September 11, 2020
Congrats to the very appropriately named team "Everything is Fine" for their victory today. The competition was tough and the results remain hotly contested, but only history can judge the true winners and losers. 
September 01, 2020
Benjamin Guthrie, who recently graduated from UC Berkeley, started his postdoc today. Looking forward to diving deeper into the biochemistry happening in the gut microbiome!
July 27, 2020
I'm super excited to finally launch my new science podcast at, also on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. This has been a really fun side project for the past year and I've now got a dozen or so episodes in the vault. Looking forward to releasing them to the world and I hope someone out there enjoys listening to them as much as I've enjoying recording them.
June 08, 2020
After 3 weeks of 1 lonely person working alone in the lab we're back to 25% capacity. Sadly, I still didn't make the cut, but living vicariously through our lab members' new experimental data.
April 06, 2020
We're thrilled to welcome Moriah to virtually join UCSF from her home base in Texas. Hopefully someday soon we'll be in person but for now we're looking forward to lots of mass spec analyses, data pipelines, planning, grant writing, and other remote activities!
March 18, 2020
At the request of the UCSF leadership we are now operating a small "skeleton crew" that is maintaining the Gnotobiotic Core and our SPF colony. Everyone else is hunkered down at home enjoying some experiment-free days. 
January 24, 2020
Welcome Vaibhav, our second clinical fellow, following in the remarkable footsteps of Renuka. Looking forward to learning more about the gut-lung axis!
January 15, 2020
Congrats to Kim and Qi Yan for winning the raffle today at our cross-departmental party. Next year lets get the entire lab in the photo booth.
November 04, 2019
Thanks to the heroic efforts of Elizabeth, Jordan, and a remarkable group of collaborators our work is out in Nature Microbiology today. See my blog post on the article here. Image credit: Ella Maru Studio.
October 01, 2019
After 7 years, 2 labs, and a lot of amazing collaborators our work on raw versus cooked diets is finally published in Nature Microbiology. See my blog post on the article here. The paper is here. And the write-up in PBS is here.
July 27, 2019
T.I.P. (The International People), Qi Yan, Kathy, and Peter S took this years Lab Challenge. It was a tough competition that remains bitterly contested reflective of the troubled times we're living in. A recount may be in order.
July 26, 2019
Congrats to Renuka on receiving the 2019 Irene Perstein Award from the School of Medicine. These awards support women faculty members, appointed at the assistant professor rank, who are expected to develop high caliber independent research programs in basic, clinical, or translational science. The highly competitive awards are based on criteria including the novelty and innovation of the science, and the potential impact on human health.