Microbiomes in Human Health

Microbiomes in Human Health

Our researchers are trying to understand how microbiomes are linked to human health in all areas of the body. Current projects are working to understand which microbes are critical for disease initiation, treat metabolic disease with probiotics, and explore microbial transplantation as a solution to microbiome-associated diseases. 

Check out the Integrative Analysis of Metabolic Phenotypes Training Program at Penn State to learn more about how researchers in our Center are integrating genomic and metabolomic data sets to better understand human disease. 

Faculty Working in Microbiomes in Human Health

James Adair

Professor of Material Science and Engineering
Nanoscale materials and phenomena for biological, optical and structural applications, property manipulation via novel chemical pathways for designer particles and materials, colloid and interfacial chemistry, powder characterization, powder…

Jordan Bisanz

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The interface of microbiology and bioinformatics, with approaches including genomics and metabolomics to investigate the interplay of diet, drugs, and the gut microbiome.

Seth Bordenstein

Director of the Microbiome Center; Huck Chair in Microbiome Sciences; Professor of Biology and Entomology

The evolutionary and genetic principles that shape symbiotic interactions between animals, microbes, and viruses and the major applications of these interactions to human health.

Darrell Cockburn

Assistant Professor of Food Science

Sarah Craig

Assistant Research Professor

Emily Davenport

Assistant Professor of Biology

Understanding the complex relationship humans have with our microbiomes, using high-throughput sequencing technologies and novel computational and statistical techniques.

Justin DiAngelo

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Ilias Georgakopoulos-Soares

Assistant Professor
The development and implementation of new computational methods in genomics and molecular biology, with the aim of identifying genetic biomarkers for the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of human diseases, including bacterial and viral infections…

Joshua Kellogg

Emphasis Area Representative, Molecular Toxicology; Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Development of new metabolomics tools for chemical and biological characterization of complex systems. Discovery of new natural products from plants and microorganisms with novel bioactivity against pathogenic fungi and neglected tropical diseases.…

Andrew Patterson

Professor and Huck Chair of Molecular Toxicology; Faculty Oversight, Metabolomics Core Facility

The Patterson lab is focused on understanding the host-metabolite-microbiome axis

Mauricio Pontes

Assistant Professor of Pathology

Justin Silverman

Assistant Professor of Information Sciences and Technology

Statistical methods for the analysis of biomedical data (or any other interesting data/questions)

Vishal Singh

Assistant Professor of Nutritional Physiology and Microbiome

Guy Townsend

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Emily Weinert

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The mechanisms by which bacteria sense and respond to the environment, as well as how these signaling proteins/pathways affect competition, host colonization, and pathogenesis.

Renate Winkels

Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences