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October 1, 2018

From months to minutes: Open-source web tool moves the needle towards instant microbiome meta-analyses

Multiomics, the combination of methods that generate data about “omes,” such as the genome, proteome, microbiome, etc. is an emerging approach to microbiome science providing insights into the composition and function of microbial communities one study at a time. In order for scientists to be able to translate findings across populations, they need to be able to see all of the data in one place (referred to as a meta-analysis). Now, researchers at the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation have published an open-source web tool that enables meta-analyses in minutes—something that would have typically taken researchers months. 

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September 27, 2018

Natural Product Discovery Tool Wins UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) Grand Challenges Award

The 2018 UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) Grand Challenges Award has been given to computer science and engineering professor and CMI faculty member Pavel Pevzner who designed a new computational tool to address challenges in natural product discovery. the 2018 UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) Grand Challenges Award by the industry panel based on its strengths in terms of feasibility, innovation, collaboration, and potential commercial impact.

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September 13, 2018

UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) Announces Sanitarium as new Corporate Member

The UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) is pleased to announce that Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing, one of Australia’s most trusted food companies, has joined CMI's Corporate Member Board. Sanitarium has been producing a variety of healthy breakfast cereals and vegetarian products since 1898.

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July 27, 2018

Bacterial Communities Use Sophisticated Strategy to Communicate over Long Distances

It’s the way we end up with a fresh cup of coffee from a clump of beans. It’s how ocean oil rigs extract petroleum from dense rock formations beneath the seafloor. It even helps explain how forest fires spread.

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July 23, 2018

Depleting microbiome with antibiotics can affect glucose metabolism

A new study from the Salk Institute has found that mice that have their microbiomes depleted with antibiotics have decreased levels of glucose in their blood and better insulin sensitivity. The research has implications for understanding the role of the microbiome in diabetes. It also could lead to better insight into the side effects seen in people who are being treated with high levels of antibiotics. The study appeared in the journal Nature Communications on July 20, 2018.

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July 9, 2018

New Dean Selected to Lead UC San Diego's Division of Biological Sciences

The University of California San Diego has selected Kit Pogliano, a professor of molecular biology, as the new dean of the Division of Biological Sciences. Currently dean of the university’s Graduate Division, Pogliano was selected after a national search and will begin her new appointment on Sept. 15, 2018.

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June 25, 2018

First pilot for global expansion of the American Gut Project under The Microsetta Initiative

Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the LifeScience Institute in the Philippines have announced a pilot for the expansion of the American Gut Project under The Microsetta Initiative (TMI). Announced May 15, 2018 at the American Gut Project Mini-Symposium, TMI is focused on bringing microbiome citizen science to all corners of the world. It brings together existing projects, such as the American and British Gut Projects, and provides a framework for engaging citizen scientists across the globe.

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June 25, 2018

Turning A Phage

Partnering with multiple institutions, UC San Diego launches North America’s first bacteriophage therapy center to use viruses as new weapon against multidrug-resistant bacteria; clinical trials planned.

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June 18, 2018

Researchers Uncover Possible Link Between Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease

More than 12 percent of the adult population in America suffers from OSA, a condition characterized by airway collapse that leaves them (and their startled bed partners) gasping for breath in their sleep. If they’re lucky enough, they either won’t wake up or they’ll fall back asleep, only to have it happen again a few seconds later. As a result of this intermittent airway collapse, the body is exposed to low oxygen and high carbon dioxide conditions, and people with the condition are more likely to develop cardiovascular diseases down the road.

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June 12, 2018

Composition of Complex Sugars in Breast Milk May Prevent Future Food Allergies

The unique composition of a mother’s breastmilk may help to reduce food sensitization in her infant, report researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine with colleagues in Canada.

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Feb 27, 2019

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: 2019 CMI International Microbiome Meeting

The 2019 CMI International Microbiome Meeting, taking place February 27-28, 2019 at the Scripps Seaside Forum, Scripps Institution of Oceanography is now open for registration. Building on the success of the California CMI meeting, we are expanding our reach globally to share the latest in microbiome research. The first edition will be marked by an allstar line-up of exclusively women speakers. 

Visit for all the details and registration!

Press Coverage

June 29, 2018

San Diego Magazine

Your Body is Bugged

A UC San Diego scientist is shifting the dialogue about the beneficial bacteria in our bodies.

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June 4, 2018

New Atlas

Membrane-coated gold "robots" designed to detoxify blood

It's never a good thing when donated human blood -- or even the blood in our bodies -- is infected with bacteria. Scientists at the University of California San Diego, however, are developing a means of removing such blood-borne microbes using tiny ultrasound-powered robots. The base "nanorobots" are made of microscopic lengths of gold nanowire. Via the external application of ultrasound, they can be propelled through liquids including blood, causing them to get thoroughly mixed with it. These nanorobots were coated in a hybrid of platelet and red blood cell membranes.

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June 4, 2018

Physics World

Cell-like nanobots fight bacterial infection

Gold nanowire nanorobots coated with a combination of two kinds of natural cell membranes might be used to fight bacterial infection, according to new work by researchers at the University of California San Diego. The nanobots can move through whole blood and, thanks to their natural coatings, which "cloak" the devices from the body's defence mechanisms, can absorb and neutralize both pathogenic bacteria as well as the toxins they produce.

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