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Microbiome Center

Supporting research into the understanding of systems at all levels of the microbiome

The Penn State Microbiome Center is one of the largest and most active microbiome research and education centers in the U.S. The center was established in 2017 to foster transformative, cross-college interdisciplinary research and to provide infrastructure and resources needed for increasing diversity and breadth of interdisciplinary microbiome research at Penn State. The center is part of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, which exists to strengthen interdisciplinary life science research and graduate education campus wide. Faculty, students, and staff associated with the Penn State Microbiome Center come from 9 colleges, 16 campuses, and 3 institutes. We are seeking a new Penn State Microbiome Center Director to lead the center through its next phase of growth and development and to fulfill its vision of becoming an international leader in microbiome research and education.

Interested applicants can read more about the position and apply here.

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.