Even more impressive given the switch from chemistry to biology!
You are not alone - each one of us is home to trillions of microbes that have a widespread impact on our physiology and predisposition to disease. Our lab studies the role of these microbes in two major areas, pharmacology and nutrition, with a current focus on the role of gut microbial metabolism in influencing the predisposition to and treatment of heart disease, cancer, and autoimmune disease. Our main two experimental approaches are gnotobiotics (germ-free and colonized mice) and metagenomics (culture-independent methods for studying microbial communities). We collaborate closely with other members of the rich UCSF microbiome community.