Discovering the role of microbiomes across environments

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Who we are

UChicago, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory - Collaborating to explore the power of microbes across environments.


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Bacterial isolates from Arabidopsis. (Keven Dooley)


Awards and funding opportunities

The Microbiome Center awards funding for Pilot Projects in order to promote cross-faculty research initiatives in all aspects of microbiome research. These encourage collaborative proposals from Argonne, the MBL or the UChicago, and aspire to initiate new areas of research or education and increase competitiveness for extramural funding. 

Pristina leidyi gut microbiota
Pristina leidyi gut microbiota. Beta-proteobacteria are stained with cyan in the digestive tract of the animal (between dotted lines). (Jessica Mark Welch and B. Duygu Özpolat, MBL)

Expertise across environments in microbiome research

Microbial Diversity Class of 2019 (Courtesy of MBL)

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Training the next generation of interdisciplinary scientists

  • MBL courses offer college students a perspective on microbiome research
  • U of C graduate students have a journal club discussing newly-published papers in microbiome science. Email to join the list
  • Our early career symposium last April brought together local expertise
  • Check back here for a 2020 faculty workshop