• 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.


PennCHOP Microbiome Program featured in Healio article
Read the article here: At the Crossroads of Research, Collaboration, and Implementation Lies the Microbiome

Save the Date: November 7th-8th, 2018 
Fifth Annual Microbiome Symposium
"Microbes, Metabolomics and Modern Diseases"
Please click here for more information.

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.

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