• 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.


*Registration for the Fourth Annual PennCHOP Microbiome Program Symposium is now open*
Please click here for agenda and registration information.  
Metagenomics Analysis Workshop
November 8th, 2017

The PennCHOP Microbiome Program and the PennVet Center for Host-Microbial Interactionswill host a metagenomics analysis workshop on November 8, 2017 from 12-4PM in Lecture Room 130, Hill Pavilion.  The focus of the workshop will be shotgun metagenomics: the study of the microbiome via whole-genome DNA sequence data obtained from all organisms present in a sample.  In a set of hands-on activities, participants will analyze and interpret an example data set using cloud computing resources.  Participants will be introduced to a range of reference databases and bioinformatics tools to help make sense of shotgun sequence data. 
Click here for event and registration information. 
Grant Opportunity
“Gut Microbiota & Liver Diseases

Sponsored by The Biocodex Microbiota Foundation
200,000 EUR (approx. $237,000 USD)
Application deadline: November 30th, 2017
Please click here for more information.

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