• A field of bacteria
  • A field of bacteria

    A mixed bacterial population. Image courtsey of Gary Borrisy

  • At the sequencing center
  • At the sequencing center

    Technicians at work at the sequencing center

  • A digitized phage plaque


Many trillions of microbes—too small to be seen by the naked eye--live in our guts and elsewhere on our bodies.  These microbes contribute to health by helping with digestion, guiding growth of our immune systems, and shouldering out invading pathogens.  People differ greatly in the composition of their microbiota, influencing us each in unique ways.  The human microbiota has been reported to influence risk of heart disease, cancer, autism, obesity, inflammatory bowel diseases, and many other disorders.

The PennCHOP Microbiome Program promotes research in this exciting area, and offers opportunities for public participation through philanthropy.


***Call for Projects: Microbiome Pilot & Feasibility Program***
The PennCHOP Microbiome Program, along with its matching partners in the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Center for AIDS Research, is proud to announce the next call for projects as a part of the Microbiome Pilot & Feasibility Program.

Application Deadline: 3/16/18
Please click here for application details
We are happy to announce three new services for microbial analysis
These include high throughput screening of microbial metabolites, proteomic analysis of microbiome samples, and long-read single-molecule sequencing to determine bacterial genome sequences.  Please click here for more information.
Request for Proposals
Japan Technology Group (JTG)
Deadline: 3/15/18

JTG's mission is to promote, foster and add value to international business development with a particular focus on trans-Pacific technology and IP transfers between Japan and North America/EU. Their focus is to promote international business development and collaboration between global corporations and promising universities, startups, as well as public and private research organizations in Japan.  JTG, on behalf of a large Japanese pharmaceutical company, has issued two RFPs which are detailed in the links below.

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