We accelerate microbiome research
and develop new methods for manipulating microbiomes
to improve human health and benefit the environment.
UC San Diego is a world-leader in microbiome research, biomedical engineering, quantitative measurements and modeling, cellular and chemical imaging, drug discovery, "omics" sciences and much more. We draw interdisciplinary teams of these researchers together to push the boundaries of human understanding of microbiomes — the distinct constellations of bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that live within and around humans, other species and the environment.
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.
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.