A microbiome is the structure and function of the complete microbial community and its environment. Studying microbiomes provides an understanding of relationships and functions and their impacts on larger systems. Microbes make up over 60% of the life on our planet, and we are just now beginning to describe how these diverse communities impact our lives.
The goal of the Penn State Microbiome Center is to support transformative, interdisciplinary research in microbiomes. We foster long-term working relationships, while simultaneously providing infrastructure and resources needed for increasing the diversity and breadth of interdisciplinary microbiome research at Penn State. This support includes structured and tacit educational opportunities for students and researchers that are unique to Penn State.