UC San Diego is at the forefront of the microbiome revolution.

Microbiome research is disrupting drug development, clinical medicine, agriculture, environmental science and much more. UC San Diego is a hotspot for this work, thanks to a network of collaborating, world-leading labs in microbial ecology, genomics and other "omics" sciences, big-data science, as well as fundamental, environmental and clinical research.


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Research Partnerships

Our work has profound potential for improving human health and well-being, personal care products, agriculture and veterinary science, food science, renewable energy production, and ecosystem protection and function in the face of climate change.

Technology Development

We have the context crucial for the development and testing of tomorrow’s game-changing microbiome sample-reading, processing, metabolomics analysis, and data-analysis tools and systems.

Rapid Response

Rapid turnaround for sample readout and analysis. Research teams around the world with interesting microbiological samples rely on our best-in-class microbiome and metabolome data generation and analysis expertise.

Microbiome Workforce

We prepare students from the life sciences, engineering, computer science and medicine to innovate and lead in the rapidly evolving disciplines crucial for leveraging microbiome science for real-world applications.

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Visualizing a microbiome readout

Research Strengths Converging at the Microbiome

CENTER DIRECTOR

  • Rob Knight
  • Professor
  • Department of Pediatrics and Computer Science
  • #1 RANKED BIOMEDICAL
    ENGINEERING PROGRAM

  • CELLULAR AND CHEMICAL
    IMAGING

  • QUANTITATIVE
    MEASUREMENTS AND
    MODELING

  • WORLD LEADERS IN
    "OMICS" SCIENCES

  • BIOLOGISTS WITH BIG-
    DATA EXPERTISE

  • BIG-SCIENCE
    COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH
    INFRASTRUCTURE

  • DRUG DISCOVERY AND
    PERSONALIZED MEDICINE

  • DISEASE DIAGNOSTICS AND
    CLINICAL TRIALS

  • UNDERSTANDING AND
    FIGHTING ANTIBIOTIC
    RESISTANCE

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