We are researchers at the UW-Madison with a shared interest in microbiome science and engineering. We use the term “microbiome” broadly but it usually refers to the collection of microorganisms that interact with each other and with their surroundings (sometimes including a multi-cellular host). The Microbiome Portal is a website, and associated activities, that aim to showcase our work and connect us locally. UW-Madison microbiome researchers work in many different systems ranging from the human body, animals, soil, plants, lakes, food, wastewater treatment systems, and test tubes. We use combinations of -omics, computational biology, experiments, field work, and simulations to advance our understanding of how microbiomes function and how we can harness them to improve the quality of life for humans and the health of the environment. The Wisconsin Microbiome Portal is the nucleus of microbiome research at UW-Madison that will provide the means to unite the community around common ideas, sponsor workshops and symposia, and present the community of microbiome researchers at UW-Madison to the world.

Strengths

Madison Microbiome Hub is a joint venture between the UW Biotechnology Center (UWBC) and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), making use of current prowess at UWBC in sequencing and bioinformatics and WID’s strength in data storage and management. It will serve as a campus wide resource to support researchers interested in tackling a broad spectrum of microbiome related studies from investigating fundamental questions, developing new techniques and methodologies to understanding the impact of microbiome across different fields. Overall, by harnessing the significant research already taking place at UW, world class expertise and facilities we aim to develop the Madison Microbiome Hub as prominent center for microbiome research at UW.

Services

Experimental design

Technical consultation

Data analysis

Coordinating collaborative research

Data management

Conducting outreach activities

Developing workshops, teaching modules, seminar series and conferences

Featured Projects

The Hibernator Microbiome Metabolic Phenotype
The Hibernator Microbiome Metabolic Phenotype
Lake Microbiomes
Lake Microbiomes
Agricultural Microbiomes
Agricultural Microbiomes
Precision editing of microbiome using engineered bacteriophages
Precision editing of microbiome using engineered bacteriophages
Upper Airway Microbiome: Principles for Mucosal Biology in Health and Disease
Upper Airway Microbiome: Principles for Mucosal Biology in Health and Disease
The Weathering Microbiome
The Weathering Microbiome
The Tomato Microbiome in Sickness and in Health
The Tomato Microbiome in Sickness and in Health
Harnessing Microbiomes for Global Nitrogen Cycle Management
Harnessing Microbiomes for Global Nitrogen Cycle Management

News

Student small grants program in Soil Micro RFP launch
Student small grants program in Soil Micro RFP launch
International Conference Microbiome Engineering-call for abstracts
International Conference Microbiome Engineering-call for abstracts
Now Accepting Abstracts: 2018 UW Upper Airway Microbiome Science Course
Now Accepting Abstracts: 2018 UW Upper Airway Microbiome Science Course