Better living through gut microbes


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.

More information: UCSF Profile, G.W. Hooper Foundation, Microbiology & Immunology

For students: BMS, Tetrad, PSPG, iPQB

For the public: Microbiome Outreach ModuleASM Microbiome FAQ

Drug databases: PharmGKB, DrugBank, openFDA