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If you’re interested in supporting the nonprofit research and education programs of the Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative (501c3), please email the director, Dr. Seth Bordenstein, about how to donate. Thank you very much for your consideration.

Your donation, at any level, will empower microbiome students, faculty, staff, and community partners with the skills, tools, and relationships to make a positive difference with new knowledge, applications, and therapies. See below for suggested donation levels.

$500 Donation

Sponsor an undergraduate’s research project or their travel to attend a microbiome conference.

$1,000 Donation

Sponsor a workshop to train undergraduate and graduate students in microbiome analysis.

$3,000-10,000 Donation 

Create a fellowship to support a graduate student’s or postdoc’s research as part of the Microbiome Emerging Scholars Program.

$25,000-100,000 Donation

We must set big goals to make a positive difference in people’s health and disease status. A donation at this funding level will interconnect a top tier group of microbiome faculty, their trainees, and distinguished microbiome scientists from around the world to tackle questions on the role that diet and ethnicity play in shaping microbiomes, health, and health disparities.

Other Donations and Endowments

A larger donation or endowment gift will enable world-class experts in the Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative to pioneer a new and sustainable era of microbiome research that accelerates collaborative strengths within Vanderbilt and between national and international institutions. The biggest foci and opportunities ahead are to (i) invent, teach, and promote applications of microbiome science that can improve the human and planetary condition, for us now and for future generations, (ii) develop new ways to predict, prevent, and treat ethnic health disparities linked to microbiome dysfunction, including personalized nutrition and microbial therapies, and (iii) make long-lasting, positive outcomes that shape academic, industrial, and government policies. Such efforts will be designed to include not only expertise and services, but also training, education, and outreach.