Center for Microbiome Research
Center for Microbiome Research

Medical College of Wisconsin Center for Microbiome Research

Our Mission

cmr_identityartWelcome to the Medical College of Wisconsin Center for Microbiome Research (CMR). We are dedicated to providing specialized resources for translational and basic research endeavors on the microbiome. Our goal is to promote education on the microbiome and its impact on human health.

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.
Research Bench Lab


The CMR works with many different departments to discover new ideas, innovations, and much more.

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The CMR and its staff provide expertise and technical support for a wide range of microbiome-focused research.

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CMR Gnotobiotic Core Facility

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.

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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.

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Contact Us

Center for Microbiome Research

Medical College of Wisconsin
TBRC-CRI 3rd Floor
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

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