I am pleased to announce the latest interschool Academic Initiative, UCI Microbiome, which exemplifies UCI’s multidisciplinary approach to solving grand challenges.
Microbiomes are communities of microorganisms that inhabit all of Earth’s environments – from the human body to oceans and soils. Recent technological advances have simplified the cataloging of microbiomes, making this a promising emerging field of research and one in which UCI is well-positioned to become a global leader.
The microbiome initiative will promote multidisciplinary collaboration in the study and understanding of human and environmental microbiomes and address such topics as:
The development of healthy microbiomes in early human life, especially in relation to the transmission of a mother’s microbiome
The degradation of microbiomes in later life, especially in relation to neurodegenerative disease
The characterization of healthy ocean and terrestrial microbiomes in Orange County
The development of in vitro microbiome models for diagnostics and application testing
The UCI Microbiome proposal underwent a thorough review process that produced a high level of support from reviewers. It’s well-aligned with the purpose of the Academic Initiatives program: to advance multidisciplinary research and collaboration across the campus.
If you would like to get involved in this interschool initiative, please contact its director, Jennifer Martiny, professor of ecology & evolutionary biology.
Enrique J. Lavernia, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering