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UW Medicine Launches a New Center to Study Microbiomes

By June 21, 2023No Comments

UW Medicine launched the Microbial Interactions & Microbiome Center to investigate the diverse communities of microorganisms that inhabit nearly every environment, including parts of our bodies like the gut, mouth, and skin.

Among the center’s overarching goals are exploring the science behind these dynamic communities of bacteria, fungi, and other microscopic lifeforms, as well as the effects of microbiomes on human health and ecosystem function.

Examples of specific research directions the center’s scientists will investigate include gaining a better understanding of how bacteria within microbiomes interact and assemble into communities, and how human microbiomes might be manipulated to improve health.