We also focus on the role that microbial communities play in human homeostasis, health and disease.  We firmly believe that the various microbial components of human ecosystems including bacteria, viruses, archaea, and fungi are important factors that help determine the natural history of their hosts.  Furthermore, their interactions with humans or their interactions with other microbial constituents in these 
communities likely have consequences for human health.

Our laboratory focuses on the role that viruses, particularly bacteriophages play in the human microbiome. We were amongst the first to identify that many of the viruses in the human microbiome were bacteriophages, and now we are dedicated to understanding how we might utilize bacteriophages in the human microbiome to promote human health. We have partnered with the Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics at UCSD to further our understanding of phages and to further efforts towards phage therapy in humans.

Dedicated to virome research

Dedicated to bacteriophage research