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UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) Announces Nestle as New Corporate Member

To further increase the understanding of the microbiome’s impact on human health and to accelerate the development of innovative nutritional solutions promoting health and wellbeing, Nestlé has entered into a partnership with the University of California San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI). Full Story


From jungle huts to city apartments: how do chemicals and microbes differ?

Researchers at University of California San Diego, Rutgers and other universities compared microscopic materials in homes and people’s bodies, spanning the spectrum of urbanization in the Amazon basin. They found that the diversity of chemicals clinging to indoor surfaces increases dramatically with urbanization. Most notably, they found more fungi, industrial chemicals, cleaning agents and molecules derived from medications in city homes but not in rural or jungle homes. Full Story


New UC San Diego Study Discover Interactions Between Phototrophic Communities Are Highly Dynamic and Driven by Availability of Nutrients

Light-driven microbial communities, otherwise known as phototrophic communities, are widespread throughout the environment. This group includes cyanobacteria and algae, microorganisms that obtain their energy through photosynthesis, and heterotrophic microorganisms that use organic carbon as food. Researchers at University of California San Diego, along with collaborators from Johns Hopkins University and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, are working closely to solve some of these unknowns through the integration of metatranscriptomics, metabolomics, and phenotyping with computational modeling. Full Story


IBM and UC San Diego Explore Challenges in Constructing Knowledge Bases for Human Microbiome-Disease Associations

In a new paper in the journal Microbiome researchers at the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) and IBM are working together through the Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living program supported by IBM Research AI Horizons Network, to outline the barriers and opportunities for the creation of a comprehensive, accurate, and automated knowledge base for the field of human microbiome research. Full Story


Three UC San Diego Researchers Receive Top Honors with NIH Director's Awards

Three UC San Diego researchers have received prestigious awards through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program, including the Pioneer Award and the New Innovator Award. Full Story


UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) Announces Evonik as New Corporate Member.

Human skin is home to a large number and wide variety of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses, collectively known as the skin microbiome. Its composition is as individual as a fingerprint and depends on a variety of factors. This new partnership between Evonik and the University of California San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation aims to provide new insights about the complex composition of these microbial communities on the skin. The target of the three-year agreement and future research projects is the improvement of existing cosmetic raw materials and the potential discovery and development of new ones for promoting a healthier skin microbiome. Full Story


QIIME 2: Re-Engineered System Allows for Reproducibility, Transparency, and Clarity of Microbiome Data Science

The last two decades have seen a surge in the advancement of DNA sequencing and bioinformatics technology which has greatly contributed to how we now understand the microbiomes of the world. This week the publication Nature Biotechnology featured the correspondence announcing the success of QIIME 2. Full Story


UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) Announces Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. as New Corporate Member

The UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) is pleased to announce that Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (OPDC), a member of the Otsuka group, has joined the CMI Industry Member board.   Full Story


The Microsetta Initiative and regional projects launch a new brand identity

Coinciding with the upcoming expansion in new countries, and the increasing variety of sample types being analyzed by The Microsetta Initiative (TMI), we began a transformation effort for the brand family to refresh our image and allow for scalability to future projects. Full Story


Quantifying and Understanding Well-to-Well Contamination in Microbiome Research

When Amnon Amir, Jon Sanders, and their collogues began using positive control samples of Vibrio fischeri in plate-based extractions as a way to validate results, they unexpectedly observed that many of the surrounding samples would also show Vibrio fischeri in their composition. They set out to design an experiment to quantify this problem which led to the newly published paper “Quantifying and Understanding Well-to-Well Contamination in Microbiome Research,” in mSystems. Full Story


Like A Lot of Things, Women's Gut Microbiomes Appear to Mature Earlier than Men's

A recent study by researchers at University of California San Diego, San Diego State University and the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology found that the age and sex of an individual strongly influences the bacterial diversity of the gut microbiome. Full Story


New Partnership Explores Future Treatments Using Breast Milk and Microbiome

Two renowned research centers at University of California San Diego are joining forces to take a deeper look at how components of human milk and the microbiome can change the course of therapeutics for infant and adult diseases. MOMI Biome will be comprised of the Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Mother-Milk-Infant Center of Research Excellence (MOMI CORE) in the UC San Diego School of Medicine and the Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) in the Jacobs School of Engineering. Full Story


CMI Announces Dr. Se Jin Song as New Director of Research - Applications

The Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) is proud to announce its team’s expansion with a new Director of Research focused on Microbiome Applications. The new head of research is Dr. Se Jin Song who is joining us after completing her post-doctoral research in the Knight Lab at the University of California San Diego to focus toward external collaboration with CMI’s current and future industry partners. Full Story


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). Full Story

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