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Global Microbiome Conservancy

The Global Microbiome Conservancy is a non-profit collaboration between scientists and communities around the world, unified around a common goal: to collect and preserve the full biodiversity of human gut microbes for future generations. The work of the conservancy is centered on four core goals:

Conservation

We dedicate our efforts to conserve an invisible, intimate and crucial biodiversity of the human body: the gut microbiome. By culturing, isolating and storing gut bacteria, we are building an open, non-profit and global library of our microbial heritage.

Representation

We are strongly committed in working with a wide variety of human populations worldwide, including under-represented and indigenous peoples, to promote inclusion in microbiome science. Participants conserve the ownership of their microbiomes.

Capacity building

Our global consortium promotes capacity building in partner institutions through scientific training and local research support.

Advancing knowledge

We generate microbiome resources for the research community to advance science and promote human health. Using these resources we will tackle big scientific questions on the human microbiome. We will strongly engage in outreach and educational activities to promote the objectives of the Conservancy and spread knowledge on the microbiome.

The Gibbons Lab is a member of the Global Microbiome Conservancy’s scientific consortium and helps in efforts to sample indigenous peoples in North America.

–photo credit: Christopher Corzett

Recent Articles

  • Bugs vs. Drugs: How Our Microbiomes Can Explain Our Response to Statins

    ISB Assistant Professor Dr. Sean Gibbons talked about the science behind statins in our most recent Research Roundtable virtual presentation. His talk was titled “Bugs vs. Drugs: How Our Unique Gut Microbiomes Shape Our Personalized Responses to Statins.”

  • Drs. Serdar Turkarslan and Christian Diener

    ISB Honors Researchers Who Give Back to STEM Education

    This year, two deserving scientists were bestowed recognition for giving back to STEM education. Dr. Serdar Turkarslan is the recipient of the JoAnn Chrisman Award for Distinguished Service to STEM Education, and Dr. Christian Diener was awarded the Dr. Christine Schaeffer Award for Exemplary Service to STEM Education. 

  • Sean Gibbons

    Interview with Sean in Nature Computational Biology

    Dr. Sean Gibbons, assistant professor at the Institute for Systems Biology and a Washington Research Foundation Distinguished Investigator, discusses with Nature Computational Science how he uses computational science to gain insights into the gut microbiome and to address the major challenges of this field, as well as his advice to young LGBTQIA+ scientists.