• 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 Now Open:
“Gastrointestinal Tract XVII: Current Biology of the GI Tract, Mucosa, Microbiota, and Beyond”
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

July 30th –August 4th, 2017 / Steamboat Springs, CO
Click here for details

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.

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.  
Please stay tuned for event updates. 

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