Center for Microbiome Research

Center for Microbiome Research

Our Services

The Medical College of Wisconsin CMR and its staff provide expertise and technical support for a wide range of microbiome-focused research. Below is a basic outline of our services and technologies, including initial project consultation, sample collection and processing, data analysis, and interpretation. For more information please contact Dr. Nita Salzman.


  • Experimental design
  • Grant applications

Training and Protocols

  • Sample collection and processing
  • Nucleic acid extraction and QC
  • qPCR and RT-qPCR

Direct Fee-for-Service

  • Molecular processing of collected samples
  • Microbial nucleic acid extraction
  • Nucleic acid concentration measurement
  • qPCR and RT-qPCR
  • Coordination of offsite 16S sequencing
  • Sample storage and inventory management
  • Axenic and gnotobiotic mice
  • Axenic mouse colony
  • Defined microbiota mouse colony
  • Individual isolators for gnotobiotic experiments

Data Submission for Publication

  • NCBI databases: BioProject, SRA, GEO; dbGaP

Bioinformatics and Biostatistics

  • OTU assignment and diversity analyses
  • Guidance for hands-on analytical techniques


  • Microbiome for Clinicians short-course
  • Podcasts and tutorials