Researchers Learning About Microbiomes to Understand Human Health Risks

Five research projects that aim to improve our understanding of the human microbiome have been selected to receive the first round of funding from the University at Buffalo Community of Excellence in Genome, Environment and Microbiome (GEM).

The projects, together awarded nearly $200,000, will study how the interplay of the human microbiome – the collection of microorganisms that reside in and on the human body – and the environment affect a person’s risk for certain diseases.

The awards are provided through GEM, an interdisciplinary community of UB faculty and staff dedicated to advancing research on the genome and microbiome. Understanding the relationship these microorganisms have with our bodies may enable development of personalized medicine and empower individuals to have greater control over their health.

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