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January 31, 2019

UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) Announces Danone Nutricia Research as new Corporate Member

Danone Nutricia Research and the University of California San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) have joined forces to advance the understanding of the connection between the diet and human gut thanks to The Human Diets & Microbiome Initiative (THDMI).

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December 10, 2018

Jack Gilbert to Join UC San Diego

The CMI is proud to announce that Dr. Jack Gilbert will be joining the UC San Diego team as a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography starting January 1st of 2019. This joint appointment is designed to continue the development of an integrated microbiome research initiative within the university.

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December 3, 2018

CMI Seed Grant Winners Publish in BMC Microbiology

Find out the importance and impact of The Murine Vaginal Microbiota and its Perturbation by the Human Pathogen Group B Streptococcus from Katy Patras, one of the paper's authors. The work was funded in part by a seed grant from the UCSD Center for Microbiome Innovation and is being published in the December issue of BMC Microbiology.

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November 15, 2018

New Study Shows NKT Cell Subsets Play a Large Role in the Advancement of NAFLD

In the November issue of The Journal of Immunology, released today, a report by Maricic et al. suggests that a genetic deficiency of iNKT cells has a strong impact on the microbial diversity and sheds new light on the role of type I natural killer T (or iNKT) cell subsets in the progression of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a form of NAFLD. 

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October 25, 2018

Machine learning identifies antibiotic resistance genes in tuberculosis-causing bacteria

Researchers have trained a machine learning algorithm to identify and predict which genes make infectious bacteria resistant to antibiotics. The approach was tested on strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis—the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB) in humans. It identified 33 known and 24 new antibiotic resistance genes in these bacteria. The approach could be used to predict resistance in other infection-causing pathogens.

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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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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!

Mar 14, 2019

Summit 2019

Following a closed-door board meeting of the CMI leadership team and its industry partners, the Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) will hold its 3rd Annual Research Summit on March 14, 2019, from 9:30 am - 4:45 pm, followed by a networking reception and poster session.

The latest agenda can be found here

Posters will be available for review and discussion during the event's breaks. If you are a UC San Diego student, please click the link to Submit a Poster. A $500 prize will be given to the author of the best poster.

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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