Medical College of Wisconsin Center for Microbiome Research
A microbiome is defined as, "the totality of microorganisms and their collective genetic material present in or on the human body or in another environment." This ecological community consists of bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeasts, and protozoa. Each body site has a distinct microbiome, but the vast majority of the microbiota reside in the GI tract. The precise composition of a physiological microbiome is affected by host diet, age, genetics, exposure to drugs, and other environmental factors. Disrupted microbiomes have been correlated with a number of disease states including obesity, diabetes, asthma, eczema, heart disease, celiac disease, colitis, neuropsychiatric disorders, and some cancers.
The CMR works with many different departments to discover new ideas, innovations, and much more.Learn more
The CMR and its staff provide expertise and technical support for a wide range of microbiome-focused research.Learn more
Gnotobiotic Core Facility
The Gnotobiotic Core Facility (GCF) provides state-of-the-art husbandry for axenic (germ-free) and gnotobiotic rodent studies in a dedicated space within the MCW Biomedical Resource Center.Learn more
Request for Application (RFA) for Intramural Pilot Award
The CMR Pilot Award is intended to support highly focused and/or preliminary experiments to enhance publications or larger funding applications, or to explore the expansion of ongoing studies to include microbiome-focused research questions.