• 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.


The Fourth Annual PennCHOP Microbiome Program Symposium will be held on November 9th, 2017.  
PennVet will be sponsoring a Keynote Speaker the evening of November 8th, 2017.
Click here for more information.

Please stay tuned for event updates and registration information

Symposium on Integrative Health: Advances in Research and Evidence-based Practice
September 15, 2017 —  Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

The evidence base for integrative medicine interventions is growing, and patients and families are increasingly using integrative modalities and expecting physicians and allied health professionals to offer guidance on their use. This one-day symposium will offer healthcare practitioners a review of the evidence on common integrative modalities and their application to clinical practice.

The symposium will feature a talk by Dr. Lindsey Albenberg DO; "Diet and the Intestinal Microbiome: Implications on Health and Disease" at 3:15pm.

Please click here for registration and CME information. 

PennCHOP Microbiome 2017 Pilot & Feasibility Projects
We would like to congratulate those selected for 2017 Pilot & Feasibility Project funding, and thank all those who applied.
Please click here to see a full project listing.

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