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August 28, 2019

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.

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July 26, 2019

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.

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July 9, 2019

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.  

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June 27, 2019

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.

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June 25, 2019

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.

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May 15, 2019

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.

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April 29, 2019

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.

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February 26, 2019

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.

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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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June 27, 2019

Gut Microbiota for Health

Discussion with Rob Knight on the World Microbiome Day 2019

On June 27th is the World Microbiome Day; on this occasion GMFH editors took time to interview Dr. Rob Knight, the founding Director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Diego, about some key aspects of gut microbiota and how microbes could help mitigate the raise of antibiotic resistance.

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June 21, 2019

Scientific American

Antiperspirant Boosts Armpit and Toe-Web Microbial Diversity

Rather than wiping microbes out, antiperspirants and foot powders increased the diversity of microbial flora in armpits and between toes. Christopher Intagliata reports. You hear a lot about how what you eat will affect your microbiome. Probiotics. Prebiotics. Stuff like that. But your skin is swarming with microbes too--and the grooming products you use might affect what's living there. That's according to a study in the journal BMC Biology. [Amina Bouslimani et al., The impact of skin care products on skin chemistry and microbiome dynamics]

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June 20, 2019


Larry Smarr: The world's most self-measured man

A US computer scientist who has been monitoring the state of his health for nearly two decades says he?s healthier now than he?s been in 15 years.

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