable comprehensive personalized medicine.

VμBiome Bank is in development and will be a new biorespository for Vanderbilt to store samples for microbiome work.

Microbiome Initiative Logo provides a set of downloadable wordmarks in black and white for members to acknowledge and recognize the Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative in presentations, letters, etc.

Diet, Body Composition, and Human Metabolism Core 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 Initiative 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.